Lenovo have introduced a new budget-minded 7-inch Tablet in the form of the IdeaPad A1. Very much based on last years Tablet Tech the A1 will leave you with plenty of spare change thanks to it’s wallet-saving $199 price tag. It features a single-core Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and just 8GB of storage for starters although 16GB and 32GB models are expected later. Of course storage can be increased via the microUSB slot. A 3MP rear camera will provide respectable images and video and a front facing 0.3MP camera will ensure fairly uninspiring looking video calls. As one might expect from an affordable alternative device such as this one, not only will you find legacy hardware under the hood but also a slightly outdated OS in the form of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s unfortunate but 3.1 Honeycomb was probably out of the question given the modest specs and super low price point. At least the A1 will provide full access to the Android Market however along with Lenovo’s own App Shop.
Thankfully the presence of the Launch Zone Widget from Lenovo makes for a nice break from the otherwise stock Gingerbread experience by providing quick access to your multimedia apps like Video, Music, Email and E-Reading. The 7-inch capacitive display boasts a solid screen resolution of 1024 x 600. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the sum total of the A1’s wireless capabilities with no 3G support available although there is a built-in GPS chip, which can be used without a data connection via the Navdroyd navigation software. Due to start shipping sometime later this year and available in 4 different colors, Pink, Black, Blue and White the IdeaPad A1 is a solid option for those consumers looking for an entry-level no-frills bargain-priced Android Tablet.