Lenovo announces 7-inch IdeaPad A1 1GHz tablet for $199 only

Various companies are going for low-level cheap Android running tablet market now. Lenovo now also joins the race. Their new 7-inch IdeaPad A1 costs only $199. It is the price of 8GB version. There’s a 16GB version, which will run you $249, plus a 32GB version for $299. Who would want those, considering there’s a microSD slot is another question.

Instead of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a 7″ tablet that runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The 7″ screen is an IPS-LCD unit with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution. The A1 is powered by a one single core 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor and runs an almost untouched version of Gingerbread. There’s just a Lenovo-made widget and a Lenovo app store. You’ll have access to the real Android Market too, so you get the hundreds of thousands of apps that Android has to offer. There’s also an offline mapping solution courtesy of Navdroyd.
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We can’t expect a Honeycomb update for IdeaPad A1 tablet. But there’s always a chance of a custom Honeycomb ROM.

Other specs for the IdeaPad A1 include a 3MP main camera and VGA secondary camera. The tablet is 10.1mm thick and weighs around 400g. It’s a Wi-Fi only device, there’s no Wi-Fi+3G version. Lenovo IdeaPad A1 will be released by the end of September.

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