Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad A1, a 7" Android 2.3 tablet with a single-core ARM Cortex-A8 based processor. Other features include a thicknes of under 0.5", up to 32GB storage, microSD slot, micro-USB connector and front/rear cameras. With a MSRP of $199 this is one of the cheapest A-brand tablets. Availability is slated for late September.
The IdeaPad A1 tablet weighs around 400 grams (0.88 pounds) and is under 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) thick, and will become available in specific starting around the end of September, said Nick Reynolds, executive director of global marketing at Lenovo. The tablet provides seven hours of battery life.
The tablet will be among the cheapest 7-inch Android tablets available from a top device maker. Many competitive products cost more than $250. Acer last month started shipping its 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 tablet for US$329, and Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab screen sells for $279 through Amazon.com and Fry's Electronics.
"This is a very accessible price point starting at US$199," Reynolds said. Lenovo views the tablet as a companion to PCs, and a low price will open up demand for tablets, especially in emerging markets, Reynolds said.