7-inch, 199-dollar Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Debuted at IFA 2011

September 2, 2011
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Lenovo unveiled its newest Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet—called the IdeaPad A1—at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) conference in Berlin.

Lenovo has not officially announced pricing or release dates for this 7-inch tablet, but reports say the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 will be released some time this month at a price of only US$199 for the 8-GB model.

Unfortunately, Lenovo will not be releasing 8-GB models in the U.S. Instead, reports say 16-GB and 32-GB models will be released for US$249 and US$299, respectively.

By some twist of fate, the Lenovo’s IdeaPad A1 will be not running Android 3.x Honeycomb. Instead, it will be feeding on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The IdeaPad A1’s 7-inch LED display will have a 1024×600 resolution, which offers great visual performance similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.

A 1.0-GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor will be powering the tablet. The tablet has a 3-MP rear shooter and a VGA front-facing camera.

Another one of the IdeaPad A1’s attractive features is the offline GPS and navigation with its chipset powered by Navdroyd.

The IdeaPad A1 has a set of different-colored custom back plates for you to choose from. You can either choose, pink, blue, black, or white.

Its magnesium alloy roll-cage internal frame design keeps the tablet strong, light, and thin, giving the tablet its weight of 400 g and thickness of 11.9 mm.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, microSD slot, and microUSB port have been included in the tab to let you connect to other devices and browse the Web.

Although the tablet may not have the latest Android as its operating system, its specs and design will certainly do as a “mid-range and a well priced tablet” for someone on a tight budget.

Anyone wanna tote around a Gingerbread-fed Lenovo IdeaPad A1?

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