Lenovo officially unveils its $250 Android laptop, the Lenovo A10

by: Andrew GrushOctober 18, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad A10

Despite Microsoft’s (arguably) best attempts, Windows 8 has yet to catch on in the way that the Redmond giant had previously hoped. As a result, many once-faithful PC manufacturers are starting to eye Chrome OS and Android as an alternative point of focus. For Chinese manufacturer Lenovo that apparently means releasing an Android 4.2-powered laptop, the Lenovo A10.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the A10, which was unintentionally revealed by Lenovo earlier this month, but now we have a price tag: roughly $249. For that budget price you get a 10.1-inch HD laptop with a 1.6GHz Rockchip CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a battery that is said to make it through about nine hours of video playback. There’s also stereo speakers and an integrated .3MP webcam on the front.

The A10 can be flipped around into “stand mode” for watching movies and comfortably using the touchscreen, but it can’t be folded flat and used as a full tablet. In order to make Android 4.2 more useful when in “laptop mode”, Lenovo includes a customized user interface that features a special app launcher, task bar, status bar for quick access to library/desktop, and even a built-in file manager.

We have to wonder though, why even bother?

Chrome OS is a much better desktop OS and with the recent introduction of “desktop apps for Chrome” is starting to evolve into way more than just a stand-alone web browser. Although Lenovo doesn’t give us an answer to that question, we imagine it might have to do with Android brand recognition having more weight in emerging markets, where the device appears to be targeted at.

Specifically, the Lenovo A10 will be sold in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and parts of Europe sometime in the ‘near future’. Lenovo has no plans to bring the device to North America at this time.

What do you think, would you consider an Android powered laptop like the A10 for your basic computing needs, or would you rather stick to a more traditional desktop OS?

  • NeedName

    “Chrome OS is a much better desktop OS”

    no. . . and NO. . . Chrome OS is still a glorified browser. When we get tons of high quality “native” apps for it then we can talk. . .

    • Luka Mlinar

      hear, hear

    • Tmmy

      “Chrome OS is a much better desktop OS”

      YES… and YES.

      Chrome OS is million times better for laptops.

      Is the best for what are laptops supposed to be, fo web apps. Nobody for years need other things on small laptops than the best possible browser to use WEB APLICATION.

      No hassle. Super secured. Auto updpates. Boots-up in seconds.

      • Seth Forbus

        There are also tons of apps for chromebooks dude.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        I just don’t know why it’s so laggy on the Chromebook 11 though. It has 2gb of ram and the same CPU with the Nexus 10 (according to The Verge). I guess the OS is not as good in term of performance.

      • George Gamble

        I guess you can consider it super secured except for the NSA reading your documents and files on the web…

  • MasterMuffin

    To that first sentence: I like W8.1 way more than any other Windows before. It’s really fast and looks great now that you can change metro wallpaper too. Also the start button debate is the stupidest thing ever, if you right click the place where the old start button used to be, you’ll get the same (and even more) options than what you got in previous Windows versions and if you left click it you can set it so that it shows all the installed software: exactly like the old start menu (but better). You can even set it so that it boots straight to desktop with W8.1. I can’t find any big flaws in it (well Internet Explorer :D), people are just afraid to update because they read all those bad horror stories that some tech bloggers write because of just plain vacuity (?).

    • TechDevil

      I am simply unable to update. I get DRIVER_STATE_POWER_FAILURE D:

    • Andrew Grush

      I don’t mind Windows 8.1 either. I mean, I still dual-boot Ubuntu, but I agree that Windows 8.1 is every bit as good as Windows 7, if not better. No version of Windows is that great though, at least in my humble opinion — but I like to game, so it stays on my PC.

      • Seth Forbus

        I used to be the same way. Problem was I hated rebooting out of linux to play games. Now that I have a solid state drive its slightly less of an issue, but still an annoyance.

  • RanRu

    What does this thing have on, say, the Insignia Flex ($200) besides an inconvenient keyboard?

    I stopped following Chrome OS. Can you save files outside of the cloud yet? Also, Android is a better all-in-one OS than Chrome OS, with support for games and such. I don’t know of anything Chrome OS can do that Android can’t.

  • Dirty138

    Ubuntu. Why not ubuntu? Chrome and android just don’t make sense on a laptop.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      I guess it’s because a lot of people (or maybe most people) know about Android.
      Not as many people know about Ubuntu, so having Android on it may help it sell better

  • Brian Shieh

    I want to see some integration of Chrome OS into Android onto something like this.

  • Gun Godd

    Windows is dead

  • QuanahHarjo

    This would be a no brainer for me *if* it were a full-on Yoga. This 3/4 flip is rather infuriating. I like the idea of a full keyboard, but don’t want to mess with something detachable or Bluetooth. C’mon Lenovo…full on Yoga!

  • MrMagoo

    I like the idea of having all the apps availabel from the Play store. If what they’ve done with the UI in laptop mode works then “why not?” that’s what I say. I have an Android stick for my TV and use it quite a bit and let the kids use that instead of my Windows PC (That I have to constantly reinstall the OS on cause they constanly infest it with virus’). They have every happy app their little heart desires without me having to worry about it.