Lenovo kicked off its MWC 2013 campaign by announcing three budget-friendly mid-range Android tablets, hoping to mimic the success enjoyed by the Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Unfortunately, the specifications of the Lenovo A1000, A3000, and S6000 fall just short of the very tablets it's hoping to take on, but still boast one feature that many consumers would like, the availability of expandable storage.
Both the A1000 and the A3000 feature 7-inch displays with 1024×600 resolutions (unconfirmed for the A1000), which is a lower than the 1280×800 resolution of the Nexus 7. The Lenovo A1000 is powered by a 1.2 Ghz dual-core MediaTek processor, includes 16GB of internal storage further expandable via microSD up to 32GB, and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board. What makes the A1000 stand out is the integration with Dolby Digital Plus and its large front-facing speakers, making the device “perfect for music lovers.”
On the other hand, the Lenovo A3000 boasts a 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor, with all other specifications being the same as the A1000, with the exception of the Dolby Digital Plus integration. The A3000 also features microSD expansion up to 64GB, and boasts a sleek form factor at only 11mm thick and weighing just 340 g, making the tablet ultra-portable. Both 3G and WiFi-only versions of the Lenovo A3000 will be available.
The Lenovo S6000, features a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280×800 resolution, is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, and boasts “a substantial battery that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous Wi-Fi browsing.” The S6000 will also have 3G and WiFi-only versions.
All we know about the price at this point is that Lenovo will be pricing the tablets “very aggressively,” and will be released worldwide in Q3 2013. Check out the press release below to find out more about the Lenovo A1000, A3000, and A6000.
What are your thoughts? Would you consider buying the Lenovo A1000, A3000, and A6000? Will Lenovo be able to take on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 with its newly-announced lineup of budget-friendly Android tablets?
Lenovo Announces New Android TabletsSeries includes new functionality and various configurations, tailored for distinct customer segments
BARCELONA – February 24, 2013: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a line-up of new Android tablets, offering configurations and form factors to match consumer needs for both ultra-portable tablets and multimedia performers. The portfolio, which also boasts unique connectivity features, will be available starting in the second quarter 2013.
The range starts with two new A-series tablets, seven-inch devices, designed for optimal mobility while still packing a performance punch. The A1000 is ideal for first-time tablet buyers and features enhanced audio, while the A3000 offers quad-core processing for speedy performance whether for gaming or web-browsing. Alongside these models, Lenovo also announced the new 10-inch S6000, which offers extended I/O options, a large, vibrant screen and a super-slim profile that looks sophisticated and elegant, whether the user is web-surfing in the coffee shop or enjoying movies and games at home.
“Lenovo’s latest Android tablet family is designed to meet the demands of a wide range of customers, particularly young, active users who are always on the go, and have adopted the seven-inch form factor as their own. With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we’ve created devices that address these customers’ needs, as well as devices for more demanding gamers and multimedia users,” said Chen Wenhui, vice president Lenovo and GM Mobile BU, “We believe that our Android family of tablets will appeal to customers across the world as we’ve built our products to be highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets.”
S6000, Mobile “Home Entertainment” Center
As tablets have continued their march into the mainstream, increasing demands with regards to larger screen devices have raised the bar for tablet makers. Lenovo has responded with the S6000, a sleek and powerful option for customers looking for a device that switches seamlessly from entertainment to social media and beyond. Powered by the MTK 8389/8125 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, the S6000 shines as a multimedia and gaming tablet fronted by a 10.1-inch IPS 1280X800 display with a wide, 178-degree viewing angle, micro HDMI port and digital microphone. The S6000 also offers a number of additions to optimize its performance as a connectivity tool for social networkers including optional HSPA+ and a substantial battery that allows for more than 8 hours of continuous WiFi web browsing. Even with these specifications though, the S6000 does not lose track of style and convenience; it is all tied together in a super slim (8.6mm) and light (560g) frame that feels good and helps users look good.
A3000, Full Performance in a Compact Package
In today’s connected world, devices must be mobile, without skimping on performance. The A3000 bristles with specifications typically found in a much larger device, all packed into a seven-inch form factor that is thin and light. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core, MTK processor, the A3000 optimizes the user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and web-browsing, offering seamlessly fluid navigation and highly responsive performance. The benefits of the seven-inch form factor are not ignored on the A3000 either. The tablet, which sports an IPS 1024×600 screen, weighs in at less than 340g and is only 11mm thick, but can still hold a wealth of content with an extensive memory, which can be extended to 64GB with the external micro-SD card. Optional 3G HSPA+ support ensures users stay connected on the go with Lenovo’s ultra-portable tablet.
A1000, Pocket Studio with Dolby®
The A1000 delivers an audio experience normally reserved for more expensive tablets in a seven-inch device. With Dolby Digital Plus integrated into the device and large, front-facing speakers that ensure the sound is directed at the users’ ears rather than the floor, the A1000 is perfect for music lovers and those seeking a “pocket studio” for either music or movies. The A1000 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has on-board storage of up to 16GB, extendable to 32GB with a micro-SD slot, so users can load content up and take it to the gym, the office or anywhere else they want to experience high-quality sights and sounds. It also comes in either black or white, allowing users to customize their Lenovo pocket studio to their lifestyle.
Lenovo Mobile Access
All the new Android tablets come with Lenovo Mobile Access, a unique service that allows users to connect instantly “out of the box”. When customers first power up their Lenovo device, they will see an icon indicating Lenovo as their access provider. Without having to set up a special data plan, they can immediately start browsing web pages, accessing their email and sharing content with friends using HSPA+ 3G access or through WiFi according to their specific configuration. When the initial Lenovo Mobile Access service expires users will be prompted with the option to easily renew their plan or select an alternative service.
Pricing and Availability1
The newest Android tablets will be available worldwide from Q2, 2013. Although pricing varies according to market, configuration and model, each tablet in the range is competitively priced to ensure maximum accessibility to a premium user experience for all customers.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, seewww.lenovo.com.