Though it might have seemed unlikely about a year ago, the tech users’ attention has quickly shifted from powerful and “luxurious” 10-inch tablets to more modest, but decently priced 7-inchers. Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7 have been the main game-changers, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised to see other major manufacturers trying to “copy” the recipe for success.
We’ve known for a while that Lenovo is planning to introduce a 7-inch tablet with a focus on price rather than speed. Now we’ve gotten additional confirmation that the IdeaTab A2107 is gearing towards a September release.
The 7-incher has been spotted getting FCC certification and, unlike usual filings like this, it stars in a bunch of decent-quality photos. Aside from getting a glimpse at the tab in all its splendor, we now have an almost full spec sheet confirmed and we can start making bets about its possible success.
There’s only a single-core 1 GHz Mediatek MT6620P processor under the A2107A’s hood, so you shouldn’t expect “out of this world” gaming or multimedia performance. The lack in processing speed should somewhat be compensated by the 1 GB of RAM, as well as the more than decent 3,700 mAh battery.
Unlike the Nexus 7, the new IdeaPad comes with dual cameras, a 2 MP rear-facing shooter and a 0.3 MP front-facing webcam. There’ll be two versions of the tab, with 8 and 16 GB of on-board storage, both of which will only come with Wi-Fi connectivity. Finally, the 7-inch display should also be pretty “competitive”, sporting a 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.
FCC’s internal docs mention nothing about the A2107A’s future software, but Lenovo has already announced the tab as coming with Android 4.0 ICS on board sometime in September. As far as pricing goes, we have nothing to report, both official and unofficial, but we highly doubt Lenovo will be outing the 7-incher for a penny more than $200.
The question that arises, however, is whether people will be interested in buying the IdeaPad A2107A for $200, which is the exact same price of the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Lenovo’s tab will have the advantage of the rear-facing camera and it might have a couple of extra ports too, but the Nexus 7 has a far superior processor, a more powerful battery and a brighter display. The nail in the proverbial coffin: it already runs Jelly Bean.
So, how about it, folks? Could Lenovo stand a chance against Google and Amazon? Or does the A2107A absolutely need to start selling for even less than $200?