There are powerful Android tablets out in various gadget retail shops today but their price tags will likely be starting at $400. If you can’t make your budget stretch that far or can’t find any remnants of the HP Touchpad, you don’t have to despair because Lenovo just slashed the price on their IdeaPad A1 practically by half. This Android tablet can now be had for $199 via online purchase from their website.

Back when the company was probably quite optimistic about an early adoption, the IdeaPad A1 was being sold at $349. Lenovo correctly changed tactics and made affordability the device’s main attraction.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking you won’t be getting real value for your money with this one.

The current sale price is basically half of what you’d pay for tablets with 8 or 10 inch displays. Furthermore, the IdeaPad’s 7-inch display (1024 x 600 resolution) is a capacitive multi-touch screen, and that is something you can’t always say for majority of the other tablets that belong in the same price range.

Of course you shouldn’t expect top-tier hardware. It’s powered by a single core Cortex A8 processor and comes with 8 GB of memory. Another typical comment about the device is its use of Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb.

Despite the unspectacular specs however, the IdeaPad still carries a lot of weight as a mobile device well-optimized for entertainment and web browsing purposes. Other features include a front and rear camera, GPS navigation, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, access to both Lenovo App Shop and Android Market, and an SDHC that can expand the native memory to 32 GB.

Via Lenovo