With the Ideapad A1, Lenovo made it easy for those on a tight budget to get a tablet. Sure, it's no Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Transformer, but for kicking back on the couch and surfing the web, watching videos, or playing a game to kill some time, it's just what the doctor ordered. There are two versions available in the US -- 16GB and 32GB -- and the former just underwent a pricedrop over at Amazon.
The IdeaPad K1 from Lenovo, released earlier this year, is bursting with features and ports, but reviews suggest that it is perhaps not the best Android tablet available on the market today. Nevertheless, it is a powerful little beast running Honeycomb and for the next two days (9 to 10 October) Best Buy is offering this device for only $329.99, that's $120 discount of the regular price ($449.99).
In case you have forgotten, the K1 runs on Android 3.1 and has the following specs:
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor
- 10.1" (1280x800) display
- Android 3.1
- 32GB of storage
- 1GB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera, 2MP front cameras
- Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Mini HDMI output
- microSD card slot
This deal probably won't appeal to Christy, who won an IdeaPad K1 in our banner design contest, but for the rest of you interested in Lenovo's Android offering, pick one up from BB by 10 October 2011.
If you're looking for an affordable Android tablet that won't break the bank, look no further than Lenovo's new IdeaPad A1, which was announced today at the IFA Conference. It may not be top of the line, but for the price point, this little guy is definitely going to be a hard one to beat. Have a look at the specs:
- 7 -inch 1024x600 display
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
- 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB storage
- SD Card reader and microSD card reader
- 3MP rear shooter
- VGA front camera
- Android 2.3
The eight-gigger will set you back $199, while the 16GB and 32GB variants will be $249 and $299 respectively.
The IdeaPad K1 Honeycomb 3.1 10.1" tablet from Lenovo, released in July (not to be confused with the more expensive ThinkPad tablet), has only been out for a bit over a month, but Fry's Electronics is already folding its cards and letting it go for a whole $100 off the $449.99 price sticker. Well, technically, you get a $100 Fry's gift card, but hey - free is free, right?
The only problem - the deal is only good for today, Saturday, August 27th in all Fry's retail locations.
Lenovo finally made its Honeycomb-sporting IdeaPad K1 an official commodity - and it's basically just another fish in a sea of Android 3.1 tablets. It's filled with the nearly-identical hardware guts of the top Android tablets on the market today:
- 10.1 1280x800 display
- 1GHz Tegra 2 chipset
- 1GB RAM
- 16/32GB on-board storage; SD Card slot
- Optional 3G (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint)
- 5MP rear camera; 2MP front
- Android 3.1
Of course, Lenovo has made a few changes to add its own custom touch to the device, like the Lenovo Launcher: a five-pane launchpad dead-smack in the middle of the screen that allows quick access to a user-customizable set of shortcuts.
We heard about Lenovo's Honeycomb-sporting ThinkPad (aka Think Slate) tablet yesterday, but I guess that just wasn't enough rumor coverage for Lenovo. In the same PowerPoint where they found the info on the ThinkPad, tech blog This Is My Next has also stumbled across a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet that could possibly come out sometime in Q4. While there is little known at this point, here are the (rather vague) details from the leak:
- 7 Inch, 1280x800 display
- Dual Core ARM processor
- "Le OS / Honeycomb" Android with Lenovo UI
- Available Q4 2011
It looks like it should have the same custom interface as the ThinkPad, which we don't really have a lot of information on.
In case you aren't sold on any of the current crop of Honeycomb tablets, Lenovo is about to throw their hat in the ring with the ThinkPad Tablet (also called the Think Slate). The folks at This is my next got ahold of a PowerPoint with all the specs, and this tablet can certainly hold its own amongst the competition:
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- Android 3.0 with custom Lenovo UI
- 1280 x 800 IPS 10.1" display
- 16, 32, and 64 GB models
- USB, micro USB, mini HDMI ports
- Full SD card reader
- 3G and possible 4G connectivity
Interestingly enough, the Think Slate will also ship with two key optional accessories: a pen and a "keyboard portfolio case," which seem to mimic the HTC Flyer and Asus Transformer, respectively.
The idea sounds good in theory: a device that has the comfort and usability of a laptop combined with the portability of a tablet. Lenovo's LePad was rumoured earlier this year and it has finally been unveiled together with the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Netbook partner.
The LePad comes with a customised version of Android 2.2 (called LeOS) and runs on a 1.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The U1 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and runs on a 1.2 Ghz Intel Core i5-540UM (with an i7 option).