Here’s a puzzler: why is Lenovo’s brand-spanking new Gingerbread tablet now $30 more expensive on the company’s web store? The price of the cheapest IdeaPad A1 raised from $199 to $229, but the upgraded 16GB version will still be $249. Android Community is currently waiting for a response from Lenovo regarding the price change.

If you’re hoping to get the IdeaPad A1 at the original price, you’d better look around quickly. New tablets from the Lenovo store won’t ship until November at the earliest, and many other online retailers seem to be sold out of their stock. The A1 was only released a week ago. Without an official statement from Lenovo we’re left to speculate as to the reasons for the upgrade. It’s possible that the tablet is selling so well they don’t mind adjusting the supply-demand ratio a bit, or the original $199 price could have been meant as a special to spur interest from early adopters.

Even at $229, the IdeaPad K1 is a pretty good deal when measured against more expensive options. The 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display is roughly equal to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the 1GHz processor should be zippy enough for most Android apps. Gingerbread is a bit of a discouragement, but it’s basically standard on tablets in the range. However, Lenovo’s adjusted pricing may come back to haunt them as the Amazon Kindle Fire release approaches. The heavily customized Gingerbread tablet lands in November for just $199, with mostly equal hardware and compelling integration with Amazon services.

[via Tablets Planet]

  • Adolfo

    its gone! not at the store… did it sell out at Lenovo

  • My preorder from Oct. 8 was canceled without any notification from Lenovo. I signed into Lenovo and my order was missing. I chatted with Customer Service and they confirmed my order was not sent to warehouse because of shortage. They didn’t even send me an email, I had to inquire. This is a bad way to treat customers.

  • jack yang

    Lenovo increases IdeaPad A1 tablet killer.

  • Anonymous

    The 16GB A1 in black is available on the Lenonvo site. I did not see any other options available. I just ordered one, shipping date is estimated to be 11/9.

  • Sgshuey

    Just bought one (16gb) yesterday using an online coupon and paid $199.20 with free shipping. I always search for coupons right before I buy something and save money about half the time.