The latest line of Android tablets from the PC giant Lenovo were revealed in Barcelona, Spain during Mobile World Congress, and today a few are finally available for purchase. It’s been almost 5 months since we first got our hands-on their tablets and today the budget 7-inch Lenovo A1000 can be yours for just $149.
The folks from Lenovo are taking a similar approach as Acer, and as of late Samsung, by offering a low or mid-range tablet at an affordable price. The Lenovo A1000 isn’t quite as powerful or up to spec as the Nexus 7 from Google and ASUS, but they’ve managed to undercut them on the price tag.
The Nexus 7 is still flying off the shelves, even with rumors of a Nexus 7 2 in the works, and Lenovo wants a piece of the sales. The Lenovo A1000 comes equipped with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display (the weakest link) compared to the HD display of the Nexus 7, but you get what you pay for here. You’ll also be working with a 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, instead of the quad-core Tegra 3 from the Nexus 7.
The A1000 is very similar the recently reviewed HP Slate 7, in which it offers nearly the same specs, but skimps on a few important ones and is available for less cash. It comes with 1GB of RAM and sadly only 4GB of storage. However, their A3000 has a quad-core from MediaTek and 16GB of storage for $179, again undercutting the Nexus 7 price.
These Lenovo tablets do run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but surely they won’t receive the same fast updates as Google’s own Nexus 7. If you’re on a budget they are worth consideration, but honestly you might as well save up for the Nexus 7. That or wait for the Nexus 7 2 which is rumored for a late July release.