When Lenovo unveiled its latest low-cost, low-end Android tablet trio and promised they’ll go sale in May, we didn’t think the OEM meant the very last days of May. But better late than never, so let’s finally give a warm welcome to the IdeaTab A7, A8 and A10.
Not too warm though, as the three look more like 2012 slates than something to challenge the Nexus 7 in mid-2014. The 7-inch efforts are naturally the cheapest, at $129 and $139 with 8 and 16 GB built-in storage respectively, carrying 7-hour batteries, modest quad-core MediaTek chips and 1 GB RAM each.
We’ve sure seen worse going for more in the past, but with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-loaded and the KitKat-running Toshiba Excite Go around at $110, I can’t help myself wonder if they’re worth it. Probably not, so let’s move on.
To the 8-inch A8, which Lenovo sells for $180, undercut to $155 on Amazon. Not bad, but not a steal either, since extra screen real estate and a bit of added juice is what sets this thing apart from A7-40 and A7-50 models.
The display sports 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, the same MediaTek CPU handles overall system speed, and alas, outdated Jelly Bean runs the software show. Finally, the 10-inch A10 costs $250 from Lenovo and $220 via Amazon, further upping the autonomy ante (to around nine hours), but keeping things just as humble in the processing speed, RAM and screen res departments. Maybe some other time, Lenovo.