Lenovo is adding yet another Android tablet to it’s recently launched line. The newest tablet is the Lenovo IdeaPad A1, an inexpensive 7-inch Android tablet that can go head-to-head against the first Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The IdeaPad A1 is a $199 Android tablet that runs Android 2.3 rather than Honeycomb. So it’s not precisely using a tablet-tailored OS, but not many other 7-inch tablets use Honeycomb, either. For the price you get a 1024×600 resolution screen with two points of multitouch powered by a 1 GHz Cortex 8 CPU. Like Lenovo’s other Android tablets you have some customized elements in the OS including the easy-access widget, Lenovo SocialTouch, and the Lenovo app store. The hardware also packs front- and rear-facing cameras, up to 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The A1 may not be the best tablet out there, but it seems good enough for the $199 price tag. It’s less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, and $50 cheaper than even the Nook Color. At .5 inches thick, and .9 pounds, the A1 is the tiniest bit thicker yet lighter than the Nook Color. It’s arguably the best choice right now for an inexpensive Android tablet since it’s cheaper and doesn’t require any hacking to run true Android with Barnes & Noble’s skin.