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Lenovo 7-inch tablet supposedly sighted with mediocre hardware

Photo leaks of the device suggests a launch with Android 2.2 instead of the more recent Honeycomb

While Lenovo has officially revealed its 10.1-inch IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad tablets, there remains a relatively unknown 7-inch model still in the works.

An anonymous source from Engadget has leaked a couple of pictures of the supposed tablet and even some specs of the device. Called the A1-07, the 7-inch glossy tablet is said to feature a 1024x600 resolution screen with a TI OMAP 3621 CPU, built-in GPS, SIM slot, 3G, front and rear cameras and a microSD card reader. The TI CPU is actually the same one found in the Nook Color e-reader, meaning the Lenovo tablet may not have been designed for heavy multimedia or gaming use. For reference, the single-core OMAP 3621 in the Nook Color is based off of the ARM Cortex-A8 architecture and runs at 800MHz.

With regards to the chassis, the leaked photos show three buttons on the front of the tablet which are common for tablets equipped with Android 2.x and may suggest a Froyo launch. Judging by the rumored CPU, running Android Froyo may be the more appropriate version than the higher-end Honeycomb.

The unannounced tablet made its way to the FCC just last month, so we will have to wait for Lenovo’s official word for any solid confirmations.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)