Lenovo IdeaPad A1 now on sale in the U.S.

The budget-friendly, single-core OMAP tablet shipping late this month for only $199

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Lenovo has made available its budget-friendly IdeaPad A1 tablet for U.S. customers through its official online store. The tablet was first hinted at late July when the unit arrived at the FCC.

As an entry-level alternative to the more expensive IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad tablets, the 7-inch IdeaPad A1 includes a single-core 1GHz OMAP 3622 Cortex-A8 CPU, 512MB RAM, 1024x600 resolution screen, front-and-rear cameras, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth and a built-in 1-cell battery for around 5-7 hours of usage. There is even a healthy amount of physical connectivity options with microUSB and dedicated SD/microSD card readers. Overall, the unit is 0.88 pounds (0.40kg) and only 0.46-inches (1.17cm) thick.

The A1 tablet starts at only $199, the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire. Unfortunately, this specific model will only house a 2GB SSD, so buyers may want to take advantage of SD cards for additional storage. For $50 more, however, users will get 16GB of internal storage and a wider range of colors including pink, blue and white.

While Lenovo is currently taking orders, don’t expect to receive the tablet until around Halloween at the earliest as units are not expected to ship until at least October 27th.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.