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Lenovo quietly raises IdeaPad A1 tablet to $229

The budget 7-inch IdeaPad A1 gets a $30 price hike on its 2GB model

If you’ve been thinking about getting the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 budget-class tablet, then you may have been thinking for too long. As reported by liliputing, Lenovo has silently increased the price of the A1 tablet by $30 for a final price of $229 for the least expensive model.

Exactly why the price hike was done is unclear, but the IdeaPad A1 is still rather inexpensive compared to competitors, especially given its specs. The budget Lenovo includes a single-core 1GHz OMAP CPU, 1024x600 resolution IPS display, 512MB RAM, microUSB and front-and-rear cameras. Unlike the Amazon Kindle Fire, Lenovo also throws in GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD card reader.

The Lenovo A1 launched almost a week ago in the U.S., so early adopters were able to get the A1 for only $199. Users still interested in the tablet can get the 2GB model for $229 or a 16GB model for $249. Prices for the larger IdeaPad K1 tablet remains unchanged, although Lenovo is currently holding a limited time “Weekly Deal” on the device for $429.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)