Lenovo A1 is your budget-friendly 7-inch Android tablet

The Lenovo A1 is not a heavyweight Android tablet but it sure made quite a big splash in the tablet scene by coming with a $199 price tag. It may not be as cheap as the $99 HP TouchPad but the A1 doesn’t come with a quasi-extinct OS.

Lenovo A1 01At $199 (Php8,300), the Lenovo A1 is far more affordable for a 7-inch Android tablet. It’s akin to the WiFi version of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab which is almost twice as expensive. It doesn’t come with the tablet-centric Android Honeycomb OS nor a SIM card slot for 3G internet, calls or messaging.

What you’ll get from the Lenovo A1 is a purely WiFi Android Gingerbread branded 7-inch tablet running on a Cortex A8 1 GHz single-core processor. It has a 3 megapixel on the back and a VGA camera in front. You’ll also get Bluetooth, WiFi, microSD slot and microUSB for better accessibility, unlike the 9-pin connector on the original Galaxy Tab.

Lenovo A1 02

The specs are nothing noteworthy but on the plus side it’s beautifully crafted and only 11.9mm thin with different colors to choose from. Lenovo also says it does offline GPS and navigation with a unique chipset powered by Navdroyd.

The $199 is the price for the 16GB model and there are plans to release a 32GB model when it becomes available. In effect, it’s an affordable mid-sized tablet simply for content consumption and some light gaming.

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  • where is it available locally?

  • Ryozen

    How much ram?

  • voice

    Dami na naglalabasan pero wala ako nakikitang nagbebenta ng ganito sa Pinas. Puro Galaxy Tab at iPad. Me Archos sama naman.

    • dahil sa IFA sa berlin, inannounce na mga upcoming products ng sabay sabay. announcement pa lang. kahit sa ibang bansa wala pa rin.

    • jrush7731

      bkit sama archos voice??? balak ko pa namn bumili nun archos70or 80 pag my dumating na sa pinas.. anu b feedback ng archos dto sa atin voice???? mukhang ok namn un db? un mga gnun tablet b pwde kbitan ng broadband usb type???like tatoo or smartbro???

  • sana naglabas rin sila ng dual-core version nito, at Honeycomb pa! ;D

    • Lenovo K1 yun… pero 10-inch. siguro sa next iteration neto pag pumatok.

  • rotero

    is there any hint when this will be available here in phils? actually short tayo sa option pag dating sa 7in

    • rotero

      oopsss wala pala to 3g!!

      • yup parang Galaxy Tab WiFi lang nga na masmura.

  • JmBalicano

    Hoping there’s an update when this will become available in the Philippines.

  • wala pa nito sa pinas? $199 is affordable na for a tablet na ganyan sepcs. with offline GPS pa, naalala ko tuloy ung Navigator phone ko 2 years ago. magkano kaya t sa pinas including taxes na and other charges?

  • Bong Bugayong

    see you in christmas (or graduation time perhaps)

  • Edsar

    Calvin pa update naman dito sa site mo kung meron na nito sa atin. ty

  • Edsar

    Nakaka badtrip naman eto. ang tagal ko nang hinihintay.

    • parang di worth it

    • anabelle gonzales

      wala pa rin po ba nito (lenovo a1) dito sa phlippines?

      • wala pang balita eh

        • anabelle gonzales

          thanks po! nag-ikot nga ako yesterday sa cyberzone.. wala pala talaga balak i-release sa philippines ‘tong lenovo A1 (I just asked the personnel in charge sa lenovo) thinkpad daw ang i-rerelease nila by next year. Sana di ako magsisisi sa pag purchase ‘ko nito sa ibang bansa- if ever man dumating na saken ang unit.

          • well according to some friends who’ve used it sa taiwan computex… hindi sila na-impress. hehehe but you get what you paid for.

          • anabelle gonzales

            how about msi enjoy 7 or enjoy 10? any feedback or comments about that? thanks…

          • although i havent used them yet. i would steer clear from tablets that are not heavily marketed.

          • Joel

            is this better than kindle price? $199 lang din yun e

          • better ang kindle fire imho.

          • Joel

            i mean kindle fire.. hehehe

  • MixMe

    Sir Calvin,

    can you make a list of your top 10 or 20 tablets regardless of size, but syempre sama sa category ang price and specs….actually Im eyeing for the lenovo k1…pero according to internet, lenovo will release the thinkpad tab with Tegra3…hmmmm

    thank you and more power!

    • Primon Bugayong

      is there any update when the lenovo a1 will be available here?

      • nope no update… although i have friends who saw it in taiwan and they weren’t impressed at all.

    • thinkpad is aimed towards the business executive, for business use sya. i dont think aabot sa 10 ang mga tablets na i would consider. hahaha. if tegra 3 is important to you yung asus memo 370t looks really good.