Lenovo's tablet decisions of late haven't exactly made the most sense. They announced a Windows 7 tablet recently that won't ship for some time, yet Windows 8 now makes the idea of a Windows 7 tablet just seem odd. And now, the company has introduced the IdeaPad A1… with a super old version of Android.
That's right; the A1 will ship with Android
2.3, which isn't even a tablet-optimized build of the OS. It'll boast a 1.GHz single-core Cortex A8 CPU, two-finger capacitive touch, a 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a G-sensor, seven hours of battery life and a 1024x600 resolution.
It's a 7" tablet that is obviously designed to cater to those who don't want to spend a fortune on a tablet, and it'll ship in four colors. There are microSD and USB ports, a magnesium alloy cage and offline GPS support, too.
The wild part here is the price: despite having a lackluster CPU and a behind-the-times build of Android, it starts at just $199. But really, Lenovo -- would the price have increasing that much with a copy of Honeycomb? No, because Android's a free distribution. Sigh.