Lenovo A-series Android tablet refresh launching next month with $130 starting price
Lenovo has announced pricing details for its upcoming trio of budget-friendly Android tablets that will launch in May to refresh last year's A-Series lineup.
The company will launch three models - the TAB A7-50, TAB A8 and TAB A10 - that will launch with a starting price as low as $129 to compete in the budget category. As expected at this price point, the tablets don't pack much in terms of specs, but Lenovo's new series aims to appeal to budget-conscious shoppers.
"Lenovo's latest A-series tablet family is designed to meet the demands of today's young, active users who are always on the go, and have lifestyle requirements that are as diverse as their own personalities," touts Lenovo. "With these latest additions to our tablet portfolio, we've introduced devices that speaks directly to each consumer's habits, whether it's enjoying music, reading e-books or watching videos on the go," said Shao Tao, vice president of Lenovo and head of Mobile BU.
"Our Android family of tablets will appeal to users around the world as we've built our products to be highly flexible to serve multiple needs and budgets."
When it comes to specifications, all models in Lenovo's new A-series tablets come with quad-core MediaTek processors and 1,280 x 800 resolution displays. The screen sizes are according to their model numbers, i.e. 7-, 8-, and 10-inch, respectively. All three slates will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board, but will be upgradable to the newest Android 4.4 KitKat.
Other specs the tablets share include 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage capacity, SD card support, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. Connectivity options consist of Wi-Fi b/g/n and 3G mobile broadband, although it remains unclear at this point whether the latter comes standard or optional, as an add-on.
The Lenovo TAB A7-50 model is the cheapest at $129, the TAB A8 goes up to $179, while the larger TAB A10 will cost $249. The A10 can also be purchased with an optional Bluetooth keyboard at $299. All three slates will launch in the U.S. starting next month, but Lenovo has yet to offer an exact launch date.