Lenovo Announces $200 Rival To Original Apple iPad Tablet

Chinese hardware manufacturer Lenovo is bound to get some attention with an ultra cheap Android-based tablet, the A1, which is set to go on sale for $200 in the US (and hopefully in the UK).

The tablet, which was announced at IFA, comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a front-facing and rear camera, Wi-Fi, and features offline GPS which allows it to connect directly to a satellite - extremely useful in notspots or to avoid paying roaming charges.

Weighing less than 400g, it does come with a small 7-inch screen with a 1024x600 pixel resolution (hopefully capacitive), the same as the Samsung Galaxy Tab but not high enough to accommodate Honeycomb (interestingly, that's not far from the original Apple iPad); there's 8GB onboard storage, a magnesium alloy body (making it resistant to drops and shocks), a Cortex-A8 TI OMAP3 SoC clocked at 1GHz (like the original Apple A4 in the iPad and the iPhone 4).

Lenovo also says that the tablet will support both the Lenovo app market and Google Android market but it is the pricing that gets us excited. $199 is a sweet spot and one which is likely to get heads turning.

But we're not surprised given that the Hannspree Hannspad is available from around £150; it is a dual core model which features the newer Cortex-A9 and has a much bigger 10.1-inch display.