Amazon temporarily cut the price of the Ideapad A1 tablet to £150 as part of its holiday sales promotion, but has now made the cut permanent.
The 25 per cent price reduction makes the Ideapad A1 one of the best value for money tablets on the market, with specifications similar to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab whose price has also been cut to £199 by Carphone Warehouse.
Like the Galaxy Tab, the Ideapad A1 comes with a Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1GHz, the TI OMAP3622, 512MB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a VGA front facing camera, a three megapixel rear one, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and up to six hours battery life.
Although Lenovo bundles its own proprietary features like SocialTouch and the App Shop, you still have access to the bog standard Android Market. And Lenovo has also thrown in 10 pre-loaded applications including Documents to Go. Reviews on Amazon point out to the lack of documentation, while a recent over the air update makes the screen even more responsive.
But even at this price, Lenovo is likely to face some serious competition from the likes of the Ainol Novo7 which has a similar set of features, but runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and costs significantly less.