(Update : We received this statement from Lenovo earlier today. "VERY were a bit premature and uploaded details to the site of our products way too early. The product won't be in stock until the summer. VERY will be removing it from their site today")
Online retailer Very has become the first to sell the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000-H tablet, one which was unveiled earlier this year at CES. The device, which is on sale for a mere £149 excluding delivery, is one of the most capable rivals of the Google Nexus 7, although, as we will see both have their pitfalls. You can cut 10 per cent off this price if you open a Very credit account as well.
The IdeaTab A3000-H runs on a Mediatek MTK8389 system-on-chip which packs four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHz with an ARM Mali-400 GPU solution. The SoC should, in theory, be slightly less powerful than the Nvidia Tegra 3.
The rest of the features is intriguing for a device that cheap. It has 3G functionality, making it the brand new cheapest connected tablet on the market, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, which can be augmented to 80GB via a microSD card slot, a 7in 1,024 x 600 pixel IPS display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, a rear 5-megapixel camera, a front facing VGA one, a 3,500mAh battery that can power the tablet for up to eight hours and a thickness of only 11mm.
You can check our hands-on of the Lenovo IdeaTab A3000, the non-3G version of this tablet and its predecessor, the dual-core Lenovo IdeaTab A2107.