Lenovo goes after buyers on a budget with new A-Series Android tablets

Lenovo is expanding its Android tablet portfolio with three new A-series models: the TAB A7-50, A8, and A10.

The new A-series tablets join the company's Yoga lineup of Android tablets, focusing on value rather than bleeding-edge performance or features. The A-series tablets start at just $129 (£77) and top out at $249 (£148), making them some of the more affordable Android tablets from an established company.

The A7-50 is the smallest of the bunch, featuring a 7in, 1,280 x 800-pixel IPS display. Inside is a quad-core MediaTek MTK8121 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Lenovo is marketing the A7-50 as an "on-the-go reading companion" so that alone should temper some performance expectations. Rounding out the package are Bluetooth 4.0, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

The A8 falls in the middle of the pack, offering an 8in IPS display with the same 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution. It's just a larger version of the A7-50, sharing basically every spec, from the quad-core MediaTek processor to the 2-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.

The largest of the trio is the A10, which, as you might have guessed, features a 10in display. Unfortunately, display resolution matches its smaller siblings at just 1,280 x 800 pixels, which is somewhat low by large-screen tablet standards. The A10 comes equipped with front-facing stereo speakers, which should be a nice addition for on-the-go media. Inside is the same quad-core MediaTek processor found in the smaller two A-series tablets.

All three tablets will begin shipping in May this year, with the A7-50 for $129 (£77), the A8 for $179 (£107), and the A10 for $249 (£148).

Official UK prices have yet to be announced.