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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Now Down To £270

The Lenovo IdeaPad K1 tablet can now be had from Amazon for under £270 making it one of the cheapest dual core large screen Android tablets on the market.

The tablet has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 capacitive touchscreen display, an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core system on chip clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Android 3.1 Gingerbread (with a possible upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the pipeline), Wi-Fi, a microHDMI out, Bluetooth, a micro USB port, a two megapixel front facing camera, and a five megapixel rear camera.

Lenovo has also bundled its own features like its App Shop and enhancements into the user interface, like the App Wheel and the Lenovo Launcher, plus 2GB free cloud storage and an additional 30 free applications.

The tablet has an estimated battery life of around seven hours when viewing videos and up to six hours when surfing.

It is physically almost as thin as the iPad 2, and users seem to be left unfazed by its relatively large bezel and the fact that it comes with a heavy dose of customisation.

Given that the 32GB version of the tablet costs £320, it might be worth investing in a £9 16GB microSD card, rather than forking out an additional £50.

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