The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet has seen yet another price drop as eBay seller Save-on-laptop continues to clear out existing stocks of the once-promising tablet for just £119.19, including delivery and 119 Nectar points.
The device comes with a Cortex A8 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 7in 1,024 x 600 pixel capacitive screen, a microSD card slot, a VGA front camera and a 3-megapixel rear one, a mini USB port, up to seven hours battery life, Wi-Fi and a weight of 410g.
Arguably, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 suffers from a comparison with the Google Nexus 7, which costs less than £40 extra, doesn’t come with a rear camera or a card slot but still offers a processor that’s more than 10 times more powerful than the A1’s, as well as twice the system memory, the latest Android OS and a higher screen resolution.
So while the IdeaPad A1 would be an excellent Android-based media player (especially as you can grab a 64GB card for around £30 to boost total onboard storage to 80GB), we’d still root for the slightly more expensive Nexus 7.
You should be able to upgrade this tablet to Android 4.0 ICS but that will be the end of the road for it as it is unlikely that it will ever get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.