Lenovo unveils trio of budget Tab A-series Android tablets

Lenovo unveils trio of budget Tab A-series Android tablets

Summary: The new models include 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch slates with 1,280x800 screens, starting at just $129.

TOPICS: Tablets, Android, Lenovo

Lenovo continues its budget strategy for Android tablets, announcing three new models that are priced between $129 and $249. The new additions to the Tab A-series include a 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch tablet.

As befits the pricing, specs are nothing to write home about, with all shipping with the same MediaTek MTK 8121 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 JellyBean  (though upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat). They all come with 16GB of solid-state storage, 2-megapixel front-facing and 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and 1,280x800 displays.

For the $129 7-inch Tab A7-50, that screen resolution is perfectly acceptable, surpassing the 1,024x768 display on the original iPad Mini. It's slightly less exciting for the $179 8-inch Tab A8-50, and mediocre for the $249 10-inch Tab A10-50. Then again, it's still $50 cheaper than the old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and $80 less than the Galaxy Tab 3, both of which feature the same resolution.

The new Tab A-series tablets will be available starting early next month, right around the time that budget slates could face some new competition in the form of the first Chrome OS tablets.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Lenovo

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  • At those prices, the rumored Acer Chrome Tablet may not be competitive.

    The ball, definitely, is now in Acer's court to find a Chrome tablet price point which will lure consumers away from these low cost Android tablets that will enjoy a vast app ecosystem advantage right from the start.