Lenovo on Sunday rolled out two new Android tablets that lower the cost curve with prices starting at $129 and $199.
The tablets, aimed at consumers and unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, illustrate how these devices are commoditizing and almost becoming throwaways as Apple and Samsung vie for the higher end of the market. The tablets also land as Lenovo is still smarting from embedding the Superfish adware on PCs. See:
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Specifically, Lenovo launched the Tab 2 A10-70, which is billed as a device for media hungry consumers starting at $199, down from $229 for the predecessor. The A10 is optimized for multimedia and includes a 10.1-inch screen, Android 4.4 and a MediaTek quad core processor. An 8-megapixel rear camera is also thrown in. Lenovo said it is reshaping "the relationship between price and value."
According to Lenovo, the A10 weighs in at 500 grams and is 8.9 mm thick.
The Tab 2 A8 has an 8-inch screen and a starting price of $129, down from $149 for its predecessor. Like it's larger sibling, the A8 runs on a MediaTek processor. However, the A8 supports microSD card support, Android 5.0 and four color options. The A10 has two colors.
Lenovo said the A10 will be available in April with the A8 following in June.
How these tablets would fare in a work setting remains to be seen, but they should work for content consumption as well as light document editing.