Want a Cheap Tablet? Lenovo's IdeaPad to Go for $199

HP's $99 TouchPad last month caused a buying frenzy among consumers and now it seems that everyone wants a cheap tablet.

Lenovo quickly discerned the trending appetite for low-cost tablets and announced it was launching the IdeaPad A1, costing just $199.

Although not as cheap as HP's marked-down price of $99, it is the cheapest branded tablet in the industry that won't be discontinued (like the HP TouchPad) and offers good options.

Although the 7-inch IdeaPad is 2.7 inches smaller than Apple's iPad 2, its price as compared to the iPad 2's or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's $499 is surely outstanding.

It does a good job also when compared to other same league 7-inch branded tablets. Take for instance Acer's Iconia Tab at $329, Samsung's Galaxy Tab at $280, or even the rumored 7-inch Amazon tablet that will sell for $250, according to TechCrunch.

The IdeaPad A1 runs Android 2.3, code named Gingerbread, is 0.5 inches thick, and weighs less than 500 grams.

Other specs include:

  • 3 Megapixel Back Camera
  • 0.3 Megapixel Front Camera
  • 7 Hours of Battery Life

Shipping for the IdeaPad will begin at the end of September and will be sold through partnering retailers.