Lenovo Announces Affordable Tab A Android Tablets

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Consumers shopping for a low-cost Android tablet will soon have a few additional choices. Today, Lenovo announced three new, budget-minded Android tablets in the 7-inch Tab A7-50, 8-inch Tab A8 and 10-inch Tab A10. The three slates will launch in May for $129, $179 and $249 respectively.

All three Lenovo Tab A devices run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on quad-core MediaTek MTK 8121 processors with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Lenovo  says it will provide each tablet with an over-the-air update to Android 4.4 KitKat, though the company has not announced a timetable for this upgrade.

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The 7-inch, Lenovo Tab A7-50 provides a 1280 x 800 display, which is typical of budget tablets in this price range, including the $149 ASUS MeMOPad HD 7 . At 7.79 x 4.77 x 0.38 inches and 11.28 ounces, the A7-50 is roughly the same size and weight as the MeMOPad HD 7 (7.7 x 4.7 x .4 inches, 11 ounces)  but is a tad heavier and thicker than the Google Nexus 7 (7.9 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches, 10.24 ounces).

In addition to a colorful 1280 x 800 screen, the 8-inch Tab A8 packs Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers in order to deliver what Lenovo calls “‘home entertainment’ on the move” in its 8.54 x 5.35 x 0.35-inch, 12.69-ounce frame. Apple’s $399, 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina display (7.9 x 5.3 x 0.29 inches, 11.7 ounces)  is both lighter and thinner, but costs  more than twice as much.

Meant for power users, the Tab A10 packs a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display and dual Dolby speakers on the front for a richer multimedia experience. When paired with an optional Bluetooth keyboard, the 10.39 x 6.94 x 0.35-inch, 1.2-pound A10 promises solid productivity on the go.

The A7-50, A8 and A10 come with 3,450-mAh, 4,200-mAh and 6,340-mAh batteries, respectively, and Lenovo says each should last approximately 8 hours on a charge. We’ll have to wait until we can put the devices through our tests to see if the they provide better or worse endurance than advertised.

The new Tab A line is a refresh of Lenovo’s IdeaTab A series, which packed weaker, 1024 x 600-pixel displays than the new models. While we liked the $129 IdeaTab A1000’s design and speakers, subpar performance and a dim display held it back. We look forward to seeing how the new Tab A devices stack up, so stay tuned for our full reviews. 

Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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