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Lenovo unveils 7-inch, $199 Android tablet

The new IdeaPad Tablet sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display and a microSD card slot. A distinctive feature that makes the tablet stand out at is that the screen is capacitive touch, not the common resistive touch found in the so called value devices.

For all those who want to add an affordable tablet to their device collection, Lenovo has announced their latest IdeaPad A1 with a starting price of $199.

The company is all set to roll out a mid-sized, low-cost Android tablet in the United States.

The heavily discounted HP's TouchPad ($99) that vanished with lightening speed in the recent fire sale suggests that price does matter and there could be a market for low-cost tablets.

"The price point could put Lenovo in a very competitive position," stated David Daoud, research director at IDC.

Preinstalled in the A1 tablet is the Lenovo’s Social Touch app which displays emails, calendar appointments and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.

The distinctive features
The new IdeaPad Tablet sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display and a microSD card slot. A distinctive feature that makes the tablet stand out at is that the screen is capacitive touch, not the common resistive touch found in the so called value devices.

What's more, it packs a single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processing chip, 8GB of built-in memory, bluetooth, front and rear-facing webcams with 3 megapixels resolution, Wi-Fi, an inbuilt GPS receiver and a battery with 7 web browsing hours.

However, the tablet lacks the more advanced Honeycomb software and will run on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. Also, the new device measures 0.47 inch thickness and weighs 88 pound.

Some other features
Also, pre-installed in the A1 tablet is the Lenovo’s Social Touch app which displays emails, calendar appointments and most social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 will be offered in four colors: black, blue, pink and white.

Apart from the low-cost $199 model, the laptop maker will also offer a $249 16GB model and a $299 32GB model. These two models will have the same features as the $199 model but with more built-in storage.

Though the exact dates of its shipment are still not revealed, the new A1 tablet is likely to hit the shelves by mid to late September.