Lenovo introduces two new seven-inch offerings into the Android tablet space: the entry-level A1000 and the quad-core A3000.
The 7-inch IdeaTab A1000 runs 4.1 Jelly Bean atop a 1.2GHz dual-core chip, which is supported by 1GB of RAM. Its multi-touch display has a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels. It is marketed as a “music tablet” because it has dual stereo speakers above and below the screen, and Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancement. It enables you to store up to 4GB of files and let’s you expand it up to 32GB via microSD.
The A1000 has its own SIM slot to enable GSM support and, consequently, voice functionalities. In addition to this, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It also has USB OTG (On The Go) support, allowing you to read and charge certain USB devices, although you’d have to use a special kind of cable. For example, if your phone runs out of battery, you can pass on the power of the A1000 by connecting it to the microUSB port. It also has only one camera with a 0.3-megapixel front-facing sensor. The A1000 is available starting this month for PHP 6,499.
The IdeaTab A3000 is just about the same size as the A1000 and has the same screen estate and resolution. The key difference is its 1.GHz quad-core MediaTek processor that makes it powerful enough for gaming and some heavy multimedia. It also sports a 5.0-megapixel rear camera, in addition to its 0.3-megapixel front-mounted shooter.
It runs the 4.2 version of Android Jelly Bean and has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable to 64GB via microSD. Like the A1000, it has a SIM slot that enables 3G/HSPA+ support, GSM capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB OTG. It is also available beginning this month for PHP 9,999.
Lenovo also claims that both tablets come with Lenovo Mobile Access, giving users temporary internet access (through HSPA+ or 3G) without having to set up a special data plan. When the initial access expires, users will be prompted to either renew it or select an alternative service.