This is Lenovo's foray into the affordable tablet market, and is just currently available in the U.S. The A1000 has a dual-core 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8317 processor, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, one front-facing camera (the A3000 also has a 5MP camera on the rear) and support a microSD card.

Both devices sport rather basic 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution displays but do run the latest iteration of Android, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Tablet with no support for GSM voice communication, SMS, and MMS. This is not a GSM device, it will not work on any GSM network worldwide.

It is a fairly thick slab with quite the bezel surrounding the 7" 1024x600 pixels display, which is not IPS, hence with weak viewing angles. The A1000 has a microSD slot in addition to the 16 GB of internal storage, and two front speakers with surround sound technology.

The model operated well and we didn't have time to thoroughly test out how media rattled the dual core in the A1000. From what we saw apps and music playback were no problem for either.

The Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 can be ordered from Lenovo’s website for just $149, with a promo code applied.

General2G NetworkN/A
Announced2013, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2013, May
BodyDimensions199 x 121 x 10.7 mm (7.83 x 4.76 x 0.42 in)
Weight340 g (11.99 oz)
DisplayTypeTFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)
SoundAlert typesN/A
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
- Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement
MemoryCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal4/16 GB, 1 GB RAM
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0
USBYes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
SecondaryYes, VGA
FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
ChipsetMTK 8317
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
MessagingEmail, Push Email, IM
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White
- SNS integration
- MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Organizer
- Predictive text input
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 336 h
Talk timeUp to 8 h

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