Lenovo Launches New Tab A7-50, A8, and A10 Android Tablets

Subject: Mobile | April 8, 2014 - 07:01 PM |
Tagged: tablet, tab a8, tab a7-50, tab a10, mtk 8121, mediatek, Lenovo, android 4.2

Today, Lenovo announced a refreshed lineup of its A-series tablets including the A7-50, A8, and A10. The new tablets take a common hardware platform and scale it from a 7-inch tablet to a 10-inch tablet with optional keyboard. All three tablets run the Android 4.2 operating system and will be available in May.

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The Lenovo TAB A7-50 Android 4.2 tablet.

The new Lenovo TAB A-series is powered by a quad core MediaTek 8121 SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz paired with 1GB of LP-DDR2 memory and 16GB of internal flash storage. Users can add an additional 32GB of storage with a micro SD card. Networking is handled by an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radio along with an optional SIM card slot on certain models (cellular functionality not available in the North American market). The tablets come with IPS touchscreens with a resolution of 1280 x 800. Lenovo includes a 2MP webcam and a 5MP rear facing camera on all three A-series tablets. The A10 further adds stereo speakers and compatibility with a keyboard dock.

Lenovo rates all three tablets at eight hours of battery life.

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The Lenovo TAB A8 tablet.

Beyond the Lenovo TAB A10 being available with a Bluetooth keyboard dock, the only major differences between the new three A-series tablets are physical dimensions, screen size, and weight. The Lenovo TAB A7-50 measures 198x121.2x9.9mm and weighs 0.70 lbs. The TAB A8 meanwhile measures 217x136x8.9mm and weighs slightly more at 0.79 lbs. Finally, the TAB A10 measures 264x176.5x8.9mm and weighs 1.2 lbs.

The Lenovo TAB A10 with its Bluetooth keyboard dock.

The 7-inch Lenovo Tab A7-50 has an MSRP of $129 while the 8-Inch Tab A8 has an MSRP of $179. The 10.1-inch Tab A10 has a base price of $249 and is also available as a tablet and keyboard bundle for $299.

What do you think about Lenovo's new A-series lineup? On one hand, you have three size options at competitive prices, but on the other you only have a single option as far as internal specifications and screen resolution no matter the screen size. If you can live with the MTK 8121 and 1GB of RAM, they could be a viable option.

Read more about Lenovo tablets such as the Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 at PC Perspective.

Source: Lenovo

April 9, 2014 | 07:03 AM - Posted by billeman

No FullHD screen (native rulez ;-)
No 5 Ghz Wifi
Slow processor
only 1 GB DRam
no 32 GB minimum storage
old android

Sounds like a big no-no to me

April 9, 2014 | 08:26 AM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

Yeah, considering it's not like Google charges more money for new versions of Android, why launch a device on anything but the newest version?

April 9, 2014 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Michel (not verified)

It's not money. When you start developing a new product you make descisions and build around that. I bet when they finished, the new Android came out.

Or you realy think they just download android like that and put it on a machine.

Don't blame them, blame the people who need updates like every half year. And google a little bit off course.

April 9, 2014 | 08:32 AM - Posted by Michel (not verified)

billeman, could you add some flair to your review?

All specs look better/ same as samsung. This tab is a real competition for samsung.

Old android is not old. Android 4.2 is still brand new and will be around for a few more years.

Didn't you check the weight of the A10, looks damn good to me.

Slow processor? I bet it will win of much others.
Together with this price is for me a big YES YES.

Billeman, can I conclude that you are apple fan? I think so.

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