The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 has just started with the pre-order process and has quite a few things going for it. Like the tablet boasts of a special feature whereby its GPS facility remains active even when the device is not connected to the net. Running Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the IdeaPad A1 also comes with a decent set of features and is in the 7 inch tablet group.
However, the most attractive feature of the IdeaPad A1 has been its price tag, which at $199 for the basic model made the tablet really affordable. Unfortunately, for some reason not yet revealed, Lenovo has raised the price of the IdeaPad A1 to $229 in its most basic form thereby robbing it of the price parity that it enjoyed with the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as the ViewPad 7e from View Sonic.
So at $229, what one get’s with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is 2 GB of internal memory with the color option being only black. Add $20 more and what you get is a slightly advanced version with 16 GB of internal storage capacity while the color option at this price is both white and black. Blue and pink were the other color options earlier announced though both have also been removed.
As for the reason behind the price hike, while Lenovo isn’t forthcoming with any explanation, maybe Lenovo just wants the consumers to know the IdeaPad A1 is not a cheap tablet built to tickle the buyer’s price sensitivity. Instead, Lenovo perhaps wishes to convey the IdeaPad A1 is a full fledged tablet device with all features built in it that one has come to associate with a proper tablet. They’d like to stay ahead of the budget tablet segment and portray the IdeaPad A1 as a device that is better than the Amazon Kindle Fire or the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e.
Whether the consumer’s still stick to the IdeaPad A1 in substantial number is what remains to be seen. Interestingly, the price hike has come at a time when many tablet manufacturer has resorted to heavy price cuts to boost sales.