About Lenovo, the company
Although we have heard the name Lenovo only in 2003-04, the history of the company goes far back to 1984. Today, Lenovo has become one of the largest manufacturers of the world's most advanced PCs with innovative technologies. Some of the world's most renowned brands like ThinkPad notebook, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkServer, IdeaCentre and IdeaPad are now associated with the name of the company called Lenovo.
Lenovo can be proud of having a multicultural team of dedicated workers which became possible when the Legend Holdings which was founded in 1984 in China began marketing its products under the brand name of Lenovo in 2003 and acquiring the IBM's PC division, a US based company by Lenovo Group in 2005. The Legend Holdings became a new legend with its new name Lenovo. The 'Le' stands for Legend and 'novo' means new in Latin. The eastern and western manufacturers of PCs joined hands giving the birth to the company. The global presence is now felt in about 60 countries in six continents. The diverse nature of the multi-national and multi-lingual workforce of Lenovo coming from the east and west gives it a source of strength making it one of the most cohesive next generation companies. As per the logo of the company which talks of a new world and new thinking, the company designs innovative and exciting products and services at affordable prices for its customers. In India, it has its marketing hub in Bengaluru. The ideaPad series of PCs and products dropping the IBM logo were launched in 2007.
About Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet is an entry level low priced Android Tablet which was announced by Lenovo at MWC in January 2013 along with A3000 and A6000, and is yet to see the light of the day. The products are now likely to be released for sale in the market by the end of March or by the first week of April 2013. Although the price of Lenovo A1000 tablet is not officially announced yet, it is likely to cost below $170 which is equivalent of Rs.9238 in Indian rupees. It is not a confirmed price. Based on this assumption, the price of Lenovo A1000 tablet may range between Rs.8000 to Rs.9000 when released in the Indian market. Let us now discuss the features and specifications of the new Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet.
Features and specifications of Lenovo A1000 tablet
Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet will run on Google's latest operating system 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which can be later upgraded to 4.2 when released by Google. It will be powered by 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT8317 dual core processor with IGB DDR II RAM and supported by Accelerometer sensors. There is an in-built storage capacity of 16 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. The display of IdeaTab A1000 is through a 7 inches IPS capacitive multi touchscreen. The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 pixels and the picture density is 170 ppi. One may come across several tablets with similar display features but it is rare to get these features when we compare the prices of the tablets in this range. There are front facing Dolby Digital plus sound enhancement featured loud speakers. The tablet supports a 3.5 mm audio jack. Lenovo comes in two colours, black and white. The worst part is that there is no support for GSM voice communication, SMS and MMS in Lenovo A1000. As such the device will not work on any GSM network anywhere in the world. There is no slot for SIM. The size of the device is 199 x 121 x 10.7 mm (7.83 x 4.76 x 0.42 inches) and the weight is 340 g (11.99 oz). The only connectivity is through Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth v3.0. In addition there is microUSB 2.0 and USB on-the-go. The primary camera of Lenovo A1000 is a 5 MP camera supporting 2592х1936 pixels resolution and an Autofocus feature. There is also a secondary VGA camera. The messaging facilities on the tablet are Email, Push Email and IM. The supported browser is HTML. There is no radio and GPS facility. The tablet has Java support via Java MIDP emulator. The tablet also supports SNS integration. The audio file formats supported by Lenovo A1000 are MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player and the video file formats MP4/H.264/H.263 are also supported by the tablet. In addition, there is a document viewer, a photo viewer and editor, an organizer and a predictive text input feature. Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 has a non-removable Li-PO 3500 mAh battery with a talk time of up to 7 hours.
It has taken a long time since the announcement of Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 in January 2013 putting the customers into a long waiting endurance test. The lack of GSM connectivity features is a great drawback of this tablet. The users have to depend on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to share internet connections. The company must compensate the buyers for this missing feature by keeping the price of the tablet low. All the other features for the tablet are quite good taking into consideration the price of the tablet, if kept low.
Read more on the technical specifications of Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 here.