Lenovo IdeaPad A1

Lenovo IdeaPad A1
Brand: Lenovo
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 7.0 inches, 600 x 1024 pixels, TFT, Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 3622
  • RAM: 512MB
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Battery: 3550 mAh
  • Released Date: 06-10-2011



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Lenovo IdeaPad A1
Released October, 2011
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 195 x 125 x 12 mm
Weight 400 g
Colors Pink, White, Black, Blue


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) TFT, LED-Backlit LCD
Size 7.0 inches
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. ~170 ppi
Features Capacitive, Multi-touch


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. TI OMAP 3622
CPU 1.0 GHz Cortex-A8
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. OMAP 3622 Graphics
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 512 MB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16 GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, compass
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 3550 mAh
Battery Life 6 hours
Charging 2A AC Wall Adapter Charger


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 3.15 MP
Front Camera VGA


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
USB miniUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews The tablet has a solid build quality that feels good to hold. The portability - with its lightweight design at less than 1 pound. In terms of software, some frustration with mobile websites not formatting well on the 7-inch display.
Overall though, Android Authority seemed to think the Lenovo A1 offers great value. For the price point, it comes well equipped with standard features like cameras, expandable storage, etc.
- Android Authority
User Reviews 2 The lightweight and compact design, color options, microSD slot, and decent speaker. However, they seemed largely disappointed with the tablet overall.
I very frustrated by the poor screen quality and viewing angles. I also faced frequent Wi-Fi connectivity issues that interrupted browsing and YouTube streaming. The unresponsive touchscreen and dim navigation buttons further detracted from usability, the camera quality quite lacking.
David - Geekanoids
User Reviews 3 On the positive side, Iit has a nice lightweight design and the speaker audio volume is decent. The A1 can handle 720p video playback and basic gaming fairly well thanks to its 1GHz processor.
However, the low-res screen with poor viewing angles. The impacts of running the dated Android 2.3 OS. The occasional performance hesitation due to the single-core CPU. The Wi-Fi and touchscreen responsiveness also seemed lacking at times.
Lisa - MobileTechReview
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Lightweight and portable design
- Affordable price point
- Decent speaker audio volume
- Handles 720p video playback and basic gaming
- Expandable storage

- Low resolution screen with poor viewing angles
- Runs old Android 2.3 operating system
- Occasional performance hesitations

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 6 / 10
  • Display 5 / 10
  • Battery 6 / 10
  • Design 7 / 10

The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet, released in October 2011, has garnered attention for its affordable price point and compact design. However, the reviews on its performance are mixed, with some praising its value for money while others express disappointment in certain aspects.

Design and Build Quality

The tablet boasts a solid build quality, providing a satisfying feel in hand. Weighing just over 1 pound and with dimensions of 195 x 125 x 12 mm, it offers portability without compromising on sturdiness.

Display and User Experience

The 7.0-inch TFT display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels delivers a satisfactory viewing experience, but some users reported frustration with mobile websites not formatting well on the screen.

The capacitive, multi-touch feature adds to the user-friendly interface, though some users found the touchscreen to be unresponsive.

Performance and Software

Powered by a 1.0 GHz Cortex-A8 CPU and equipped with 512MB RAM, the A1 handles basic tasks reasonably well. However, reviews suggest occasional performance hesitations and connectivity issues, particularly with Wi-Fi.

The tablet runs on the dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, causing concern for users looking for a more up-to-date experience.

Camera and Multimedia: The A1 features a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. While the camera quality received mixed reviews, the tablet's speaker audio volume was appreciated for its decent performance. Video playback at 720p and basic gaming capabilities were highlighted as positive aspects.

Connectivity and Battery Life

With Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and hotspot capabilities, the A1 offers connectivity options, although some users reported intermittent Wi-Fi issues.

The tablet supports miniUSB 2.0, but information on HDMI, NFC, and wireless charging is not available. The 3550 mAh battery provides up to 6 hours of multimedia usage.


Many reviewers acknowledge the tablet's affordable price point, lightweight design, and decent speaker audio volume. The A1 is seen as suitable for basic tasks, making it a good entry-level option for first-time tablet buyers.

On the flip side, criticisms include a low-resolution screen with poor viewing angles, the use of the outdated Android 2.3 OS, occasional performance hesitations, and Wi-Fi and touchscreen responsiveness issues. Some users experienced frustration with the tablet's overall usability.


In conclusion, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 offers an affordable entry into the tablet market, providing a lightweight design and acceptable performance for basic tasks.

However, potential buyers should consider the mixed reviews, especially regarding the dated operating system and occasional performance issues.

It remains a budget-friendly option, but users may want to explore alternatives for a more seamless Android tablet experience.

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