Starting from January 2012, notebook manufacturers will be putting their resources into making tablets. Non-iPad tablet vendors has started cutting prices in September in an attempt to reduce their overstock inventory and minimize losses, and the decisions are expected to trigger a new price war within the tablet industry, according to sources from notebook players.
This year we have witnessed the price reduction on Android tablets, noticeably Lenovo IdeaPad K1 pricing on launch day was RM1,499 in August and now selling at RM1,299 after they revised the retail price.
Samsung and Motorola have both seen weak tablet sales, while Research In Motion and HTC are looking for better results next year, according to DigiTimes.
Lenovo heats up the competition for Q1 next year with the introduction of Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet A1 and will land in our shores next month for RM799!
Spotting a 7-inch form factor, the new tablet is equipped with a single-core 1.0GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor together with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory as well as a capacitive multi-touch LCD display with a maximum resolution of 1024x600. Apart from that, it also comes with 0.3-megapixels front-facing camera and 3-megapixels main camera.
Other features also include magnesium alloy roll-cage inside its chassis, microSD card reader, micro-USB port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and offline GPS navigation system. However, this tablet runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that is usually used in mobile phones rather than the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
It will be available in black and white and released at all Lenovo Exclusive Stores as well as authorized dealers in Malaysia next month.