Lenovo A1000L : Less For More

Lenovo A1000L is their latest addition to A1000 series at a price tag of Rs 6999 as currently listed on flipkart. The A1000 series is the introductory and affordable line-up of tablets available from Lenovo. It runs on Mediatek’s 1 GHz MT8317 Dual Core Processor with Android 4.1 Jellybean. For now, black colour is the only available option. It has 7 inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. There is only one camera which is front-facing at 0.3 MP. Internal memory is around 8 GB with microSD slot for memory expansion. Other features include front-facing speaker, accelerometer, wi-fi, microUSB connectivity with USB OTG compatibility etc.

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Under the Rs 10k bracket for tablets, Micromax has been the frontrunner for quite some time now. Players like Karbonn, Lava, DOMO, HCL, Lenovo or Datawind (of Aakash’s fame) have been trying hard to pose a worthy challenge to dominance of Micromax, but in vain.

Lenovo A1000L Tablet (Wi-Fi, 8 GB)

Lenovo A1000L Tablet (Wi-Fi, 8 GB)

 

Spec-Sheet :

Operating System
  OS Android
  Version 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Calling Feature
  SIM slots  No
PROCESSOR
  Speed 1 GHz
  Brand  Mediatek MT8317
  Type Dual – Core
  Graphics NA
MEMORY
  RAM 512 MB DDR2
  Internal Memory 8 GB
  Expandable Upto  32 GB
  Memory Card Type  microSD
DISPLAY FEATURES
   Screen Size  7 inch
  Display Type Capacitive Touchscreen (TN Screen)
  Resolution 1024 x 600 (170 ppi)
CAMERA CONFIG
  Primary ( Rear)  No
  Secondary ( Front) 0.3 MP
BATTERY
 mAh 3500 mAh Lithium – Polymer
Standby time 400 hrs
Internet Browsing Time 8 hrs (Wi-Fi)
Play Time 6 hrs (Video)
CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
  Wi-Fi  Yes
  Wi-Fi Version IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  USB Micro-USB
 Dongle support Yes
 Dongle list NA
MEDIA FILES SUPPORTED
  Audio Files MP3
  Video Files NA
ERGONOMICS
Weight 345g
Dimensions 199 x 121 x 10.7 mm
SOUND
 Speaker  Yes, Front-facing
  3.5mm Jack  Yes
IN THE BOX
  Items  Tablet, Charger and User Manual
BEST BUY
Price Rs 6999 – Flipkart.com

The Downside :

Its predecessor, Idea Tab A1000, sports a number a features that are not there in A1000L given the fact that it is available for nearly the same price. A few are listed below :

1. A slightly faster processor clocked at 1.2 GHz

2. IPS display with 5 point multi-touch

3. GSM SIM slot (2G)

4. 1 GB DDR2 RAM

5. Bluetooth connectivity

6. Dual Front Facing Speaker with Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement

It is difficult to comprehend as to what drove Lenovo to market a tab with comparatively inferior configuration at this price. Nevertheless, if you are not a hardcore user and someone who just wants use a tablet without much hassle and complicated functionality, these configurations will be fine. But then again, why shell out that much money? So we’ll see a few possible options for you. May be one even with better configuration but at a lower price!

The Contenders :

1. Micromax Funbook  P280 (Rs 4500) / Micromax Funbook P255 (Rs 4515) :

Pros : 1.2 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, Graphics – Mali 400,  primary (2 MP) and secondary (0.3MP) camera, wider media support, 3G Dongle Support via USB, microSD slot etc.

Cons : No 2G SIM (both), only 2gb internal memory in Funbook P255

2. HCL ME Sync 1.0 (U3) Tablet  (Rs 4999) :

Pros : 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, Graphics – Mali 400, primary (2 MP) and secondary (0.3MP) camera, , wider media support, 3G on USB Dongle (Supports Major Telecom Operator Dongles) etc.

Cons : No 2G SIM

3. Karbonn Ta-Fone A34 (Rs 6690) :

Pros : 1 GHz processor,  primary camera (2MP), microSD slot, Dual SIM card slot ,  wider media support etc.

Cons : Only 2G SIM card support

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