Android tablets have matured from single core processors to dual core ones with quad core already flooding the China market and waiting to be introduced here pretty soon. With dual-core tablets already retailing, Lenovo has recently launched the 7-inch A2107, which features a single core processor. Read on to find out how it fares and about its chances of survival in the present market situation.
7-inch display with a resolution of 1204 x 600 pixels
Design and Build quality
Unlike other budget Android tablets (usually the Chinese-based ones) Lenovo has done a pretty good job on the build and design front. The A2107 has a very rugged frame which looks strong and firm. The shell is made from plastic with a matte-finished rear panel that feels rubberised. The front is only glass with black borders and there are no buttons, either physical or capacitive. the chassis is around 11.5 mm thick and has rounded edges with a dark chrome colour. The power button is placed on the top (when held in portrait mode) along with the 3.5-mm audio jack and the micro USB PC interface. The right side has the volume rocker. The back panel has the company logo and a stereo speaker grill below it. The top houses the rear camera. The top also has a removable rear panel, which is a little more than an inch in size. This panel when opened, exposes the micro SD card slot and the two GSM card slots. The entire tablet looks neat, rich and very classy. The tablet weighs a good 400 grams, which is pretty heavy for a 7-incher.
Rear panel has a rubberised finish
The Lenovo A2107 Tablet is a dual SIM GSM+GSM/WCDMA tablet only for 3G internet and no voice calls. It runs on a 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The SOC featured here is the MTK 6575 chipset, which includes the PowerVR SGX531 GPU. The display is a 7-inch LCD panel sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The cameras present here are the 2 megapixel main rear shooter and a standard VGA front facing. The internal storage on this one is a large 16 GB, but around 3.5 GB is used by the system storage for the data, apps and the operating system leaving the user with only 12.5 GB for data files. You do have the option of extending the storage by using a micro SD memory card. Connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, WCDMA 3G and micro USB for PC connectivity and USB OTG. Lastly, the operating system installed is Android ICS v4.0.
Rugged build quality, Dual SIM facility
The product has a few too many free applications for business and entertainment that are pre-installed out of the box. These include AccuWeather, Amazon MP3, Applorer, Cut the Rope, Docs to Go, ES File Manager, Evernote, Exent Android Console, GO Text, Hotel Reservation System, imo.im, Kindle, Leadertech Registration, Lenovo App Shop, Magicshare, Mediacorp e-Book Reader, NavDroyd, News Republic, Next Issue Media, Norton Mobile Security, ooVoo , Papaya Mobile, PokeTalk, Print Anywhere, Rara, Shazam, Skype, Slacker, Sugarsync, Vendetta Online, Viki, Viewster, Zinio, 5 Card Games and 7 Digital. Bundled along with the product is just a charger and a micro USB cable. You would have to invest in a pair of headphones, a screen protector and a carry case. The tablet carries a one year warranty.
Bottom has stereo speakers
Updated 25 May, 2013, 6:56 pm IST
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