The past few years have seen the awakening of the tablet market. Following the huge success of Apple’s iPad, tech companies have been working non-stop in releasing their own tablets. Lenovo, one of the biggest tech companies in the world, announced earlier that they would be releasing a trio of Android-powered tablets: the A1000, the A3000, and the S6000. For this review, we’ll be taking a look at the A3000.
Right off the bat, the A3000 looks sleek and very professional. With a clean and smooth finish, the A3000 really is quite the eye candy. It comes in at 194 x 120 x 11 mm while weighing in at 339 grams. The designers at Lenovo sure worked hard to give out design awesomeness to their three musketeers.
As for the display, the A3000 has a 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels which is good for a pixel density of 170ppi. Like the A1000, the display is sort of the downside of the A3000 but it shouldn’t really be that much of a problem.
Running Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean), the A3000 has a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. Pretty juicy, isn’t it? The quad-core processor is definitely a step up from the A1000, which only sports a dual-core processor.
The A1000 ships in two storage versions: a 16 GB version and a 32 GB version. If you happen to run out of storage, you can add up to 32 GB of additional storage via a microSD card slot. Also, a microUSB v2.0 is present and this device is also USB on-the-go ready.
Lenovo has put 1 GB of RAM inside the A3000. Sure, some devices have 2 GB of RAM such as LG’s Nexus 4 but if you really take a look at it, 1 GB of RAM is more than enough for most users. You’d only use 2 GB of RAM when you really run memory-intensive apps.
It’s quite a relief that the A3000 has two cameras: a front camera and a rear camera. The A1000 doesn’t have a rear camera which I think is really a letdown for some people, especially those who enjoy taking pictures. The primary camera or the rear one shoots at 5MP with a resolution of 2592 x 1938 pixels. The secondary camera only shoots at VGA. Video recording is also supported.
As with most of the devices in the market today, the A3000 supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality.
8 is always great, right? The A1000 packs a non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery. No official standby time has been released but talk time is said to reach up to 8 hours.
Lenovo has set a release date somewhere in the second quarter of 2013. They haven’t released any price tag so it’d be hard to say if the A3000 is worth your buck but from the information we have at hand, the A3000 looks pretty good. Maybe it’s not the best tablet out there but it definitely is something worth turning your head to.