Determined to dominate the “PC plus” market in the Philippines, Lenovo’s local office launched on Thursday, Sept. 5, two new 7-inch Android tablets targeted at young Filipino users.
Vicky Agorrilla, country general manager of Lenovo Philippines, formally introduced in a press briefing in Makati City the company’s two new 7-inch A-series Android tablets — the Lenovo A1000 and A3000 ? which are designed for first-time tablet buyers, as well as gamers and active netizens.
The A1000 features enhanced audio, while the A3000 offers quad-core processing for speedy performance whether for gaming or Web browsing. The units will be sold starting September for P6,499 and P9,999, respectively.
Agorrilla said while Lenovo remains committed to the PC space, the company has been expanding into new form factors to cater to today’s breed of young Filipino users who have adopted the mobile lifestyle and have embraced the 7-inch form factor as their tablet of choice.
“Lenovo’s latest 7-inch Android tablets, Lenovo A1000 and Lenovo A3000, are a testament of Lenovo’s ability to develop new product categories and markets, and our deep understanding of Filipino consumers’ multi-faceted needs, which differentiate us from the competition and set us apart as a truly innovative company,” Agorrilla said.
Both the A1000 and A3000 tablets will be locally available through Lenovo’s retail partners MSI-ECS, Ingram Micro Asia Ltd. and its sub-distributor Net Essentials, and Open Communications.
The A1000 runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1 on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has on-board storage of 4GB (2.6 GB usable), extendable to 32GB with a micro-SD slot, as well as a GSM SIM support.
Some of the special features of the tablet are the Dolby Digital Plus integrated into the device and large, front-facing speakers that ensure the sound is directed at the users? ears rather than the floor.
Meanwhile, the A3000, sporting an IPS 1024×600 screen, runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2 on a 1.2GHz quad-core MTK processor. The tablet promises to bring rich user experience for games, video, photo-sharing and Web browsing.
Although thin and light at 345g and 11mm thick, the A3000 can store huge data with a 16GB memory, which can be extended to 64GB with the external micro-SD card. It also has a dual GSM SIM with 3G/HSPA+support.
Lenovo also packaged the new Android tablets with Lenovo Mobile Access, a service that allows users to connect instantly even without having to set up a special data plan.
Users can browse Web pages, access their email, and share content using HSPA+ 3G access or through Wi-Fi according to their specific configuration. When the initial Lenovo Mobile Access service expires, users will be prompted with the option to easily renew their plan or select an alternative service.