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Lenovo 'aggressively' targets the Nexus 7 with new budget Android tablets

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Lenovo has announced a trio of Android tablets here at MWC, and we got an early look at two of them today. The A3000 runs Jelly Bean with very few modifications, and is the company's answer to the Nexus 7. It's specced very similarly to Google's tablet, although its 7-inch 1024 x 600 display and quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek processor fall short of the Nexus 7's 1280 x 800 display and Tegra 3 processor. It's relatively thin and light, measuring 11mm thick and weighing 340g (around 0.75lbs), but Lenovo hasn't really done anything special in the design department. The A3000 will be available with either 4GB or 16GB of internal storage, but Lenovo has fitted the tablet with a microSD slot — something missing from the Nexus 7 — and there'll also be a 3G variant with dual SIM slots.

Also on show was the S6000, a 10.1-inch tablet that Lenovo is calling a "home entertainment center." Despite the grand name, the S6000 is a pretty standard-looking Android tablet. The 10.1-inch IPS display has a fairly sub-standard 1280 x 800 resolution, and the tablet itself weighs 560g (around 1.25lbs). That's lighter than some tablets, but nothing to write home about. It's powered by the same 1.2GHz quad-core processor as the A3000 and will be "priced to move" when it launches this Spring. The final tablet in Lenovo's lineup is the A1000; a budget key of the A3000 with a 7-inch display and up to 16GB of storage. It'll have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and microSD expansion, but beyond that Lenovo isn't ready to share too much about it.

All three tablets are set to launch "worldwide" this spring. We asked Lenovo why anyone would want to buy its tablet over other budget Android options like the Nexus 7, and were told the A3000 would be priced "aggressively." When we asked the same about the A1000? "Very aggressively."