Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Released October, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.0
Like all Honeycomb tablets, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 has a 10.1", 1280 x 800 capacitive display with 10 points of multi-touch, a 1Ghz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1 gig of RAM, dual cameras, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth and a GPS.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2011)
6.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Performance

Processing power and speed

IdeaPad K1
5.8
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

IdeaPad K1
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

IdeaPad K1
6.7
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

IdeaPad K1
8.0
Reviews from reviews.cnet.com, phonearena.com, mobiletechreview.com, techradar.com and 1 more

6.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

IdeaPad K1
6.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Lenovo IdeaPad K1

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

IdeaPad K1
1,435

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

IdeaPad K1
1,700 ms
Iconia Tab A500
1,988 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1


6.0
The LED backlit LCD is decent but not super impressive: sharpness is good enough for reading, but the 250 nits of brightness won't combat outdoor light and it isn't nearly as bright as the Kindle Fire that has the same resolution.

7.2
Unfortunately, the competition has already proven that display quality matters to consumers, even at the expense of cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, and even storage capacity.

4.5
On a better note, the K1′s battery life is pretty admirable.

5.0
When you have the IdeaPad on its own, you won't necessarily notice that the 10.1-inch display isn't very bright, but place it next to an iPad 2 and it becomes immediately obvious.

Overall

5.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Apps

Lenovo includes their widget for quick access to the web browser, settings and the video, email, music and ebook apps of your choice, and we like it quite well.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
The standard Google apps are on board including the Android Market, Gmail, email, the Webkit web browser and YouTube Player.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2011)
A downward swipe on the button will back you out of apps or menus.
by c|net (Aug, 2011)

Screen

Lenovo says the panel has a good 700:1 contrast ratio, and it supports 2 points of multi-touch.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
If you can look past the mediocre screen quality, the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is one of the best tablet values around.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)
The screen quality on the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet isn't great.
by c|net (Feb, 2012)

Operating system

Sure, Amazon and B&N each offer a dual purpose LCD ebook reader/limited function Android tablet, but they lack the cameras, GPS and full access to the OS experience and Android Market for apps.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
Now Lenovo is here with their IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Android tablets.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2011)
Forget about waiting for Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this little guy won't even get 3.2 Honeycomb according to Lenovo.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)

Ports

There's no HDMI out, but with a single core CPU and 512 megs of RAM, this tablet doesn't play 1080p video.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
The tablet has a 3.5mm headphone jack up top, sculpted volume buttons on the side and a microSD card slot under a cover on the bottom edge (when held in portrait mode).
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
It has a microSD card slot, a micro HDMI port and runs Android 3.1 out of the box.
by MobileTechReview (Aug, 2011)

Battery

The A1 has a 1 cell, 3550 mAh Lithium Ion battery that Lenovo claims is good for up to 7 hours of use when web browsing over WiFi.
by MobileTechReview (Feb, 2012)
Lenovo rates the IdeaPad's battery performance at 10 hours of mixed use.
by c|net (Aug, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer No
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor No

storage

Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSD
  2. SDHC
  3. SDSC
  4. SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 5 MP
Rear camera 2 MP

ports

Hdmi support HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No

form factor

Weight 748 g
Size 264.2 x 188 x 13.2 mm
Thickness 13.2 mm
Battery life 8.33 hour
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