In response to the rise of the Apple iPad, it seems like all the Android folks decided that $499 was the benchmark price. Just about all of the Honeycomb offerings launched at that price. Well, while it’s not as cheap as the Kobo Vox or Kindle Fire, the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 is certainly more affordable at just $349.
I spotted this price at Future Shop in Canada, but it seems that at least a few other retailers are offering variants of the K1 at that price point. This is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it undercuts the Eee Pad Transformer 16GB by a solid fifty bucks. Second, the Lenovo has 32GB of internal memory.
To get the Eee Pad Transformer in 32GB (without the keyboard dock) is still in the $499 range, so you could say that the IdeaPad K1 is undercutting by $150. Yes, this is still almost double the price of the Kindle Fire, but you are getting a real Honeycomb tablet here with real Android Market access and a peppy NVIDIA Tegra2 processor. Is that cheap enough yet? Or are you willing to pay more when the Kal-El tablets arrive?