Lenovo has just released two new tablets into the market. While we know that budget tablets are a dime a dozen today, with Amazon having one of the cheapest offerings right now, Lenovo is looking to compete with Amazon with two new offerings in the tablet segment – the new Tab 7 and the Tab 7 Essential.
Lenovo Tab 7
Cutting the price down of regular tablets, starting with the $99 Tab, buyers will get a 7-inch HD IPS LCD display. Powering the device is a MediaTek MT8161 quad-core chipset, with a 1GB RAM configuration. Buyers will get 16GB of storage on-board, with a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP front-facing sensor. As has become the standard for Lenovo devices, Dolby Atmos support is also available for headphones. There is also a single front-firing speaker for decent sound output. Lenovo promises 15 hours of battery life on a single charge, which should be enough for a long day of usage.
Tablet Tab 7 Essential
The Tab 7 Essential is even more cut down, reducing on the screen resolution and the processing power. Being $20 cheaper than the Tab 7, the $79 tablet features a MediaTek MT8167D quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. As before, buyers will also get 1GB of RAM an 16GB of internal storage. The two cameras on the device are 2MP sensors, one on the front and one on the rear. On-tap is also a front-firing speaker. The Essential should be able to deliver at least 20 hours of battery life.
Not meant to be game-changers in the market, the two new super-cheap tablets will run Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and most likely, we won’t be seeing any updates to software. Both tabs also come with a microUSB port. Thankfully, the company will be using stock Android software, which shouldn’t make the phone stutter or lag… well not that much at least, with 1GB of RAM. The two new tablets by Lenovo are available on the company’s official website in black and white colour variants.
We would like to see some good offerings in the tablet segment that feature better hardware specifications, since most phones nowadays are nearing the tablet-sized screen category. While cheap tablets help widen the scope of companies’ reach in developing countries, their reliability and their efficiency are questionable at best. Hopefully, with experience in the tablet making segment, Lenovo should provide a more substantial offering in the coming months.