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Lenovo Tab 4 hands on review

Published On 02-March-2017
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The android tablets have been declining since the increase in the popularity of 2-in-1s; however the Lenovo's Tab 4 series of tablets are a signal that there is still life in the sector yet.

Along with an 8 and 10 inches model, these two tablets don't look to set the world burning along with the breakneck speeds or an insane sales proposition.

Though, these can fill the void in the low to midrange of tablets that is presently dominated by Amazon and its Fire tablets.

Both these tablets run Android Nougat, stocked along with satisfactory specification’s to chew through most apps and games, and also a surprisingly premium design language makes the Tab 4 8 and Tab 4 10 ones to look out for particularly since they are releasing for as low as $109 (almost £87, AU$141) and $149 (approximately £119, AU$193) respectively.

Design

Its design seems like this tablet is designed especially for kids in short the Tab 4 is strikingly good-looking. Covered along with the  glass on both sides, it looks as if it can do just as well in the hands of just about anyone searching for the hand-held tablet.

Each is cropped in plastic, featuring all of the needed buttons to make operating the volume and powering on and off enough simple.

We are really amazed to find that a few of the tablets in the range contains a fingerprint sensor. The Tab 4 8 Plus has one entrenched directly into the side-mounted power button, whereas 10 Plus has one located on the front, much in the way that a lot of smartphones do.

Other desirable characteristics have made their way to the Tab 4 series, such as USB-C connectivity, dual speakers along with Dolby Atmos support, a microSD slot and a larger battery in both tablets.

Performance

After testing, we can confidently say that the performance output in these tablets will be enough for most. Obviously, it does depend on your normal work (or play) load.

Every size has a plain and "Plus" option. The perquisites for choosing for the Plus have almost completely to do along with the specifications and thankfully do not alter the design of the tablets, away from the fingerprint sensors.

The Tab 4 8 and 10 contains a Qualcomm MSM8917 quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 display along with 2GB of RAM. And the Plus varieties amp things up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, just like the Moto G5 Plus, a 1920 x 1200 display screen, and also 3GB and 4GB configurations.

The thing which is really nice to see is that each and every tablet in the range comes already installed along with Android Nougat. This feature only will see these devices being more competent than most at multitasking and saving battery along with its improved Doze mode that analyzes battery handling patterns to improve its performance.

Lenovo is also angling the 10 inches tablet as a productivity device. Heck, it also features a "Productivity Mode" that turns the operating system into something that seems like the Chrome OS than Nougat. To use this, the company provides a keyboard that snuggles the tablet, then auto-pairs along with it through Bluetooth.

In terms of battery timing, the Tab 4 8 features 4850mAh cell inside and the Tab 4 10 features a whopping 7000mAh battery. Either tablet you are interested in, you are getting a truly a huge amount of battery here.

Early verdict

As mentioned earlier, the specifications might not completely blow the door open compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, however these surely serve a purpose in the tablet market.

The Tab 4 tablet series is a confident blow of engineering expertise that certainly sticks out from the gathering and its low price point justhelps its case.

It is not so common anymore that the consumer may find a feature-packed tablet that is exceptionally constructed, let alone four variations of said tablet.

As such, we really look forward to testing these tablets more in-depth for the full review closer to their launch in May.

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