Lenovo launches affordable TAB3 series
Today at MWC 2016, Lenovo has unveiled its new TAB3 series of Android tablets. There are three models in cascading sizes at 7, 8 and 10-inches. While the two smaller tablets are designed around family use and even include some family specific features, the 10-inch model is targeted at the higher-end business segment.
The TAB3 7 and TAB3 8 variants are both reasonably priced and feature very similar specifications. The two are powered by a 1GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, 1GB of memory, 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front facing camera combinations, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow installed by default. The TAB3 7 comes with a 7-inch 1024×600 resolution display, while the TAB3 8 is an 8-inch tablet with 1280×800 pixel resolution. Both are also IP52 rated for protection against the odd splash of water.
There are a few other hardware differences between the two though. The TAB3 8 comes with 16GB of internal memory and a larger 4,290mAh battery than the 7-incher’s 3,450mAh cell and 8GB or 16GB storage options.
As you would expect, there is multi-user mode support, so everyone in the family can have their own account. Keeping with the family friendly vibe, Lenovo has implemented a dedicated kid’s mode with safe web browsing features and the option to restrict access to the tablet at chosen times or days of the week. There is also an adaptive display function for more optimal viewing based on your current content and swappable gestures to hop directly into your favourite apps.
The Lenovo TAB3 7 comes in a selection of color options, including black/blue, white/blue, pink/purple, and blue/yellow. The 8-inch model only comes in the first two options. Pricing for these two tablets is quite varied depending on the options you prefer, so here’s the rundown:
- TAB3 7, 8GB memory and WiFi-only – $79
- TAB3 7, 8GB memory with LTE – $99
- TAB3 7, 16GB memory with LTE – $129
- TAB3 8, 16GB memory and WiFi-only – $99
- TAB3 8, 16GB memory and LTE – $149
While the TAB3 7 and 8 may be very much lower-tier tablets, the TAB3 10 is a more typical mid-range affair.
The 10-inch display boost the pixels up to a full 1080p resolution, which is accompanied by Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The quad-core CPU also sees its clock speeds boosted slightly to 1.3GHz, and there are 2GB RAM/32GB storage and 3GB RAM/64GB storage options, for those who want the extra space.
The TAB3 10 packs in a meaty 7,000mAh battery, an 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front facing camera, twin Dolby Atmos speakers, NFC and GPS capabilities. The tablet is also IP52 rated for some water resistance and features Android for Work software for those looking for a little extra productivity out of their tablet.
Of course, the TAB3 10 is a little more expensive than the smaller tablets in the range. Prices start at $199 for the WiFi-only option with 2GB of RAM, which can be upgraded with LTE support for $249. The 3GB RAM with LTE data is the most expensive option at $299.
Lenovo’s entire TAB3 range will be hitting store shelves in June 2016.