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Lenovo introduces an Android Go tablet as well as a tablet running...Nougat?

It's been a while since we've seen anything launch with Android Nougat.

Published onAugust 23, 2018

An official image of the Lenovo Tab E8.
  • Lenovo just launched five new tablets running the gamut from mid-range professional to ultra-budget.
  • Three of the tablets run Android Oreo, one runs Android Go, and one surprisingly is launching with Android Nougat.
  • The tablets are priced starting at $70, although the pricing for the two most expensive tablets is currently unavailable.

The tablet market has been a bit stagnant for a while, but in the past few months, we’ve seen a pick up in tablet releases from manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei. Now we can add Lenovo to the mix as it just announced a whopping five different tablets.

The tablets run the gamut from ultra-budget to mid-range professional. We have pricing and availability on some of the cheaper models but are still waiting on info on the two most expensive units.

One of the tablets actually runs Android Go Oreo, which is noteworthy because there aren’t many tablets running the ultra-small version of the Android operating system. And another of the tablets actually launches with the two-years-old Android Nougat, which is noteworthy because come on: how many devices launched with Nougat in 2018?

Lenovo Tab E7, E8, and E10

An official image of the Lenovo Tab E7.

The three cheapest models announced today are in the E line. The Lenovo Tab E7, pictured above, runs Android Go Oreo and has a MediaTek MT8167 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB of extra flash memory. It’s powered by a 2,750mAh battery and also includes dual-SIM support, a headphone jack, and a 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1,024 x 600. The rear camera is a paltry 2MP, and the front camera is a crazy-small 0.3MP — which we haven’t seen since the flip phone days.

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The Lenovo Tab E8 runs on the same internals as the E7 but upgrades the resolution to 1,280 x 800 and gives a boost in battery power to 4,850mAh (and is obviously an 8-inch tablet instead of a 7-incher). But the craziest thing about the Lenovo Tab E8 is that it ships with Android Nougat, and isn’t likely to ever get an upgrade to Oreo (and certainly not Pie).

Finally, the Lenovo Tab E10 (a 10-inch model, naturally) deviates from the E8 and E7 by offering some upgraded internals. It’s running Android Go Oreo and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, 1GB or 2GB of RAM (depending on the price), 16GB of internal storage, and a resolution of 1,280 x 800. On the back, you’ll find a 5MP camera and you’ll get a 2MP front sensor. The 4,850mAh battery powers it all and there’s a microSD slot for adding up to 128GB of additional storage. There’s also a headphone jack.

Here are the prices for the above models:

  • Lenovo Tab E7 — will launch in October for $70 exclusively at Walmart.
  • Lenovo Tab E8 — available now in select Walmart stores for $100.
  • Lenovo Tab E10 — will launch in October for $130 at Walmart and other retailers.

Lenovo Tab P10 and M10

An official image of two hands holding a Lenovo Tab P10.
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The Lenovo Tab P10 (pictured above) is the highest end tablet of the five announced today, but don’t get too excited: it’s still a mid-range unit that won’t be super impressive in the specs department. The P10 runs Android 8.0 Oreo on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The display is a 10.1-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. On the back, you’ll find an 8MP shooter paired with a 5MP camera on the front. You’ll also find a microSD slot that supports up to 256GB of additional storage, a single nano-SIM card slot enabling 4G LTE (GSM band only), a headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. Everything is powered by a 7,000mAh battery.

The Lenovo Tab M10 features similar specs as the P10, however with some caveats. There’s a higher resolution (1,920 x 1,200) but a smaller battery (4,850mAh). There’s only 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and the camera setup is only 5MP/2MP. Other than that, the devices are similar as far as specs go.

We don’t yet know pricing or availability for the Tab P10 and Tab M10, although it’s likely they will launch in October with some of the cheaper models listed above.

It’s clear that Lenovo is focusing on the budget market for tablet sales. What do you think? Do any of these catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!

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