There’s a slate of new tablets from Lenovo, a lovely variety of Android devices that cater to those who prefer friendly-budget prices. There’s the Tab3 7 and Tab3 8, similar tablets, just in slightly different sizes, made for the everyday casual user, as well as the Tab3 10 Business option, catered to professional individual who needs a bit more functionality and spunk.
Lenovo first took the wraps off the trio during the Mobile World Congress last month, and the Tab3 10 Business tablet was by far the star of the show. Despite this, I am a bit OCD and need to start with the simpler models before hitting the grand finale. These two, dubbed the Tab3 7 ($79) and the Tab3 8 ($99), are catered “for the family”. As far as differences, the Tab3 7 sports a 7-inch display with just 1024 x 600 pixels, while the Tab3 8 has an 8-inch display featuring a slightly more intriguing 1200 x 800 pixels.
These basic devices are perfect for on-the-go use, featuring Android 6.0 Marshmallow with plenty of child-friendly modes. They feature multiple user logins, safe web browsing, time and app access restrictions, and even Adaptive Display Technology, a helpful visual adjuster for protecting the eyes of wee ones by filtering out the harsh blue light. Both tablets sport quad-core MediaTek processors with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, plus a MicroSD card that will support an upgrade. Batteries include a 3,450Ah with 9 hours of use for the Tab3 7, and a 4,290Ah battery for 8 hours of use for the Tab3 8.
Then there’s the Tab3 10 Business model. With a starting price at $199, you’re going to get a bit more out of this tablet (especially with the option to configure it to a fancier model). After all, it is built for the professional. This means it’s “built for the workplace”, even supporting the Android for Work software for added security and IT support. Digital Trends says, “Lenovo has included endpoint protection to safeguard networks, tracking and geo-referencing to help keep tabs on the hardware, and a mobile device management system that allows remote control of the tablet and enforced installations and updates”.
The Tab3 10 Business features a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It houses a nice 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB and 3GB RAM options, and 32GB to 64GB options for internal storage, with a microSD card slot and micro USB. There is also a Wi-Fi only model, and 4G LTE model, an upgrade you don’t always see in tablets. Additional perks to the 10 Business is a “water repellent barrier”, thanks to Lenovo’s “advanced nano-coating technology”, meaning a few splashes from your coffee cup should be fine. Don’t drown the thing in a swimming pool. But I don’t know why you would, this thing belongs at a desk. As far as availability, the Tab3 7 and 8 models should arrive in June, while the Tab3 10 Business should be here by July.
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