Lenovo smart tab m10 hd 2nd gen review

     

How good is the Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2. Gen? Read my đánh giá to get khổng lồ know everything about its performance, software, battery life, & more.

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I’m starting this reviews with the design. The Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd gen looks pretty. We’re getting a metal toàn thân with two plastic sides which are housing the speakers and a couple of ports. It weighs 420g và is 8mm thin.

You charge it using a USB C 2.0 port which you can also use to connect lots of accessories but external monitors are not supported. On the other side, there’s a headphone jack và on the đứng top sits a microSD thẻ slot. There’s a connector for the Smart Dock since the hardware is the same as the Smart Tab, but it seems lượt thích you can’t buy the dock separately.

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When holding it in landscape orientation, we get a speaker on each side, so two in total. I think the sound quality is pretty good for its price. But compared khổng lồ the táo bị cắn dở iPad 8, the bass is much weaker. Lớn be fair, that one costs more than twice as much.

Cameras

Sadly, the webcam is not placed in the middle but on one of the sides and it has a 5-megapixel resolution. The main camera on the back offers 8 megapixels. Photos và videos look fine for this price class.

I lượt thích that you can unlock the tablet using facial recognition which works as it should in a good light. However, it’s using the webcam alone which means it’s not as secure as Apple’s Face ID.

Display: HD Without Netflix HD

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As the name suggests, the Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd gen has a 10.1-inch screen with an HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. For this size, I think that’s a bit too low. Icons & texts look a bit blurry compared lớn screens with a Full HD resolution. Sure, in the past we were all fine with such a low pixel density. But it’s not ideal.

Besides that, it’s a good display. Colors seem accurate và viewing angles are wide. With 400 nits it’s quite bright for a cheap game android tablet but it’s not as bright as the ipad 8. That’s khổng lồ be expected, of course.

According to Lenovo, the screen is especially gentle lớn your eyes. It’s certified by TÜV Rheinland và it’s reducing xanh light.

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I’m very disappointed that you can’t use the tablet khổng lồ watch Netflix with HD resolution. Since it has a Widevine level of L3 it does not support the necessary DRM standards. That means you’re stuck with standard definition movies & TV shows.

This has been an issue for a couple of years now with Lenovo’s android tablets. I reviewed almost all of them that have been released recently & none of them are capable of Netflix HD playback. That’s very disappointing since many want to lớn watch Netflix and other streaming services on their tablet. Well, you can watch YouTube và local videos in HD, of course.

Hardware và Performance

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Inside the Tab M10 HD 2nd gene runs a MediaTek Helio P22T octa-core processor with eight cores that clock at up to lớn 2.3GHz. You can get versions with 2GB or 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 64GB internal storage. I have the one with 4GB và 64GB because it’s not much pricier và that’s lots of storage for this price range.

Benchmark tests from Geekbench 5, 4, và 3D Mark show that the performance of that Helio P22T is below the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 which is a bit pricier. & it’s weaker than the Amazon Fire HD 10. Chạy thử results are very similar khổng lồ the Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus – no wonder because the internal hardware is the same.

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When surfing the website in Chrome and watching YouTube, I didn’t notice any major performance lags. It’s certainly fast enough for that. I noticed that multitasking works surprisingly well which might be due to the 4GB of RAM that my version has. With the 2GB one, it might not work as well.

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The benchmarks suggest that this is not a gaming tablet & that’s true. You can play PUBG thiết bị di động with the lowest settings which doesn’t look great but it runs fine. You’ll have to live with occasional stutters và you can’t even select HD graphics.

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I noticed the same with Asphalt 9. The graphics look terrible compared khổng lồ higher-end competitors & there are some heavier lags. Simpler games run great, of course. I played Evolution 2 và didn’t encounter any hiccups or so.

Software: game android 10 và Kids Mode

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Lenovo ships the Tab M10 HD 2nd ren running app android 10 which is great. In the past, most tablets from Lenovo have gotten one big update. So, while I can’t promise anything, I’m guessing that it’ll get android 11 next year.

I always like that Lenovo is shipping their tablets with almost pure Android. The interface is much less customized than Samsung’s, Huawei’s, or Amazon’s, which often can seem a bit overloaded. Google’s apps are preinstalled, as well as an FM Radio và a Video+ tiện ích but that’s it.

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Among the preinstalled Google services are YouTube Kids & Google Kids Space. The latter one is a kids mode. You can mix up different users on this tablet including ones for your kids. Since I don’t have any, it’s always hard lớn judge for me how good these kids’ modes are. But Google Kids Space seems much better to lớn me than Samsung Kids, for instance.

The Google Assistant is preinstalled too và works just as it does on your phone. If you love the Assistant, it makes sense to get the Smart Tab M10 HD with the Smart Dock because it allows you to use this tablet as a smart display.

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I lượt thích that we get a work mode, too, which was called productivity mode in the past. You can activate it in the settings. It’s not a real desktop mode as you might be familiar with from Samsung or Huawei. But it’s a more work-friendly view with a taskbar where you see opened apps & the three buttons get pushed khổng lồ the side. It’s easier lớn navigate app android using a mouse and keyboard that way.

Battery Life

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In my battery test, the Tab M10 HD got a runtime of 6.5 hours. For this, I’m always looping an HD đoạn clip on YouTube at maximum brightness. That’s not an outstanding result but a fine mid-range one.

Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd ren Review: Final Verdict

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Well, that’s the end of my reviews of the second-generation Lenovo Tab M10 HD. I lượt thích that we’re getting a premium-feeling toàn thân and almost pure apk 10. The software makes a great impression in general because of the work mode & Google Kids Space. I also like that we can get an unusually large amount of RAM & storage.

The performance of the MediaTek processor is not perfect, but fine for most use cases. You can’t expect a great gaming performance. And it’s a bit disappointing that the screen has an HD resolution only, but besides that, it’s a good one. That you can’t watch Netflix with HD resolution is a bummer too. I wonder what’s going on there.

Whether I can recommend the Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd gen depends on the price mostly. It’s fine starting at 130 US Dollars, but in most countries, it’s a bit pricier. There are lots of competitors in this price range so make sure that you compare prices. I think this can be an excellent value if you can find a good discount. The good thing is that Lenovo tablets often are heavily discounted during events like Prime Day & at other times too.

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Let’s check out its competitors.

The Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus is a fantastic alternative because it’s almost the same tablet but its screen has a Full HD resolution. It’s running app android 9 but it should get an update to app android 10 soon. If prices are the same or similar, I think it’s worth it lớn get the higher resolution one. Otherwise, their advantages and weaknesses are the same.

A more powerful competitor with a Full HD resolution is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7. Usually, it costs a bit more but I think it’s a better gaming tablet. Here, you can watch Netflix in HD resolution. I like that Samsung usually released two big updates. If you want lớn have 64GB of storage, you’ll have to lớn pay quite a bit more though.

If you’re fine with a heavily customized interface and are capable of installing the Google Play Store yourself, it’s worth it to check out the Amazon Fire HD 10. Depending on the version, it can be cheaper or about the same price. Here, we vày get a Full HD screen and you can watch Netflix in HD. You’ll have to lớn be happy to live in Amazon’s universe, though. That means Alexa instead of the Google Assistant.