Lenovo didn’t have an event today but it did not stop them from announcing the launch of two new tablets, in their mid tier non Yoga range. I reviewed the Tab A8 recently and found that I was fighting above its weight so there is absolutely now reason to presume that the newer Tab 2 lines will be any different.
First up we have the smaller tablet the A8. This is the follow up to the one I reviewed at the end of last year. The big improvement that I can see is that the Tab 2 as the addition of front facing speakers which are a great addition to what was already a really good device. Lets dive into the specs a bit further.
- HD 1280 X 800 IPS Display
- Dolby ATMOS 3D Surround Sound
- Multi-speaker Front Facing Speakers
- 64-bit MTK 1.3Ghz Quad Core Processor
- 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 4200mAh, up to 8 hours battery Life
- 2MP FF front / 5MP AF rear Cameras
- 25mm (H) x 210 mm(W) x 8.9mm(D)
- Weight: 330-gram
- 4G- LTE, 2G 3G Capable
Atmos speakers are something that Lenovo seem to pushing this year and this tablet is no different as it is fully present and correct here. Inside we have 8GB of storage and a 4200mah battery, this should keep you going for a fair amount of time. It also has a clean version of Lollipop installed on it which is first for Lenovo and is very welcome indeed. All of this for the great price of £129 in June it will come in Blue, Pink, Ebony and White. This would be great table for the light user who demands mobility over screen size.
Moving on to the bigger Tab 2 A10. We have a 10″ FHD screen with a Soundbar experience.The MediaTek Quad Core processor provides smooth and responsive performance (the same as in the A8) and the 7200mAh battery capacity last for up to 10 hours of uninterrupted usage. At 9mm thin and weighing less than 500-grams, this tablet is easy to take anywhere or move around the home. Bundle in the same Atmos technology that we are seeing across the range and this is going to make a fantastic multimedia tool for the user.
- Full HD 1920×1200 IPS Display
- Dolby ATMOS 3D Surround Sound
- Sound Bar (multi-speaker design)
- 64-bit MTK 1.5Ghz Quad Core Processor
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 7200mAh, up to 10 hours battery Life
- 5MP FF front / 8MP AF rear Cameras
- 247 x 171 x 8.9mm
- Weight: 500g
- 4G FDD-LTE
Unfortunately we are getting Android 4.4 Kit Kat on here instead of Lollipop but it is promised to come in June this year weather that will be a customized version time will have to tell.It will be arriving on our shores in April in either Pearl White or Blue and will be carrying a price tag of $199.
Last but be no means least is the new Windows 8.1 Tablet ideapad Miix 300. What we have her eis a Windows 8.1 Bing device that is running th most basic specs available for the Windows experiance. Yes it will run desktop apps but before you go digging into you wallet be aware that these Intel Atom powered devices do come with some pitfalls. we have a 8″ screen with a IPS and 1280 x 800 resolution. It runs a Intel Atom Baytrail Quad core chip. It will support 2 gb of Ram with up to 64GB in the on-board memory depending on what model you go for. It will also come with Office 365 out of the box free for 1 year and it should be compatible with Windows 10 when it releases later this year.
- Product weights 360g and is 9.3mm thin
- OS: Windows 8.1 update with bing
- Office 365 1-YR Subscription
- Screen: 8” 1280 x 800 IPS
- CPU: Intel BayTrail-T CR
- Memory: Up to 2GB DDR3L
- Storage: Up to 64GB eMMC
- Audio: Stereo speaker
- Battery life: Up to 7 hours
This will launching July and will be available in Silver. Prices will start at -$149 which will presumably be for the entry level 32 GB version.
New Lenovo Tablets Prove Big Technologies and Savings Come in Small Packages A Series Tablets Package LTE Connectivity, Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound and Affordability Even More Choice with A Series Android and MIIX 300 Windows Tablets
BARCELONA ― March 1, 2015: As a leader in building devices for the uniquely personal ways people use technology today, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) has created three new consumer tablet choices: a pair of A Series Android tablets, the Lenovo TAB 2 A8 and A10-70, and a Windows tablet, the ideapad MIIX 300. Debuting at Mobile World Congress 2015, these different devices help meet consumers’ desire for entertainment and portability at prices set for universal appeal.
The all-new A Series proves affordable tablets can go big for entertainment capabilities with their high speed LTE connectivity and Dolby Atmos® technology. These tablets not only keep people connected virtually anywhere, but they also make movies, TV shows and music more enjoyable with astonishing clarity, richness, power and depth over their built-in speakers. Meanwhile, the 8-in ideapad MIIX 300 offers Windows users pocket-sized productivity.
TAB 2 A10-70 – A Digital Bestie for Massively Hungry Media Addicts Now consumers can have it all – a large screen tablet that’s thin and light and also stocked with a number of multimedia and performance-optimized features. Since many people use their tablet for relaxing with digital content, users will love the tablet’s 10.1-in FHD screen, making it easy to get close to the gaming action or watch movies in brilliantly sharp resolution.
To complete the audio-visual technology feast, we’ve equipped the tablet with Dolby Atmos®, making it the first 10-in Android tablet to include this moving cinematic sound technology. Users can crank up the volume and enjoy extremely rich and powerful sound through the multi-speaker soundbar, an impressive offering for such a compact tablet. We’ve made staying connected longer easy with up to ten hours of battery life on a single charge.
At only 8.9mm thin and just 509 grams, the new TAB 2 A10-70 fits nearly anywhere people want to take it. Running Android™ 4.4 with a MediaTek® quad core processor, the tablet now ups the performance of its predecessor with lightning-fast LTE connectivity, dual band Wi-Fi and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It comes in two enticing color choices: Pearl White or Midnight Blue. And with pricing starting at less than $200 USD, Lenovo is reshaping the relationship between price and value.
TAB 2 A8 – Essential Companion for Staying Connected Recognizing that one tablet doesn’t fit all needs, we created the 8-in entry TAB 2 A8. This HD tablet caters to those who want to stay connected at a wallet-friendly price or who juggle multiple needs using one device. Starting at just $129 USD (WiFi models), the TAB 2 A8 can handle the most frequent personal connectivity tasks with ease, from updating social media to video chatting. Even lighter than the TAB 2 A10-70 at 360 grams and just as thin, the TAB 2 A8 lasts through an entire eight-hour work day without plugging in and features a dual SIM card slot for voice and LTE for data. And like the TAB 2 A1070, this 8-in tablet packages affordability with LTE high speed wireless technology, a feature typically unexpected in an entry level tablet.
Proving that good sound can indeed come in small packages, the TAB 2 A8 caters to media junkies with Dolby Atmos, a moving audio experience over headphones where sound seems to come from all directions, including overhead, putting users inside the action. Shutterbugswill also enjoy using the TAB 2 A8’s 5-megapixel rear camera to take sharp resolution photos. Responding to customer feedback and demand, we designed the TAB 2 A8 as our first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop in pure form. Like its
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bigger brother, the TAB 2 A8 also features a MediaTek 64-bit Quad Core processor. It also features up to 32 GB of storage via a microSD card and comes in four distinctly fun color options: Pearl White, Ebony, Midnight Blue or Neon Pink.
ideapad MIIX 300 – Pocket-sized Productivity For those who prefer a Windows tablet experience, the ideapad MIIX 300 offers the extreme portability of an 8-in tablet with the familiarity of Windows 8.1 along with Microsoft Office applications for productivity (one year subscription included). The ideapad MIIX 300 proves productivity can come in any size.
The tablet’s premium IPS WUXGA screen makes it an ideal platform for getting work done, like emailing, video conferencing and showing digital content, while also making more fun tasks such as watching a movie or online video more enjoyable. Powered by an Intel® AtomTM processor, it has the essential features users expect with a tablet capable of doing real work, including up to 64 GB of internal eMMC storage, a microSD card reader for transferring media, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, dual cameras, and long battery life. And the ideapad MIIX 300 looks good, too with its Platinum Silver finish.
Price and Availability1 The Lenovo TAB 2 A10 will be available starting in April with models starting at approximately $199 USD for Wi-Fi models and $279 USD for LTE models. The Lenovo TAB 2 A8 will be available starting in June with models starting at approximately $129 USD for Wi-Fi models and $179 USD for LTE models. Consumers can find them at leading retailers and online at www.lenovo.com. The Lenovo ideapad MIIX 300 goes on sale starting in July and will be available via major retailers. Models will start at approximately $149 USD.