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Lenovo releases new tablets

by on02 March 2015

Budget friendly A series

Lenovo has released three budget friendly A series tablets. The gear which was shown off at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona includes three new Android and Windows flavoured tablets.

The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 are from the budget-friendly Android A series, while the affordable Lenovo Miix 300 is for those who want Windows.

Like most budget gear coming from China, the Tabs are packed full of features you would have t to sell a kidney for. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 has a 10.1-inch full HD IPS display for watching movies, but it's also equipped with Dolby Atmos technology and a multi-speaker soundbar to really give you that theatre experience.

It weighs 509 grams and it's about 8.9mm thin. The speaker soundbar is supposed to be pretty good though headphones are still better. It ships with Android 4.4 KitKat (it'll be upgradeable to Lollipop later this year), runs on a quad-core MediaTek processor, has dual-band WiFi and sports an 8-megapixel camera.

Markets outside the US will get an LTE version of the tablet as well. As for the battery life, Lenovo is promising up to 10 hours of charge thanks to the 7,200mAh battery.

The Tab 2 A8, is a smaller A10. It has an 8-inch HD IPS display instead of 10 and is, of course, lighter at 360 grams. The Tab 2 A8 also comes with Dolby Atmos, but it lacks its cousin's more powerful powerful speakers. It has a MediaTek quad-core processor, a microSD card slot that accepts up to 32GB cards, a 5-megapixel rear camera and dual-band WiFi.

The international variant of the Tab 2 A8 comes with a dual-SIM card slot for those who like to hop between carriers and it supports both voice and LTE. Yes, that means you could potentially use the 8-inch A8 as a phone. The A8 is that it ships with a pure version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Miix 300 is intended to be the most budget-friendly Windows tablet (a lower-end version of the Miix 2) from Lenovo yet. It has a decent 300-nit, 8-inch HD IPS display, an Intel Atom quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and, of course, WiFi. You also get a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 as part of the package. It ships with Windows 8.1.

The Tab 2 A10 will be available in pearl white and midnight blue and will ship for $199 starting in April. As for the Tab 2 A8, that comes in pearl white, ebony, midnight blue and neon pink and will be available in June for a starting price of $129. International models with the dual-SIM card slots will cost roughly $179. Finally, the Miix 300 lives up to its affordability promise with a low, low price of $149, which makes it the cheapest Windows tablet in Lenovo's lineup. The Miix 300 will be available in July.

Last modified on 02 March 2015
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