Without giving an announcement or press release, Lenovo released a new and simpler version of the Lenovo Tab M10 (review). The new version is simply called Lenovo Tab M10 HD and features an HD resolution instead of a full HD screen. While we get Android 9.0 Pie out of the box now, the processor is weaker too.
In the US, Lenovo is starting to sell the new Tab M10 HD with a price tag of 179 US Dollars. While we don’t know prices for Europe or Asia yet, it seems like Lenovo will sell it internationally because it’s listed on several regional websites.
They continue to sell the normal Tab M10 and Smart Tab M10 which got updated to Android 9.0 Pie recently. So, they continue to be up-to-date too.
Lenovo Tab M10 HD Comparison: What’s Different?
Judging from its design, you won’t notice any major differences at first sight if you compare the Tab M10 HD and the normal Tab M10 with each other. We continue to get plastic bodies, a standard headphone jack, a microSD card slot, and a PIN connector for an optional dock.
However, some things do change. For instance, instead of USB C Lenovo decided to use the older micro USB port. And it is a bit thicker with 8.5mm compared to 8.1mm. The weight of 480g stays the same. And on the top, it continues to have two stereo speakers that are angled towards the front a bit.
The cameras have a resolution of 5 and 2 megapixels with both. If you want, you can use the front-facing camera to unlock the M10 HD using facial recognition. Since the webcam is used alone, it probably is not as secure as Apple’s Face ID.
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Lenovo changed the resolution of the 10.1-inch screen. Yes, it’s still an IPS screen but instead of 1920 x 1200 pixels, we have to live with 1280 x 800 pixels with the new version. That’s quite a low pixel density on a 10-inch device. You probably will be able to see single pixels and texts might not look as sharp as you’re probably used to from your phone.
Inside the Lenovo Tab M10 HD sits a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 SoC. That’s a quad-core chip with four cores that are clocked at up to 2GHz each. In addition to that, the tablet has 2GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage. The standard M10, on the other hand, features a stronger Snapdragon 450 octa-core chipset and 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending on the version you’re getting.
You might not notice huge differences when surfing the web a bit and watching YouTube or Netflix. Those are simple tasks and the resolution is lower, so not as many pixels have to be moved. However, it clearly won’t be a great gaming device.
Android 9.0 Pie & Kids Mode
The Tab M10 is Lenovo’s first tablet that directly ships with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. With that being said, the normal Tab M10 and Tab P10 have gotten an update to Android 9 already. I’m guessing the software of the two will be identical.
I always like that Lenovo is not using a heavy UI. We’re always getting pretty much vanilla Android and that’s the case here too. There are some additional features though. For example, the Tab M10 HD has a kids mode build in. You can also use a Dolby app to adjust the sound to your liking.
To judge the Lenovo Tab M10 HD fairly, we’ll have to review it. However, based on its spec sheet alone, it’s an interesting choice if you really want almost pure Android. Otherwise the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 is a more powerful alternative with a full HD screen and probably longer updates. Depending on where you’re from, you might be able to get it for 200 US Dollars or even a bit less.
Lenovo Tab M10 HD
The Lenovo Tab M10 HD is an entry-level tablet aimed at families. It has a 10.1-inch HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Lenovo is shipping the M10 HD with Android 9.0 Pie and a kids mode.