When it comes to Android tablets, Lenovo is a veteran for it has been churning them out since 2011. However, the current-day tablet market has evolved drastically, where brands like Xiaomi and Realme have created significant influence in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment. Lenovo is staking a claim in this price bracket too with the Lenovo Tab M10 5G. The slate aims to strike a balance between specs and value-for-money proposition while providing 5G connectivity. But is that all it takes to be the go-to choice? We got the chance to test it out and here’s what we think of it.
Lenovo Tab M10 5GRs 24,999
DESIGN & BUILD8.5/10
VALUE FOR MONEY8.0/10
What Is Good?
- Good performance
- Sleek and lightweight design
- Clean User Interface
- Good battery life
What Is Bad?
- The display lacks a higher refresh rate
- The speakers could have been better
Lenovo Tab M10 5G review: Design and build quality
|Dimensions||252 x 74 x 8.3 mm|
When you hold the Tab M10, you will notice how lightweight and premium it feels. It is also one of the sleekest tablets in this price segment. We also loved the Abyss Blue colour option, which offers a dual-tone finish and enhances the premiumness quotient.
Coming to the button placement, you will find the power on / off button on the top, while on the right, the volume controls are located. The buttons offer good tactical feedback and can be reached easily when using it with both hands.
Ergonomically, however, the width of the tablet can be a downer for people with small hands. Moreover, it is prone to smudges thanks to an all-glossy build (glass on the front, plastic on the rear).
Lenovo Tab M10 5G review: Display
|Resolution||2000 x 1200 pixels|
|Refresh rate||60 Hz|
|Screen brightness||400 nits|
|Certifications and other features||TÜV eye care-certified|
The Lenovo Tab M10 5G offers a high-quality display that provides good colour saturation and vibrancy. It is no AMOLED panel, but the contrast it offers is still acceptable for the price.
The company has also given different modes, including Standard and Vibrant to customise the display output. You also get the option to choose three different colour temperatures like Standard, Warm, and Cool. The tablet also offers a dedicated Reading Mode, which is handy when you are reading an e-book.
Moving on, the wide display also makes content consumption a breeze. Watching ‘Blue Eye Samurai’ on Netflix, the colour reproduction was good and the blacks were decent as well. However, the thick bezels around the display can be a turn-off for some.
Lenovo Tab M10 5G review: Performance and UI
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC|
|RAM/ROM variants||4GB+128GB and 6GB+128GB|
|AnTuTu v10 Benchmark Scores||395195|
|Geekbench 6 Benchmark Scores||895 – Single-Core, 2069 – Multi-Core|
|3D Mark Slingshot Extreme||2903|
|Android version||Android 13|
As expected, the processor under the hood delivers a good result in the benchmark scores and the same is reflected in day-to-day performance. Be it surfing the internet, scrolling on Instagram, or using it for listening to music, we never faced any lag or heating issues.
The split screen function also works smoothly, and the wide aspect ratio of the display comes in handy for conveniently using two apps in this mode. However, the sound quality is something that needs some refinement on the Lenovo Tab M10. The sound lacks bass and feels hollow, so using a TWS or a headphone is essential while watching a movie or playing a game.
The tablet ran almost all casual games smoothly, such as Fruit Ninja and Temple Run 2. The Asphalt 9 Legend also ran smoothly on ‘High Quality’ graphics settings. The Battlegrounds Mobile India ran without much lag or stutter even at ‘HD’ graphics and ‘High’ frame rates.
Coming to the user interface, Lenovo has kept it close-to-stock with almost no bloatware, which is a welcome move. The user interface is clean and the animations look good. It also comes with a dedicated Kids Space, which allows you to manage apps, screen time, and more for your child. Lenovo Vantage gives you all the information about your device, including system updates, usage time, and more.
Lenovo Tab M10 5G review: Battery
The Tab M10 5G comes loaded with a large battery, delivering a full day of backup with heavy usage. This includes watching two movies back to back on the tablet, playing two to three BGMI matches, and listening to music in the background.
The tablet, however, takes some time to get fully charged. During our testing, it took almost two hours to charge from five to 100 per cent. We felt that the company could have gone with higher charging speeds as competition like the OnePlus Pad Go is also offering higher charging speeds with their tablet lineup.
Lenovo Tab M10 5G review: Verdict
To conclude, the Lenovo Tab M10 5G is a great tablet in this price segment. Currently, you can get it for as low as Rs 19,999 for the base variant with 4GB RAM, and Rs 21,999 for the 6GB option. The device offers a decent display, though it lacks a high screen refresh rate.
The performance is up to the mark and the user interface is clean. The battery backup is a strong suit of the Tab M10 5G too. So, if you are planning to buy a tablet for your child or general entertainment consumption, you can surely consider this one.
As far as the competition is concerned, Lenovo’s Tab M10 5G faces stiff competition from the OnePlus Pad Go, which is also priced in the same price bracket.