Lenovo’s New Android Tablets Can Turn Into Alexa-Powered Smart Displays

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Amazon, Hardware with 3 Comments

Lenovo is introducing an interesting new category of products today. The company is launching what is calling the new Smart Tabs, a full-powered Android tablet that you can use as a Smart Display.

The device, powered by Amazon Alexa and Android Oreo, is essentially a 2-in-1 that can be used as a regular Android Oreo tablet, or as a Smart Display. The device comes with a Smart Dock, and when it’s docked, you will get the Amazon Alexa Show Mode which enables a full screen Alexa experience. You can use Alexa to stream music, videos, check weather, set timers, reminders, and anything else you can usually do with Alexa. When the device is docked, it essentially turns into an Amazon Echo Show.

Lenovo is launching two different variants of the Lenovo Smart Tab — the M10 and the P10. Both the variants come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Dolby Atmos speakers, and 3 far-field microphones for voice recognition.

On the M10, you can get up to 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage. It only has 2 front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 5MP rear camera. The device has a 4850mAh battery and comes in Slate Black with a soft-touch finish. The P10, on the other hand, comes with four front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers, up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, a 5MP front camera, an 8MP rear camera, and a 7000mAh battery. It comes in Aurora Black with a dual-glass finish.

The idea of the Smart Tab is actually pretty smart, considering the devices are pretty cheap — the M10 costs $199, while the P10 costs $299. That’s around the same as some premium Smart Displays, so being able to get the same Smart Display experience but also having an Android tablet on the same product is kind of clever. Of course, the performance of the Android tablet won’t be superior because of the low-end internals and processors, but that’s beside the point.

Both the new Lenovo Smart Tab M10 and P10 will be available this month.

Tagged with , , ,

Join the discussion!

BECOME A THURROTT MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Register
Comments (3)

3 responses to “Lenovo’s New Android Tablets Can Turn Into Alexa-Powered Smart Displays”

  1. SvenJ

    Amazon has been offering this with their Fire 8 and 10 tablets for a while. Their implementation was clever, if a little kludgy. The dock comes with a case that snaps onto the Fire tablet, thereby adding pogo pins for charging and recognition of being docked. Setup works pretty well but precludes any sort of cover for the tablet without removing the case. Still, it provided a Show Dock option very pretty much all existing 8 and 10" tablets. If you had one, you just needed the dock.


    To bad Lenovo didn't opt for the Google Assisstant, making a Google Hub when docked.

  2. wright_is

    Low end... Hmm.

    And can you disable Alexa mode if you don't use Alexa and want to dock it?

  3. BBoileau

    Android/Alexa seems an odd combo. Why not Android/Google Assistant. As well, this device could be very useful in an integrated home. I currently use an iPad for Chromecasting, despite all the limitation and crappy UI that goes along with it. I have pondered the notion of an Android device as I could integrate SMS, YouTube Music, What's App and other productive communication apps and dock it at any of the 4 media zones in my home. Adding Assistant would serve well in this integration and my time on the Windows desktop would be near zero.

Leave a Reply