Lenovo Announces the First Android Go Tablet

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 8 Comments

Lenovo announced several new low-end Android tablets today. Among them, I believe, is the first Android Go-based tablet.

“The Lenovo Tab E7 is a tablet that gives you a real bang for your buck,” the device’s specification sheet notes. Don’t let the unbelievable price fool you, this product is elegantly designed, optimized with Android Oreo Go edition and is shareable with everyone in the family.”

As you might expect given the inclusion of Android Go, the Tab E7 provides just the basics from a specifications perspective and seems to be akin to the type of thing you’d see on an Amazon Kindle HD these days. It’s powered by a 32-bit MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of (expandable) storage, and provides a low-end 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of just 1024 x 600. Even the connectivity options—Wi-Fi abcn and Bluetooth 4.0—are a bit old-fashioned, though the Tab 7 does at least include a nano-SIM slot for cellular data too. Battery life is rated at a Surface Go-like 5 hours.

In the good news department, the Tab E7 costs just $70 and will begin shipping in October. And the inclusion of Android Go might help the low-end specs make sense.

“The Tab E7 is equipped with Android Oreo Go edition,” Lenovo notes, “which means lighter apps, more storage out the box, and much-improved performance for an entry-level tablet.”

In addition to the Tab E7, Lenovo also announced Tab E8, Tab E10, and Tab M10 tablets today. The Tab E8 costs $100 and provides an 8-inch HD display and 10 hours of battery life. At $130, the Tab E10 provides a Snapdragon 210 chipset, stereo speakers, and a 10-inch HD display. And the Tab M10 bumps things up to a Snapdragon 420 processor and Dolby Atmos.

Finally, Lenovo also announced its new flagship tablet, the Tab P10, with an all-metal body, thin bezels, four speakers with Dolby Atmos, and an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Lenovo Announces the First Android Go Tablet”

  1. jdmp10

    Even running Android Oreo Go edition, this thing is gonna be dog slow with that spec-sheet, I just can't see that not being the case. A Kindle HD has better specs than this so long as you can put up with FireOS and its limitations.

  2. Chris_Kez

    "Bang for the buck"? Maybe when you bang your head into the wall in frustration over how terrible this device is.

  3. NoFlames

    1 GB of RAM? My phone has 3G and it still has major lag issues. But at $70 they are pricing it to be disposable and an impulse item.

  4. Jhambi

    Maybe it would be ok for watching Netflix. I had a Fire HD 8 and to me its interface was a slog with 1.5 gig of ram. Watching Netflix or Prime was barely acceptable .

  5. Jorge Garcia

    It's about time, actually. (That a semi-mainstream company other than Amazon goes back to making some decent budget Android tablets.) I'm not sure how android Go works, but I hope it behaves more like an iPad does (by default, at least) in the sense of having no separate app drawer and no ability to add multiple instances of the same app on the homescreen. That would help with young kids and the elderly.

  6. MikeCerm

    Even at $70, it's not worth it. That not-even-HD screen will make reading a chore, and 1GB of RAM renders the whole thing unusable.

  7. skane2600

    Sounds about as good as my kid's 2012 Samsung Tab 2.0 7 inch.

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