LENOVO’s current tablet lineup is quite affordable with most of their tablets just under $250 except maybe 2 devices.
Most of the devices in their sub $250 lineup is quite cheap and extend towards the lower end of the price spectrum. The LENOVO Tab E10 is such a tablet. So, let’s check out this LENOVO tab 10 review to see how good of a tablet this is.
Lenovo Tab E10 Specifications
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 212 Quad-Core Processor (1.30GHz)
Qualcomm Adreno 304
10.1” HD (1280 x 800) IPS Multitouch
2 GB LPDDR3
16 GB Expandable up to 128 GB with microSD card
5MP Auto-Focus Rear + 2MP Fixed-Focus Front
Dolby Atmos Dual Speakers
1.16 lbs (530 g)
6.7" x 9.7" x 0.35”(171 x 247 x 8.9 mm)
•Micro USB 2.0
Lenovo Tab E10 Review
Looking at the weight you probably thought this was built from a metal casing given that the iPad 10.2 has an aluminum rear casing and only weighs 1.07lbs (483g).
Even the cheaper SAMSUNG Tab 10.1 has a metal rear casing and only weighs 1.01lbs (460g).
The LENOVO E10 tab weighs 1.16lbs (530g) and is quite thick at 0.35-inches(8.9mm). However, the bulky dimensions and weight isn’t in vain because it gives the tablet a sturdy build. The rear cover doesn’t press in like in some cheap Chinese tablets.
The bezels around the screen are quite thick and probably why the dimensions are set 6.7" x 9.7" x 0.35” (171 x 247 x 8.9 mm).
In terms of colors, you’ll be disappointed if you’re a fan of colorful tablets because the device only comes in a matte black.
Almost all the buttons and slots are jammed onto one side with only the headphone jack on the right side. It would have made sense to at least move the power button on to the other side without cramming the left side of the tablet.
There are going to be a lot of users complaining about hitting the power button instead of the volume buttons when quickly looking to change the volume during an interesting episode or video.
The Dolby Atmos speakers are both placed at the top and face the front of the tablet. Being an audiophile, I was immediately able to pick up the lack of bass in the speakers but then again, no one is investing in this to purely listen to music either.
Moving on to the display, you get a 10.1-inch HD display with a resolution set at 1280 x 800. The aspect ratio as expected is 16:10 which is quite common with tablets and the screen-to-body ratio is 70.27%. It would have been nice to have a higher screen to body ratio because it gives the tablet a sleek edge.
Tablets with a similar screen size usually have a higher screen to body ratio. The AMAZON FIRE HD 10 (2017) and the ASUS ZENPAD 10 both have higher ratios.
Thanks to the IPS panel we get some good viewing angles, but brightness isn’t the best, so using the tablet outdoors or under direct sunlight can be a bit of a problem.
The PPI of the device is also a little low at 149. I usually recommend a PPI of at least 200 for mobile devices.
Nothing stands out in the display and it just screams average all around. It would have been amazing if LENOVO could maybe have installed a gorilla glass like on the Thinkpad Yoga 11e but affordability is what they were mainly going for here.
Core - Hardware
If you GOOGLE Tab E10 processor, you’ll be confused because some sites will tell that you’ll find a SNAPDRAGON 210 while some sites claim that you get a SNAPDRAGON 212.
The US version ships with a SNAPDRAGON 212 while the non-US version has a 210. Since I’m covering the US version, I’ll be discussing the SNAPDRAGON Quad Core 212 chipset.
The 212 processor is an entry-level chipset mainly for ANDROID Tablets and smartphones with 4 Cortex-A7 cores that clock around 1.3GHz. The processor was released in 2015 and is part of the lower end 200 series along with the 200, 205, 208, 210, and latest 215 which just dropped in 2019.
The 215 is the more capable out of the lot bringing the latest features to entry-level ANDROID smartphones with its Cortex A53 cores which is a massive jump from the Cortex A7.
Moving to the chip on hand, the 212 performed poorly as expected according to standards set nowadays and the workloads set by the generic user today.
Under the Geekbench 4.4 single score test, the 212 scored 423 points while the MEDIATEK MT6735 released in 2014 (SoC for budget smartphones) scores 556 points. Under the multi-core test, the SNAPDRAGON 212 scores 1118 points while the MT6735 scores 1527 points.
The MT6735 is one of MediaTek's lowest rated chips and yet outperforms the 212 by quite a margin.
Unfortunately, the processor is one of the biggest letdowns of this cheap tablets according to the benchmarks above. Other affordable tablets like the AMAZON FIRE HD 8 also surpasses the Tab E10 in terms of processor performance.
No matter how many benchmarks are out there they only manage to emulate real-life workloads. So, there will be a difference between a benchmark score and how a user rates it when they use it in real life.
Despite the scores, users find it to be decent enough to get their daily tasks done. If you’ve been using an iPad and happened to switch to the E10, you are going to notice the difference. But for someone who hasn’t experienced fast processors, this is good enough to start with.
The processor is paired with a 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage of which around 4GB is reserved for the system.
Multitasking can be a bit of a struggle on the E10 with background apps quickly closed down to free up memory space.
The Graphics unit that comes with the 212 is the Adreno 304 and again it supports only the most basic games. You can forget games that demand heavy graphics like Asphalt or Modern Combat.
Some medium graphics games work on lower graphics settings and that too can crash occasionally.
Core - Software
The device ships with ANDROID OREO which isn’t too bad because it’s only two iterations old.
You get features like Picture-in-Picture where you can use a certain app if you click the home button, and the app will shrink into a smaller floating window. But with the 2GB Ram, you’ll be limited as to what you can do with this feature.
Not all applications support this feature. Check out the picture-in-picture feature under settings to either turn it off or see all the apps on the tablet that supports the feature.
The beloved the Password autofill feature on GOOGLE Chrome is now available ANDROID 8 for native applications.
There are a lot of features that come with ANDROID 8.0 and that’s at least something to look forward to on the LENOVO E10.
The non-US variant has a 1GB version and it ships out with ANDROID 8 Go, which is a lighter version of Oreo made for devices with low RAM capacity. There are some significant differences between the two ANDROID version even though at first glance it looks like there are none.
The device has a battery capacity of 4850mAh and is on the downside for a tablet with smartphones released nowadays and has 5000+mAh capacities.
According to LENOVO, the device can last around 7hrs on a single charge, and under a video loop test, the device did last around 7 hours.
Again, the cheaper AMAZON FIRE HD 8 outperforms the E10 even though it has a lower battery capacity.
The price is the only thing keeping this tablet in the market and then again, I’m sure that’s what LENOVO was going for. The device makes a decent first tablet for kids or as a shared tablet at home for entertainment.
Something I like about the device is the stock ANDROID OREO which has some interesting features but then again if you do get the Non-US variant you will be missing out on that too.