Lenovo took the wraps off a trio of new Android 6.0 Marshmallow tablets at MWC in Barcelona today. The Tab 3 range includes the Tab 3 10 Business, which is aimed squarely at professionals, and the more family-focused Tab 3 7 and Tab 3 8.
Tab 3 10 means business
The headliner is the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business. As the name would suggest, it’s intended for the workplace. It supports Android for Work, which means it has an added layer of security and it’s easy for IT departments to manage. Lenovo has included endpoint protection to safeguard networks, tracking and geofencing to help keep tabs on the hardware, and a mobile device management system that allows remote control of the tablet and enforced installations and updates. It ships with a number of productivity apps pre-installed and there’s access to Google Play for Work.
It boasts a 10.1-inch display with a full 1,920 x 1,080-pixel HD resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, and up to 12 hours of battery life. There’s also an 8-megapixel main camera with a fixed focus front-facing camera rated at 5-megapixels. Support for USB On-the-Go makes it easy to hook up external storage or card readers. Sound comes via dual Dolby Atmos speakers, and there’s support for NFC, GPS, and dual-band Wi-Fi, with 4G LTE as an optional extra. You’ll find 32GB of internal storage and a MicroSD card slot for expansion.
To ramp up its business credentials further the Tab 3 10 Business has a Kiosk Mode, so it can be used as an interactive kiosk. It does have an IP52 rating, so it’s dust and splash-proof and it also boasts Gorilla Glass 3, making a pretty durable option. It can also be employed as a point-of-sale device.
The basic Wi-Fi only model is $200, or you can pick up an LTE version with 2GB of RAM for $250, or bump the RAM up to 3GB for $300. It will be available from July 2016.
Tab 3 7 and Tab 3 8 for the family
The Tab 3 7 and Tab 3 8 are basic, Android 6.0 Marshmallow tablets for the whole family to use. They support multiple user logins and have a dedicated kids mode with safe Web-browsing and the ability to set time limits and restrict access to apps. They also have something that Lenovo is calling Adaptive Display technology which adjusts visuals and sound based on what you’re watching. It can also filter out blue light to protect you and your kid’s eyes.
Both tablets have 1GHz quad-core MediaTek processors, backed by 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with MicroSD card support for more. Main cameras are 5-megapixels with auto-focus and the front-facing cameras are just 2-megapixels with fixed focus. They also both feature a water-resistant coating and score an IP52 rating.
The Tab 3 7 has a 7-inch display with an unimpressive 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution. The battery is 3,450Ah for up to 9 hours of use. The Tab 3 8 has an 8-inch display with a slightly higher resolution of 1,200 x 800 pixels, and there’s a 4,290Ah battery onboard for up to 8 hours of use.
The Tab 3 7 lands in June and the 16GB version with LTE will cost you $130. The Tab 3 8 is just $100 for the Wi-Fi only version, or you can lay down an extra $50 for LTE.