The mid-range tablet segment is quite open and it’s quite natural that Lenovo has been entering it for some time now, competing with models from Samsung or Huawei. The 2nd generation Tab M10 FHD Plus aims to offer a complete experience for all audiences, targeting families (with an integrated Kids Mode) as well as schools.

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The wifi version of the tablet starts at €199.90, and a wifi and 4G version is also available for €269. It is thus placed in front of a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 and a Yoga Smart Tab, also signed by Lenovo.

For a tablet priced under €200, the Tab M10 FHD Plus doesn’t look so cheap. It’s plastic, but the metallic finish is almost premium. The back is minimalist, with just a photo module, a Lenovo logo and a Dolby Atmos logo. Two network bands are placed on the top and bottom of the latter. While it’s not the thinnest tablet on the market, it’s still thin at 244.2 x 153.3 x 8.15 mm. With 460g on the scale, this Lenovo M10 HD is among the lightweights in its class.

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On the front, the Tab M10 FHD Plus’ screen borders are quite thin on the sides, but much less so on its top and bottom parts. This is logical, to allow a good grip of the device, but also to integrate the essential front camera module. The slab occupies a total surface of more than 82% of the whole.

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The right edge of the tablet houses the home button as well as the volume controls. On the opposite side are two magnetic connectors that allow the tablet to be placed on its charging base, which is sold separately (for €49.90). The top edge hides a 3.5mm mini-jack port coupled with a first speaker. The second is located on the one below, next to the USB-C port.

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Audio

Values Average
Output level 123 mVrms 116.3 mVrms
Distortion+Noise 0,010 % 0,081 %
Dynamic Range 79 dB 91 dB
Crosstalk 56 dB 54.7 dB

Lenovo’s tablet has a 10.3-inch LCD panel with Full HD definition (1920 x 1080p). The default calibration is quite good, with a Delta E of 3.9 and a colour temperature of 7729 Kelvin. We tried to get a temperature closer to the video standard (6500 K) by setting the display to “Bright” and “Warm”. This gave us a color temperature of 6553 Kelvin – which is excellent – but the Delta E then takes off at 7.1, which is way too much.

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The maximum brightness of this screen is 366 cd/m², which is quite low for reading in sunlight. Fortunately, the reflectance measured at 46.9% allows to compensate. Similarly, we note that at its lowest, its brightness drops to 4.2 cd/m², a correct score for comfortable reading in the dark.

We also found a contrast ratio of 1425:1, which is pretty good for an LCD panel. The remanence time is 17 ms and the touch delay is 98 ms.

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This new Lenovo Tab M10 FHD integrates an entry-level processor, a Mediatek Helio P22T. A SoC that we don’t see that often and is coupled with 4GB of RAM here.

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As expected, this chip doesn’t do wonders, especially in the gaming arena where the device reaps a 17 rating – the lowest measured since our new performance protocol was introduced. The tablet delivers an average of 9 fps, with a peak of only 14 fps. As you can see, the Tab M10 FHD is clearly not made for gaming.

However, it makes up for it with its RAM management, which, without being exceptional, is still decent. With its index of 82, the tablet suffers few slowdowns during extensive use. Keeping a multitude of applications open while multitasking can be detrimental, however, and it’s best to be careful not to subject it to too much strain to maintain a pleasant experience.

Our performance tests are conducted with viSer, the application developed by the company SmartViser.

The Lenovo M10 FHD Plus features a single 8-megapixel camera module

xels. Unsurprisingly, the photo quality isn’t really there.

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Main module: 8 megapixels, f/2.2

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The fault lies with far too aggressive software processing, delivering reddish and highly noisy shots. This has the effect of removing details in places and forcing the contrast a little too much. <!–[if IE 9]><!–[if IE 9]> Yoga Smart Tab (f/2, ISO 2,384, 1/12 s)

However, the exposure is still a hair better than its competitor.

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Front module, videoOn

the front, the tablet offers a 5-megapixel module

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The quality is not the most flattering and the colorimetry is completely off – tending to red, as with the main module.

For video, the M10 FHD Plus can shoot up to 1080p. Video quality remains pretty close to what we saw on the photo side.

Lenov’s tablet

o has a low capacity battery compared to the rest of the market. With only 5000 mAh, it proves capable of lasting only 11 h 18 min when we subject it to our usual protocol. A low endurance that places it even behind smartphones with comparable batteries.

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To recharge, it takes more than 3 h 30 min, which is quite long considering the size of its battery.

Our battery tests are automated by viSer, the application developed by the company SmartViser.
The results obtained with viSer are based on measurements taken in real conditions of use (calls, SMS, videos, application launching, web browsing…).