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The Best Lenovo Tablets You Can Buy In 2021

Lenovo has variety of tablets running Android and Windows for you to choose based on your need. These are the best tablets Lenovo currently makes.

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Lenovo is among the world’s biggest Windows laptop makers, and that background helps it bring the learnings to its diverse tablet range. From Android to Windows, you’re going to find all kinds of tablets under Lenovo’s banner, catering to the various price segments. Lenovo stands out among its peers in the tablet market by offering vanilla Android on budget and a functional design for professional Windows machines.

If there’s one company that can match Samsung in terms of portfolio size, it has to be Lenovo. You’ll be able to find at least one tablet from the company that will meet your needs in any price bracket — from super-premium work tablets to budget media screens.

We’ve put together a list of all Lenovo tablets that you can buy right now.

Best Lenovo Tablets in 2021: An Overview

Here’s a quick look at all the tablets that Lenovo makes and are worth your consideration.

Best professional tablet: Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable. Lenovo’s highest-end tablet belongs to the ThinkPad range famed for its top-notch keyboard on any laptop. The company was able to translate that superiority to this tablet, too, as we absolutely loved the X12’s keyboard attachment. This high-end machine makes for a perfect replacement for Microsoft’s Surface premium tablets, offering a sturdy build, excellent performance, and long battery life.

Best premium alternative: Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i. Part of the Yoga range, the 7i was among Lenovo’s first tablets to adopt the Surface line’s form factor in the premium tier. Its biggest selling point was the fact that Lenovo shipped the device bundled with its keyboard attachment, saving you from buying the accessory separately. It’s a premium tablet and comes with all the bells and whistles that we come to expect from this kind of device.

Best upper-mid-range option: Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. It is the highest-end Android tablet in Lenovo’s current lineup and gets you a whole bunch of perks. For example, you’re greeted with a 2K OLED screen and a quad-speaker setup for a best-in-class entertainment experience. You can pair the tablet with a keyboard accessory to use it for productivity apps. It’s a good device for that kind of work, mainly because of its excellent battery life and LTE option.

Best mid-range tablet: Lenovo Tab P11. By removing the ‘Pro’ badge from the name, Lenovo offers you a more economical option that retains many of its pricier sibling’s best features. You still get a sturdy metal build complete with a nice 11-inch LCD screen and a quad-speaker array. You can also hook a keyboard with this model and turn it into your work, and we liked how it performed in that area.

Best Windows alternative: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i. If you’re into Windows tablets but can’t splurge on a device like the Yoga Duet 7i, then the IdeaPad Duet 3i is a fantastic middle ground. The device gets you a flexible kickstand on a fairly compact 10-inch device. With Windows 10, you aren’t compromising on the professional-grade experience, and it’s even optimized for touch screens for better usability. For its price, the 3i is a no-brainer.

Best budget option: Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus. Despite being a budget offering, you get a metal body with this M10 FHD Plus. Its clean Android interface makes it more appealing to those who prefer simplicity, and the performance, too, is good enough for its price. This cheap tablet brings a decent 10-inch display to the table, though the included speakers left us wanting more.

Good budget alternative: Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd Gen. For those who want to save even more can go for this Lenovo model that saves some cash in exchange for a lower display resolution. The M10 HD comes with a newer version of Android along with goodies like Google’s new Kids Space. Its speakers are good, and so is the build quality, which matters a lot if you’re planning to hand the device to your kids.

Best budget work slate: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook. Chrome OS sits right in the middle of Android and Windows, offering you the best of both worlds, and so does Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet. It’s among the cheapest devices from any company to come bundled with a keyboard attachment, which looks like a steal when you look at the tablet’s low price. There’s truly a lot to like about this device, including its performance and software support.

Best entry-level model: Lenovo Tab M8. Championing the compact 8-inch form factor, the Tab M8 gets you a decent overall product in a size that can easily fit your palm. This tablet is perfect for carrying inside your small handbags or even jacket pocket, making it good for catching up with your emails while you’re on your way to the office or even for being used by younger kids.

Good entry-level alternative: Lenovo Tab M7. If you ever wanted a smaller tablet, then Lenovo is here to grant your wish with its entry-level Tab M7. It’s small, easy to use even with a single hand, and makes for a great alternative to your phone if you want to avoid the constant flow of notifications. The M7 is a cheap device but still manages to get a few things right that we really liked about it.

Best Lenovo Tablets in 2021: In-Depth Look

Now, let’s take an in-depth look at why one of these Lenovo tablets could be your next buy.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Test

Keyboards for detachables are usually mushy and don’t offer the same kind of tactile feedback as you get from a laptop. But the ThinkPad X12 Detachable not only borrows its name from Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptop line but also copies its most sought-after feature — the excellent keyboard. This ThinkPad tablet lives up to its name and is a breeze to type on. What’s even better is that you don’t need to pay anything extra for this attachment as it comes bundled with the tablet.

Lenovo has used a decent touchscreen for the tablet, which is bright enough for outdoor usage. It’s a full HD panel and comes covered with Gorilla Glass. But it’s all-in-all a work machine and not meant to be an entertainment screen, particularly because of the mediocre speakers that it comes with. However, an active pen is a part of the package allowing for some good use of the touchscreen for taking handwritten notes while you’re in a meeting.

We particularly liked the battery life of this tablet on our standard test. It lasted for about 7.5 hours, which is quite impressive for a Windows tablet that comes powered by a full-blown laptop-class processor. Speaking of which, what you get is the latest 11th gen Intel Core processor that is paired up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD. So, the performance isn’t going to be an issue at all for any kind of use.

There was no issue with the performance on our model with a Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. You also have the option to get a 4G variant of the tablet in case you often find yourself working outdoors and find it hard to rely on spotty public Wi-Fi connections. As for other peripherals, you get Windows Hello login via the included IR camera, while the build quality is also pretty good. It could be a good machine for you if you’re comfortable spending the large sum that Lenovo is asking for it.

Read: Our Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Review

Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i

Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i keyboard cover

Lenovo’s other Surface Pro copy sits right below the ThinkPad model and offers a premium Windows tablet experience from top to bottom. The Yoga Duet 7i has got everything the Surface Pro is known for, including top-notch build quality and a kickstand that can be angled as per your liking. It’s surprisingly thin for what all it packs on the inside, offering a well-rounded package for its price.

The biggest selling point of this tablet is that Lenovo bundles both the keyboard and the stylus with the box, making it far cheaper than its comparable Microsoft model. And that doesn’t mean either of the accessories are compromised in any way; in fact, they are some of the best ones we’ve seen for a Windows tablet. You instantly get used to the keyboard layout, which is quite spacious mainly because the Duet 7i itself is laptop-sized.

With Windows 10 onboard, the 7i is a full-blown laptop replacement and is capable of doing much more than those tablets with mobile-first OS like Android and iOS. Its performance comes from the 10th gen Intel Core processors that come with ample RAM and storage sizes to keep up with slightly more taxing tasks like photo editing. That’s frankly a lot of power for a machine that is this thin. We had no issues using the device over extended periods, though it felt slightly slower than the Surface Pro 7.

Other than these core features, you get a total of 3 USB-C ports for connecting all kinds of accessories, and thankfully, Lenovo hasn’t gone for any proprietary connectors. With facial recognition, you can easily log into Windows without even having to lift a finger. The Duet 7i is a great device if you want something lightweight to work, and it’s also a good value for the asking price, considering you won’t need to spend extra on its essential accessories.

Read: Our Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i Review

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro productivity mode

The highest-end Android tablet from Lenovo is the Tab P11 Pro that tries to offer you a wholesome experience with everything that it has to offer. Much like the new-age productivity tablets, you can connect this device with a keyboard attachment to get some work done or use a stylus to jot down any notes or do some sketching.

What we liked the most about the device is its excellent battery life. In our standard test, it lasted for a solid 10 hours, beating some of the best offerings of its size, including the latest iPad Pro. You can leave its charger home with the confidence that it won’t die on you during your working hours. The other thing that left us impressed was its build quality — we’ve frankly come to expect some of the best quality materials from Lenovo, even on its cheaper options.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 730 paired with 6GB of RAM, there wasn’t much to complain about when it came to performance. If you don’t find yourself playing high-graphics games, you should be fine with the kind of performance the P11 Pro has to offer. We tested it with a bunch of productivity apps, including some more taxing ones like Lightroom, and it performed pretty decently.

The device comes running Android 10, and Lenovo has tried to tailor it for work use. Much like Samsung tablets, you’ll find a Productivity Mode on this tablet as well. The feature basically lets you turn your tablet into Windows desktop-like machine that has floating windows. It’s perfect for those looking to use their tablets as their main machine while keeping all their data on it. This way, you can simply hook the tablet with a monitor, and you should have a desktop setup ready in a jiffy.

It’s a massive tablet with an 11.5-inch screen, which is of OLED variety, giving you a superior experience when you’re consuming media, along with the quad-speaker setup. Although, we would’ve liked it more had Lenovo not used the pentile display that makes the text look fuzzy.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Review

Lenovo Tab P11

Lenovo Tab P11 notes

Positioned right below its Pro sibling, the Lenovo P11 gets you the best of the P11 Pro for a price that is much more affordable. Despite that, the standard model is a decent overall package that will be able to keep up with your daily use without drilling a hole in your pocket.

As noted previously, build quality is not an issue with the Tab P11 as the outer shell is made out of metal that should be much more durable than plastic or glass. The Lenovo slate just like what you’d expect a modern tablet to look like with thin bezels and good ergonomics. That’s frankly something you don’t often see on devices that cost just over $200.

The tablet also uses an 11-inch panel, although it’s an LCD. We still liked the display quite a bit as it stood strong on nearly all metrics. This model, thankfully, also supports Netflix in HD, which happens to be a big point of focus for people looking for tablets in this price range. What makes the experience even better is that Lenovo has included the quad-speaker setup, which sounds fantastic for a device in this segment.

Like the Pro model, you also get the support for a keyboard attachment and the option to get an active stylus. The keyboard comes with a kickstand cover for the tablet and worked very well in our experience. The P11 is among the cheapest tablets to support a magnetic keyboard case, which you can use for work or hand to your kids for their homework. The stylus, on the other hand, didn’t have anything special going on for itself.

You don’t lose out much on the performance, too, as you get a fairly capable Snapdragon 662 chip along with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. There is a good chance that the gaming experience on the tablet might not be the best, though you should have no problem with other simpler tasks like scrolling your emails and web and using productivity apps.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab P11 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i Photoshop

Giving a more affordable option to its pricier 7i, Lenovo brought the IdeaPad Duet 3i to put it up directly against the Surface Go 2. What that means is that you’re getting a compact tablet running a full version of Windows 10, bringing the power of a desktop machine to your hands. The 3i is an affordable machine for what it brings to the table with a reasonable starting price, though you have the option to configure it with better internals.

The version we had for testing was the base model that comes with a dual-core Celeron N4020 processor and 4GB of RAM. As you’d expect, the performance was underwhelming for anything more than the basics. However, with the Pentium N5030’s two extra cores, you’ll be able to have a much better experience with the tablet, and not to forget the 8GB of RAM upgrade that will further elevate your experience.

On the device, you’re greeted with a decently sized 10.3-inch that has got a full HD resolution and is fully laminated, unlike the cheapest iPad model. We liked how the display looked, and it was sharp enough for regular use. The 3i gets you a pair of stereo speakers placed on the sides. The audio quality has nothing to write home about. You’d be better off using a headphone when watching movies, while you can make do with them for video calls.

Coming to the best part about any productivity tablet — its keyboard attachment. The essential input utility comes with the tablet, which is always a nice thing for buyers. Besides that, the typing experience was really good for a tablet, especially at its price. You may take some time to get used to its smaller size if you’re coming from laptops, but after that initial period, you’ll enjoy writing on the tablet.

Read: Our Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i Review

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus review

Technically, the Tab M10 FHD Plus is a budget tablet, but its build quality makes it feel like a much pricier device thanks to the use of metal all around the device, except for the front. Lenovo has also reduced the bezels on the front from the previous generations to give it a more modern touch. Looks can be deceiving, and that’s indeed the case for the Tab M10 FHD Plus.

As its name suggests, this model comes with a full HD resolution for its 10-inch display. It’s an IPS panel, which means that viewing angles are going to be good; we also liked how the display produced colors. The display didn’t feel lacking in any critical way, which is a good thing for a budge tablet. However, we can’t say the same for its speakers. They left us wanting slightly better output, though they’re still usable for most things.

The performance from the device has been solid as Lenovo has used a pretty capable Helio processor to run everything. Coupled with ample RAM, we had little to no issued with its performance (again) especially considering the price bracket it’s available in. The M10 FHD Plus comes running Android Pie without any kind of custom skin over it. You get a clean Android experience, which isn’t something you often get on budget devices.

While this cheap tablet has a lot going on for itself, and we actually like all it has to offer in terms of general usability. However, there are certain things that disappoint us. For instance, the tablet wasn’t capable of playing Netflix in HD resolution when we tested it last year. The cameras seemed blurry, and there’s a very low chance for the device to get future Android updates. Despite some of these downsides, the M10 HD Plus is a no-brainer for kids who will rather enjoy their time on the device.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus Review

Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd Gen

Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd Gen work mode

For those who don’t care much about the display quality or don’t need a higher-res and would rather like to save some cash, Lenovo made a perfect tablet. The tablet is similar to the M10 FHD, except for the display resolution, as its name also states. That helps cut the price by a bit, making it the great family tablet.

On the inside, you get the same MediaTek Helio P22T processor and 4GB of RAM. The eight-core processor is fast enough to tackle all kinds of apps, though heavy-graphics games might be a tough call. The tablet is also available with 2GB of RAM for its base model, but we suggest that you steer away from that RAM size because it could severely hamper your experience with restricted multitasking.

The good thing here is that Lenovo ships the tablet running Android 10, which should help the device last for at least a few years even if there is no new software update. There’s also Google’s new Kids Space that contains all kinds of material for your kids to enjoy, and this feature works even better than Samsung Kids, in our opinion.

Why this device makes all the more sense as a family tablet, aside from being good enough for your children, is that you can use it in your living room to manage your connected TV and other smart appliances. The display may not be sharp enough for watching content on the tablet, but it can be easily used for casting your shows onto a TV or for any kind of general use, including video calls.

For under $150, this is one of the better 10-inch tablets overall. It does come with several shortcomings, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for the specific user group it targets. If your use case doesn’t need a higher-res screen, you’d be well served by the M10 HD.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab M10 HD 2nd Gen Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

Lenovo Duet Chromebook test

If a traditional Android tablet doesn’t strike your fancy, then there are ones running Chrome OS, which serves as a nice middle ground between Android and Windows. The Duet Chromebook is among the cheapest products of its kind. The price counts especially since Chrome OS is better suited for office use, where most of the work is cloud-based than Android devices or even iPads.

The Duet Chromebook from Lenovo is over a year old now. However, that doesn’t matter as much since it comes running Chrome OS. It’s basically the Chrome browser as you know it on any desktop OS along with a bunch of Google services integrated into it. The best part about it is that Google keeps the OS up to date and has promised to deliver 8 years of updates. That is a seriously long life for a tablet that costs well under $300.

Like many other productivity devices from Lenovo, the Duet Chromebook also comes bundled with a keyboard attachment that is necessary if you want to work on this tablet. The company also offers you a stylus for the tablet (sold separately), but it didn’t perform as well as the S Pen that comes bundled with many Samsung tablets in a similar price bracket.

Meanwhile, the other aspects of the tablet you’ll interact with every day give you a pleasant experience. The display looked good during our time with the device, and its performance was also satisfactory for the things this tablet is made for. It should be able to easily sail with a few Chrome tabs open. And with the support for the Play Store means that you won’t be missing out on Android apps, while the tablet also supports Linux apps.

Read: Our Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook Review

Lenovo Tab M8

Lenovo Tab M8 HD display

Lenovo Tab M8 on* Amazon

There aren’t many tablets in the market with an 8-inch screen, but Lenovo is one of the few brands that makes one. The company introduced the Tab M8 a while ago to cater to the needs of people wanting something between the 7- and 10-inch sizes. And that’s without compromising on the fit and finish of the device.

The slate comes with a metal body, which is something we don’t usually get to see around the budget of $150. So, Lenovo gets full marks from us in that department. It also has a great display, which you can get either with an HD or FHD resolution, though the Netflix app on the device won’t support HD playback on either resolution. While the higher resolution is always better, you can opt for the lower-res screen if you don’t see yourself reading a lot on this tablet in the future.

For the stock Android fanatics, like most other Lenovo tablets, the Tab M8 also comes with a clean version of Android 9 Pie along with a kids’ mode to give your children access to the content they’d like. This Android version is a tad old right now, though it shouldn’t keep you from using the most common apps available on the Play Store.

The tablet’s battery turned out to be excellent in our experience, while the presence of the microUSB port left us disappointed. Its front-facing camera also wasn’t any good, even for basic use. You can skip this device if you’re looking for something to attend video calls on.

The Tab M8 is designed aiming at a different set of users that needs good performance and battery in a compact body, while things like camera quality are secondary. It could be your perfect device for carrying around in your jacket pockets without feeling the bulk of a larger tablet.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab M8 Review

Lenovo Tab M7

Lenovo Tab M7 back

Lenovo Tab M7 on* Amazon

If you’re looking for something cheap that is fine for some casual use, then the Lenovo Tab M7 won’t disappoint you. It is the smallest tablet from the company and gets as portable as a tablet can get. It’s compact enough to fit inside a trouser pocket, let alone a bag, and is just right for the small hands of young children.

Just like other Lenovo tablets, the M7 also offers a clean OS experience without much bloatware. You have the option to get a model running either Android 9 Pie Go Edition or standard Android Pie, the latter of which will cost extra mainly due to slightly better internals. The higher-specced model should give you slightly better performance, but you shouldn’t compare it with much pricier alternatives.

Despite its cheap price, Lenovo didn’t skimp on the build quality and has used metal for the outer shell. We found the display to be pretty good, especially if all you want to do is watch movies or do some web browsing. Your kids will also enjoy using the device during their free time and while finishing up the homework, thanks to Android Pie’s built-in kids’ mode.

Its battery lasted for over 10 hours in our standard test, surpassing its predecessor and even the Amazon Fire 7, which is the gold standard for budget tablets. We wouldn’t suggest getting this tablet if you plan to use some hardware-intensive apps, like games, plus its cameras and speaker were a letdown and shouldn’t be the reason for your purchase.

You should ideally pick one of these primarily to hand it to your kids. It doesn’t cost a bomb and is made out of metal, so it should be pretty safe for your kids. You can also use the M7 as the main media hub for your house.

Read: Our Lenovo Tab M7 Review

Other Lenovo tablets

These are a few more tablets from Lenovo’s stable.

Lenovo Miix 520

Lenovo MIIX 520 test

Lenovo MIIX 520 on* Amazon

In our testing, the Lenovo Miix 520 proved to be the best Windows alternative to the Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and this isn’t a lowly feat. The best part about this Lenovo detachable is that its accessories, like the keyboard case and the stylus, come bundled with the tablet itself, which is a big cash saving compared to the Surface Pro. Plus, you aren’t losing much either with the Miix 520.

The device brings fantastic performance to the table with Intel Core i-series processors and has a full metal build along with a kickstand that positions the tablet at an angle that you prefer. Both the keyboard and stylus are rather good to use, though the trackpad could use some help. The screen brightness is something we found to be lacking, besides its battery life, in our review.

Read: Our Lenovo Miix 520 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad D330

Lenovo IdeaPad D330 with Photoshop

Lenovo IdeaPad D330 on* Amazon

Coming from Lenovo, the IdeaPad D330 directly competes with the Surface Go and, in fact, undercuts it with a lower starting price. But it hasn’t made a lot of compromises to achieve that; the only ones we noticed were the use of plastic instead of metal and the quality of speakers, besides, of course, the basic 2GB RAM option. It comes bundled with a detachable keyboard that can hold the tablet in laptop mode.

You can get this machine with either an HD or a full HD display. The model we tested with a quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5000 chipset offers a better multi-core performance than the Surface Go because of its two extra cores. It has three USB ports, and you can even get a model with LTE. In our battery test, the tablet achieved a runtime of 11.5 hours which is top-notch in the Windows territory.

Read: Our Lenovo IdeaPad D330 Review

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab kickstand

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab on* Amazon

Lenovo’s Yoga branding is usually associated with its line of laptops that have a more flexible hinge. Bringing similar modularity to its tablets, the company recently launched the Yoga Smart Tab with a barrel on one of its sides. Besides helping you get a better grip, the barrel has a built-in kickstand, which you can also use to hang the tablet on a hook. It also houses the battery, along with the power button on one end and a speaker on the other.

The Chinese company has moved away from heavily customized skins to favor a cleaner Android experience that many appreciate. What makes the Yoga Smart Tab smart is the included Google Assistant Ambient Mode, which turns your tablet into a portable Assistant-enabled screen. Two things that disappointed us were its mediocre performance and that it lacks the support for HD videos on Netflix. Hopefully, Lenovo will fix the latter in a future software upgrade.

Read: Our Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab Review

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