Before kids get ready for their upcoming school session, Lenovo wants to stack its shelves with a bunch of Chrome OS tablets to ensure they’ve got everything to get started on a fresh note. The latest one to join Lenovo’s arsenal is the 10e Chromebook Tablet, which, as its name makes plenty clear, is a tablet that attaches to a keyboard accessory to offer additional functionality.
The budget tablet is packed with features that are great not just for students but also for everyone else looking for a Chromebook. Here is everything that you need to know about the Chrome OS tablet from Lenovo, including its detailed specs and pricing details.
- Military-grade rugged build
- Chrome OS
- 10.1-inch FHD display
- MediaTek processor
- 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM
- 10-hour battery
- Stereo speakers
- Optional keyboard case
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet: The Basics
Designed for classrooms, Lenovo has taken care of the build quality keeping in mind the rough handling the tablet might be subjected to in the hands of kids. The front glass covering the display is protected by the Dragontrail Pro Glass while the entire body has rubber bumpers to safeguard against drops, meeting the MIL-STD-810G rigidity standard. The display itself measures 10.1 inches with thick bezels all around and uses an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The slate will be available only in a single black/grey finish.
Taking note of its primary use case in a classroom, Lenovo has included a MediaTek processor that should be enough for most basic classroom tasks paired with 4GB of RAM. The 10e Chromebook Tablet will come with 32GB of onboard storage, which the company didn’t specify can be expanded or not. It comes preloaded with Google’s lightweight Chrome OS, which is popular among school kids for its availability of school applications and general ease of use. This tablet is part of a small group of Chromebooks that will get 8 years of software updates.
Even with the attachment, the Chrome OS tablet should remain a portable machine with a weight of around 500 grams without the keyboard. It’ll come packed with a 31.5WHr battery that is claimed to last for up to 10 hours on a single charge, which should cover a full day in school and spare some juice for finishing up the homework. The 10e Chromebook Tablet supports connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while it also has a 2MP front-facing and a 5MP rear-facing camera that also supports ARCore. With the included pair of stereo speakers, the movie-watching experience gets elevated, while the tablet has also got a USB-C port.
Lenovo will make a companion keyboard case available for the tablet that attaches via pogo pins and covers the entire back to give additional protection. It seemingly has a well laid out keyboard complete with a kickstand to hold the tablet in place. Those kids into drawing and other creativity apps can also pick a USI stylus that the tablet supports out of the box. Both accessories aren’t part of the package and must be purchased separately.
|Tablet||Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet|
|Operating system||Chrome OS|
|Display||10.1-inch 16:10 IPS LCD (1920 x 1200) 400 nits|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|Main camera||5 Megapixels|
|Front camera||2 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||USB Type-C, headphone jack, pogo-pin connector|
|Battery||31.5wHr, up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||249.5 x 164.5 x 9.45mm|
Availability and Pricing
As for the pricing, Lenovo says that the tablet alone will cost $269, while the keyboard attachment will cost extra, though no price was shared for the optional accessory. The 10e Chromebook Tablet will go on sale starting March, but we aren’t sure the markets where it’ll release first. However, given the prices, the US should be one of them.
Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet Alternatives
If you’re looking for nothing but a Chromebook, then you can wait for the Chromebook Duet that Lenovo announced quite recently and is expected to start selling in the coming months. For regular use at home, Android OS should suffice in the also new Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus for a price of under $200. In addition to these, we also have the Yoga Smart Tab (review), which will cost you a little extra, given its additional features.
Don’t want a Lenovo slate? You might want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 (review), which is an excellent tablet for its price. While those deep into Amazon’s app ecosystem can go for the newly refreshed Fire HD 10 (review), which is often discounted on Amazon. At a slightly premium price, the Apple iPad 7 (review) continues to be a strong contender with an appealing display and a performance to match. In a similar price bracket, Samsung also offers the Galaxy Tab S5e (review), which can also be paired with a keyboard.
Lenovo 10e Chromebook TabletThe 10e detachable tablet from Lenovo runs Chrome OS, which sits right between a mobile OS and a full-fledged desktop-class software to offer a smoother user experience. This rugged tablet is made for classrooms and can withstand some mishandling, including drops. You can pair this cheap tablet with a keyboard and a stylus to get a more complete package that can also be used for work.
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