This dual-purpose device from Lenovo can be used both as a tablet and a Google Assistant-enabled smart display when docked to its station. You won’t need buying the Smart Charging Station separately as it comes bundled with the tablet. The 8-inch display is compact and sharp enough for regular use. This is everything that you need to know about the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 along with its pricing and availability details.
- Smart charging station
- Google Assistant Ambient Mode
- Stereo sound with Dolby Atmos
- Metal casing
- 8-inch HD IPS display
- Optional 4G LTE
- Quad-core MediaTek processor
Lenovo Smart Tab M8: The Basics
Talking of its stand-out feature, the Chinese company has included a Google Assistant Ambient Mode in the Smart Tab M8 tablet. This feature, when paired with the included Smart Charging Station, turns the tablet into a smart home display that is always listening for your ‘OK Google’ command. You can undock the device to use as a normal tablet. A pair of far-field microphones and speakers with Dolby Atmos help facilitate the feature.
Over at the front, you will find an 8-inch HD IPS display that can touch 350 nits of peak brightness. The Smart Tab M8 uses metal for its back that should be quite sturdy besides giving a premium feel. Lenovo will make this tablet available in two variants with one of them being enabled for 4G LTE connectivity along with the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options. A 5000mAh battery is housed inside this Lenovo tablet that charges using a micro USB port.
An entry-level MediaTek A22 chipset powers this tablet and some other devices from the company. Lenovo included 2GB of RAM that is coupled with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. A 5MP auto-focus camera sits on the back while a fixed-focus 2MP sensor is provided for taking selfies. The tablet comes loaded with Android 9 Pie together with a dedicated kids’ mode. The Lenovo Smart Tab M8 retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and will be available in two color options—Onyx Black and Platinum Grey.
|Tablet||Lenovo Smart Tab M8|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Display||8-inch IPS (1280 x 800)|
|Processor||Quad-core 2GHz MediaTek A22 Tab|
|Storage||16 GB/32 GB|
|Main camera||5 Megapixels|
|Front camera||2 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, optional LTE, GPS|
|Ports||Micro USB, audio port|
|Security||No fingerprint scanner|
|Dimensions||121.8 x 199.1 x 8.15mm|
Availability & Pricing
The 8-inch Lenovo slate will go on sale sometime in October this year and the company didn’t share any specific date for the same. It is said to be available first in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa via select retailers in these regions and Lenovo’s own online store at lenovo.com.
Lenovo’s Smart Tab M8 costs €149, including taxes, which is equal to 166 USD. Its companion Smart Charging Station will be a part of the package and won’t cost extra. There is no official word on when the company plans to bring the slate to other global markets.
Lenovo Smart Tab M8 Alternatives
The tablet that comes closest to this Lenovo offering and its features is the Amazon Fire HD 8 (review) that also supports a docking station for enabling Alexa-based Show Mode. Samsung’s 2019 Galaxy Tab A 8 costs as much as the Smart Tab M8 and rocks a similar set of internals. You can go for the Samsung device if it’s available in your region. You also have the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 8 (review) in the same price segment but with a significantly better processor and display resolution.
For a slightly more, you can get your hands on the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 with S Pen (review) which, as its name makes it clear, comes with an S Pen for notetaking and doodling. If performance is something you don’t wish to compromise on, then the Huawei MediaPad M6 8.4 is an excellent option. It offers top-notch internals in a compact body, and so does the Apple iPad Mini 2019 (review). The compact Apple tablet now also supports the Apple Pencil, albeit the first-generation one.
Lenovo Smart Tab M8Lenovo's IFA 2019 announcements included this 8-inch tablet dubbed Smart Tab M8. It gets its smartness from the Charging Station that turns it into a smart display with Google Assistant. It comes with clean Android Pie software that is preferred by many over heavy skins. The two Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers make it great for entertainment.
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