Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) review: the ultimate family tablet!

After the friendly Realme Pad, this year we are testing Lenovo’s brand new touchscreen tablet, the third generation Tab M10 Plus. Slightly more expensive than its competitor, this slate is also intended for families and people with a limited budget. We give you our impressions in this comprehensive test.

Facing the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) is a strong competitor, the famous Xiaomi Mi Pad 5. The confrontation is likely to be tough!

Technical characteristics

Despite difficult years, Lenovo has never let down the touch pad market. Generation after generation, the Tab M10 series has grown to stay the course. The latest from the Chinese brand aims for a balance between low prices and decent services. The technical sheet is also very close to that of the Realme Pad:

  • 10.6” IPS screen – 2000 x 1200 px
  • MediaTek Helio G80 (WiFi) or Snapdragon 680 (WiFi+LTE) processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 or 128 GB internal storage (depending on version)
  • USB-C port, micro-SD port, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 5 – Bluetooth 5
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Back camera: 8 MP
  • Dimensions: 251.2 x 158.8 x 7.45mm
  • Weight: 465 grams
  • Battery: 7500mAh
  • Android 12 with Lenovo overlay

Lenovo’s slate comes in two flavors. One features the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. The second, equipped with 4G connectivity, works with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor. For this test, we received a model with WiFi only.

Whatever your choice of purchase, know that you can acquire separately the Lenovo Precision Pen 2 touch stylus, compatible with the Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen). Also note that the brand plans to deploy Android 13 from 2023.

Price Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen)

Just like the Realme Pad, the Tab M10 Plus is aimed at people on a budget. Here are the different prices charged by the brand:

  • 64 GB + Wi-Fi: €199
  • 128 GB + Wi-Fi: €219
  • 128 GB + LTE: €299

If you want to add the Precision Pen 2 stylus, count 69€ more on the bill.

Design and finishes

Like most budget tablets, the Tab M10 Plus features a relatively basic design. Lenovo, however, tries to stand out from the competition by adopting a two-tone mix on the back. The lower part of the shell is thus made of aluminium. The upper part is in textured plastic with a peach skin feel.

The slate remains relatively light for a 10.6” model. The finishes are of very good quality, without any cracking or sticking out. Pay attention to the plastic part of the hull, it seems that it is quite easy to damage.

Lenovo tablet case

connectors

The Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) puts the package on connectivity. Like the Realme Pad, the Lenovo tablet has four Dolby Atmos certified speakers. There is also the classic USB-C port, supplemented by a micro-SD port and even a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It is therefore very complete!

Tab M10 Plus connectors

All that’s missing is a fingerprint reader. This absence is compensated by the presence of a face unlock.

Screen

The 10.6” IPS panel of the Lenovo tablet does a good job. The 2K definition flatters the eyes, as well as the brightness more than sufficient for indoor use. In fact, it is even possible to use the slate with some comfort outdoors, despite the reflections that are a little too present.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) Screen

For the entry level, the end result is frankly not bad. You just have to take a quick look in the settings to change the colorimetry, which is too cold by default. A classic defect that does not affect the very pleasant visual experience on this tablet.

The third-generation Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is perfectly sized for watching movies or photos in Full HD. This is its main objective.

Operating system

Like many manufacturers, Lenovo puts its mark on its slate. Android 12 is thus adorned with a rather sexy overlay. The round icons are inevitably reminiscent of what exists on the iPad.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus interface

Lenovo app drawer

Despite this, Google services are at the center of the user experience. In addition to the classic applications from the Mountain View giant such as GMail, Google Photos or the Play Store, a swipe to the right of the screen takes us to a service called Google Entertainment Space. This screen brings together the multimedia resources available on various platforms, much like the Google TV application does. Music, films and books are easily accessible.

Google Entertainment Space

Lenovo is also thinking of children by pre-installing Kids Space, the Google app dedicated to the little ones. This secure space allows you to install games while securing access to vital functions of the Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen). The tablet is thus aimed at all members of the family.

Photography

Is it really necessary to make a paragraph on the photo part? Like any entry-level tablet, Lenovo’s machine shows its biggest weak point here…

Tab M10 Plus Camera

The two 8 MP sensors located on the front and rear are far from effective. The shots in broad daylight are just drinkable. As for those in the middle of the night, you can forget them as the rendering is noisy. The tablet also has a hard time managing the differences in brightness within the same shot, overexposure happening very quickly.

Lenovo tablet day photo

This is unfortunately the sad observation that emerges on the vast majority of tablets under 200 euros. The cameras will just be good for a bit of family video conferencing or a quick document scan.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) performance

Helio G80 and 4 GB of RAM: here is a combo that will quickly scare away hardcore gamers. On the other hand, users who are only looking for a web or multimedia browsing experience should find what they are looking for. The Lenovo tablet offers performance to match its price.

Game Tab M10 Plus

Navigation within the interface is not the most fluid, with sometimes a few small slowdowns. The applications open nevertheless without too much delay. The 4 GB of RAM and the processor which dates from 2020 quickly limit the use of multi-tasking.

In short, the ideal remains to do one thing at a time. Under these conditions, the use of the Tab M10 Plus remains pleasant.

Multimedia

It is undoubtedly in multimedia that the Chinese slate is doing the best. In addition to its bright screen, the speakers do quite well. We discover over the viewing a beautiful stereophony. As often, the sound is oriented towards the mediums. The bass is very discreet, more so than on a tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Google Entertainment Space Tab M10 Plus

The good news is that we take advantage of the presence of a headphone jack. This is sufficient to ensure comfortable listening to movies and series in streaming.

Autonomy

The Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) uses a 7500 mAh battery, which the Chinese manufacturer assures us can last a full day. Of course, everything will depend on the uses.

According to our estimates, the Lenovo tablet can hold a charge well for 8h to 10h in video depending on the parameters used. It is therefore in the current average, no more, no less.

It is rather the refill that is likely to make people cringe. You have to make do with a 10W charger supplied in the box. Count almost 4 hours for a full tank…

Conclusion test Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen)

Lenovo’s latest production is presented above all as a family tablet. Web browsing and multimedia are its core business, highlighted by a high-quality screen and convincing audio.

Like most slates under €200, the Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) suffers from a lack of power that penalizes video games. Gamers will therefore turn to more expensive equipment, such as the iPad to name but one.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, relatively durable tablet to consume a lot of multimedia content, we highly recommend the third generation Tab M10 Plus.

Lenovo Tab M10 Plus (3rd Gen) review: the ultimate family tablet!