It was only a few years ago when Android tablets would be selling like hotcakes and could keep up with Apple’s iPad sales. But now, there are hardly any Android tablets on the market, partially because of Apple but the other reason being that there really isn’t a need for a tablet when smartphone screens are getting bigger each year.

Now in 2019, we have devices like the Lenovo Smart Display or the Amazon Echo Show, which offer a sort hybrid between a smart speaker and a tablet (but without being able to take it with you). Lenovo recently introduced its Smart Tab M10 and P10 which combine an Android tablet with the abilities of an Echo Show.

I’ve been using the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 for a few weeks now and while it makes a great Alexa-powered smart display, it’s an okay Android tablet.

Design & Hardware

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 has a 10.1-inch Full HD display with dual-facing speakers (with Dolby Atmos), fingerprint sensor on the front and is running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (and a microSD card slot).

The Snapdragon 450 processor does the job in most cases but there was a lot of noticeable lag when using the device, which made it almost unusable because it freezes up.

The Dolby Atmos speakers on the tablet sound good but they’re not going to blow you away like a Google Home Max or Apple HomePod. There’s also a USB-C port and a 7,000 mAh battery.

The build of the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 is a combination of metal and glass. The back of the device is especially a fingerprint magnet.

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera while the front-facing camera is 5-megapixels.

Each Lenovo Smart Tab also comes bundled with a speaker dock that holds the tablet in place via special connectors on the bottom. The dock also has Bluetooth in order to hear Alexa using Show Mode on the Lenovo Smart Tab P10.

There were a few times when I tried to dock the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 in the speaker and I would think it connected but it didn’t actually connect to the connector pins.

Once you dock the Lenovo Smart Tab P10 in its speaker dock, the tablet will automatically switch to Show Mode. Then you’ll have quick access to Alexa just by using your voice.

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 is available from Lenovo’s website and Amazon.ca. The 32GB model costs $353.69 CAD (normally $392.99 CAD) and the 64GB model costs $401.39 CAD (normally $458.49 CAD).

Software

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 is running Android 8.1 Oreo, which at this point is an OS that is two years old. It would have been great if Lenovo had included Android 9 Pie on the Smart Tab P10.

Android Oreo comes with a number of features such as Picture in Picture, Autofill, notification channels and improvements to performance and stability.

The tablet has a few Lenovo pre-installed apps such as Dolby Atmos to change the sounds of the speakers, FM radio to let you listen to the radio. Lenovo has some Microsoft apps such as Skype and Outlook pre-installed on the tablet but you can easily uninstall them.

Final Thoughts

The Lenovo Smart Tab P10 combines the best of the Echo Show with an Android tablet. While it could be better as a tablet, it still works great as an alternative to the Amazon Echo Show.

Pros

  • Great screen
  • Premium build quality
  • All-day battery life
  • Can be used as an Echo Show and a tablet

Cons

  • Performance could be better
  • Alexa doesn’t always understand
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Speaker dock frequently disconnects from tablet

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