A few stores in Europe have started accepting orders for the 7-inch budget tablet Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic (710F/I) that Tabletmonkeys first discovered in October last year. The tablet hasn’t been officially unveiled yet, but it might be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February.
The price for this budget Android tablet is €79, which means that it replaces the current Lenovo Tab 2 in every regard, including price. Expect the price to be $79 in the US too.
The tablet is more or less identical to the $49 Amazon Fire, apart from having a higher price and running stock Android 5.0.
Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic comes as both a Wi-Fi only model (Lenovo TAB 3 7 TB3-710F) and as a 3G model (Lenovo TAB 3 7 TB3-710I), with a quad-core MediaTek MT8127 processor powering the Wi-Fi model, and a MediaTek MT8321 processor powering the 3G model.
As for all the other specs of the Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic, this budget tablet has 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 8GB / 16GB storage, a 7-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, a 0.3MP front camera, a 2MP rear camera, a 13.1 Wh / 3450 mAh battery with a 7 hour battery life, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, mic and speakers, as well as a microSD card slot, a micro-USB port, and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack.
For a little sneak peek, you can download the user manual for the Lenovo Tab 3 7 Basic (PDF).
Apart from the ultra cheap $49 tablet from Amazon, an alternative tablet in the same category is the Asus ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170C).
– Tom Bowen