For the first time, you can take a look at the pictures of the upcoming tablet Lenovo Tab M8 (4th Gen) and get all the verified specs too.
My first impression is that the Lenovo Tab M8 (4th Gen) looks better than its predecessor, with an Arctic Grey back so that’s a good start. Abyss Blue will be another color option. Lenovo has made three different cases with a rear stand for it too. The first is a regular folio cover, but the other is a transparent clear case with a rear kickstand, and the third one is a blue bumper case for kids, which features a strengthened kickstand.
Moving over to the specs, we can see that it’s still in the same tablet category as before, with that being the entry level 8-inch placement.
There are 3 different models of this tablet, which upon launch will feature Android 12 / Android 12 Go depending on the model configuration.
The processor is a MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core 2.0 GHz MTMT8166B processor, with options of 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 32GB or 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage. So sure, this is no iPad mini.
A model with 4G LTE will also be offered, but not in every market. The hardware will otherwise be the same, and they all have Wi-Fi 5, and BT 5.0.
The 8-inch screen has a HD resolution of 1280 x 800, while the tablet cameras are a 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera, and unlike some of the other tablets in the 8-inch category, it features stereo speakers.
Despite the seemingly low 5100 mAh battery capacity, Lenovo estimates a battery life of 16 hours based on the video playback standard. This may be possible given the small HD display and the chipset, but we’ll see. The charger is a 10W power adapter that charges through the USB C port.
Lenovo has retained the 3.5mm audio combo jack, so it has that too, and a microSD card slot for memory card expansion up to 1TB.
The thickness is 8.95mm while the weight is 320 grams.
The main competitor for the Lenovo Tab M8 (4th Gen) is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite 8.7. Which is currently on sale for $109, or $159 regularly.
So Lenovo will at least have to match these prices to stand a chance against Samsung.
I expect the unveiling to take place in a few days, though the actual launch is anybody’s guess.
– Jim Miller