The only manufacture wants to release a tablet for under 100 dollars is basically only Amazon through their Fire 7 and 8 HD series. For years, they seem have no competitor at all its always gaining a huge popularity every year the new model is released. Fortunately, some manufactures like Huawei is seeing of this great market and last year they announced of the Mediapad T3 series in the same level of price category. Lately, Lenovo is trying a similar case by releasing of Tab 4 7 inch which offers of good impression in me despite its low price point. The system started for around 100 dollars and even has of LTE optional connectivity in some models.
The rest of specification is pretty similar to other budget devices. We have of quad core CPU from the Mediatek, 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. This specification is considered as low end for us, but from the start Lenovo has marketed this thing as kid’s gadget which does not need great performance in their usage. It’s easy for the parents for affording it and kids will have no complaint about it. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks Impression
Just never expect to see a pretty good design because the entire case is built from plastic and covered with matte finishing. The surrounded the chase is plastic, but still offers of great impression compared to the last year model. This time, the body does not feel cheap at all and appeared as thinner as and lighter than ever. The device has 254g of weight and 8.8 thickness and appeared looks lighter and thinner than the Fire HD 7 2017. The build quality is decent although the back cover gets scratch pretty easily during my case and make sure to not dropping too many times because it won’t just hold every drop you do here.
Moving into its features related, I see of micro SD slot for expanding the storage and I think it’s supported up to 128GB SD card. Then, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack for of course plugging the headphone. The place this port on the top alongside with the micro USB port for charging the battery. You will get a SIM slot if you pick the LTE model, but for this review I only have the WIFI model. The main reason why I don’t pick the LTE model is because of the price and for most all of time I use it for just a home usage which entirely place is covered by WIFI.back to menu ↑
Display and Audio
I am not going to talk about its camera because the result is just bad, but let’s talk about its display. Even for such a low end gadget, Lenovo still puts of IPS panel with 1280 x 720 resolution. It’s a 7 inch panel with HD resolution and looks great as long as you are fine with its low brightness. I have no problem at all in term of color accuracy because I know this is just a budget device, but I really hope the brightness could be 50 nits brighter. I know some users will use it outdoor and it’s just hard to see everything without putting the brightness into maximum.
As for the audio support, you find a mono single firing speaker. The speaker hole is pretty small and won’t easily fill any small room even when putting the volume into the maximum. Here, the sounds are harsh as soon as you set the volume up to 80 % and will sound better as you reduce the volume level. The audio quality is just mediocre and a headphone should be a better companion for streaming video and listening music.
|Lenovo Tab 4 7 Inch Android||Main Specs|
|CPU||Mediatek MT8167 Quad Cores 1.1 GHz|
|Display Size||7 Inch IPS HD|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Memory||1GB DDR3 Memory|
Hardware and OS
Moving into the performance, the Mediatek MT8167 processor is only capable of running apps and playing some older games. I am not surprised at all because they use of an old processor here. Here, there are quad cores CPU and clocked at 1.1 GHz. It’s combined with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage as the companion. The 1GB memory is small enough, but it still can run 4 to 5 apps at the same time without forcing the system to restart them as soon as you open one of them. The 16GB storage leaves around 12GB free space, so make sure to add of micro SD card as its fill pretty easily.
Lenovo is aware the specification is very low especially in memory and for this reason the manufacture installs of Android 7.0 Nougat with almost no bloatware inside. The users interface and system run smoothly and coming without anything will bother you. I hope they would give us a similar treatment to its more premium models which still coming with lot of bloatware. Some Google Apps like Youtube and Gmail are pre-installed, but I am definitely sure you won’t mind with these apps as they are considered as useful.back to menu ↑
The Lenovo Tab 4 7 is quite disappoint in matter performance, but the rest of features like display and software are impressive. The old processor and 1GB RAM prevent the users for getting the best experience like you can see in most of high end tablets, but this experience itself is much better compared to what I got in Amazon Fire HD device which not coming with Google application and full of junk which almost impossible to get rid. I think this is one of the best options you can afford right now in this price range. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Thank you very much for reading the article and mind leaving some comments for further assistance regarding the article.