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Key Features

  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Quad-core MediaTek 1.5GHz processor with 2GB RAM
  • Sound bar speakers
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras
  • 1980 x 1200 IPS screen
  • 16GB on-board storage expandable by 64GB microSD
  • Manufacturer: Lenovo
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Hands on with the Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70

Of the three tablets Lenovo launched at MWC 2015 the 10-inch Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 was the most interesting. This bigger brother to the 8-inch TAB 2 A8, and successor to the TAB A10, comes with a decent HD+ IPS screen, 64-bit quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.

The performance seems good enough for an Android tablet aiming to compete in the budget end of the market, where devices are mostly used for media consumption. It has a party piece to add to its movie-watching credentials – a multi-speaker "soundbar" with Dolby Atmos.

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“Wait,” I hear you exclaim. “Doesn’t Dolby Atmos require overhead speakers to position sound in a 360-degree hemisphere around your head?” OK, maybe you didn’t say that, but that's how Atmos works in a cinema or home theatre. We didn’t really notice positional sound in the demo we listened to, but the speakers are loud and provide more detail than we’ve heard on similarly priced tablets.

Where Dolby Atmos becomes interesting on the Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 is when you pair it with headphones. Even the basic on-ear cans that Lenovo provided offered some positional sound effects. Sound clearly comes from in front, above and behind as well as left and right.

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The Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 runs Android 4.4 rather than the newer 5.0 Lollipop, but this is set to change in June when it will be upgraded to the latest version of Google’s operating system. The MediaTek processor is speedy enough. There's no noticeable lag when scrolling through menus or opening apps. Quite how it will cope with the latest and most demanding 3D games we’re not sure yet.

A rear-facing 8-megapixel camera takes care of those who like to take their tablet out and about. Lenovo hasn’t scrimped on the front-facing camera either, with a 5-megapixel sensor ensuring video calls should look good.

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There’s just 16GB of onboard storage but this is expandable by a further 64GB via an SD card slot. A 7000mAh battery should provide ample power to keep the TAB 2 A10-70 running for a few feature films – Lenovo claims 10 hours of constant use.

As you might expect from a 10-inch tablet costing just $199/£180, the design is basic. That being said, the plastic back is solid and provides very little flex, while there’s some nice detail to accentuate the soundbar speaker.

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Early Verdict

While the $129/£129 8-inch TAB 2 A8 might struggle in a market well served by the likes of the excellent Tesco Hudl 2, the Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 could be a low-cost gem. It seems perfectly suited to those looking for a large-screen tablet to browse the net and watch a Netflix boxset.

A 4G option will also be available when the Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 is made available to buy in April.

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Gridbald .

March 11, 2016, 12:36 pm

Well, Evan, I will take your word for it and I have ordered the tablet from Argos who are asking £119,99 for it. I will not expect the earth, but God help you if I think the product is rubbish! LOL.

I will be reporting back.

Ross Campbell

June 28, 2016, 1:20 am

Hi

Wondering how you got on with your purchase, I have bought one and found it extremely useful for surfing the net, typing emails is a breeze, playing simple games is a joy and of course watching movies is most enjoyable.

Mine is running lollipop and I purchased a case for it which allows to stand it up almost vertically for watching movies and turning it in the opposite direction it lies more flat and allows me to type and play my board and card games.

I stopped using my laptop and use this instead, great for using in bed to catch up with the news and the screen is very good. Certainly the product is far from being rubbish .. lol.

Gridbald .

June 28, 2016, 11:32 am

Hi to you, Ross!

I also find this tablet to be very good - better than I had expected, especially photo performance.

Yes, I have Lollipop and all I have to say about it is that it has a load of baggage that I neither need nor want and can't delete. But I simply ignore it as it does not affect what I mainly use it for. That , like you, I can use it in bed is a novelty and a bonus!
Not being exactly a computer guru, I was a little concerned with connecting to the Internet but it connected immediately and I can remain connected even when I'm in the garden. Very pleased with that as I had read that many people lose their Internet connection even if they move a couple of yards from the router,

I'm not into games, Ross, I use the computer for education, contributing to various sites, watching old films and emailing. This tablet will be a godsend if my computer ever breaks down and I'm really thankful my ISP is reliable.

Splendid value for money!

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