Lenovo Smart Tab P10 vs. Smart Tab M10: Which should you buy?

Lenovo Smart Tab P10

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The Smart Tab P10 has no extra capabilities as a docked Amazon Alexa device, but is a much better standalone tablet. The larger battery alone may be worth it, but you also get a better-feeling lass back, fingerprint sensor and improved performance. It's worth the extra money if you plan to use it as a tablet often.

Lenovo Smart Tab P10

Better tablet

Longer battery life
Improved build quality
Fingerprint sensor
Improved performance
More storage
More expensive for the same core features

Lenovo Smart Tab M10

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You're getting a tablet and a docked Echo Show competitor for less than an Echo Show, so it's tough to complain. But with a small battery, missing hardware features and a criminally small amount of RAM and storage, this isn't going to offer a great tablet experience.

Lenovo Smart Tab M10

Bare bones

Same core features for less money
More durable plastic back
Same dock as the P10
Slower performance
Less storage
2 speakers instead of 4
Shorter battery life

Lenovo's Smart Tab comes in two different models, but the you get most of the same features no matter which one you get. Whether you choose to pay extra for the P10 comes down to just a few factors. Let's break it down.

Is the Smart Tab P10 worth the extra money over the M10?

Though Lenovo sells the Smart Tab in two different models and with a couple different spec offerings in each, the core functionality of these dockable tablets is actually the same. The actual dock apparatus included with the Smart Tab is the exact same with either one, which is a great thing. That means you get the same docked experience in terms of microphones, speakers, charging and the full Amazon Alexa "Show" interface on the tablet. Though some specs of the tablets differ, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference as soon as it's in the dock and more than an arm's length away.

In fact, most of the core parts of the P10 and M10 are the same as well. They have the same physical dimensions, 10.1-inch 1920x1080 display, and software experience. They run identical Android 8.1 Oreo software, with a relatively low-powered Snapdragon 450 processor, and both charge through the same pogo pins in the dock.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Smart Tab P10Smart Tab M10
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Display10.1-inch IPS LCD
1920x1200
10.1-inch IPS LCD
1920x1200
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 450Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Storage32/64GB16/32GB
ExpandablemicroSDmicroSD
RAM3/4GB2GB
Rear camera8MP5MP
Front camera5MP2MP
Speakers4x front-facing2x front-facing
ConnectivityWi-Fi, BluetoothWi-Fi, Bluetooth
Fingerprint sensorYesNo
Battery7000mAh4850mAh
ChargingUSB-C
Dock pogo pins
USB-C
Dock pogo pins
Water resistanceNoNo
Dimensions (tablet)242 x 167 x 7 mm
440 g
243 x 168 x 8 mm
480 g

But the P10 has several improvements that make the extra $100 worth it. The back is a solid pane of glass, which just feels dramatically better than the plastic of the M10. Under that glass is a 7000mAh battery, 45% larger than the M10's 4850mAh, and a base of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (optionally, 4GB and 64GB). All three of those specs make a huge difference in daily tablet usability, and will immediately make the P10 worth it if you plan to use it as a tablet much at all. It also has a fingerprint sensor for secure log-ins, and quad front-firing speakers for a better media experience than the M10's dual speakers.

The P10 is the better choice if you intend to use it more as a tablet than as a docked Amazon Alexa display.

Put simply, the Smart Tab P10 is the better choice if you intend to use it more as a tablet than as a docked Amazon Alexa display. The M10 will get the job done for basic Netflix watching and light browsing, but any intense apps will quickly bog down a system with such little RAM and you'll run out of storage for games and apps far sooner than you'd think.

You can split the difference in price by getting an M10 optioned up with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is an intriguing option. We would absolutely recommend getting the most RAM and storage you can afford, because it will pay dividends down the road as you use the tablet. But as soon as you consider the $249 version of the M10, look long and hard at getting the P10 instead for its glass back, larger battery, fingerprint sensor and improved speakers.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.