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Lenovo Tab 4 10 review: A cord-cutter's dream tablet

The quick take

Lenovo latest 10-inch tablet isn't the most powerful workhorse, but then again it was surely never designed to be a device for everything. With modest specs and a budget price, this is a tablet for anyone looking for a reliable second screen to use around the home for streaming music and video, browsing the internet, cooking instructions in the kitchen, or sheet music when learning to play an instrument.

The Good

  • Great build quality
  • Perfect for streaming
  • Lenovo Performance Mode is fantastic
  • Great battery life
  • Loud Dolby Atmos speakers
  • Mostly stock Android experience

The Bad

  • Cameras are a total afterthought
  • Screen is a fingerprint magnet
  • Hard to use in direct sunlight
  • System takes up nearly half of the 16GB storage

Tech Specs

CategoryLenovo Tab 4 10
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 Nougat
Display10.1-inch LCD IPS Multitouch, 1280x800
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 425 (1.4GHz, quad-core)
Storage16GB
ExpandablemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM2GB
Rear Camera5MP w/ autofocus
Front Camera2MP w/ autofocus
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
ChargingMicro-USB
Battery7000mAh non-removable 2 Cell Li-Polymer
Dimensions247 x 170 x 8.5 mm
Weight503g

The things you'll love

The Lenovo Tab 4 10 features a (you guessed it) 10-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor and 2GB of RAM. With those specs, you're definitely going to notice a significant slowdown if you try to play any particularly resource-heavy games, but overall it feels capable of handling anything you throw at it — especially video streaming — with ease.

The Lenovo Tab 4 10 is lightweight without feeling cheap.

While the Tab 4 lacks the premium design materials like a glass back and aluminum frame, it doesn't feel cheap, either. I personally prefer a non-glass back design for my devices, so I appreciated the Slate Black model's subtle texture on the back. The power and volume buttons are perfectly placed on the left side of the device, so you won't accidentally press them when you're just kicking back watching your favorite shows, yet accessible when needed. Overall, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 is lightweight without feeling cheap — while I was fortunate to avoid dropping my unit during the review period, I always felt confident that it would survive without barely a blemish had it.

I've found the battery life to be outstanding. Lenovo says you can expect up to 20 hours of usage on a fully charged battery, and in my experience that even seems like a conservative estimate based on heavy usage.

In terms of software, you get a mostly stock Android experience here running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. However, one of my favorite features using the Tab 4 10 is Lenovo's Productivity interface. Designed to be used with an optional Bluetooth keyboard attachment to convert the tablet into a makeshift laptop for added productivity, I enjoyed using it all the same without the keyboard, as it moves the on-screen Android navigations within reach of my left thumb while also adding a task bar for conveniently switching between apps as you would on a PC. I spend most of my review time using the Productivity mode because it's just a smartly-designed interface. There's also a Kids Mode, too, making this a great option for families.

I predominantly used the Lenovo Tab 4 10 for media streaming from Netflix, Plex, and DAZN with nary a hiccup, and the built-in Dolby Atmos speakers had me ignoring the Bluetooth speaker I'd typically use. As a hardened cord cutter, the Tab 4 served all my needs very well.

The things you'll hate

Firstly, the screen is an absolute fingerprint magnet, so you'll definitely want to keep the included screen cleaning cloth nearby at all times. It also doesn't fare too well near direct sunlight, so I'd say this is definitely a tablet to be used in and around the home and less so for commuting. There's a model that includes 4G connectivity with a SIM-card slot alongside the microSD slot, but honestly, I wouldn't spend more money when you're only going to want to use this thing wherever Wi-Fi is probably available.

You'll probably want to buy a microSD card for this thing as you only have about 8GB space out of the box.

The 16GB of internal storage is a tad underwhelming, as nearly half of that space is dedicated to the OS system files, making the option for expandable memory almost a prerequisite. Some users have had issues mounting a microSD card, but I did not have such problems.

As mentioned above, the specs are a little weak if you were hoping to do some serious gaming. Playing Madden Mobile was fine but noticeably sluggish at times. Temper your expectations or look elsewhere if top-end gaming is what you're after.

Lenovo included both front- and rear-facing cameras because I suppose they had to, but a 2MP and 5MP respectively, it's not even worth opening the camera app.

Should you get it? If you're a cord cutter, yes

If you've cut cable out of your life and are simply looking for a tablet for streaming Netflix, Hulu, and the rest around the house, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 will serve your needs wonderfully. You're unlikely to find a better Android tablet for under $200 that offers such a clean and focused design and user interface.

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Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

21 Comments
  • I bought one of these for my wife. She uses it for games and e-books, and she absolutely loves it.
    Yes, it's a fingerprint magnet, but that's why I have microfiber towels. It's a great tablet and I highly recommend it.
  • Hello, have you tried netflix on this tablet? If so, does it allow for offline downloads? I read a few articles about high-end lenovo tablets having issues with netflix offline downloads.
  • What the hell happened to the Plus version of this? The specs were much nicer and not that much more expensive.
  • I've been frustrated for months awaiting the US release of the Lenovo tab 4 10 plus > specifically the 64gb wifi tablet, which if one compares the specs against the basic Lenovo 10 tablet reviewed here, especially after adding the productivity pack, has everything it seems I'm looking for. (I'm neither interested in the children's pack offered nor LTE capability, though others may.) I wonder if perhaps Lenovo is holding back on it as they market their newly released Miix 720 at a higher price point. Regardless, it's frustrating knowing that while the 10 plus is available in both India and Australia, no definitive date has been set for its release here. Nonetheless, it would be nice to see a review of it measured against the above model. Thanks, R.R.
  • Agreed! In fact I have a Google alert setup for it, and this article triggered it! Grrrr. I'm traveling tomorrow, and in the mean-time I picked up a Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite 10" tablet. It's essentially this tablet with a 1920x1200 resolution and 3GB of ram. At $250 it's a bit of a premium, but I needed something now. I'm still holding off for the Tab4 10 Plus though. Hopefully it will finally come along.
  • 720p on a 10 incher in 2017? Neeeeexxxxxxttttttt!
  • That.
  • The 2gb of RAM scares me. Even though I would only use the tablet for media consumption, I've been burned with older Transformer Prime tablets with low RAM. Is 2gb really enough to not have future issues with android updates and video streaming?
  • I would suggest you look elsewhere, I have a Sony tablet with 3gb and it's slowly starting to show it's age (it was announced in 2014), so I would assume that the situation with 2gb would be even worse
  • I have the Z2 as well (I assume is what you have) and for $200 it's STILL the best buy you can
  • It probably won't ever get any updates so you don't have to worry about it
  • The 10 plus model has 3gb among other upgrades over this basic model. Problem at present however, is that Lenovo keeps delaying its release date. Scroll down in this accompanying link to see the comparative specs. https://www.cnet.com/products/lenovo-tab-4-10-inch/preview/
  • We have a Lenovo Ideatab. Slow as a dog, cannot load more than 5 apps, and it has never received a security update in two years.
    At least the speakers are good on this one. We rented a honeymoon suite and had ours as entertainment between other activities, and struggled to hear movies.
    Also, any water resistance? That would be handy for setting it on the side of the Jacuzzi.
  • As I mentioned above... This article set off my Google Alert for the Tab4 10 Plus. Not mad, but still waiting for it. I picked up a Huawei Mediapad M3 Lite 10" tablet. It's essentially this tablet with a 1920x1200 resolution and 3GB of ram. At $250 it's a bit of a premium, but I needed something now. I'm still holding off for the Tab4 10 Plus though. Hopefully it will finally come along.
  • There is a pre-order for the plus model at B&H electronics. I would link it but not sure if I am allowed to. I would pre-order it if I knew it was legit. I thought it would be released in May and the delay is really annoying
  • Didn't notice that. Of course I'm anxious for its debut yet feel it wise to otherwise wait a while to see how it's received before investing in one, especially if there is an alternative equal to what it promises becoming or already at about the same price.
  • Don't worry about updates you probably won't get any.
  • stupid of Lenovo to do this. The Tab 2 A-10 released 2 years ago has 1080p !
  • 1280x800 is just too low....had one and I returned it just because of the low resolution.
  • Too bad the US got jobbed by Lenovo... The rest of the world gets the 4gb ram and 64gb storage, and we get 2gb ram with 16gb storage? NO THANKS LENOVO! I bought the ASUS Zenpad 3S 10 instead. The ASUS is buttery smooth, extremely fast, does have a premium aluminum build with 2k screen resolution. I got mine on a Flash-Sale on Amazon for $269. Lol, there's no comparison here folks... NONE!
  • We just nabbed one of these for $120 through the Amazon Treasure Truck in Seattle. Given that low price, I figured it was worth throwing some money at and messing with - worst case scenario, it becomes a kitchen tablet. I've been using a Fire 7 tablet with sideloaded Google Play, but it's a bit sluggish when launching YouTube and Twitch (which is all I really use it for). Curious to see if this is any better, or too big for me (I like my tablets closer to 7-8"). I know 2GB isn't much, but it's twice the 1GB the Fire has. I might end up throwing LineageOS on this if that turns out to be possible in the future.