There’s no shortage of Android tablets, but a lot of them aren’t worth your money, especially in the face of stiff compeittion from Apple’s iPad models. Lenovo just revealed its new Tab M11, and it seems like a great option for watching videos and drawing without spending a lot of money.
The Lenovo Tab M11 is a tablet with an 11-inch 1920×1200 screen (so 1080p, but a bit taller) at a 90Hz refresh rate. It’s running Android 13 out of the box (Android 14 was released in October), so it can do split-screen multi-tasking and all the other productivity improvements Google has built for modern tablets and foldable phones. Lenovo is promising major Android updates until Android 15 and security patches until January 2028. There’s also a Lenovo Tab Pen included in the box for writing and drawing, which appears to be a passive stylus. That means you don’t get the advanced pressure sensitivity or extra buttons found in more advanced stylus pens (like the Apple Pencil), but it’s good enough for basic work and keeps the price down.
There’s not much to say about the design, except that Lenovo is selling it in two colors: “Luna Grey” and “Seafoam Green.” There are four speakers in total, tuned with Dolby Atmos. You also get a USB 2.0 Type-C port for charging and data transfer, a headphone jack, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 1TB—you won’t get those last two features on any modern iPad. The tablet measures 8.87 x 6.55 x 0.28 inches (55.26 x 166.31 x 7.15 mm), and weighs 1 pound (465 g).
The internal hardware isn’t too bad, either. There’s a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset powering the tablet, a 7,040mAh battery (Lenovo promises that lasts up to 10 hours of streaming) with 15W fast charging, dual-band Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.1. The tablet will be sold with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, or 8GB RAM and 128GB storage—some of those variants might not be available in all countries, though.
The Lenovo Tab M11 will start at $180 when it hits store sehlves in April 2024, which seems like a great price for everything you’re getting, especially with guaranteed security updates for four years. The main competition in this price segment is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 for ~$150, which has worse hardware, an older Android 11 operating system, and no guaranteed update schedule. The Amazon Fire HD 10 is $140, but it doesn’t have Google Play Services. Apple’s least expensive tablet is the 9th Gen iPad, which is usually priced around $250.