Cheap Lenovo tablets compared: Price, specs, features and more

Fergus Halliday
Jun 19, 2024
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Samsung, Apple and Microsoft might be the heavy hitters when it comes to the best tablets, but they're not the only options if you're looking to pick one up on a budget. Start digging and sooner or later you'll chance across one of Lenovo's many cheap Android tablets. For some, the thrifty prices here are going to be alluring. For others, they'll be a source of anxiety. 

This article takes a closer look at each cheap Android tablet in Australia that Lenovo currently sells to suss out what the compromises are and where your money is best spent. There's no such thing as the perfect tablet, but if you're in the market for a pretty good cheap one, there's a decent chance you'll find it somewhere in the list below. 

What to consider when buying a tablet

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Operating system

The most important question to start with when it comes to buying a tablet is deciding on which operating system you want your device to run on. Windows, iPadOS and Android can all pretty much do the same things, but there are clear advantages to going with one platform over another depending on the circumstances.

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Screen size

The next big thing that tablet buyers should consider is screen size. If you're looking at any sort of multitasking, you'll want the biggest tablet you can find. However, if you're just looking to play some games, browse the web or read some eBooks then a lighter form-factor is the way to go.

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Storage

After software and screen, storage is the next thing to consider. One of the disadvantages that tablets have versus traditional laptops is that they can't be upgraded later down the line. Unless the tablet in question has a MicroSD slot or you're relying on cloud storage, what you start with is all you'll get.

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Price

Last but not least, tablet buyers should do their research when it comes to accessories. The cost of kitting out your new tablet with a keyboard or stylus can vary wildly depending on the brand, not only when it comes to cost but also quality and overall functionality.

Lenovo Tab M8

Screen
8-inch HD
Processor
MediaTek Helio A22
Storage
32GB
🔥From $199
$148

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The Lenovo Tab M8's biggest claim to fame is that it costs just $200. Depending on the retailer, you might be able to find it for even less. In any case, the specs here are largely commensurate with the price tag.

Regarding performance, the specs here are a far cry from what you can expect from even Apple's cheapest iPad. Under the hood, the Tab M8 boasts an 8-inch HD IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and a MediaTek Helio A22 processor. Likewise, the design isn't exactly offensive or cutting-edge. There's not much in the way of premium perks or features here. That said, the Lenovo Tab M8 comes equipped with a set of Dolby Audio speakers and a 5100mAh battery.

In other words, the Lenovo Tab M8 is ideal as a tablet for kids or those who genuinely don't have the hardware to do anything other than consume video content or read ebooks and are happy with an 8-inch screen and a slower processor if it means a cheaper price tag. 

Compare cheap Lenovo tablets

Product
Price
Processor
Resolution
RAM
Storage
Stylus
Keyboard
Availability

Lenovo Tab M11

Screen
11-inch HD
Processor
MediaTek Helio M22
Storage
128GB
🔥From $349
$249

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

If the Lenovo Tab M8 above is a little too barebones for your needs, then the Lenovo Tab M11 might be the next best option. While the design is similar, the specs are a step above what you get from the Tab M8. You get an 11-inch screen instead of an 8-inch one. You're also looking at double the RAM, four times as many gigabytes of onboard storage and a more powerful MediaTek M22 processor.

The Lenovo Tab M11 also ups the ante with stylus support, IP52 water resistance and integration with several Lenovo-specific features like Freestyle (which lets you use the tablet as a second monitor). Even for those looking to stick to watching videos and playing games, the addition of proper Dolby Atmos speakers and a larger 7100mAh battery make this a solid upgrade. The Lenovo Tab M11 is only a little bit more expensive than its siblings but you get a lot more bang for your buck and there's also a model available with 4G for those who want on-the-go connectivity.

Lenovo Tab P11

Screen
11-inch 2K
Processor
MediaTek Helio G99
Storage
128GB
🔥From $449
$349

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The Lenovo Tab P11 is almost as much of a jump upwards over the M11 as that device is over the M8. The headline here is that an extra $100 or so gets you a brighter and larger 11.5-inch IPS screen with 2K resolution and DCI-P3 colour. On the inside, the Tab P11 also boasts 2GB of additional RAM (bringing the total to 6GB), a larger 770mAh battery and a faster MediaTek G99 processor. You also get a Lenovo Precision Pen 2 included in the box.

The Lenovo Tab P11 is still pretty cheap by the standards of Android tablets but it comes with more premium specs and accessories that allow you to get more out of its humble hardware.

Lenovo Tab M9

Screen
9-inch HD
Processor
MediaTek Helio G80
Storage
64GB
🔥From $249
$178

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

As the name might suggest, the Lenovo Tab M9 is something of a midpoint between the Tab M8 and Tab M11. It features a larger 9-inch screen plus additional RAM and storage.

Essentially, the Lenovo Tab M9 is a better-budget tablet with a bigger screen. It'd still be very affordable as far as tablets go but the specific improvements it offers mean that it's only really going to make sense for those who want more RAM, storage and screen than the Lenovo M8 can offer but can't quite justify upselling themselves to the likes of the Tab M11 and beyond.

Lenovo Tab P12

Screen
12-inch 3K
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 7050
Storage
256GB
🔥From $669
$489

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

The Lenovo Tab P12 is the nicest Android tablet the brand currently sells in Australia. It builds on the blueprint set out by the Lenovo Tab P11 but raises the stakes with a 12.7-inch screen with 3K resolution, 8GB of RAM and 256G of onboard storage. There's even a handful of premium perks in the mix, such as a quartet of JBL-tuned speakers

Under the hood, the Lenovo Tab P12 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 processor and a sizable 10,200mAh battery. That's not the calibre of silicon you can find in the likes of the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but compared to where the lineup starts it represents a significant upgrade in performance.

Even if the Tab P12 is the most expensive cheap tablet in Lenovo's roster, you can see where the money is going.

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Tablets compared

Lenovo versus Apple versus Samsung versus Google and more
Product
Our score
Price
RAM
Storage
More info
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 UltraSamsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$1599
12GBStarts at 128GB
iPad Pro (2022)Apple iPad Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
From
$799
8GBStarts at 128GB
ASUS ROG Flow Z13ASUS ROG Flow Z13
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$3299
16GB1TB
Microsoft Surface Pro 9Microsoft Surface Pro 9
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
$1799
8GBStarts at 128GB SSD
Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi (256 GB)Apple iPad Mini
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$800
4GBStarts at 64GB
Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday is a journalist and editor for Reviews.org. He’s written about technology, telecommunications, gaming and more for over a decade. He got his start writing in high school and began his full-time career as the Editor of PC World Australia. Fergus has made the MCV 30 Under 30 list, been a finalist for seven categories at the IT Journalism Awards and won Most Controversial Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards. He has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, GamesHub, Press Start, Screen Rant, Superjump, Nestegg and more.

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