Back in February Lenovo introduced a full range of new affordable tablets within the Tab3 family. Given their budget-friendly nature, however, these don’t exactly “pop” in terms of specs.
A newly-leaked Tab3 8 Plus is said to change that soon. Like the name suggests, it is an upgraded version of the 8-inch model, likely to hit shelves shortly. The Plus model comes with a FullHD panel and 3GB of RAM, both of which upgrades over its predecessor. The cameras have been bumped to 8MP/5MP and there are more storage options now, including a 32GB and 64GB tier, both expandable through microSD.
However, the most important change appears to be the chipset. Instead of the original undisclosed quad-core MediaTek one, Lenovo has now opted for Qucalcomm’s Snapdragon 625. Besides having twice as many cores and being significantly faster, it is also made using a superior 14nm process. This is a rare sight on mid-range hardware and typically brings a major boost to battery life. For instance, the Galaxy J7 (2016) we recently reviewed, managed to score a whopping 101 hours in our endurance test.
It will definitely be interesting to see how that scales to a tablet with a 4,300 mAh or so battery pack.