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Lenovo TAB 7 Essential Tablet

Published 9 September 2018

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We were in the market for an entry level tablet computer for the kids. At first we looked at no-name Chinese tablets for a basement price but found that the savings were made by skimping on batteries. Also, those large 10" tablets chew power like mid-century Japanese monster. Then we came across this agressively priced 7" tablet that has a good battery life and in a form factor small enough for even the smallest of kids. We look at the Lenovo TAB 7 Essential tablet computer.

Introduction

Lenovo has priced an entry level 7" tablet computer to ensure it is the cheapest on the market. Sure, if you look around hard enough there are tablet computers available for maybe 10 bucks less but the difference is all in the battery. There is no use going for a tablet that has only 2 hours battery life. Our real world usage gets around 6-8 hours of YouTube watching out of one charge. The Lenovo Tab 7 Essential form factor is thing and light and comes loaded with Android 7.0 that can be configured for multi-user accounts. That is if you can spare the storage space for all your apps and media.

Lenovo Tab 7 Essential Specs

 

Upgrade Lenovo Tab 7 Essential to Android 8 Oreo

Lenovo publishes their Android system upgrade paths for their Android Tablets. It appears to be a painfully slow process and in short, NO, there are no plans to release OS updates. If you don't believe us then look here (wayback).

  Physical Layout

Lenovo Tab 7 Essential tablet sitting on box
Lenovo Tab 7 Essential
Lenovo Tab 7 Essential tablet compared to the old model
Lenovo Tab 7 compared to older model
Lenovo Tab 7 Essential tablet concealed under old model
Lenovo Tab 7 hiding under older model
Lenovo Tab 7 Essential tablet sitting on older model
Lenovo Tab 7 sitting on older model
Lenovo Tab 7 aside the older model
Lenovo Tab 7 aside the older model

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