Flatlay landscape - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

If you wanted to automate your smart home using Google Assistant, you could go with smart speakers such as the Google Home Max, or a smart display like the Google Nest Hub. I personally use the Google Home Mini at home, and it’s great, except I still have to control it with my phone. What if you had a multi-purpose device that combined both?

Enter the Lenovo Smart Tab M10, a 2-in-1 device that’s both a fully-functional Android tablet and a Google Home Smart Display. Like a bigger and more powerful Lenovo Smart Tab M8, it comes with a Google Smart Dock as an accessory and has Google Assistant baked in as well as a dual microphones so it can operate like a smart display in ambient mode while docked.

Docked with Google Home Mini smart speakers - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Docked with Google Home Mini smart speakers – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Check out the specs below, or read on for our full review of the Lenovo Smart Tab M10.

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd gen) quick specs

  • Display: 10.3″ 1920×1200 IPS LCD
  • SIM + expansion: 1x Nano-SIM, microSD (dedicated)
  • Chipset / processor: Octa-core MediaTek P22 Tab (2.5GHz max)
  • Memory (RAM) + storage: 2GB + 32GB / 4GB + 64GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Price (Philippines): Php11,990 (2GB + 32GB); Php13,990 (4GB + 64GB)

Display & build quality: Bigger screen, dual mics and speakers

The Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus takes its design cues from its predecessor, the Lenovo Smart Tab M10.

It brings forth several improvements, most noticeably on the display area – bezels are now thinner, so overall area has been increased to 10.3 inches in addition to it now being in full HD at 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Bottom bezel - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Bottom bezel – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

The 10.3-inch IPS LCD display panel is quite vivid and even, though we found it to be a bit too reflective and lacking in brightness.

A 5MP front-facing camera can be found centered at the top area for selfies and video calls.

5MP selfie camera - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
5MP selfie camera – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Flip it into landscape mode, and you get a pair of stereo speakers blasting off the left and right top edges, beside the 3.5mm audio jack and the USB Type-C port.

Volume rocker, power button - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Volume rocker, power button – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

The top edge is lined with the volume rocker, power button, SIM and expansion card try, and two vents for its dual microphone.

Smart dock pin and connectors - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Smart dock pin and connectors – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

We find guiding pins and a 2-point pogo-pin at the bottom for connecting the device to the Google Smart Dock.

8MP rear camera - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
8MP rear camera – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Moving to the back, we are greeted with a solid brushed aluminum chassis and an 8MP rear camera. The M10 comes in one color – Iron Grey, giving it that sleek, classic look.

Performance: All-around edutainment device

Our tablet runs on the MediaTek P22 Tab chipset, which has a 2.5 GHz octa-core CPU that maxes out at 2.3 GHz. It’s not the fastest processor in the world, but it gets the job done.

Flatlay device information - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Flatlay device information – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

We did experience some minor stuttering in the UI – which, buy the way, is very clean and near-stock Android 9 (Pie). Although it comes with pre-loaded apps, we found most of them very useful. There’s even a Lenovo App that you can access by tapping on its icon on the left side of the screen.

AnTuTu performance benchmark results - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus
AnTuTu performance benchmark results – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus

Still, the tablet could do with a faster processor and more memory. Our AnTuTu benchmark results puts it at only 107k, which is at the lower end of the spectrum, though keep in mind that this tablet is built mainly as a Google Smart Home console and an all-around educational and entertainment device.

Google Assistant: 2-in-1 smart display and tablet!

The Smart Tab M10 comes with a Google Smart Dock which is really nothing more than a stand with a 2-point pin to charge the unit while docked.

With a maximum throughput of 10 watts, it is exactly the same dock that comes with the M8, down to the Micro USB port.

Google Home Mini - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Google Home Mini – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

We were kind of hoping for a much higher power output and perhaps an additional set of microphones or speakers to make it more functional, similar to what you get on the Lenovo Smart Display.

As a Google Assistant-compatible smart display, the Smart Tab M10 automatically goes into ambient mode once docked, and its positioning exposes the top where the dual microphones are located, making it easy to control via voice commands.

Google smart dock handheld - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Google smart dock handheld – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

At maximum volume, the stereo speakers can get quite loud, though it lacks the punch of a dedicated loud speaker with a bigger cavity, making the lows sound flat.

Thanks to the dual speakers it can catch voice commands over loud music or noise, which to us is one the most important factors when choosing a Google Nest Hub / Google Home Hub.

Kids Mode: Great value for young families

Kids Mode is not a new feature, being present in Lenovo Android tablets since as early as the Lenovo Tab 4. However, what we get on the Tab M10 is much more refined and full of quality content and features that makes it worth money by itself.

The Kids Mode is divided into four sections: Books, Games, Cartoons, and Songs & Stories. I’ve seen applications like these on Google Play and they usually cost a hefty monthly subscription fee, but it’s completely free on the Tab M10.

Kids Mode - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Kids Mode – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

You can create multiple profiles and set restrictions so that your child won’t be able to exit the application without your consent. There’s even a timer to limit the amount of screen time, so you won’t have to fight with your child when it’s time to let go.

This piece of software alone makes the Tab M10 a solid piece of edutainment device for young children, and a good investment for young families.

Multimedia: An immersive edutainment device

Built with dual loud speakers and Dolby Atmos tuning software, the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 excels for multimedia and online learning.

Netflix - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Netflix – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

With its 10.3-inch full HD display, the M10 is fully immersive even at a distance, so you won’t have to carry it around and stick it close to your face to fully enjoy multimedia content like Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Prime videos. However, playback is capped at 720p, so you won’t be able to enjoy full HD videos in all their glory.

You can keep it docked so it won’t run out of batteries, and the 5MP selfie camera works well for online learning and video calls.

Google smart dock back - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Google smart dock back – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Here we found ourselves wishing once again that the Google Smart Dock did something more than just charge and keep the tablet upright. It would have been nice if there were a way to connect input devices like a mouse and a keyboard in order to transform it into a laptop of sorts.

A simple set of USB Type-A ports located at the front of the dock would have worked wonders.

Of course the next logical step up at this point would be an actual laptop, which is not as portable as the tablet form factor.

Nano SIM and Micro SD card tray - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Nano SIM and Micro SD card tray – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Photography: 8MP photos and 5MP selfies

For photography, the Smart Tab M10 is equipped with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera which we found to be surprisingly okay despite the low resolution and lack of OIS.

In good lighting conditions, the resulting images were quite bright – perhaps too bright, as some of the lighter areas end up being overblown.

Both sensors struggle under poor lighting conditions, producing noisy and grainy images. It doesn’t have Night Mode or image stacking, so forget about taking photos at night – they end up completely dark and unusable.

Gaming: Yes, it can but keep it on low

Did we try actually to game on a tablet? Hell yeah we did.

On our reference game Marvel Super War, the Smart Tab M10 barely made 30FPS with everything on the lowest settings. It is still playable, and provides a ton of screen real estate for especially for MOBA games where characters are usually small and far away.

Nano SIM and Micro SD card tray - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Nano SIM and Micro SD card tray – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

If you want to play 3D games though, you will be limited in your selection to well-optimized mobile games like Mobile Legends, and you will be running everything in the lowest setting possible.

Because of limited resources, loading screens can take a while, but it will get there eventually.

Closing thoughts: A viable Google Display replacement

As a 2-in-1 device, the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 proves to be a viable Google Home Hub replacement and all-around Android tablet. Features like the dual microphone and stereo loud speakers make it a good option for online learning and enjoying multimedia content.

It does struggle in performance and photography, and the Google Smart Dock is nothing more than a charging stand, and the charging speed is limited to only 10W of power.

Docked front - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 (Philippines)
Docked front – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 (Philippines)

In the Philippines, you can get the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 for Php11,990 (2GB + 32GB), which puts it within range of branded Android tablets, however, it offers something more in the form of the Google Smart Dock which instantly turns it into a Google Home Hub.

For young families, it comes with Kids Mode which is an excellent value added feature and by itself should be worth a considerable amount for what it does.

Flatlay landscape back - Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)
Flatlay landscape back – Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (Philippines)

Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd gen) specs (Philippines)

  • Display: 10.3″ 1920×1200 IPS LCD
  • SIM: 1x Nano-SIM
  • OS: Android 9 (Pie)
  • Chipset (SoC): MediaTek P22 Tab
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core A63 (4×2.3 GHz + 4×1.6 GHz)
  • Memory (RAM) + storage: 2GB + 32GB / 4GB + 64GB, LPDDR4, eMMC
  • Expansion: MicroSD (dedicated, up to 256 GB)
  • Camera: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Communications: 2.5/5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio: dual stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, 10W
  • Color: Iron Grey
  • Price (Philippines): Php11,990 (2GB + 32GB); Php13,990 (4GB + 64GB)


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