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Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus hands-on

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By now, it seems that the majority of Android-powered tablets released throughout the year have been largely cost-conscious, just because it doesn't seem as though there is much of a market anymore for high-end, premium ones. Now, if you're looking for one that manages to strike a balance with its design, specs, and price point, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus might be worth considering.

Yes, the model name can be a little bit confusing, but what we're dealing here is an 8-inch Android tablet that's in its 4th generation. Out of the box, the most intriguing thing about the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is the design. For something priced modestly at $229.99, it features a svelte chassis consisting of a front glass panel and a soft touch back cover. Surprisingly, the construction feels solid in the hand, assuring us that this thing will hold up long-term.

Next up, the 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display looks reasonably sharp and offers exquisite clarity at all angles. If you're into watching videos, you'll be satisfied by the experience here with the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus. And the experience is complemented by the fact that it features dual front-firing speakers that are backed by Dolby Atmos technology. Trust us, this thing doesn't disappoint in the audio department.

As for the rest of the tablet, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C connection, 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, fingerprint sensor, 4850 mAh battery, and it's running Lenovo's custom skin on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Interestingly enough, Lenovo is touting the tablet's appeal to kids, just because you can pick up the optional Kids' Package that includes a shock-resistant bumper case, screen filter for sensitive eyes, and fun stickers.

All told, the $229.99 doesn't seem impractical given its better-than-expected design and specs. Sure, this isn't necessarily the first thing on your list if you're looking for something to potentially replace your laptop for every day mobile computing, but when it comes to content consumption and quick productivity tasks, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is worth the look if you're on a budget.

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