Snapdragon-powered Lenovo Tab3 8 Plus spotted online

Victor, 29 September 2016

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 Qualcomm'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.

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Because the J7 (2016) also uses octa core chipset built on a 14 nm process. As GSMArena stated, it is rare that a midrange have a 14nm chipset. So that is why I believe they compare it with the tablet.

Dear GSM Arena, Quote: "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." This T...

That would make tablets unnecessarily thick. Plus, if my tablet can get 16 hours of screen on time consistently with a 6,000 mAh battery, is it really needed?