Lenovo Tab M9 Review: All You Need to Know
Most Indians love value-for-money products including tablets, which are under Rs.10k, which is still a popular device because of online education and forms of leisure/entertainment as well. Lenovo has always targeted the tablet audience even after exiting the phone market and its recent Lenovo Tab M9 is the one that is made for India, starting at only ₹9,999, this is indeed a great offering to most buyers out there.
So, while I have tried a bunch of tablets including the recent OnePlus Pad or Lenovo’s other tablets and even my own iPad, this one seemed interesting to me because of its 9-inch form factor and obviously the price. Quickly I turned up to review this one and have been using it for weeks now, so if you are someone who is looking to purchase this one, this review will indeed help you make the decision:
Lenovo Tab M9 Specifications
- Display : 9 inch HD IPS (1340×800) display| 400nits brightness | Anti-fingerprint
- Build : 7.99 mm thin| 344 gm light| Android 12 | MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor|
- Memory & Storage: 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM expandable upto 128 GB
- Battery: 5100 mAH battery| 13 hours of video playback time
- Camera: 8 MP Auto-Focus Rear Camera| 2 MP Auto-Focus Front Camera | Face Unlock technology
- Speaker: Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos| One microphone
- Includes: TPU back cover with stand
This unit here comes with a TPU back cover which is very handy and this variant with LTE support as well as a 4GB RAM /64GB storage option will cost ₹14,499.
Design & Build Quality
The Lenovo Tab M9, weighing less than 350 grams, boasts a compact design, which makes it easier to hold in your hands and carry as well, the transparent back cover with a kickstand built-in, is a nice touch though. This can be used to deck your Lenovo Tab M9 both vertically and horizontally, while the quality of the case is really premium, giving this budget tablet an upper hand.
With its 9-inch HD display, it provides slightly more screen real estate compared to the myriad of budget tablets flooding the market. Additionally, the tablet’s rear panel features a distinctive design element, adding a touch of uniqueness to its overall appearance, both build and design are really nice.
Lenovo claims that the 9-inch IPS display, with 1340×800 resolution almost HD+, is specifically designed to resist fingerprints, and this statement holds true for the most part. Even with regular usage, the screen stays relatively free from smudges and the display size is also pretty cute. The brightness levels gradually decrease at 400 nits, which is more than satisfactory for indoor use and adequately suitable for viewing outdoors.
The 60 Hz panel on this Lenovo Tab M9 is not smooth but at this price range, you cannot expect higher refresh rate displays and most will have no issues. The Lenovo Tab M9 performs well in providing a satisfactory viewing experience on platforms like Netflix and YouTube or even reading books/text, you will have no issues even though this is an HD tablet. Though I would have loved a better display quality but cannot complain much about its price and overall package as a whole.
This Lenovo Tab M9 is powered by this MediaTek Helio G80 SoC which I think is a decent choice for both smartphones and tablets in this range and while do notice not the smoothest performance with the Android 12 but yes the pure stock Android experience is really good. If you are used to using budget devices that have entry-level SoC then you won’t find any issues using this one and for the price you cannot ask for more performance though. Even you will see in the Geekbench, the scores are pretty low, so if performance is a big priority, look for higher end option.
I would highly recommend going for the 4/64GB variant so that you can use it in a longer term and even though you have Google Drive and other cloud services if you really want the 3/32GB option alongside expandable storage but that extra 1GB RAM can be useful at times. Overall in terms of daily performance, I loved using this tiny yet affordable Lenovo Tab M9 specially with the cover which also acts as a kickstand, from the smooth Android experience to a mixed everyday usage, it delivers what it means to i.e. value!
Audio, Camera and Connectivity
It features dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, ensuring quality sound output, though its not the loudest but you can enjoy music during work or enjoy Netflix or YouTube with adequate level of sound. The camera here is a basic one with both 8MP rear and 2MP front camera which most will not use but still good-to-have, neither the best quality ones but I would have preferred a better front camera rather than a rear one because most will it for video call anyways.
For the connectivity you have a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack alongside the power and volume rocker buttons on the right hand side. Also you have dual-band Wi-Fi which works pretty well and also the Bluetooth works seamlessly if you want to connect any TWS or any other Bluetooth device. This variant is also a 4G LTE model so you can insert SIM and use data services as well anywhere you want to, also expandable storage does help if you want to store more data or content on this.
Coming to the battery life of this Lenovo Tab M9, I was quite surprised when this tablet lasted almost 2 days with a single charge with only 5100 mAH battery because of an HD display that uses less battery and smaller display. Overall, even if you are watching movies and heavy using this one it should comfortably last for entire day which for the price is really good. Though it takes some time to charge but still the Tab M9 is quite good value for the price.
Now, why you should buy this Lenovo Tab M9 and is it a good option under Rs.10k? Well, yes it is really a great option for those who are looking for an entry-level option for eduction or media consumption because even though it is an HD tablet but it looks and feels great. For most people who want a slightly big tablet this Lenovo tablet will indeed solve the purpose comofrtably because of the incredible value it provides for the price.
Both the base Rs.10k variant (WiFi) and 4GB/64GB variant with LTE & TPU case is a good value though if this would be an FHD display I would have loved it but nevertheless it solves the day-to-day needs for most.
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