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Motorola revisits the tablet scene with the Moto Tab

By Shawn Knight
Nov 14, 2017
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  1. Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola may not have met the company’s expectations but there’s still plenty of value in the Moto brand. That’s evident this week with the introduction of the Moto Tab, a new tablet that Lenovo hopes will be your next entertainment companion.

    An AT&T exclusive, the Moto Tab features a 10.1-inch FHD IPS display powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC (an octa-core chip clocked at 2.0GHz) and 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card), dual speakers with Dolby Atmos, USB Type-C connectivity, a 7,000mAh battery and will run Android 7.1 out of the box.

    Android tablets were just getting off the ground at CES 2011. Motorola at the show introduced the Xoom, the first slate to be sold running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. While not as big of a name as, say, the iPad, tech enthusiasts remember the device as a pioneer in the Android tablet market and one of the company’s last great products before the acquisition carousel spun up.

    The Moto Tab is slated (no pun intended) for launch on November 17. It’s priced at $299.99 straight up but you can also grab it through an installment plan at $15 per month for 20 months.

    Lenovo is also offering an optional Home Assistant Pack that includes a stand with dual microphones and a 3W speaker to transform the tablet into a makeshift smart home assistant. It’s an interesting “repurposing” of what would otherwise be a standard tablet although given the cost of the Moto Tab (no word yet on how much extra the Home Assistant Pack will sell for), those after a pure smart home speaker would likely be better off just buying a dedicated device for the job.

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  2. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 457   +126

    I never really understood why they'd put underpowered components in tablets.

    Just give me a tablet with the latest Snapdragon, 4GB+ RAM, 1080p HDR screen, MicroSD slot and USB-C fast charging.

    Price should be in the £400 ballpark, if a OnePlus can sell for £450, and the technical innovation and design behind that is much more impressive than a tablet (to get everything small and working without exploding/ overheating)

    Don't care about rear camera, it's a tablet not meant for stunning photography, front camera should be 5MP or so, only need it for video calls, shouldn't be used for pictures anyway...

    For what this is crappy underpowered tablet is, it's way too expensive.
     
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  3. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 815   +828

    "Android tablets aren't dead yet"

    Agreed

    "An AT&T exclusive, the Moto Tab features a 10.1-inch FHD IPS display powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC (an octa-core chip clocked at 2.0GHz) and 2GB of RAM"

    And it seems they havent figured out why they dont sell either. A carrier exclusive tablet with under-powered hardware? Surely that will sell /s.

    Seems OEMs still havent figured out that the ipad, one of the best selling tablets ever, consistently comes with flagship hardware inside. This tablet being weaker then the moto z play is rediculous.
     
  4. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 626   +76

    Weird huh? They'll put a very high performance chip in a comparatively small phone but not in a much bigger tablet where it can dispel its heat. Then again I'm sure they would include much better hardware if Android Tablets actually sold. The fact that this is an ATT exclusive probably means that it was made specifically for ATT to offer as a promotion of one sort or another.
     

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