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Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L Tablet Review

Florian Wimmer, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 10/31/2016

Well Connected. Sleek looks, mobile internet and good pricing make the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business a suitable companion for offices. In this review, we will find out how suitable this tablet is for private use.

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The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business is designed for the office: conservative, yet elegant and equipped with USB OTG for simultaneous synchronization and charging with mobile Internet. The tablet is also equipped with stereo speakers and a high-resolution screen. The device uses features from Android 6.0, such as system administration or hardware encryption, which provide the user with some measure of security even at the workplace. A model without LTE is also available for 50 Euros (~$55) less.

Unlike the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3, this tablet does not stand out of the crowd. We will compare it with other devices of a similar price range and see whether the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business can carve out an advantage. The comparison devices are the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1, the LG G Pad II 10.1 and the Huawei MediaPad M2.

Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L (Tab 3 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 224 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26.8 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 64 GB, NFC, Sensors: Accelerometer, Hall effect sensor, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4, GSM (2/3/5/8), UMTS (1/2/4/5/8), LTE (1/3/4/5/7/8/19/20), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 247 x 171 ( = 0.35 x 9.72 x 6.73 in)
Battery
26.6 Wh, 7000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix Auto-focus
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Power adapter, USB cable, YOZO Note, SYNCit HD, SHAREit, , 12 Months Warranty, FM Radio
Weight
509 g ( = 17.95 oz / 1.12 pounds), Power Supply: 83 g ( = 2.93 oz / 0.18 pounds)
Price
319 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The case looks very elegant: black front and a grey, slightly rough back, which feels comfortable. The perforated pattern of the speaker grill is the most outstanding feature of the case. Overall, the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business is very restrained in its design, but this design choice is still appealing. The tablet meets the average weight and measurements of the industry devices and feels good in the hand. The material gaps are even.

Despite not being a tank like the HP Pro Tablet, our test model still has some defence in the form of Gorilla Glass, which will keep the screen safe from damage. Sadly, as we know from other tablets, the glass is not impervious to damage. The tablet is IP 52 certified, which means that it can handle dust and water drops, but it should not be submerged.

The sturdiness of the case is decent. Pressure from the back and front causes visible screen deformations. Bending the tablet causes audible creaks.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

2 GB of RAM is sufficient for most tasks. The 32 GB internal memory can be expanded by a microSD card (up to 64 GB).

USB-OTG is on-board and can be used via the microUSB port to connect external devices. An FM radio is included.

NFC allows users to conduct transactions with Apps such as, Android Pay, or to transfer data with other devices. Bluetooth 4.0 is included, but is slightly outdated.

Right: no ports
Right: no ports
Left: standby key, volume rocker, microUSB port, microSIM & microSD behind flap
Left: standby key, volume rocker, microUSB port, microSIM & microSD behind flap
Top: 3.5 mm audio jack
Top: 3.5 mm audio jack
Bottom: no ports
Bottom: no ports

Software

Lenovo uses the standard Android 6.0, which is great for companies which work with Android devices. Lenovo has not made any graphical changes.

The pre-installed software is limited to a few Apps and does not include any programs for advertisement. The purpose of the "Scan" App was not clear to us: it is meant to be a document scanner, but once it is opened it shows a search, which enables the user to find documents in the local storage and on the web ...

Yozo Note is a classic Office suite, SHAREit allows the content to be shared with computers and other devices and SYNCit synchronizes contacts between the tablet and the Lenovo Cloud. All useful Apps, but they only offer basic functionality and a company may already use other Apps for these purposes.

The "Business Features" of Android advertised by Lenovo do not refer to a custom version of Android. These features are already included in the standard Android 6.0 installation and include hardware encryption and remote access.

Communication and GPS

The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business has a WLAN module which supports the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and can be operated in the 5 GHz frequency. The module offers decent speeds during our WLAN test, which placed the test model a meter (~3 ft) from our reference router, the Linksys EA8500, and transferred or received 4 MB data packets. High-end smartphones, such as the iPhone 7 or the middle-class OnePlus 3 can beat our test model in terms of speed.

As mentioned before, our test model offers mobile Internet. This allows users to use it for calls via Voice-over-IP programs such as Skype. The mobile wireless module requires a micro SIM card and connects via Edge, 3G or LTE. The connection is good and in urban areas we had 3/4 bars with the Vodafone network. Often, we had full reception strength.

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Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone 7
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe (Klaus I211)
532 MBit/s ∼100% +124%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
320 MBit/s ∼60% +35%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
237 MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone 7
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe (Klaus I211)
485 MBit/s ∼100% +102%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
323 MBit/s ∼67% +35%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
240 MBit/s ∼49%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

The GPS cannot locate our position indoors and in the outdoors it takes a while to locate the signal. It has an accuracy of 4 meters (~13 ft), which is quite good.

We performed a practical test with the GPS by taking our bike for a ride along a 12 km strip. The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business and the comparison device, the professional Garmin Edge 500, were strapped on. The two devices disagree about the length of the trip: 12.16 km according to Garmin, but the Lenovo tablet measures it as a mere 11.64 km. However, the mystery is easily cleared up as the tablet seems to take a few shortcuts through the woods and, according to the map, placed us flying over the water. The Garmin device is very accurate and always kept us to the path.

The GPS functionality of the tablet may not be of professional quality, but it suffices for home use.

GPS Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - Crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - Crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - River Bank
GPS Garmin Edge 500 - River Bank
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - Overview
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - Overview
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - Crossing
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - Crossing
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - River bank
GPS Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business - River bank

Cameras

Front camera
Front camera

Cameras in tablets are often a weak point: on the one hand, they are not very important because you are not going to be using them for taking photos often, but on the other hand, they should be able to graph a snapshot or two, when needed. The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business has good cameras (on paper): 8 MP rear camera with auto-focus and 5 MP front camera.

The pictures of the main camera have a blue tinge, which results in the colors being very cold. Cross-lighting can cause the edges to appear very bright. When zoomed in, the pictures often become a single-colored blur. High-quality cameras of smartphones, such as the OnePlus 3, do a better job. Dark regions of photos lack details, but despite all the criticism, this main camera is decent for a tablet. If you want to take the occasional snap, this is the device for you.

Videos can be recorded with the main camera in Full HD at 30 frames per second. The quality is rather poor and the details appear as if they had a watercolor filter applied to them. The auto-focus needs to be frequently adjusted..

The front camera also has problems with lighting. Pictures will never look sharp, but the camera should be sufficient for the occasional video call or snapshot.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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To check the picture quality of the camera, we took photos of our reference card under controlled light condition. At a first glance, the camera seems to do a good job. Some text appears blurry on colored backgrounds. Up close, the text has major color aberrations on the background. At the edges, the picture is even more blurred than in the middle.

The colors are pale, as can be seen from the reference tables.

Reference card photographed.
Reference card photographed.
Reference card detail
Reference card detail
ColorChecker colors photographed. In the bottom half of each patch, we have shown the original colors.
ColorChecker colors photographed. In the bottom half of each patch, we have shown the original colors.

Accessories and Warranty

The HP Pro Tablet includes it, but the Lenovo Tab 3 10 makes it optional: a sturdy case with a kickstand, which can protect the device from falls of up to 1.5 meters (~5 ft). A docking case is also available, which can be transformed into a table stand. The so-called "T-Hub" with a micro-USB to USB/OTG adapter allows the tablet to connect to other devices. So far, Lenovo has not announced the prices as the tablet has not been released for sale in the online shop.

Lenovo offers a one year warranty for the tablet. However, the seller will have to provide 24 months warranty.

Input Devices and Interface

Lenovo uses the standard Google virtual keyboard, which is a good choice: the keyboard includes many optional features, but still offers a clear overview and fast typing.

The touchscreen is responsive even in its farthest corners. Back, overview and menu are the three soft buttons on the screen. The only hardware buttons are the standby key and the volume rocker. The buttons were quite hard to push at the start as they are not very big, but they do offer a clear pressure point.

Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait

Display

Subpixel ordering
Subpixel ordering

The 16:10 format display of the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business has a resolution of the 1920x1200 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 224 PPI. This is the standard value for tablets as even the HP Pro Tablet 10 can match it despite having a lower resolution.

The brightness of 425 cd/m² is quite high and the illumination of 92% is very balanced. You have to look very closely to find any uneven brightness patches.

401
cd/m²
421
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 435 cd/m² Average: 425.1 cd/m² Minimum: 48.36 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 435 cd/m²
Contrast: 1279:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.11
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
TFT, 1920x1200, 10.1
LG G Pad II 10.1
AH-IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Screen
-16%
-12%
-10%
-17%
Brightness middle
435
385
-11%
389
-11%
542
25%
355
-18%
Brightness
425
383
-10%
357
-16%
520
22%
367
-14%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
71
-23%
91
-1%
89
-3%
Black Level *
0.34
0.41
-21%
0.41
-21%
0.68
-100%
0.53
-56%
Contrast
1279
939
-27%
949
-26%
797
-38%
670
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.1
5.31
-30%
4.64
-13%
4.2
-2%
3.2
22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.5
8.57
-1%
11.97
-41%
6.7
21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.4
5.58
-27%
1.96
55%
4.8
-9%
4.36
1%
Gamma
2.11 104%
2.4 92%
2.43 91%
2.42 91%
2.2 100%
CCT
7414 88%
7044 92%
6414 101%
7434 87%
7240 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60

* ... smaller is better

The black value of 0.34 cd/m² is satisfyingly low and leads to a contrast ratio of 1279:1. The "MiraVision" tool allows the user to adjust the sharpness, color temperatures and contrast in the settings. The display seems to have strong colors and contrast, but it cannot match the brilliance of an OLED screen.

To make an accurate assessment of the screen, we used the CalMan tool and a spectrophotometer. The average deviations of color accuracy and grey levels are very low. A blue tinge is visible with the grey levels. Due to the 97.8% coverage of the sRGB color space, professionals can work with this device.

CalMan color accuracy
CalMan color accuracy
CalMan color space
CalMan color space
CalMan grey levels
CalMan grey levels
CalMan saturation
CalMan saturation

Even at flat angles, the screen content remains legible.

For outdoor use, we miss a brightness sensor, which would automatically adjust the display. As such, we often had to regulate it ourselves when the brightness was too high or too low. Overall, the tablet can be used outdoors, as long as one avoids direct sunlight.

Outdoors with minimum brightness
Outdoors with minimum brightness
Outdoors with modest brightness
Outdoors with modest brightness
Outdoors with max brightness
Outdoors with max brightness
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

Lenovo has equipped its device with an entry-level SoC, the MediaTek MT8735. It runs at 1.3 GHz and has 4 cores. Google has designed a very smooth OS, which also works well on slower processors. In the benchmarks, it is clear that the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business lags behind the competition. At times, the test model is up to 50% slower.

The graphics chip of the test model is an ARM Mali-T720 MP2, which cannot match the graphics performance of other devices. In fact, the gap gets wider with this chip. No surprises: officially the SoC only supports screens up to 1280x800 pixels. We will delve into the impact of this restriction in the section "Games".

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52322 Points ∼21% +53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44191 Points ∼17% +29%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34148 Points ∼13%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1657 Points ∼39% +94%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
856 Points ∼20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
388 Points ∼5% +127%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
171 Points ∼2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
468 Points ∼7% +125%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
208 Points ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16031 Points ∼20% +53%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12095 Points ∼15% +15%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10643 Points ∼13% +2%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10473 Points ∼13%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15554 Points ∼3% +232%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13198 Points ∼2% +182%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6151 Points ∼1% +31%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4681 Points ∼1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15658 Points ∼7% +193%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12530 Points ∼6% +135%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6905 Points ∼3% +29%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5337 Points ∼3%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21 fps ∼0% +153%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16 fps ∼0% +93%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12 fps ∼0% +45%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8.3 fps ∼0%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼1% +175%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 fps ∼1% +113%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11 fps ∼0% +38%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8 fps ∼0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.8 fps ∼0% +193%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.8 fps ∼0% +193%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.9 fps ∼0% +63%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3 fps ∼0%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.7 fps ∼0% +200%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.7 fps ∼0% +200%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.5 fps ∼0% +55%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2.9 fps ∼0%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.9 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.7 fps ∼0% -11%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.1 fps ∼0%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.8 fps ∼0% -10%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4796 Points ∼35% +33%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4458 Points ∼33% +23%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3617 Points ∼27%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3525 Points ∼26% -3%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
767 Points ∼38% +7570%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
725 Points ∼36% +7150%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
682 Points ∼34% +6720%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 Points ∼0%
Graphics
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1997 Points ∼7% +589%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
903 Points ∼3% +211%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
511 Points ∼2% +76%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
290 Points ∼1%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1362 Points ∼22% +77%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1283 Points ∼20% +67%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
769 Points ∼12%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
462 Points ∼7% -40%
System
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2240 Points ∼14% +88%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1955 Points ∼12% +64%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1943 Points ∼12% +63%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1192 Points ∼7%
Overall
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1146 Points ∼14% +409%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1069 Points ∼13% +375%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1015 Points ∼12% +351%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
225 Points ∼3%
Geekbench 4.0
Compute RenderScript Score
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
772 Points ∼6%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1651 Points ∼6%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
597 Points ∼10%

While surfing, the lower performance of our test model is clear, especially when loading websites with a lot of demanding technologies, such as HTML 5 or JavaScript. Sadly, in all the relevant benchmarks, the test model falls to the last spot, as it needs a lot of time to render or process calculations. In everyday use, the speed of the tablet is noticeable in the longer times needed to load a website or the stuttering animations. Sometimes, it is even necessary to choose a simpler version of a HTML 5 website, which does not have any videos.

Octane V2 - Total Score
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4692 Points ∼9% +73%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4682 Points ∼9% +72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3855 Points ∼8% +42%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3408 Points ∼7% +25%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2718 Points ∼5%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12334 ms * ∼21%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9903 ms * ∼17% +20%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9788.7 ms * ∼16% +21%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9343.2 ms * ∼16% +24%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8253.1 ms * ∼14% +33%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
28.27 Points ∼8% +58%
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
26.113 Points ∼8% +46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.712 Points ∼7% +32%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17.9 Points ∼5%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
74 Points ∼9% +40%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
73 Points ∼9% +38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
65 Points ∼8% +23%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53 Points ∼7%

* ... smaller is better

Internal memory is also slower than that of other devices. We use our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M401, to determine the speed of the microSD reader: the transfer speeds are really slow, as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A can outbid our device by double the amount.

The SD card can be formatted as internal memory for our device. If you use it for external storage, you cannot transfer Apps to it.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.09 MB/s ∼57% +136%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.14 MB/s ∼27% +9%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
21.22 MB/s ∼24%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
75.54 MB/s ∼78% +76%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.25 MB/s ∼52% +17%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
42.9 MB/s ∼44%
Random Write 4KB
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 MB/s ∼10% +144%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.01 MB/s ∼6% +44%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.52 MB/s ∼6% +37%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.96 MB/s ∼4%
Random Read 4KB
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
25 MB/s ∼14% +17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.46 MB/s ∼14% +10%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.61 MB/s ∼12% +1%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
21.33 MB/s ∼12%
Sequential Write 256KB
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
76 MB/s ∼31% +80%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
59.11 MB/s ∼24% +40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.88 MB/s ∼19% +9%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
42.14 MB/s ∼17%
Sequential Read 256KB
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Mali-T830 MP2, 7870 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
215.76 MB/s ∼24% +9%
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 32 GB eMMC Flash
197.98 MB/s ∼22%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
155.77 MB/s ∼17% -21%
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
146 MB/s ∼16% -26%

Games

Gaming is not really fun on the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business: demanding racing games, such as "Asphalt 8" stutter heavily. Once they are set to "very low" details, the gameplay improves. The high display resolution may be the issue here. The strategy game, "Banner Saga 2", also has issues running smoothly on our test model.

At least the position sensor and touchscreen work well. While playing "Asphalt 8", we noticed that the game is optimized for smartphones rather than tablets, which means that we have to turn the tablet a lot to direct the car.

Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high18 fps
 very low29 fps

Emission

GFXBench Akkutest
GFXBench Akkutest

Temperatures

Even at full load, the device barely heats up. At max 35.3 degrees Celsius (~95 degrees Fahrenheit), the difference between the tablet when it is off and when it is at full load, is insignificant.

Prolonged periods of load do not reduce the performance of the SoC. We checked for throttling with the battery test of GFXBench, which renders a sequence 30 times. The deviations of the frame rates are minimal.

Max. Load
 32.9 °C
91 F
32.8 °C
91 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
 31.4 °C
89 F
31.4 °C
89 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 29.6 °C
85 F
29.8 °C
86 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Average: 32.1 °C = 90 F
32 °C
90 F
32.4 °C
90 F
35.3 °C
96 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.5 °C
91 F
34.5 °C
94 F
31.3 °C
88 F
30.6 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
Maximum: 35.3 °C = 96 F
Average: 32.1 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  44.4 °C = 112 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.1 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 30.8 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.1 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.3 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back
Heatmap Back

Speakers

The speakers of the Lenovo Tab 3 10 may be covered by a stylish perforated design on the back, but, according to the manufacturer, they are front-facing. We did not agree with this statement, as after a few tests, it became clear that the speakers clearly project the sound towards the back. Furthermore, the sound is even clearer, when the tablet is picked up from the table.

Overall, the sound lacks bass, but the speakers can get quite loud. The Dolby Atmos App allows the user to make adjustments using the equalizer and the settings. The equalizer preset "Full" is really nice as it raises the bass. Although it may still not be clear, the sound is at least more balanced, as the highs are not overstressed. The speakers are fine for watching YouTube videos, but we recommend external speakers for prolonged use.

If you use the 3.5 mm audio jack or Bluetooth, the sound will be better.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.644.92525.434.83125.328.84032.927.65033.641.26331.637.38028.439.61002728.112520.829.31602230.420021.334.425020.841.631521.252.440019.458.150019.563.863017.770.680017.975.3100017.875.1125017.371.2160017.470.3200016.768.7250017.272.1315018.272.3400017.974.7500017.674.6630017.773.4800017.870.91000017.967.21250018.163.11600018.251.1SPL3084.3N1.359.6median 17.9median 68.7Delta1.312.139.432.336.737.632.439.433.729.835.128.731.333.730.631.425.928.431.730.631.829.739.639.12631.840.437.636.43739.440.433.335.529.331.536.233.328.436.131.129.228.628.428.826.833.430.225.428.831.125.63625.721.331.14133.546.841.623.3415447.857.148.822.55457.647.263.655.622.457.663.956.473.260.921.363.969.859.274.862.118.469.868.756.176.862.917.568.77058.379.665.817.57069.95478.462.517.269.965.248.576.358.216.865.266.949.175.956.917.366.977.456.978.76217.477.477.359.580.261.916.677.373.154.7806217.373.17555.780.862.717.67574.955.380.76317.674.97858.28263.617.77873.955.180.663.117.473.967.348.777.860.317.767.357.239.271.453.817.957.250.831.561.943.218.150.840.623.75233.918.140.68667.791.27429.88664.522.994.234.91.364.5median 67.3median 54median 76.3median 60.9median 17.7median 67.311.18.410.67.51.611.137.932.437.930.931.330.934.231.734.233.72633.731.439.431.430.436.230.431.628.631.625.125.425.126.921.326.932.823.332.842.522.542.549.322.449.356.121.356.160.618.460.666.117.566.170.517.570.573.217.273.277.216.877.276.917.376.975.517.475.574.516.674.575.417.375.475.317.675.380.317.680.380.517.780.579.717.479.781.717.781.776.917.976.969.818.169.863.818.163.889.429.889.479.21.379.2median 73.2median 17.7median 73.211.91.611.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70LHuawei MediaPad M2 10 inchSamsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.29 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 66% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.23 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 21% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.42 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (Checkboxes above can selected!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

There is nothing to complain about here: the test model has decent power consumption levels and is similar to the competition. In fact, it is even less demanding than some, like the HP Pro Tablet and the LG G Pad II. We like the low consumption while the device is turned off or in standby mode. However, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A is much more powerful, yet requires less energy than our test model (especially at high load).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.7 / 4.4 / 4.7 Watt
Load midlight 8.4 / 9.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
7000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
6660 mAh
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
7300 mAh
LG G Pad II 10.1
7400 mAh
Power Consumption
11%
-42%
16%
-46%
Idle Minimum *
1.7
1.6
6%
3.5
-106%
1.18
31%
3.6
-112%
Idle Average *
4.4
4.13
6%
5.5
-25%
4.65
-6%
6.2
-41%
Idle Maximum *
4.7
4.22
10%
5.7
-21%
4.74
-1%
6.3
-34%
Load Average *
8.4
6.57
22%
10.7
-27%
5.75
32%
10
-19%
Load Maximum *
9.2
8.32
10%
12.2
-33%
6.97
24%
11.4
-24%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The average power consumption paired with the weak 26.6 Wh battery of the Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business results in poor run times. In the WLAN test, the brightness is set to 150 cd/m² and websites are loaded in a cycle. The device lasts 10:01 hours. This may not be bad, but even the Huawei MediaPad M2 10, which has a much weaker battery, lasts 97 minutes longer.

Overall, the user can keep the device on for two days, as long as it is not constantly being used.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 51min
Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L
7000 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M2 10 inch
6660 mAh
HP Pro Tablet 10 EE G1
 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2016 SM-T585
7300 mAh
LG G Pad II 10.1
7400 mAh
Battery Runtime
3%
-23%
77%
47%
Reader / Idle
975
988
1%
2634
170%
1676
72%
H.264
587
602
3%
893
52%
1020
74%
WiFi v1.3
601
698
16%
464
-23%
826
37%
782
30%
Load
291
266
-9%
428
47%
325
12%

Pros

+ bright screen with strong contrast
+ various sound and picture settings
+ relatively low price
+ mobile internet
+ basic protection from dust and water drops
+ NFC and USB OTG
+ fast WLAN
+ decent cameras
+ barely heats up

Cons

- low performance
- high power consumption at load
- warranty limited to 1 year

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business has some major advantages: the screen is great and offers various settings. The temperatures are very good and the WLAN or mobile Internet is reliable. Above all: the tablet costs 300 Euros (~$328).

There is one great disadvantage: the performance of the tablet is much lower than that of the comparison devices. Gaming is hard on this device and even surfing may be slow.

Thankfully, Lenovo has not included any spam Apps, but does offer decent cameras and a reliable GPS module. The device is even certified against dust and water drops. Of course, it is not a tablet for construction work, but at least it offers some protection. If you are looking for such a device, we recommend the Ruggedized Tablet from Panasonic or the HP Pro Tablet 10.

The Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business is a good, cheap office tablet. Not much performance, but most features are included.

Its conservative looks are its greatest strengths. Private users, who like to surf and play games, will want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1.

Lenovo Tab 3 10 Business TB3-X70L - 10/20/2016 v5.1
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
70 / 80 → 87%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
38 / 65 → 58%
Weight
83 / 40-88 → 90%
Battery
92%
Display
85%
Games Performance
10 / 68 → 14%
Application Performance
32 / 76 → 42%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
57 / 91 → 63%
Camera
56 / 85 → 66%
Average
68%
82%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2016-10-31 (Update: 2018-05-15)