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Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus Tablet Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Patrick Afschar Kaboli, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/05/2017

Middle-class with glass. Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is a mid-range tablet with high ambitions. It's aiming to attract buyers by offering a glass rear, generous memory configuration, and front-sided speakers. Find out in the test report whether the available accessory packs turn the tablet into something special.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo's tablets are always good for a surprise: With its Yoga, the manufacturer was one of the first to implement the convertible idea convincingly. They have built-in kickstands or an amazingly convenient handle including generous room for the battery. Or what about having a projector installed directly into the tablet? Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is sooner a traditional mid-range tablet but Lenovo has come up with something special for it anyway: Special accessory packs allow optimizing the tablet for children or for work, or Amazon's personal assistant Alexa can be set up.

If all of this is not needed, potential buyers still get a 10.1-inch tablet with a fairly good memory configuration and a mid-range SoC. Its slim design and a glass rear should convince in terms of looks. Consumers also have some alternatives that we use for comparison. For example, the company's own Medion Lifetab P1050, Asus' ZenPad 10, Huawei's MediaPad M3 Lite or Asus' ZenPad 3S 10. Another interesting question is whether spending almost twice as much compared to Lenovo's Tab 4 10 is worthwhile.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Tab 4 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 224 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 51.8 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, Hall sensor, Miracast, FM radio
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.1 x 247 x 173 ( = 0.28 x 9.72 x 6.81 in)
Battery
26.6 Wh, 7000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix autofocus, flash
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: front-sided speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, SYNCit, SHAREit, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
475 g ( = 16.76 oz / 1.05 pounds), Power Supply: 75 g ( = 2.65 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
350 ($280) Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

At 7.1 millimeters, the thickness of Lenovo's Tab 4 10 is on a normal level for a tablet from this category. The casing's other dimensions are not unusual for a device with a 16:10 screen. The weight of 475 grams is even a bit lower than those of some comparison devices. Lenovo particularly emphasizes the glass rear that is either available in black or white (Aurora Black or Sparkling White) depending on the selected color. The glass layers refract the light gently. This creates a similar effect as some Honor smartphones, which looks very elegant. A disadvantage is the uncountable fingerprints that accumulate on the surface very quickly.

Pressure on the front or back does not affect the tablet much. However, it can be twisted visibly and then also produces an audible cracking noise. The overall stability impression is nevertheless good.

Size Comparison

258 mm / 10.2 inch 153 mm / 6.02 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 505 g1.113 lbs251.77 mm / 9.91 inch 172.17 mm / 6.78 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 490 g1.08 lbs247 mm / 9.72 inch 170 mm / 6.69 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 505 g1.113 lbs247 mm / 9.72 inch 173 mm / 6.81 inch 7.1 mm / 0.2795 inch 475 g1.047 lbs242 mm / 9.53 inch 164 mm / 6.46 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 490 g1.08 lbs241 mm / 9.49 inch 172 mm / 6.77 inch 7.1 mm / 0.2795 inch 460 g1.014 lbs

Connectivity

With 4 GB of working memory and 64 GB for storing data, Lenovo's Tab 4 10 is well-equipped - it is even better than all the comparison devices. None of them have more than 32 GB of storage. Furthermore, a micro-SD card can be inserted for expanding the storage. It can be utilized as either internal or external memory. However, apps can only be moved to it when it is formatted as internal storage. (Note: Only a model with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM was found in US online retailers at the time of translation).

The USB port is implemented as USB Type-C and thus it does not matter which way around the plug is inserted. USB OTG is supported but only at USB 2.0 speed for transferring data.

Upper edge: stereo speakers
Upper edge: stereo speakers
Lower edge: no interfaces
Lower edge: no interfaces
Right: 3.5-mm audio jack, USB-C port, micro-SD
Right: 3.5-mm audio jack, USB-C port, micro-SD
Left: standby button, volume control
Left: standby button, volume control

Software

Lenovo has recently started a policy of installing an as pure as possible Android on all its devices. Thus, the Tab 4 10 Plus also receives a relatively untouched Android 7.1.1. The security patches are dated June 2017 which is not quite up-to-date.

To lower license payments to Microsoft, Microsoft's Office Suite is preloaded. Pleasingly few additional apps are installed otherwise. Thus, purists will only have to uninstall a few additional apps and should other apps be needed, they can be found in the Play Store usually for free.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus

Communication and GPS

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus supports fast Wi-Fi networks in the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards. This means that the less frequented and thus often faster 5-GHz band can be accessed. Network connections had very high transmission rates in our standardized test. Most comparison devices are much slower on the Internet. Only Huawei's MediaPad M3 Lite could keep up fairly well. The full signal is displayed in the router's vicinity and websites are opened relatively quickly. The reception still achieved 50% at a distance of 10 meters and through three walls and pages opened marginally slower.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
350 MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
Adreno 505, 435, 32 GB eMMC Flash
338 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
85.2 MBit/s ∼24% -76%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.3 MBit/s ∼14% -86%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
33.4 MBit/s ∼10% -90%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
263 MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
Adreno 505, 435, 32 GB eMMC Flash
258 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
84.9 MBit/s ∼32% -68%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.9 MBit/s ∼19% -81%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Adreno 510, 650 MSM8956, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37.6 MBit/s ∼14% -86%
GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

The GPS module could not locate us indoors, and it also took quite long before we were found outdoors. The accuracy increased gradually and achieved an average accuracy of six meters after 1 - 2 minutes.

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus did a fairly good job in the practical test. We went on a bike ride and included Garmin's Edge 500, a professional navigation system for cyclists, in our bag. The route that our review sample measured was a few meters longer than that of the professional system, which is unusual. The GPS module in Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus does not measure 100% accurately, but the tablet can be readily used for navigating in everyday situations.

GPS Garmin Edge 500: overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500: overview
GPS Garmin Edge 500: crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500: crossing
GPS Garmin Edge 500: woods
GPS Garmin Edge 500: woods
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: overview
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: overview
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: crossing
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: crossing
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: woods
GPS Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus: woods

Cameras

Front camera photo
Front camera photo

The cameras in Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus have a considerably higher resolution than those in the cheaper Tab 4 10: 8 megapixels on the rear and 5 megapixels on the front. This is common in this price range. The photo quality of the front camera is not at all bad. Although bright areas tend to overexpose quickly, the dynamic is quite decent in dark areas. We also liked the image sharpness and the color reproduction is good. However, this should not be compared with a premium smartphone camera. The front camera's quality is nevertheless relatively high for a tablet.

What about the primary camera? It also does a quite good job: Its sharpness is good; the color reproduction is decent but sometimes a bit pale. Large colored areas occasionally look a bit distorted, but the photos have an overall very high standard for a tablet. The dynamics in darker areas could be higher, though. Videos can be recorded in 1080p at 30 FPS. The quality is good but the brightness adapts between scenes with a slight delay.

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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Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus also proves that its photos are relatively sharp in our test lab under defined lighting conditions. We only noticed the somewhat distorted colored areas here. Our comparison test with a reference color space confirms that colors are a bit too pale.

Photographed reference card
Photographed reference card
Reference card details
Reference card details
ColorChecker: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker: Target colors are displayed in the lower half of each patch.

Accessories and Warranty

Lenovo includes a 24-month warranty on its tablets. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Interestingly, the accessory packs that Lenovo offers are those that we described in the review of Lenovo's Tab 4 10: A protective plastic bumper and stickers make the tablet more child-friendly and easier to use. A Bluetooth keyboard and tablet stand which allow using the device like a laptop are available if the tablet is to be used for work. Another bundle, with a big speaker unit for turning Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus into a sound machine and incorporating Amazon's Alexa for making the tablet a personal assistant, is in the works.

Input Devices and Handling

The TouchPal keyboard app is preloaded. However, it is not the premium version of the app and ads are sometimes faded in. It offers many themes and settings, and typing with the app is easy. A large selection of alternative keyboards can be found in Google's Play Store should another keyboard app be preferred.

The touchscreen is very glide-friendly and comfortable to use. It is sensitive into the corners; all inputs are implemented quickly and reliably. The hardware buttons for volume control and standby are situated on the casing's left. They are easy to feel and use. The menu is controlled via onscreen software buttons.

A fingerprint-scanner is situated on the tablet's lower edge. It reliably identified our saved fingerprints. However, it takes a moment before the user interface is really visible when unlocking the tablet from standby via a fingerprint.

Keyboard: landscape mode
Keyboard: landscape mode
Keyboard: portrait mode
Keyboard: portrait mode

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Thanks to a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus has another advantage over the Tab 4 10 that only has an HD panel. The reproduction is correspondingly crisper. The average brightness of the Plus model is also much higher: We measured 428 cd/m² in the test lab. This is a very good rate and many other comparison devices cannot match that. The illumination of 94% is also very even and thus the illumination of large colored areas looks homogeneous.

435
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
420
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 443 cd/m² Average: 427.6 cd/m² Minimum: 9.43 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 443 cd/m²
Contrast: 1231:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.3 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
92.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.27
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Medion Lifetab P10505
IPS, 1920x1080, 10.1
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
IPS, 2048x1536, 9.7
Lenovo Tab 4 10
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Screen
-8%
2%
-77%
-3%
-21%
Brightness middle
443
392
-12%
435
-2%
320
-28%
486
10%
316
-29%
Brightness
428
383
-11%
413
-4%
308
-28%
457
7%
305
-29%
Brightness Distribution
94
81
-14%
93
-1%
84
-11%
88
-6%
86
-9%
Black Level *
0.36
0.25
31%
0.25
31%
0.36
-0%
0.25
31%
0.2
44%
Contrast
1231
1568
27%
1740
41%
889
-28%
1944
58%
1580
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.3
4.2
-27%
4.4
-33%
7.5
-127%
5.2
-58%
5
-52%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.2
11.2
-56%
7.7
-7%
16.1
-124%
9
-25%
8.7
-21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.9
2.9
-0%
3.2
-10%
10.8
-272%
4.1
-41%
5.7
-97%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.23 99%
2.35 94%
2.3 96%
2.73 81%
2.25 98%
CCT
6961 93%
7115 91%
7056 92%
9907 66%
6579 99%
7921 82%

* ... smaller is better

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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9705 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Although the black level of 0.36 cd/m² is not bad, it is higher than in many comparison devices. This leads to a contrast ratio of 1200:1 which is basically good, but it is rather weak in the comparison field. Colors look quite good on the screen. We did not determine brightness control via pulse-width modulation and thus sensitive users do not have to worry about screen-flickering.

We can measure the color reproduction more accurately with our spectrophotometer and CalMAN software. A minor color tint was determined at most and the color reproduction is very close to the reference color space. According to the software, the sRGB color space is covered by 92.2%. A good rate.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Grayscales
CalMAN Grayscales

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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 27 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. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

The relatively high brightness and responsive ambient light sensor contribute to outdoor use. The glossy screen could become a problem when it reflects the surroundings on a bright day.

The viewing angles are good in all directions. Very slight brightness shifts are only visible when tilting the tablet up or down.

Outdoors - ambient light sensor
Outdoors - ambient light sensor
Outdoors - maximum brightness
Outdoors - maximum brightness
Outdoors - medium brightness
Outdoors - medium brightness
Outdoors - minimum brightness
Outdoors - minimum brightness
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC is used in mid-range tablets and smartphones, which fits quite well to Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus. It provides decent performance with eight cores and a maximum clock of 2 GHz. Only Asus' ZenPad 3S can outperform the Tab 4 10 Plus in our comparison group. The Medion Lifetab P10505 is roughly on par here.

The Adreno 506 is the graphics unit in Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus. The core clocks at 650 MHz. The review sample cannot compete with either Asus' ZenPad 3S or Medion's Lifetab P10505. However, it still presents a category-typical performance.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
77540 Points ∼28% +24%
Medion Lifetab P10505
65641 Points ∼24% +5%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
62725 Points ∼23%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
46814 Points ∼17% -25%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
36868 Points ∼13% -41%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
34009 Points ∼12% -46%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
4626 Points ∼39%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
4462 Points ∼37% -4%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
3927 Points ∼33% -15%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
3307 Points ∼28% -29%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
2980 Points ∼25% -36%
Work performance score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
5910 Points ∼30% +5%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
5648 Points ∼29%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
5438 Points ∼28% -4%
Medion Lifetab P10505
5233 Points ∼27% -7%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
4518 Points ∼23% -20%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
3948 Points ∼20% -30%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1020 Points ∼50% +20%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
850 Points ∼42%
Medion Lifetab P10505
832 Points ∼41% -2%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
745 Points ∼37% -12%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
672 Points ∼33% -21%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Graphics
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1626 Points ∼6% +60%
Medion Lifetab P10505
1576 Points ∼5% +55%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
1015 Points ∼4%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
764 Points ∼3% -25%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
444 Points ∼2% -56%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
292 Points ∼1% -71%
Memory
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1875 Points ∼30% +93%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
1214 Points ∼19% +25%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
972 Points ∼15%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
758 Points ∼12% -22%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
752 Points ∼12% -23%
Medion Lifetab P10505
708 Points ∼11% -27%
System
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
3214 Points ∼20%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
2186 Points ∼13% -32%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
1902 Points ∼12% -41%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1475 Points ∼9% -54%
Medion Lifetab P10505
1429 Points ∼9% -56%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
1192 Points ∼7% -63%
Overall
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1611 Points ∼19% +26%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
1281 Points ∼15%
Medion Lifetab P10505
1084 Points ∼13% -15%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
780 Points ∼9% -39%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
647 Points ∼8% -49%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
362 Points ∼4% -72%
Geekbench 4.3
Compute RenderScript Score
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
3235 Points ∼7%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
2242 Points ∼5% -31%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1398 Points ∼3% -57%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
1103 Points ∼3% -66%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
4323 Points ∼12%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
2889 Points ∼8% -33%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
2869 Points ∼8% -34%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
1896 Points ∼5% -56%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
1697 Points ∼5% -61%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1458 Points ∼23% +68%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
868 Points ∼14%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
676 Points ∼11% -22%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
662 Points ∼10% -24%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
588 Points ∼9% -32%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
1991 Points ∼47%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1532 Points ∼36% -23%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
1318 Points ∼31% -34%
Medion Lifetab P10505
1254 Points ∼30% -37%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
860 Points ∼20% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Medion Lifetab P10505
1175 Points ∼18% +208%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
782 Points ∼12% +105%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
381 Points ∼6%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
259 Points ∼4% -32%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
108 Points ∼2% -72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Medion Lifetab P10505
1192 Points ∼22% +157%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
878 Points ∼16% +89%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
464 Points ∼8%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
315 Points ∼6% -32%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
134 Points ∼2% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
2031 Points ∼48%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1539 Points ∼37% -24%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
1313 Points ∼31% -35%
Medion Lifetab P10505
1244 Points ∼30% -39%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
880 Points ∼21% -57%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
810 Points ∼19% -60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Medion Lifetab P10505
1732 Points ∼16% +137%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1304 Points ∼12% +78%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
731 Points ∼7%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
518 Points ∼5% -29%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
167 Points ∼2% -77%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
42 Points ∼0% -94%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Medion Lifetab P10505
1593 Points ∼22% +87%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
1350 Points ∼19% +58%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
852 Points ∼12%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
599 Points ∼8% -30%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
203 Points ∼3% -76%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
53 Points ∼1% -94%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
15850 Points ∼18%
Medion Lifetab P10505
15139 Points ∼18% -4%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
11515 Points ∼13% -27%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
10388 Points ∼12% -34%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
9275 Points ∼11% -41%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
9076 Points ∼11% -43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
22041 Points ∼4% +66%
Medion Lifetab P10505
22025 Points ∼4% +66%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
13239 Points ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
10102 Points ∼2% -24%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
5456 Points ∼1% -59%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
4622 Points ∼1% -65%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
Medion Lifetab P10505
20003 Points ∼9% +46%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
18320 Points ∼8% +33%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
13742 Points ∼6%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
9906 Points ∼4% -28%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
6100 Points ∼3% -56%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
5188 Points ∼2% -62%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Medion Lifetab P10505
33 fps ∼0% +43%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
32 fps ∼0% +39%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
23 fps ∼0%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
17 fps ∼0% -26%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
8.6 fps ∼0% -63%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7.7 fps ∼0% -67%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Medion Lifetab P10505
27 fps ∼1% +35%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
25 fps ∼1% +25%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
20 fps ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
14 fps ∼0% -30%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
14 fps ∼0% -30%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
13 fps ∼0% -35%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Medion Lifetab P10505
15 fps ∼3% +53%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
14 fps ∼3% +43%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
9.8 fps ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
7.5 fps ∼1% -23%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
3.1 fps ∼1% -68%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
2.8 fps ∼1% -71%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Medion Lifetab P10505
13 fps ∼4% +41%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
9.6 fps ∼3% +4%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
9.2 fps ∼3%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
6.9 fps ∼2% -25%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
6.2 fps ∼2% -33%
Lenovo Tab 4 10
5.5 fps ∼2% -40%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Medion Lifetab P10505
11 fps ∼0% +72%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
9.5 fps ∼0% +48%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
6.4 fps ∼0%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
4.8 fps ∼0% -25%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
2 fps ∼0% -69%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Medion Lifetab P10505
10 fps ∼0% +67%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
6 fps ∼0%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
5.6 fps ∼0% -7%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
4.5 fps ∼0% -25%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
4.3 fps ∼0% -28%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Medion Lifetab P10505
7.3 fps ∼2% +109%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
5.5 fps ∼1% +57%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
3.5 fps ∼1%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
2.6 fps ∼1% -26%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Medion Lifetab P10505
6.8 fps ∼5% +106%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
3.8 fps ∼3% +15%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
3.3 fps ∼2%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
2.5 fps ∼2% -24%

Legend

 
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) Mediatek MT8735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Medion Lifetab P10505 Intel Atom x5-Z8300, Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The browser performance of Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is also in the midfield. Websites are opened at an average speed. Demanding HTML5 pages, such as letsplay.ouigo.com, need quite a long time to load and are then very jerky.

Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL (Chrome Version 58)
8167 Points ∼100% +81%
Medion Lifetab P10505 (Chrome 52)
6177 Points ∼76% +37%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Chrome 60)
4502 Points ∼55%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite (Chrome 58)
3167 Points ∼39% -30%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 (Chrome 60)
2955 Points ∼36% -34%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) (Chrome 59)
2290 Points ∼28% -49%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Chrome 60)
93 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 (Chrome 60)
62 Points ∼67% -33%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite (Chrome 58)
61 Points ∼66% -34%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) (Chrome 59)
54 Points ∼58% -42%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL (Chrome Version 58)
51.72 Points ∼100% +101%
Medion Lifetab P10505 (Chrome 52)
34.439 Points ∼67% +34%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Chrome 60)
25.761 Points ∼50%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite (Chrome 58)
20.178 Points ∼39% -22%
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) (Chrome 59)
15.407 Points ∼30% -40%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) (Chrome 59)
13705 ms * ∼100% -48%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 (Chrome 60)
12386 ms * ∼90% -34%
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite (Chrome 58)
11161 ms * ∼81% -21%
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (Chrome 60)
9236.5 ms * ∼67%
Medion Lifetab P10505 (Chrome 52)
5133 ms * ∼37% +44%
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL (Chrome Version 58)
3323.5 ms * ∼24% +64%

* ... smaller is better

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus achieves good rates in micro-SD card access. It is faster than all comparison devices but does not come close to exhausting the maximum transfer rates of our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card. Accessing the internal storage is also relatively fast and none of the comparison devices can keep up here. It is especially pleasing that the write speed is also very fast.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 PlusAsus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)Huawei MediaPad M3 LiteMedion Lifetab P10505Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KLLenovo Tab 4 10
AndroBench 3-5
-37%
-24%
-51%
-41%
-17%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.1
34.9
-43%
56.8
-7%
15.4
-75%
23.97 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-61%
59.9
-2%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
83.9
40.9
-51%
78.7
-6%
18.9
-77%
34.42 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-59%
84.5
1%
Random Write 4KB
11.8
9.8
-17%
8.5
-28%
11.7
-1%
6.38
-46%
8.9
-25%
Random Read 4KB
37.3
23
-38%
38.8
4%
23
-38%
31.34
-16%
32.3
-13%
Sequential Write 256KB
135.5
66
-51%
60.3
-55%
44
-68%
63.05
-53%
45.3
-67%
Sequential Read 256KB
270.1
216
-20%
133.5
-51%
142.9
-47%
249.65
-8%
275
2%

Games

It is possible to play games on Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus. However, the graphics unit is a bit slower than those in the fastest comparison devices. Consequently, an average of only 24 FPS is achieved in graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8 when using very high details, making smooth gameplay impossible. In return, a smooth 30 FPS is achieved in low details. Even the less-demanding game Dead Trigger 2 manages 30 FPS, and casual games like Angry Birds run smoothly.

The position sensor and touchscreen control function very well and do not limit the gaming experience in any way.

Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high24 fps
 very low30 fps
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps

Emissions

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

Temperature

We measured a maximum temperature of 33.6 °C on the casing during load. The casing heats up slightly but the user will hardly notice it. The casing's temperature is relatively homogeneous over the entire device. The maximum idle temperature of 30.9 °C is even much lower.

Our stress test with GFXBench's battery test shows that the SoC's performance will unlikely throttle during high load over a prolonged time.

Heat-map rear
Heat-map rear
Heat-map front
Heat-map front
Max. Load
 33.6 °C
92 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.3 °C
90 F
 
 32.8 °C
91 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.4 °C
87 F
 
 31.9 °C
89 F
29.4 °C
85 F
29.1 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 33.6 °C = 92 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
32.7 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
32.3 °C
90 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.5 °C
87 F
31.3 °C
88 F
28.7 °C
84 F
29.9 °C
86 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 32.9 °C = 91 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  52.2 °C = 126 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.6 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.9 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.5 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

Front-sided stereo speakers are a good idea when good tablet sound is the objective. Thus, Lenovo has done good fundamental work. Software by Dolby additionally supports the speakers with sound enhancements and diverse presets that make it easy to optimize the sound for music, videos or games. A manual equalizer is also present for users who want to set the perfect sound by hand.

The presets, in fact, make an audible difference. However, since the speakers are not high-end units but rather tablet speakers, the sound is only decent in most settings but not outstanding. The lack of low tones is very audible, mids are generally a bit understated, and the trebles are sometimes emphasized too strongly. The sound is quite powerful at over 89 dB(A) when desired. Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus can be used as a sound system for occasional music sampling or when other speakers are not available. However, tablets with a much better sound system exist.

Speakers or headphones can be connected via the 3.5-mm jack or Bluetooth. They transmit a clear audio signal to the playback devices.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203429.2342531.529.331.53133.330.733.34036.341.136.3503232.7326328.331.628.38028.528.328.51002827.52812535.828.735.816036.523.636.520044.222.644.225048.826.948.831551.921.751.940054.32154.350060.920.860.963069186980075.317.575.3100076.117.376.1125077.116.877.1160077.115.877.1200074.715.874.7250074.916.174.9315078.215.978.2400080.81680.850008115.981630079.31679.3800075.316.175.31000075.41675.41250065.91665.91600051.915.851.9SPL89.329.789.3N76.61.376.6median 74.7median 16.8median 74.7Delta12.2312.231.637.525.435.825.330.832.927.833.632.531.630.428.429.52726.220.833.32243.521.352.920.856.521.263.919.468.119.570.317.772.817.976.517.876.917.374.817.473.916.772.417.272.618.275.517.97717.675.417.768.717.863.917.960.518.158.418.257.13085.91.365.9median 17.9median 68.71.38.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Tab 4 10 PlusAsus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 39% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 22%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is on an average level for this category. Some devices, such as the Asus ZenPad 10, are more energy-saving and others consume considerably more power, such as Medion's Lifetab P10505. Our review sample's maximum consumption during load of over 7 watts is fairly high, while the average load consumption of 5 watts is comparatively low. Thus, the device should consume relatively little power in normal use, while it needs a lot of energy during unusual peak loads over a prolonged time.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.11 / 0.18 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.23 / 3.92 / 4.03 Watt
Load midlight 5 / 7.09 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
7000 mAh
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
4680 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
6600 mAh
Medion Lifetab P10505
7000 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
7800 mAh
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7000 mAh
Power Consumption
19%
-12%
-43%
-26%
5%
Idle Minimum *
1.23
0.76
38%
1.45
-18%
2.01
-63%
1.57
-28%
1.09
11%
Idle Average *
3.92
3.23
18%
4.44
-13%
4.82
-23%
4
-2%
3.71
5%
Idle Maximum *
4.03
3.35
17%
4.61
-14%
4.89
-21%
4.09
-1%
3.84
5%
Load Average *
5
4.79
4%
6.21
-24%
8.35
-67%
7.99
-60%
5.07
-1%
Load Maximum *
7.09
5.72
19%
6.33
11%
9.91
-40%
9.71
-37%
6.88
3%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is well-equipped with its high-capacity battery of 7000 mAh or 26.6 Wh. However, it is just as strong as the one in Lenovo's Tab 4 10. The battery life in the Wi-Fi test between both devices only differs marginally: The Tab 4 10 Plus achieves 10:47 hours, and the Tab 4 10 manages quarter-of-an-hour less. Thus, neither device has to hide in the comparison field; not even Asus' ZenPad 3S 10 with an even higher capacity battery lasts as long. Huawei's MediaPad M3 Lite can offer longer battery runtimes, though.

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus easily gets through a workday plus two hours of overtime in practice. One charged battery should be enough to get through several days of normal mixed use and prolonged standby periods. Recharging takes 3 hours with the included charger.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
27h 05min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
13h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 16min
Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus
7000 mAh
Asus ZenPad 10 (Z301ML)
4680 mAh
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite
6600 mAh
Medion Lifetab P10505
7000 mAh
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Z500KL
7800 mAh
Lenovo Tab 4 10
7000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-13%
9%
-15%
-11%
-2%
Reader / Idle
1625
1321
-19%
1345
-17%
1445
-11%
H.264
795
622
-22%
833
5%
WiFi v1.3
647
467
-28%
802
24%
564
-13%
579
-11%
632
-2%
Load
256
302
18%
312
22%
203
-21%

Pros

+ stylish casing
+ fingerprint-reader
+ generous memory
+ fast Wi-Fi
+ decent cameras
+ bright, viewing angle stable screen
+ good system performance
+ low temperatures

Cons

- mediocre gaming performance
- casing is susceptible to fingerprints
- GPS module with weak reception
- outdated security patches

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

A glass-covered back would not have been necessary for convincing us of the qualities of Lenovo's Tab 4 Plus. However, it is a visual highlight. The review sample also hides many positive traits under its hood, which were soon revealed in the test: The quite bright and color-accurate screen with good viewing angles, for example, or the convincing system performance. The fast memory access belongs to this list of traits, as does the fast Wi-Fi, decent battery life, and the relatively good cameras for a tablet. Have we mentioned the generous memory configuration yet?

It is even possible to acquire matching accessory packs that equip the tablet for various purposes if wanted. The fingerprint-scanner is also nice to have. What does Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus leave to desire? A faster GPS connection would be helpful, the gaming performance could be higher, the speakers' sound could be better, and stylus support would have been an additional highlight.

Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is a good mid-range tablet with many highlights: generous memory, good battery runtimes, bright screen, and fast Wi-Fi. As it presents hardly any drawbacks, it gets a clear purchase recommendation.

In a nutshell, Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is a very well-designed mid-range tablet that does not have much in common with the cheaper Tab 4 10. Although the surcharge is very evident compared with the Tab 4 10, the buyer gets a lot for the money. Other equally priced tablets might offer a bit more in single aspects, but Lenovo's Tab 4 10 Plus is a good overall package.

Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus - 09/29/2017 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
0 / 80 → 
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
41 / 65 → 62%
Weight
84 / 40-88 → 91%
Battery
94%
Display
88%
Games Performance
28 / 68 → 41%
Application Performance
51 / 76 → 67%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
61 / 91 → 67%
Camera
76 / 85 → 90%
Average
74%
85%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2017-10- 5 (Update: 2019-03-31)