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Lenovo Tablet 10 (Celeron N4100, eMMC, LTE, WUXGA) Tablet Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Martin Jungowski), 10/18/2018

ThinkPad incognito. Lenovo's 10.1-inch Windows tablet offers fairly decent hardware: 128 GB storage, LTE modem, IPS panel, keyboard dock, and an active stylus. However, it comes at a price: Lenovo wants to see $600 plus tax in exchange for this particular model.

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Lenovo’s Tablet 10 is a 10.1-inch Windows tablet aimed primarily at business users. It is powered by a Gemini Lake-based Celeron quad-core processor. Its main competitors are the Asus Transformer Book T102HA, the Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Prothe Microsoft Surface Go, and the Apple iPad Pro 10.5.

Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Core: 200-700 MHz, single-channel, 24.20.100.6286
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4-2133, single-channel, RAM soldered, no free slots
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel 224 PPI, 10-point multitouch, capacitive, native pen support, MS_9003, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 99.3 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC236 @ Intel Gemini Lake SoC - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Sensors: gyroscope, digital compass, accelerometer
Networking
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, Sierra Wireless EM7455 (Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE-A), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.6 x 261 x 178 ( = 0.42 x 10.28 x 7.01 in)
Battery
39 Wh, 5070 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.68 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Primary Camera: 2 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix no flash
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
664 g ( = 23.42 oz / 1.46 pounds), Power Supply: 286 g ( = 10.09 oz / 0.63 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The tablet and keyboard dock are made entirely of black plastic. With its weight of 664 g (1.46 lbs) and a thickness of 10.6 mm (0.42 inches) it is both thicker and heavier than most of its competitors. Throw in the keyboard dock and the device tops out at 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs) and 22 mm (0.87 inches). The case was very well-made and robust; however, we found the keyboard dock to be somewhat flimsy and easy to warp.

Maintenance is comparatively simple. The rear cover is neither screwed nor glued to the device but rather secured with clips. It can be easily removed. All you need is a thin spudger tool and some care in order to avoid damaging the display.

A benefit of the relatively thick case is port availability. There was enough space to incorporate a full-sized HDMI port, a USB Type-A port (USB 3.1 Gen 1), and a USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 1) that is also used for charging. Two additional USB Type-A ports can be found on the keyboard dock, however those are only connected via USB 2.0.

The built-in MicroSD card reader is fairly speedy and reached transfer rates of up to 72.9 MB/s while copying large blocks of data. Transferring 250 JPEG files of around 5 MB each resulted in a speed of 66 MB/s. All card readers are tested with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card.

The Wi-Fi modem is made by Realtek (8822BE) and supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. It performed admirably under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices nearby, close distance between sender and receiver).

Our review unit was also equipped with an LTE modem and thus is capable of connecting to the Internet via cellular networks. This modem is optional. Not every Tablet 10 SKU is equipped accordingly. It requires a nano-SIM card.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Left - dock: USB 2.0 (Type-A); left - tablet: speaker, cable lock
Left - dock: USB 2.0 (Type-A); left - tablet: speaker, cable lock
Right - dock: USB 2.0 (Type-A); right - tablet: volume rocker, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), audio combo, MicroSD card reader/SIM slot, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), speaker
Right - dock: USB 2.0 (Type-A); right - tablet: volume rocker, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), audio combo, MicroSD card reader/SIM slot, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C), speaker
Top: power button
Top: power button
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
67.8 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
66 MB/s ∼97%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
57 MB/s ∼84% -14%
Average of class Tablet
  (29 - 68, n=5)
53.6 MB/s ∼79% -19%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 MB/s ∼100% +16%
Average of class Tablet
  (72.9 - 89.1, n=3)
82.6 MB/s ∼97% +13%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
72.9 MB/s ∼86%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
592 MBit/s ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
581 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
528 MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
308 MBit/s ∼52% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
289 MBit/s ∼49% -51%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
236 MBit/s ∼40% -60%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
497 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
497 MBit/s ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
476 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
272 MBit/s ∼55% -45%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
238 MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
235 MBit/s ∼47% -53%

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Input Devices

The included keyboard dock houses a chiclet-style keyboard with slightly roughened concave keys featuring a very distinct accentuation point. Feedback was decent in our opinion. Due to its construction the keyboard flexed a little bit while typing. This was not too annoying. All things considered the keyboard was decent and usable, albeit it lacked a backlight.

The multitouch-capable ClickPad measured in at 9 x 4.3 cm (3.54 x 1.7 inches). It was thus sufficiently large for gesture input. Its surface was very pleasant and smooth. The ClickPad detected input up to its edges. Key travel was short, but the accentuation point was well defined and audible.

The keyboard dock Lenovo sent us was made for the UK market.
The keyboard dock Lenovo sent us was made for the UK market.

The touchscreen supports finger input as well as the included ActivePen stylus. The display is capable of detecting 10-point multitouch input and was very responsive. The stylus is stored inside the tablet. It featured two buttons and a non-replaceable battery, which is charged inside its slot.

Active stylus pen with two buttons
Active stylus pen with two buttons
The pen is stored inside the tablet.
The pen is stored inside the tablet.

Display

Subpixel geometry
Subpixel geometry

The 10.1-inch touchscreen display featured a native resolution of 1920x1200. Its contrast ratio was decent (923:1), but on the other hand the maximum brightness was mediocre at best (276.6 nits). A tablet at this price point with the added business pretense should have been much brighter. All of the competitors used for the sake of this comparison were brighter than the Tablet 10.

Unfortunately, at brightness levels of 90% and below the display showed PWM flickering at a low frequency of 198 Hz. This low frequency may cause headaches and/or sore eyes for sensitive users.

297
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 297 cd/m² Average: 276.6 cd/m² Minimum: 26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 272 cd/m²
Contrast: 923:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 2.55
ΔE Greyscale 6.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
81% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.38
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
IPS, 1800x1200, 10
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.8
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
IPS, 1280x800, 10.1
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
IPS, 1920x1200, 10.1
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
IPS, 2224x1668, 10.5
Response Times
135%
16%
23%
3175%
15%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37 (22, 15)
44 (22, 22)
-19%
40 (21, 19)
-8%
29 (16, 13)
22%
32 (14, 18)
14%
39.6 (19.2, 20.4)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (18, 10)
25.6 (11.6, 14)
9%
20 (9, 11)
29%
28 (15, 13)
-0%
24 (13, 11)
14%
17.6 (6, 11.6)
37%
PWM Frequency
198 (90)
1020 (99)
415%
250 (15)
26%
294 (80)
48%
19000 (90)
9496%
Screen
46%
-22%
25%
-2%
62%
Brightness middle
277
456
65%
384
39%
530
91%
251
-9%
634
129%
Brightness
277
426
54%
360
30%
491
77%
244
-12%
625
126%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
84
-3%
88
1%
79
-9%
87
0%
Black Level *
0.3
0.31
-3%
0.8
-167%
0.46
-53%
0.33
-10%
0.39
-30%
Contrast
923
1471
59%
480
-48%
1152
25%
761
-18%
1626
76%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.1
1.3
79%
6.83
-12%
4.33
29%
5.34
12%
1.9
69%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.2
3
75%
12.7
-4%
7.32
40%
9.91
19%
3.9
68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.55
1.1
57%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.7
1.4
79%
7.5
-12%
3.51
48%
6.04
10%
2.8
58%
Gamma
2.38 92%
2.24 98%
2.199 100%
2.36 93%
3.23 68%
2.26 97%
CCT
7471 87%
6687 97%
8544 76%
7007 93%
7491 87%
7027 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
52
62.3
20%
50
-4%
51
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
81
96.8
20%
77
-5%
81
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
91% / 65%
-3% / -12%
24% / 25%
1587% / 731%
39% / 53%

* ... 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 detected 198 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 198 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 198 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

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.

Out of the box color accuracy was mediocre, and DeltaE 2000 deviation for colors was determined to be 6.1 (ideal: less than 3). The display suffered from a minor yet noticeable blue tint. We were able to improve upon color accuracy through calibration, and DeltaE deviation for colors was decreased to 2.55. Grays were much more balanced afterwards as well, and the blue tint was all but gone.

As usual, the resulting ICC profile can be found for download in the box above. Remember to make sure your particular unit is equipped with the exact same display as ours (manufacturer and model number). Otherwise your color accuracy might actually decrease instead of improving. Many manufacturers use different displays within one series.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 59 % 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
37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 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 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The tablet is equipped with an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. Accordingly, it can be read from all angles. The device was designed to be used primarily indoors as the combination of low display brightness and highly reflective display coating makes outdoor usage practically impossible.

Lenovo Tablet 10 outdoors (photo taken under partially overcast skies)
Lenovo Tablet 10 outdoors (photo taken under partially overcast skies)

Performance

The Lenovo Tablet 10 is a 10.1-inch Windows tablet. Its Celeron processor is powerful enough for office and Internet applications. Our review unit sold for around $600 plus tax. Other SKUs are available as well, and prices start at around $500.

Processor

Our tablet featured a Celeron N4100 quad-core processor based on the Gemini Lake platform. The CPU runs at a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and turbo boosts up to 2.3 GHz or 2.4 GHz on all four cores or a single core, respectively. Thanks to its low TDP of just 6 W it can be cooled passively. During our Cinebench R15 multithread test the CPU ran at 2.3 GHz for a few seconds and clocked down to between 1.8 and 1.9 GHz afterwards. The single-thread test was completed at 2.3 GHz end-to-end.

Whether or not the device is capable of sustaining its turbo boost over long periods of load is determined by running the multi-thread part of the Cinebench R15 benchmark in a loop for 30 minutes. The score decreased between the first and second iteration but remained consistent afterwards. There were no further dips in performance, and the tablet was able to sustain a turbo boost of 1.8-1.9 GHz.

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Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE Intel Celeron N4100, Intel Celeron N4100: Ø204 (202.68-208.03)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003 Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y: Ø163 (162.13-163.67)
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel Atom x5-Z8350: Ø99.3 (96.12-100.08)
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE Intel Atom x5-Z8350, Intel Atom x5-Z8350: Ø97.7 (95.02-98.38)
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
2013
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5904
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3432
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
69 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
208 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.41 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (68 - 71, n=5)
69.2 Points ∼32% 0%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
69 Points ∼32%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
65 Points ∼30% -6%
Average of class Tablet
  (24 - 122, n=20)
59.7 Points ∼27% -13%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
31 Points ∼14% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
28 Points ∼13% -59%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
208 Points ∼5%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (161 - 254, n=5)
192 Points ∼4% -8%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
164 Points ∼4% -21%
Average of class Tablet
  (44 - 306, n=21)
146 Points ∼3% -30%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
100 Points ∼2% -52%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
92 Points ∼2% -56%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
2521 Points ∼23% +25%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (2009 - 2049, n=3)
2024 Points ∼19% +1%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
2013 Points ∼19%
Average of class Tablet
  (413 - 3973, n=57)
1193 Points ∼11% -41%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
5904 Points ∼12%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
5586 Points ∼11% -5%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (4915 - 5904, n=3)
5307 Points ∼11% -10%
Average of class Tablet
  (537 - 8255, n=57)
3078 Points ∼6% -48%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
4998 Points ∼16%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
 
4998 Points ∼16% 0%
Average of class Tablet
  (1047 - 5069, n=111)
1947 Points ∼6% -61%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
1635 Points ∼35%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
 
1635 Points ∼35% 0%
Average of class Tablet
  (262 - 2457, n=111)
707 Points ∼15% -57%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
5189 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (5056 - 5189, n=2)
5123 Points ∼19% -1%
Average of class Tablet
  (566 - 5609, n=17)
3070 Points ∼11% -41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
1837 Points ∼32%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1813 - 1837, n=2)
1825 Points ∼32% -1%
Average of class Tablet
  (330 - 2762, n=18)
1257 Points ∼22% -32%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion
9358 Points ∼26% +73%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 960
6173 Points ∼17% +14%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
5404 Points ∼15%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (5091 - 5404, n=3)
5265 Points ∼15% -3%
Average of class Tablet
  (1106 - 18041, n=38)
4647 Points ∼13% -14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion
3933 Points ∼62% +119%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 960
1892 Points ∼30% +5%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1795 - 1799, n=3)
1798 Points ∼28% 0%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100
1795 Points ∼28%
Average of class Tablet
  (429 - 5002, n=38)
1606 Points ∼25% -11%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet
  (603 - 43092, n=166)
9352 ms * ∼16% -191%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
3575.4 ms * ∼6% -11%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (3214 - 3226, n=2)
3220 ms * ∼5% -0%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
3214.3 ms * ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
3077.3 ms * ∼5% +4%
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion (Safari Mobile 10)
972.7 ms * ∼2% +70%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion (Safari Mobile 10)
30333 Points ∼61% +159%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
11875 Points ∼24% +1%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
11854 Points ∼24% +1%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
11716 Points ∼24%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (11328 - 11716, n=2)
11522 Points ∼23% -2%
Average of class Tablet
  (1238 - 45734, n=155)
6345 Points ∼13% -46%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion (Safari Mobile 10)
200.59 Points ∼60% +111%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (92.3 - 99.9, n=4)
95.6 Points ∼29% 0%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel Celeron N4100 (Edge 42)
95.182 Points ∼29%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
86.989 Points ∼26% -9%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Chrome 68.0.3440.91)
57.007 Points ∼17% -40%
Average of class Tablet
  (10.9 - 279, n=71)
55.4 Points ∼17% -42%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 (Edge 38.14393.1066.0)
44.442 Points ∼13% -53%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
42.637 Points ∼13% -55%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Overall, the system felt very balanced and smooth. We found no issues. The Celeron processor was powerful enough for office and Internet applications. The PCMark results further corroborated our initial impressions.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1892 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2119 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2858 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (1816 - 2133, n=5)
1955 Points ∼32% +3%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1892 Points ∼31%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1587 Points ∼26% -16%
Average of class Tablet
  (1018 - 2641, n=27)
1380 Points ∼23% -27%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, SanDisk DF4128
1264 Points ∼21% -33%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12% -61%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Tablet
  (903 - 1433, n=3)
1129 Points ∼11% +8%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1050 Points ∼11%
Average Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (949 - 1050, n=4)
981 Points ∼10% -7%
Productivity
Average Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (2567 - 2990, n=4)
2800 Points ∼29% +1%
Average of class Tablet
  (2001 - 3583, n=3)
2781 Points ∼29% +1%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 128 GB eMMC Flash
2759 Points ∼28%
Essentials
Average of class Tablet
  (3741 - 5263, n=3)
4349 Points ∼41% +8%
Average Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (3776 - 4418, n=4)
4092 Points ∼38% +1%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 128 GB eMMC Flash
4042 Points ∼38%
Score
Average of class Tablet
  (1355 - 2151, n=3)
1711 Points ∼22% +5%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
UHD Graphics 600, N4100, 128 GB eMMC Flash
1627 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Celeron N4100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (1502 - 1658, n=4)
1604 Points ∼21% -1%

Storage Devices

The 128 GB storage device is based on eMMC technology. 99 GB is user-accessible out of the box. The rest is taken up by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. Transfer rates were at a level expected of an eMMC storage device.

128 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 291 MB/s
Sequential Write: 110.4 MB/s
512K Read: 206.8 MB/s
512K Write: 81.62 MB/s
4K Read: 13.61 MB/s
4K Write: 11.97 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 30.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 11.97 MB/s
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
128 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
64 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
128 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
SanDisk DF4128
Average 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Average of class Tablet
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
45%
-31%
-39%
-8%
21%
Write 4k QD32
11.97
33.64
181%
10.67
-11%
11.5
-4%
15.3 (4.3 - 46.5, n=12)
28%
29.8 (0.857 - 257, n=70)
149%
Read 4k QD32
30.1
34.45
14%
30.03
0%
32.71
9%
26.6 (10.8 - 36.8, n=12)
-12%
57.8 (0.766 - 378, n=69)
92%
Write 4k
11.97
24.27
103%
9.877
-17%
8.555
-29%
13.1 (3.55 - 35.5, n=12)
9%
14.8 (0.867 - 92.6, n=69)
24%
Read 4k
13.61
19.06
40%
9.935
-27%
6.705
-51%
14.5 (7.31 - 25.2, n=12)
7%
13.3 (0.399 - 34.2, n=69)
-2%
Write 512
81.62
107.1
31%
44.39
-46%
39.86
-51%
73.5 (16.6 - 206, n=12)
-10%
71.7 (4.1 - 399, n=69)
-12%
Read 512
206.8
190.6
-8%
121
-41%
68.59
-67%
158 (66.6 - 241, n=12)
-24%
152 (30.6 - 430, n=69)
-26%
Write Seq
110.4
122.4
11%
54.09
-51%
54.53
-51%
86.4 (24.6 - 215, n=12)
-22%
84.8 (11.8 - 445, n=69)
-23%
Read Seq
291
259.6
-11%
139
-52%
92.68
-68%
185 (82.4 - 293, n=12)
-36%
181 (53.8 - 534, n=69)
-38%

GPU Performance

All things graphics are handled by Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 600 GPU. It supports DirectX 12 and runs at speeds of up to 700 MHz. 3DMark benchmark results were at a level expected of this GPU. Unfortunately, Lenovo thwarted 3D performance somewhat by running the RAM in single-channel instead of dual-channel mode.

3DMark 11 Performance
683 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
22314 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3265 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
441 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
1257 Points ∼100% +107%
Dell Latitude 3180
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
825 Points ∼66% +36%
Dell Latitude 3189
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
804 Points ∼64% +32%
Acer Switch 3 SW312-31-P5VG
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
726 Points ∼58% +19%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
626 Points ∼50% +3%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
608 Points ∼48%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (462 - 625, n=8)
541 Points ∼43% -11%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
482 Points ∼38% -21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 330-15IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
462 Points ∼37% -24%
Average of class Tablet
  (158 - 1936, n=47)
355 Points ∼28% -42%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
349 Points ∼28% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
297 Points ∼24% -51%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
819 Points ∼100% +69%
Dell Latitude 3189
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
606 Points ∼74% +25%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
484 Points ∼59%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (448 - 484, n=2)
466 Points ∼57% -4%
Average of class Tablet
  (90 - 1301, n=15)
443 Points ∼54% -8%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
437 Points ∼53% -10%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
6602 Points ∼100% +71%
Dell Latitude 3189
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
4738 Points ∼72% +22%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
3869 Points ∼59%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (2826 - 3869, n=3)
3403 Points ∼52% -12%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
3349 Points ∼51% -13%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
2826 Points ∼43% -27%
Average of class Tablet
  (636 - 7867, n=43)
2191 Points ∼33% -43%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Intel Atom x5-Z8350
2000 Points ∼30% -48%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR, Apple A10X Fusion
110148 Points ∼100% +265%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
57024 Points ∼52% +89%
Lenovo Yoga 330-11IGM
Intel UHD Graphics 605, Intel Pentium Silver N5000
45868 Points ∼42% +52%
Dell Latitude 3189
Intel HD Graphics 505, Intel Pentium N4200
41454 Points ∼38% +37%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
ARM Mali-G71 MP8, HiSilicon Kirin 960
35076 Points ∼32% +16%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
30149 Points ∼27%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (21128 - 31011, n=3)
27429 Points ∼25% -9%
Chuwi LapBook SE
Intel UHD Graphics 600, Intel Celeron N4100
21128 Points ∼19% -30%
Average of class Tablet
  (2109 - 194856, n=138)
17864 Points ∼16% -41%

Gaming Performance

Some games can be run smoothly on Lenovo’s 10.1-inch tablet, all of which were low-end less-demanding titles. They also required reduced resolutions and details in order to perform acceptably well. Casual games, such as those that can be found in the Microsoft Store, are usually playable.

low med. high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 61.614.910.6fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 19.212.99.6fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 3818.512.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 3316.211.2fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 26.513.211.53.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 66.81812.5fps
Sims 4 (2014) 77.817.710.2fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 43.312.512.5fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 26.512.5fps
World of Warships (2015) 2013.1fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 17.110.8fps
Overwatch (2016) 53fps
For Honor (2017) 9.33fps
Rocket League (2017) 17.38.8fps
Team Fortress 2 (2017) 35.328.7fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 5.5fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 9fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 2.9fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 5.9fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 3fps
F1 2018 (2018) 12fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 4fps
Forza Horizon 4 (2018) 4fps
Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (2018) 4fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

Given that the tablet was cooled passively and lacked a mechanical hard disk drive it was dead silent at all times.

Temperature

Tablet 10 stress test
Tablet 10 stress test

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least a full hour) was completed identically on battery and mains. The CPU ran at a clock speed of between 1 and 1.6 GHz while the GPU ran at 100-250 MHz.

The tablet got fairly warm under full load. We found three hotspots exceeding the 40 °C threshold. However, it remained far from critical. Our stress test is an extreme load scenario that rarely ever occurs during everyday use. We use this test to determine whether or not a device is stable even at extreme loads. Temperatures were within acceptable levels during regular everyday use.

Max. Load
 30.6 °C
87 F
33.4 °C
92 F
36 °C
97 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
33.6 °C
92 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
32.8 °C
91 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
43 °C
109 F
36.3 °C
97 F
30.1 °C
86 F
44.4 °C
112 F
38.6 °C
101 F
30.3 °C
87 F
42.3 °C
108 F
37.9 °C
100 F
30.3 °C
87 F
Maximum: 44.4 °C = 112 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  32 °C = 90 F | Room Temperature 22.4 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 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 37.3 °C / 99 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 44.4 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.6 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.8 °C / 87 F.
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located at the bottom on the left and right side of the tablet. They were somewhat decent but lacked bass. For an improved audio experience we recommend using headphones or external speakers.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.830.636.82537.531.837.53145.829.645.84040.230.740.25037.228.637.26329.527.629.58028.42628.410026.325.826.312527.72427.716032.123.632.120033.322.733.325028.821.128.831539.520.939.540055.520.355.550054.319.654.363057.418.857.480060.918.460.9100063.61863.6125060.118.560.1160059.117.659.1200057.317.757.3250058.618.158.6315061.51861.5400058.117.858.1500058.717.958.7630051.118.151.1800050.618.250.61000047.518.247.51250045.31845.31600040.31840.3SPL70.730.470.7N24.61.324.6median 54.3median 18.2median 54.3Delta9.629.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGEApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (63.61 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 36%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Consumption

The tablet was comparatively efficient regardless of load. When idle, the power meter read just 6.4 W, which increased to 17.3 W during our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least a full hour). The power supply is rated at 45 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.48 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.5 / 5.6 / 6.4 Watt
Load midlight 15.1 / 17.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our Wi-Fi test simulates a load typical for browsing the web. The energy plan is set to “Balanced”, all power-saving features are disabled, and the display brightness is normalized to 150 nits. In this test, the Lenovo Tablet 10 lasted for 9:53 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 42)
9h 53min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 2017
A10X Fusion, A10X Fusion GPU, 30.8 Wh
693 min ∼26% +17%
Huawei MediaPad M5 10.8 Pro
Kirin 960, Mali-G71 MP8, 28.5 Wh
670 min ∼25% +13%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 32 Wh
658 min ∼25% +11%
Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE
N4100, UHD Graphics 600, 39 Wh
593 min ∼22%
Average of class Tablet
  (214 - 938, n=97)
550 min ∼21% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320-10ICR Pro LTE
Z8350, HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), 33.3 Wh
461 min ∼17% -22%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 28 Wh
448 min ∼17% -24%

Pros

+ IPS display
+ silent
+ keyboard dock
+ active stylus
+ LTE modem
+ decent battery life

Cons

- mediocre display brightness
- short warranty
- no keyboard backlight

Verdict

Lenovo Tablet 10 (20L3000KGE). Review unit courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
Lenovo Tablet 10 (20L3000KGE). Review unit courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

Lenovo’s Tablet 10 is a 16:10 Windows tablet with a 10.1-inch display. Its design is rather dull and boring, and the premise behind its development was functionality instead of exuberance. Lenovo’s marketing touts the Tablet 10 as portable business device that can be taken anywhere you go. Consequently, a lower weight would have been desirable - at 664 g the Tablet 10 is rather clunky.

The Celeron N4100 processor performs about as well as previous generation (Haswell, Broadwell) Core i3 CPUs. Accordingly, it offers enough performance for office and Internet applications. Despite its passive cooling the CPU is capable of taking near full advantage of its turbo boost capabilities. Unfortunately, Lenovo opted for a single-channel RAM configuration instead of a dual-channel setup, thereby reducing overall performance somewhat. We would have expected more given the tablet’s high price point.

The Lenovo Tablet 10 is a well-made Windows tablet aimed primarily at business users. Its high price and relatively high weight render it rather unattractive for consumers.

The 10.1-inch touchscreen display featured a decent contrast ratio and wide viewing angles. Its brightness, however, was too low for a device this expensive. The touchscreen supports both finger and active stylus input.

The keyboard dock left a pretty decent impression. The keyboard was well usable in everyday scenarios. Unfortunately, it lacks a backlight. Battery life was decent. The tablet communicates with the outside world via Wi-Fi or a built-in LTE modem.

The USB-C charger was a positive surprise, as it allowed us to use the charger for other devices as well. Hence, if taking several devices on a road trip a single charger might suffice. In our opinion, the 12-month limited warranty is too short, and we would have expected a longer default warranty.

Lenovo Tablet 10-20L3000KGE - 10/16/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74%
Keyboard
76 / 80 → 95%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
57 / 65 → 88%
Weight
81 / 40-88 → 84%
Battery
92%
Display
81%
Games Performance
50 / 68 → 73%
Application Performance
59 / 76 → 77%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
46 / 85 → 54%
Average
73%
84%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2018-10-18 (Update: 2018-10-18)