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MWC 2016: Lenovo announces new range of family-orientated tablets

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Andreas Stegmüller

lenovo 2015Lenovo lugged two new tablets to the Mobile World Congress,  the Tab3 7 and Tab3 8. The new "family tablets" not only have an attractive price tag, but also offer multi-user modes. This allows multiple user accounts to be created, meaning family members can share a common device. Each user can choose an own background image, install his or her own apps and also set up their own email accounts. Data isn't shared between the other user accounts. A separate children's mode has also been implemented, allowing parents to set fixed times for their little ones to use the device, and to restrict internet access to secure sites. Furthermore, the tablets have  adaptive displays which reduce the amount of blue, putting less strain on small eyes.

Other features include a fast 1m0 GHz quad-core SoC made by MediaTek, a 5,0 megapixel main camera and a front lens with 2,0 megapixels. Dolby Atmos Cinematic Moving Audio is also on board. Usual connectivity standards WiFi and Bluetooth are also on offer, as well as the usual position and acceleration sensors.

The smaller Tab3 7 has a 7" IPS display with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels, is protected by IP52 against getting sploshed with water, and runs up to nien hours thanks to a 3450 mAh capacity battery. Depending on model, the tablet comes with 8 or 16 GB of internal flash memory, which can be expanded by sticking a microSD card into the slot. Spending more will buy one a 3G or LTE modem, as well as a dual SIM slot. The new Lenovo Tab3 7 will be available from May for 89 euro be available. The version with 8GB of memory and a 3G modem will cost 109 euro, whereas the version with an LTE modem and 16 GB will cost 149 euro.

The Lenovo Tab3 8, on the other hand, offers an 8" IPS panel with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Depending on the model, it has 1 or 2 GB of RAM, and up to 16 GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot is available, as well as once again an optional LTE modem. Prices for the Tab3 8 range between 149 and 199 euro, it will hit the stores in June this year.

Both devices are shipped with Android 6.0 preinstalled.