Lenovo has announced a new affordable Android tablet, the Smart Tab M9. This is his 9-inch slate that is “Android 13 ready” and is expected to arrive in the first half of next year. The tablet offers a modest set of specs but boasts a surprisingly premium design.
Lenovo Smart Tab M9 Design and Specifications
The Lenovo Smart Tab M9 is housed in a metal housing with a dual-tone design, a rarity among Android tablets in this segment. The device is also very slim, only 7.99 mm thick. This gives the tablet a premium look, even though it doesn’t have a powerful gadget inside.
MediaTek’s Helio G80 chipset powers this tablet. The SoC features two ARM Cortex-A75 CPU cores clocked at 2.0GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Lenovo offers the slate in his three memory and storage configurations of 3GB + 32GB, 4GB + 64GB, and 4GB + 128GB. Powering the Smart Tab M9 is a 5,100mAh battery that supports 15W fast charging via the USB Type-C 2.0 port. Lenovo advertises up to 13 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge.
Speaking of video playback, the Smart Tab M9’s 9-inch LCD panel has a rather modest resolution of 1340 x 800 pixels. According to Lenovo, the device will support Netflix HD, and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers will add to the multimedia experience. Also, if you want to take pictures and make video calls with this device, it has a 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MB rear-facing camera.
However, the Smart Tab M9 misses Android 13. Shipped with the previous generation Android OS. Lenovo says a new Android version is “ready”. But by the time it reaches consumers, the Android 14 release is fast approaching. To make matters worse, there is no commitment from the company to update Android 13 and beyond.
Nonetheless, other highlights of the Smart Tab M9 include a built-in microphone, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, TÜV Rheinland-certified eye care, Face Unlock support, and simulated colors of real book pages. contains the read mode to use. The overall package dimensions are 215.43 x 136.76 x 7.99 mm and weighs approximately 344 grams.
price and availability
Lenovo is pricing the Smart Tab M9 pretty aggressively. Tablet prices start at just $139.99. Of course, for the 3GB+32GB model. Additional charges must be paid to increase RAM and storage capacity. The device comes in Arctic Gray and Frost Blue colors. Unfortunately, tablet latency is pretty long. It won’t go on sale until the second quarter of next year.