Motorola Were Working On A Tablet But It’s An AT&T Exclusive
Some months back, I saw rumours that Motorola were working on releasing a new tablet, and I was excited. These have now turned out to be true as Lenovo, Motorola’s parent company, have blogged about the new Moto Tab. This is described by Lenovo as “a beautifully designed, powerfully built tablet,” which is “uniquely suited for every member in the household.” Lenovo reckon that the Moto Tab “enters a new category of premium devices,” but there’s a catch: it’s an exclusive device only available for sale with America’s second largest carrier, AT&T.
The device is built around a mid-range specification. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset backed up by 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage plus a microSD slot that supports cards of up to 128 GB. The display is an IPS LCD, 10.1-inch in size and 1080p resolution. The device comes with dual speakers and Dolby Atmos technology, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat. There’s a 7,000 mAh battery complete with a USB Type-C port, within what Lenovo are calling “an ultra-slim profile and soft-touch back.” Furthermore, Lenovo have included a Kids Mode in the software plus a fingerprint sensor, which allows quick switching for up to seven user profiles.
For customers wanting to customise the tablet experience, there will be two optional accessory packs: the Lenovo Home Assistant Pack, which comes with a stand complete with premium dual microphones and a powerful 3 watt speaker. There will also be an optional Lenovo Productivity Pack, which comes with a Bluetooth ThinkPad keyboard, Touchpad mouse, and case folio. There is no word if the Moto Tab will use the Lenovo Productivity Interface.
The device costs $15 a month for 20 months, or $299, via AT&T. And this is a crying shame, as the Moto Tab is going to be put into the role of “DirecTV sales tool.” AT&T is busy trying to find ways to get customers to buy into DirecTV that it’s commandeering new product lines. It may well work out to be a credible alternative to a Chromebook, but it’s unlikely to be sold as such.
I am no longer excited.