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It’s not unusual for flagship smartphones to sell for well over $1,000 these days. And it’s not hard to find a high-end iPad Pro or Windows tablet in that price range. But so far even the most expensive Android tablets have typically been priced like mid-range laptops rather than premium models.

Now Lenovo is bucking that trend with the introduction of a high-end Android tablet that the company is positioning as a laptop replacement. The Lenovo Tab Extreme has a big screen, a powerful processor, and a $1200 starting price. It’s expected to go on sale in late 2023.

The only other Android tablet that even comes close to that price is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, which sold for $1100 and up when it first went on sale earlier this year, but which you can now pick up for $1000 and up.

Lenovo’s tablet is similar in a lot of ways, but it has a different flagship-class processor, a slightly higher capacity battery, and twice as many speakers as Samsung’s tablet. It also comes from a company with less of a proven track record of providing long-term support for its tablets though, so you might want to keep that in mind before spending $1200. But Lenovo is promising to deliver at least three major Android OS updates and four years of security updates, which is pretty good by Lenovo standards for its Android tablets.

The Lenovo Tab Extreme also borrows a trick from the Yoga Tab 13: it supports video input, allowing you to use the tablet as an external display for a smartphone, laptop, or other devices.

Here’s a run-down of key specs for the Lenovo Tab Extreme:

Lenovo Tab Extreme specs
Display14.5 inches
3000 x 1876 pixels
244 ppi
16:10 aspect ratio
120 Hz
Up to 500 nits peak brightness
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 9000
1 x ARM Cortex-X1 CPU core @ 3.05 GHz
3 x ARM Cortex-A710 CPU cores @ 2.85 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A510 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz
Arm Mali-G710 MC10 graphics
Storage256GB UFS 3.1
microSD card reader (up to 1TB)
OSAndroid 13 (at launch)
3 major OS updates
4 years security updates
Cameras13MP + 5MP rear (auto-focus & fixed-focus)
13MP front (auto-focus)
Battery & charging12,300 mAh battery
68W USB Type-C charger
Ports1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (charging, DisplayPort-out, reverse charging, audio)
1 x USB 2.0 Type-C (charging, DisplayPort-in, reverse charging, audio)
1 x microSD card reader + SIM slot
1 x 3-pin pogo connector for keyboard
WirelessWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
WiFi Direct
WiFi display
4G LTE + 5G NR
Audio8 x JBL speakers (4 woofers + 4 tweeters)
4 x microphones
Dolby Atmos
SecurityFingerprint sensor
Face unlock
ToF Sensor
RGB sensor
Hall sensor
Fingerprint sensor
Vibration motor
Dimensions327.8 x 210.8 x 5.85mm (7.15mm with camera bump)
Weight740 grams (tablet only)
1.5 kg (tablet + keyboard)

Lenovo says the tablet works with optional accessories including a Lenovo Tab Extreme Keyboard, Folio Case, and Precision Pen 3. But you may have to pay extra for some accessories – Lenovo notes that the backlit keyboard with its dual-hinge design (for adjusting the tilt angle) will be sold separately in some markets.

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14 replies on “Lenovo Tab Extreme tries to make the case for a $1200 Android tablet”

  1. I paid about that much for my s7+ tab and that’s only “12 and 128GB so I’ll gladly sell this for that!

  2. Although a bit bulky for a tablet OS, I’d choose Windows over Android just due to the security update limitations, particularly when spending over even $500. It’s sad that the cheapest tablets (Fire) have better update policies than any Android tablet.

  3. I would love a large tablet like this if it ran Windows, actually I’d prefer even larger.
    17″ would be nice.

    I like the concept of a large Windows tablet, because I use laptops in mostly a semi-permanent location, and I don’t care much for laptop keyboards or trackpads. I use my laptop with a mechanical keyboard, and USB mouse.

    I usually work a full day in a single spot, but it’s usually different day to day. Sometimes at home, sometimes at various places in the office. I don’t mind keeping my laptop, keyboard, and mouse in a backpack and setting up my station for the day.

  4. For this money, the least you should get is a snapdragon generation 2 chip. But levovo is very good at saving money on production at the expense of quality and functionality.

  5. For this amiunt of money, the least you should get is a snapdragon generation 2 chip. But levovo is very good at saving money on production at the expense of quality and functionality.

  6. Some people have too much money; others don’t have enough — redistribute wealth!

    1. I’m sorry, but taking peoples money just because they can afford ridiculously expensive tablets that don’t give you very good value for the money thanks to software limitations is wrong.
      I don’t like most rich people either, but it’s less about how they are rich and more about how they GOT rich and stay rich, and what they do with the power they can buy, which is exponentially more complex and harder to argue about.
      So I won’t press the issue further.

        1. Wow, a philosophical debate on a niche technology site!

          Redistributing wealth is something we kind of do, in terms of taxation and social support structures. But to take the entirety of someone’s financial belongings, and then to redistribute them to others is not a very responsible thing to do. Instead of a one-time fix, we need to create systems and structures that encourage people that add to technology, science, and welfare of the planet, animals, and others… and de-escalate systems that don’t do the same, or even apply punishments such as to gambling industries, illicit substance suppliers, terrorist groups, etc etc.

          As you can see, we already do that in some form or another. So at most we need to tweak some things. Imagine if everyone collectively turned off TikTok, OnlyFans, and so many other fads, and instead picked up a History Book, listened to Carl Sagan’s lectures, or started to apply healthy lifestyles (eat, exercise, sleep, etc etc).

  7. It would be interesting to see how well the telescoping mount the tablet display sits on functions IRL. It is Android so not terribly exciting otherwise.

  8. Joke: Lenovo has certainly made the case for a $1200 tablet.

    Real talk, I might actually buy something like this if it came with actual choice in operating systems, but SoC manufacturers and their customers are determined to never let that happen.

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