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Most modern tablets have glossy touchscreen displays which respond well to touch and generally look good indoors. But take them outside or put them under a bright light bulb and they have a habit of turning into mirrors unless you crank the brightness all the way up (assuming they even have screens that can get bright enough for outdoor use).

But a handful of companies are starting to make matte tablet displays a thing. TCL has pioneered this space with its NXTPAPER line of smartphones and tablets. And now it looks like Lenovo has its own version in the form of the upcoming Lenovo Tab P12 with Matte Display.

First uncovered by Windows Latest in March, the Lenovo Tab P12 with Matte Display showed up in the Google Play Console earlier in April, effectively confirming the tablet’s existence.

And now a listing on the Lenovo France website makes it (pretty much) official: The Lenovo Tab P12 Paper (as its known in France) is a tablet with a 12.7 inch, “paper-like” touchscreen display as well as support for a digital pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt detection, and palm rejection.

In other words, Lenovo is positioning this as a tablet meant for reading and writing. It’s very similar to the original Lenovo Tab P12 (which was released last fall). The key difference is that the older model has a glossy screen, while the new version has a matte display that uses “AG nanoscale engraving technology,” which Lenovo says diffuses light and reduces glare by up to 80 percent.

That gives the screen a somewhat more paper-like viewing experience, which could make for more comfortable reading of eBooks, documents, web pages, or other content.

Keep in mind, we’re not talking about an actual ePaper display here. It’s still an LCD screen. It just has a matte finish rather than glossy. That means you’ll still get a 60 Hz refresh rate and full color display, so you can use the tablet to watch videos, play games, or do other things that may be tough to accomplish on devices with E Ink displays. But you can also expect battery life measured in hours rather than weeks and outdoor visibility that’s perhaps better than what you’d get from a glossy screen, but not necessarily as good as an E Ink screen (which can actually look better under direct sunlight than it does indoors).

Like the standard Lenovo Tab P12, the new Matte Display model is expected to feature a 12.7 inch, 2944 x 1840 pixel display, a MediaTek Dimensity 7050 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSD card reader with support for up to 1TB of removable storage, an 8MP rear camera and a 13MP front-facing camera with support for face tracking when using Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, or Google Duo.

It’s expected to ship with Android 13, but Lenovo will offer at least two major OS updates and four years of security updates.

Other features include quad speakers, a 10,200 mAh battery, support for 30W fast charging, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 support, a USB 2.0 Type-C port for charging and data, and a set of pogo pins that can be used to attach an optional keyboard.

The Lenovo Tab P12 with Matte Display measures 293 x 191 x 7mm (11.5″ x 7.5″ x 0.3″) and weighs 610 grams (1.3 pounds).

This article was first published March 26, 2024 and most recently updated April 10, 2024 with information about the listing for the Lenovo Tab P12 Paper on the Lenovo France website. (thanks Stw!)

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  1. I already have P12 from CN. With 870 and usb-c 3.2. And i pulled a matte glass…for protection. Soooo….
    I don’t understand who really will buy this worse tablet with 2.0)

  2. You would think they would also come out with a seven or eight inch tablet with this matte screen too. People wanting to read on their tablets and not want to carry a larger device don’t really have much options (that I’m aware of).

    1. I agree. I’ve been waiting years for the right specs + form factor to come along, something that’s smaller than 9 inches. In my experience, 10 inches and up aren’t great for carrying as a tablet.

      The best options are among mini PCs but they tend to be much larger than the display size due to attached side controllers or clamshell keyboard (which makes it non-ideal for holding to read) and usually not-small bezels. Only some have OLED, much less a matte screen, which is a lot better for reading than LCD but is still prone to glare. Also, a regular tablet like this can have additional features that are advantageous for having on the go like a camera and better audio capabilities than what mini PCs have. But tablets these days are usually 10-13 inches and anything smaller is usually way too underspec’d (certainly with no anti-glare features) and low-quality.

      E-readers have many limitations too, including size / bezel issues, to the point a regular tablet would be a better choice for a lot of people. So I’m still waiting for something like this Lenovo tablet, just smaller and not crappy.

          1. Yes, I just applied a matte screen protector to my Surface Go. I will tell you it wasn’t easy, and there are still some bubbles I was not able to get out. Maybe a different brand of protector would be better, but I would prefer factory matte screen.

  3. “But you can also expect battery life measured in hours rather than weeks and outdoor visibility that’s perhaps better than what you’d get from a glossy screen, but not necessarily as good as an E Ink screen (which can actually look better under direct sunlight than it does indoors).”
    The battery life of newer Boox devices with BSR are more comparable to a tablet than to a classic e-reader. But with a tablet there’s no ghosting and no need for constant refreshing plus the colours look much better than the colours on an ereader.

    I do own a TCL phone and tablet with Nxtpaper screen and the Boox TUC and a Meebook. I really prefer the Nxtpaper screen because it doesn’t have any reflections. Even my two ereader screens have some reflections, although much less than a glossy tablet. If the matte display on this Lenovo tablet is comparable to the TCL ones than I will get it. The TCL NXTPAPER 14 Pro won’t come to Europe as far as I know, so this Lenovo device seems like a good substitute to me.

    1. How is the flicker on the Nxtpaper display, and is that comfortable for reading long texts / books for a long time?

  4. Will this screen be any different from that of the the ThinkPad X230, Dell Vostro 1510 or any other older model laptop that used to anyway come with a matte display? Besides the resolution I mean (or the fact that it’s a tablet of course). I’m starting to suspect that people have forgotten about matte finish and started to think of it as some brand-new technology.

    Or perhaps I’m wrong and there is something more special about these new matte displays?

    1. I think it will be different. This tablet has glass over LCD and resolution is higher (deep antiglare coating would downgrade resolution quality). So I don’t expect it to be as old good mate no touch Thinkpad notebooks.

      1. I have a Thinkpad x230 tablet which has a pretty reasonable matte touchscreen. But perhaps not as good as a non-touch screen would be. I’d be interested to see someone taking both and doing a comparison.