Lenovo Tab Extreme: the iPad's worst fears realized

An arsenal of features and nippy MediaTek power make Lenovo's Tab Extreme a creative powerhouse with a brilliant keyboard case

A photo of the Lenovo Tab Extreme
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Lenovo Tab Extreme is a powerful tablet for creatives. Its optional keyboard dock transforms it into a workhorse that trounces Samsung's folio keyboard alternative, and it's a plug-and-play external monitor, making it a stunning second screen for your laptop or smartphone. It's even an oversized camera monitor if you have the right connections. Software optimization could be better, and it's expensive – especially with the keyboard case – but with its unique, extensive feature set and smooth performance, nothing else can do what the Lenovo Tab Extreme does.


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    Huge, vibrant, and immersive screen

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    Great performance even when multitasking

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    Two USB-C ports – great for card readers

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    Turns into a 14.5" plug-and-play monitor

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    Excellent keyboard folio (sold separately)


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    Tablet-optimized apps fall behind iPad OS

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    No on-tablet desktop mode

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    Some software niggles

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    Tablet and accessories are expensive

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Taking the fight to Samsung and its Tab S8 Ultra and S9 Ultra, the huge-screened Lenovo Tab Extreme has a secret weapon no other Android tablet can match: an excellent, Apple-grade keyboard dock. 

iPads and their Magic Keyboards have kept Android tabs at bay when it comes to productivity, and neither Samsung or its fellow Android tab makers could touch Apple on that front until now. But the Extreme is more than just a stellar optional accessory.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.