Lenovo has unveiled a new Motorola-branded tablet, marking the first time such a device with this logo has been released in more than five years. Called the Moto Tab, the device is exclusive to AT&T who, unfortunately, decided to bog down the entire device with a bunch of junkware.
I have to say, I’ve never used this tablet nor seen it in person. But as is the case with every carrier-exclusive tablet that isn’t an iPad, the Moto Tab comes with everything you probably don’t want, including DirecTV everywhere, a dedicated TV Mode to browse DirecTV, and a Kids Mode to curate friendly content available to stream from DirecTV. Basically, it’s a showcase for AT&T’s buyout of one of the largest satellite television services.
Luckily, it looks like it may have half-decent specs. There’s a 10.1-inch Full HD display on board with stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 625 powering everything coupled with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage for all of your content, a fingerprint sensor, and Android 7.1 Nougat. There’s a 7,000mAh battery inside which is rechargeable via USB-C, and the entire device can be bundled with a ThinkPad keyboard and mouse or a 3w speaker you attach to the side of the tablet for interacting with services like Google Assistant. Whether this is worth it to you depends on your needs, but at least looking at this device as it stands now, maybe you ought to sit this one out.
The Moto Tab goes on sale this Friday, November 17th, for $299 or $15/month for 20 months with AT&t’s Installment plan.