Lenovo introduced a business tablet, the purpose of which is not only to be a home screen on which it is pleasant to watch a movie or read a website but also to become a definite replacement for a laptop both in the office and on business trips.
Lenovo identifies the following as the main selling points of the tablet:
- Cinematic 11.5 ” OLED with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort Certification
- Full metal aluminum housing
- Professional performance with Qualcomm® Snapdragon ™ 730G chipset
- Up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge
- 4 JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos
- Background blur function during video calls
- Stylus support, as well as a full keyboard that turns the tablet into a laptop.
- Processor: Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm), Octa-core (2 × 2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6 × 1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver), Adreno 618 graphics
- Operating system: Android 10
- Memory: 6 GB / 128 GB, there is a slot for microSD
- Screen: 11.5 inches, OLED, resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels, aspect ratio 16 by 10, dot density 263 PPI, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 500 nits brightness
- Battery: Li-Po 8600 mAh, fast charging 20 W
- Main camera: 13 MP, (wide-angle), AF + 5 MP, (ultra-wide-angle), video recording 1080p @ 30fps
- Front camera: 8 MP, (wide-angle) + 8 MP IR TOF 3D sensor (works only as a sensor)
- SIM card: 1 Nano-SIM
- Network and data transmission: GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, USB Type-C 3.2
- Sensors: Fingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity
- Other: no 3.5 mm jack, includes a stylus, keyboard and case, 4 JBL speakers, no NFC
- Materials: aluminum and glass
- Dimensions: 264.3 x 171.4 x 6.9 mm, weight 485 g
The body of the tablet is made of aluminum alloy with a two-color design. Tactilely nice brushed metal, but most likely, you’ll be using the magnetic back cover as it makes the larger 11-inch tablet more comfortable to use.
In addition to the tablet and 20 W charging, the kit also includes a stylus and a prefabricated magnetic case, consisting of a back cover and a keyboard.
Aluminum back cover with camera block clearly visible above the surface.
At the bottom, there is a charging connector and 2 speakers
There is a power button on the top combined with a fingerprint scanner, a SIM card slot, and two more speakers. The power button on the top right next to the volume buttons on the right is a controversial solution. During the time of use, I did not really get used to it.
On the right side, there are volume control buttons. Coupled with the fact that the power button is next to the top, it is somehow not very convenient to take screenshots when holding the tablet on the weight. There are no problems in laptop mode.
The second part of the cover is a keyboard with a touchpad.
The tablet has an 11.5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2560 × 1600 with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. The declared brightness is 500 nits.
The tablet’s screen is perfect. The declared brightness corresponds to the actual one, and the user has many settings. For example, you can even choose a color gamut – sRGB, DCI-P3, or AMOLED. The brightness of 500 nits is enough to work with the tablet outdoors comfortably.
Speaking about the screen should be noted that it supports not only HDR10 but also Dolby Vision. So for watching Netflix or any other technology-enabled streaming service, the tablet is ideal. Photography can’t convey it, but the picture is amazing.
The tablet comes with a stylus (and a spare tip comes with the stylus), supporting 4096 pressure sensitivity and tilt control levels. The stylus is not bad; there is a parallax effect, but it is relatively small, and you can get used to it. Parallax is the distance between the tip of the stylus points and where the dot appears on the screen. Its absence or presence can be noticed when you need to continue the line from where it broke off. The stylus behaves like a regular pencil; when tilted, the line becomes more body-positive, but not too much, but as in reality. The preinstalled software includes Bamboo Paper, a great note-taking theme.
The tablet comes with a keyboard that is attached with magnets. The tablet goes into the so-called business model; it changes its orientation to horizontal, and applications are launched in windows.
The magnetic blotch on the tablet cover folds back, which allows you to position the screen at the optimal angle. In terms of sustainability, by the way, there are no questions. For example, you can type a note quite comfortably with the tablet on your lap.
The touchpad is small, 8.7 x 5 cm. It supports gestures, so it’s convenient to operate. When you touch the touchpad, a cursor appears on the screen. By the way, windows can be dragged and placed conveniently, for example, by hooking them to the edges of the screen.
The keyboard is comfortable. Separate arrow keys travel depth 1.3 mm (!). Not all laptops have this depth. Function keys are located along the top row. There are no End, Home, Insert, etc., buttons on the keyboard. Well, okay. After all, you are unlikely to buy a tablet to work in Excel. And for typing and editing work, the keyboard is ideal.
There is nothing to say about cameras. They are only suitable for video conferencing or documents to be photographed. And this, of course, is surprising. Well, at least during zooms and skypes, the background can be blurred.
We should give credit to Lenovo for making a perfectly optimized tablet. A responsive and fluid interface, productivity apps (OneNote, Google Docs, etc.), note-taking, and drawing apps are flying; YouTube is opening up fast. You work with a tablet and do not think about how much memory or what kind of chipset because everything works like a clock.
In general, of course, there are no questions. The tablet is announced focusing on a business audience and as a home multimedia device with a gorgeous screen. That is, no one talks about games.
Accordingly, it is so. Working in the mail, using the Internet, writing letters, editing documents on the big screen, correcting photos in a photo editor – everything is super! Watching a 4K video with Dolby Vision and 40GB HDR10? No problem. The tablet is ideal for viewing content.
But the games are better to choose not the most demanding ones. Android is a super-optimized system, so any game from Google Play will run. The device will automatically determine the optimal graphics settings. However, since the screen is large, the average level of texture quality will be noticeable.
Battery life is a tricky issue. Lenovo claims 15 hours of video playback and 8 hours of daily use. And in general, this is true. At maximum brightness, the tablet played the video for 13 hours!
However, under day-to-day use, it all depends on the brightness of the 11.5-inch OLED screen. 500 nits will drain the tablet quickly. In reality, the figure will be better since, for example, during operation, the comfortable brightness is approximately 50% of the maximum. Well, if when working outside on a clear day, then yes – 5 hours.
The kit comes with a 20W adapter for charging, which takes about 2 hours to charge fully. By the way, do not be too lazy to look into the battery settings. There is a clause that limits charging to 40-60%. A useful option if the tablet often works from the network.
The tablet does not have NFC (although it would be funny to pay off at the checkout with such a bandura) and a 3.5 mm jack, but there is support for memory cards and 4G mobile networks.
The impressions from the device, frankly, are ambiguous. On the one hand, a very pleasant business tablet that perfectly replaces a laptop on short trips. It is very convenient and good to respond to mail and print materials on it. And the tablet is ideal for watching Netflix and YouTube. The OLED display is the strong point of the gadget. The work of the stylus can only be praised. Excellent sensitivity, low parallax effect. When working, it feels like you are writing with a real pen.
The Galaxy Tab S7 wins in terms of processor power (it costs the flagship Snapdragon 865) but loses in terms of screen quality – 120 Hz IPS versus OLED. Obviously, OLED is cooler.
If we are talking about the iPad Pro, then it is simply significantly more expensive. So, objectively speaking, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro plays confidently in its niche. And whether it wins or not is up to the buyers to decide.
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