The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a Android alternative to the iPad Air ($ 599.99). Starting at $ 499.99, the tablet has a beautiful OLED display, excellent speakers and solid battery life. However, it only has a mid-range processor, and its optional keyboard pack and Precision 2 stylus are usable but not impressive. That makes it good for media consumption and scribbling, but not so much for productivity. The iPad Air, with a superior stylus and impressive processing power, remains our editor's choice winner.
Easy to look at
The aesthetics of the Tab P11 Pro move away from the cheap, plastic-coated Android slates that dominate the market. At a glance , you could easily mistake it for an iPad Air or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 . It measures 10.4 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 17.1 ounces.
TheTab P11 Pro's OLED display has excellent contrast ratio and vivid colors. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
Although the tablet can be used in two-way, it works best in landscape mode with the supplied magnetic kickstand.ie with the optional keyboard. Compared to the crutches you find on Microsoft Surface tc is a good compromise: not as strong as an integrated kickstand, but easily removable.
In landscape orientation, the top edge of the Tab P11 Pro contains two volume buttons. A set of pogo pins can be found at the bottom. A power button with integrated fingerprint sensor and microSD / SIM slot is on the left side, and the USB-C charging port is on the right (a 20W charging adapter is included) . Two pairs of JBL speakers are housed on the left and right edges.
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The tablet's unibody frame is made of aluminum and available in either a slate or platinum finish. The back has a tone-on-tone finish with lines of antenna visible along top edge. A Lenovo badge is in the upper left corner and a small camera module in the upper right. Small JBL and Dolby Atmos logos are centered at the bottom.
The The front panel is dominated by an 11.5-inch OLED panel. The resolution is 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, for a density of 264 ppi. The Tab P11 Pro 's screen is larger than the Tab P11 Pro ' s LCD display. 10.9 inches that you'll find on the more expensive iPad Air, but they have the same pixel density.
The colors of thea Tab P11 Pro are sumptuous and its deep blacks and ink. It is perfect for indoor viewing, but not bright enough for use in direct sunlight. It also lacks the 120Hz refresh rate you'll find on the Galaxy Tab S7.
Just Enough Power
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G mobile platform powers the Tab P11 Pro. The base model comes with 4 GB of uMCP RAM; the 6GB model costs $ 549 and should be your first choice if you have room in your budget. Both models come with 128 GB of storage, and around 104 GB are available immediately. You can add up to 1TB of external storage with a microSD card.
The unibody design is attractive, but the tablet ' s antenna lines are visible. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
This hardware makes the Tab P11 Pro fast and responsive for complex and intensive tasks, including streaming and multitasking. Have tested with over a dozen running apps and found no lag. The game is solid for a tablet. Play Alto's Odyssey on the Large OLED display was a delight, and we didn't encounter any issues. Genshin Impact was slow to a bit slow to load, but the Slate otherwise handled the resource-intensive game with ease.
On PCMark Work 3.0, a series of tests that emulate a common table and tasks, the Tab P11 Pro scored 10,008. This is below the Galaxy Tab S7's score of 14,965, but we didn't noticed difference in actual performances between the two devices.
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On Geekbench 5, which quantifies raw computing power, the Tab P11 Pro scored 565 single-core (SC) and 1 779 multicore (MC), falling well below the Galaxy Tab S7 (976 SC, 3,148 MC) and the iPad Air (1,571 SC, 3,941 MC). However, it's worth mentioning that we use benchmarks to provide an objective measurement and they don't always rate a tablet's performance on a daily basis. In our experience, the Tab P11 Pro can handle anything you throw at it.
The 8,600mAh battery will get you through a day of moderate use with ease. In our downscaling test, where we stream HD video over Wi-Fi at full brightness, the battery lasted just under 10 hours. With the brightness reduced to 50%, wewere able to push her at 1 p.m.
As mentioned, the Tab P11 Pro is equipped with four JBL speakers and offers excellent audio performance. Maximum volume reaches 100dB and the speakers provide an immersive soundstage for movies and TV. The tone is lush, with balanced mids and solid bass. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, but Lenovo does include a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box.
Here is not looking at you
We found the cameras of the Tab P11 Disappointing pro. A 13MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor can be found at the rear; on the front you will find an 8MP sensor as well as a time-of-flight sensor for Face Unlock. All of them perform poorly, even by tablet camera standards.
Rear cameras are good for quick reference shots or document scans, but not much else. Our cliDaylight test seeds were flat and soft, and lacked contrast. The low light photos were an relative loss.
The front camera, a ssity necessity for video conferencing, is a disappointment. In our test calls, the video seemed to explode, with ghosting visible.
Face Unlock isn't the Tab P11 Pro's strong suit either. The configuration of the feature was a major issue that required several attempts. Once activated, it was incredibly slow and only worked about a third of the time. The integrated fingerprint sensor is a fast and precise alternative.
The power button has an integrated fingerprint sensor which is fast and accurate. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
Not for Road Warriors
The Tab P11 Pro has taken band support for AT&T and T-Mobile 4G networks. On AT&T it supports bands 2,4 and 5, but bands 12, 17, 29 and 66 are missing, as is the data LAA LTE bands used in congested cities by each operator. On T-Mobile, the tablet supports bands 2, 4 and 5; none of T-Mobile's extended-range spectra are supported, nor is Band 66. If you really need a tablet with internet access to work on the go, the Galaxy Tab S7 and the 'iPad Air offer much better connectivity.
JBL Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos tuning deliver powerful sound. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
We tested the slate on T-Mobile's network in Chicago and recorded speeds of 18.4 Mbps down and 14.9 Mbps up . It's not great, but it is in line with what we would expect from a tablet with such limited options.
The tablet also features Bluetooth 5.0 as well as dual band Wi-Fi.
The productivity myth
With the exception of Lenovo's Productivity Mode UI, the Tab P11 Pro runs a near-standard version of Android. Unfortunately this version is Android 10 . We expect an update Android 11 will be rolling out to the tablet in October, but there is no guarantee to upgrade after that. On the bright side, Lenovo will be sending out security patches until November 2023.
Productivity mode kicks in when a keyboard is connected to the Tab P11 Pro. When enabled, a taskbar appears at the bottom of the screen with a navigation icon and commonly used apps . The feature sounds good in theory, but is downright clunky in practice.
The PrecisionPen 2 is large, but it 's easy to hold and performs well. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
When you open an app in Productivity mode, there is a small chance that it will open full screen. With most applications, you will not find a maximize option and you will have to manually resize small windows that appear on the desktop. Giant title bars appear above each app, consuming valuable screen space.
If you mainly work in a few static applications throughout the day, Productivity mode is right for you. But if you constantly switch between apps and tabs you will quickly become frustrated.
Several Amazon and Microsoft apps are preinstalled, as are Bamboo Paper for drawing and Squid for note taking. These are all apps that you will likely use if you buy the tablet.with keyboard and stylus; otherwise, you can uninstall them.
Optional accessories are worth it
Lenovo sells a $ 599 Productivity Package which includes the 6GB RAM model of the Tab P11 Pro, the keyboard pack, and the Lenovo Precision Pen 2. Since the package only adds $ 50 to the tablet price and includes over $ 130 in accessories, this is a solid buy if you anticipate needing a stylus or keyboard at some point.
The Keyboard Pack includes a hard keyboard and a kickstand. The duo attaches magnetically to the tablet and doubles as a case when the tablet is not in use. The exterior of the keyboard is covered with a stylish and durable gray knit fabric.
The Tab P11 Pro's optional productivity package is good value for money, although its Productivity Mode is a bit clunky. (Photo: Steven Winkelman)
Although the keyboard is comparable to what you will find on other Android tablets, it is far from matching that of the iPad Air Magic Keyboard . It 's small, with minimal travel. The trackpad appears to be wasted space as it lacks palm rejection and does not detect the difference between left and right clicks very well.
The kickstand is sturdy and offers 180 degrees of movement. It works well on a desk, but is not ideal for a use on your lap.
The Lenovo Precision Pen 2 looks like a big aluminum pencil.m and attaches to the top of the crutch via a small support with an adhesive backing. The incumbent seems to be an afterthought; the bracket for our test unit fell out of the case within a few days.
Since the Precision Pen 2 is an active stylus, there is a USB-C charging port on the top edge. The pen lasted for several hours in our testing, so you can do a fair amount of work between charges. There are two buttons on the side of the pen that you can map to tasks like Erase and Select Text.
Despite its size, the Precision Pen 2 is easy to handle and performs well. It has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, so you can easily make thin or thick lines just by tapping on the screen. That said, we noticed more latency with the P11 Pro stylus than with Second generation pencil fromApple or Samsung S Pen.
There are relatively few apps optimized for creative professionals in the Google Play Store, so Lenovo's tablet cannot compete with the iPad Air in this area. But if you take notes, color or do random doodles in One Note, you'll be happy with the Precision Pen 2.
This slate was designed for streaming
If you need a tablet that can handle demanding creative tasks or working sessions lasting several hours, you will be happier with the iPad Air. iPadOS handles multitasking better , Apple Pencil 2, and Magic Keyboard perform much better, and the App Store has many more options for creative professionals. However, if you are looking for an ideal Android tablet for youFor
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro 3.5
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