Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 review: almost the perfect iPad alternative

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Lenovo is currently the world’s largest PC manufacturer in terms of market share and over the past few years, the brand has strengthened its position in the segment. However, the Chinese electronics giant is still trying to make its mark in the tablet sector. To wit, the tablet market is heavily inundated with offerings from Apple and, to a lesser extent, Samsung. However, there’s always room for innovation to stake your claim, and Lenovo has seized the opportunity with its second-generation Tab P11 Pro, which brings the functionality of a PC and the portability of a tablet under one roof.

The tablet along with the Precision Pen 3 stylus is priced in India at Rs. 39,999. However, you can spend Rs. 5,499, buyers can get the complete two-in-one experience without burning a hole in their wallet by adding a keyboard accessory that can be purchased separately. Clearly, the tablet is an enticing proposition so today, let’s find out if the Lenovo Tan P11 Pro 2nd-gen is worth your bucks.

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  • The Tab P11 Pro’s design is as premium as it is, at least in the premium mid-range segment. An aluminum two-tone finish, it comes in a semi-matte, gray color scheme. And, while the finish looks slick, it attracts tons of fingerprints. Brightly, the tablet ships with a bunch of magnets that allow users to dock the keyboard and keep the stylus in place smoothly. To wit, there’s one on the top of the unit to hold and charge the Precision Pen 3 stylus that comes inside the box. Apart from that, there are also some magnetic pogo pins at the bottom to attach the keyboard folio.

  • Finally, an additional case accessory, purchased separately, also snaps on with magnets and serves as a stand for hands-free media consumption. The Tab P11 Pro is the thinnest of tablets at just 6.8mm thick and weighs 480g as a standalone device without a case. Lenovo’s branding finds its way discreetly on the left side, while Dolby and JBL also take up a small section at the bottom.
  • In terms of audio, the Tab P11 Pro does not have a headphone jack. On the upside, the device is equipped with a quad-speaker system tuned by JBL. The back of the tablet also gets a single camera with an LED flash sitting below it. The power button, unfortunately, doesn’t double as a fingerprint sensor. However, both the power toggle and volume rocker provide clicky feedback. Suffice it to say that the device’s svelte and premium-looking design is in a league of its own.

  • Moving on, the display capabilities of Lenovo’s new tablet are impressive to say the least. On that note, buyers opting for the tablet will be greeted with a 11.2-inch, 2.5K OLED panel that can refresh at 120Hz. The Tab P11 Pro truly offers a stunning visual aid and is priced at Rs. You will be hard pressed to get similar specs for less than 40,000. For starters, the unit supports Dolby Vision and HDR 10 codecs. And, thanks to the OLED panel, the tablet emphasizes the deep blacks of the media and displays crystal clear colors.

  • Worried about sunny outdoor conditions? The tablet has you mostly covered with its 600nits of peak brightness. The tablet is perfect for media consumption in landscape mode thanks to the nearly 16:9 aspect ratio panel. Not only that, the bezels around the display are minimal. However, the tablet offers a generous gripping area, allowing users to comfortably hold the tablet in their hand.

  • For productivity purposes, Lenovo has spent Rs. 5,499 comes with a keyboard folio case for an additional price. The unit rests on pogo pins on the bottom, and combined with the magnetic case, the Tab P11 Pro looks like part of a Microsoft Surface 2-in-1 laptop. With the keyboard docked to the device, the tablet enters a productivity mode in which users can interact with the device like a laptop. In fact, the tablet can maximize its multitasking capabilities by using nifty shortcuts on the keyboard that include toggles for opening apps in split screen, shuffling through recent apps, and resizing many apps to work in windowed mode.
  • The trackpad is also very responsive and has gesture controls for ease of navigation through the interface. The keys have shallow travel, but for my daily needs for typing articles, the experience is more than adequate.
  • I’m looking forward to getting my doodling dose with the bundled Precision Pen 3 stylus, and you’ll be pleased to know that the unit has performed well for the most part. Once paired, I noticed slight lag issues while drawing on the Tab P11 Pro. But, a precision pen is perfect for taking notes on the go.

  • Talking about the interface in general, the Tab P11 Pro runs on Android 12L, specially modified for tablet needs. Apart from some stock apps from Lenovo and Microsoft, the UI experience is relatively clean and fluid. I have some issues with Hotstar and some other apps that are not optimized for landscape use. What’s more, you’ll notice some confusion in apps that refuse to scale properly. On the bright side, media playback scales well enough once you hit the play button. I should also add that the company has bundled some nifty features into the interface. For example, swiping right from the home screen opens the Lenovo Discover page, which curates content from videos to games of your choice, which is neat.
  • In terms of performance, MediaTek’s Kompanio 1300T SoC handles the tab’s processing needs. You also get up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, which helps with background tasks, and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. I ran a couple of benchmarks on the device and was very impressed with the numbers. However, the device did not perform well in the CPU Throttle benchmark, which may be a concern for users who plan to use the tablet for high-end creative use. However, I didn’t face any major performance issues during my time with the device. In fact, despite keeping a bevy of Chrome tabs open, along with several social media applications and OTT services, the tablet rarely slowed down to catch its breath.

  • Other features on the device include a quad-speaker system tuned by JBL with Dolby Atmos support. The audio setup is truly impressive and the Tab P11 Pro is easily the best sounding tablet in its category. The speakers are very crisp and loud and pack in a significant amount of bass that resonates in a closed room. However, both the front-facing and rear cameras could do with improvements. Finally, the device lacks a fingerprint sensor and the tablet relies on facial recognition to authenticate the user’s credentials. Unfortunately, the unit’s face recognition tech falls a bit short in low-light scenarios.

  • The 8,000mAh battery on the Tab P11 Pro is good enough for two days of continuous use. Even with the brightness turned up and the display set to refresh at 120Hz, the device can deliver up to 12-14 hours of screen-on time when consuming media content alone. Lenovo offers a significantly faster charging solution for at least one tablet, inside the box, that can juice up the device in about 90 minutes.

Final judgment

There is little to deter buyers from the Lenovo P11 Pro. It has the specs and visual appeal to back up its mid-range price point. At the same time, the device offers a stylish keyboard deck to enhance the user’s productivity needs. The audio setup is impressive and the performance levels are adequate for normal use. My only gripe is with Android 12L’s rampant bugs and subpar front camera. If these issues are a bit of a concern, the Lenovo P11 Pro is a solid choice in the Android tablet market. An additional Rs. 5,499 I highly recommend spending.

Editor’s Rating: 4/5

Pros:

  • A stunning 2.5K 120Hz AMOLED display
  • A capable quad-speaker setup
  • Keyboard Folio increases productivity
  • Good battery backup

Disadvantages:

  • The front camera is not noticeable
  • Android 12L can be buggy
  • Can throttle under continuous load



Source by 91 Mobiles

Written By Sabhitech

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