Lenovo Tab P11 Professional Evaluation: A Stable Leisure Bundle and Nothing Extra

Lenovo’s Tab P11 Professional looks as if a well-priced Android pill. It has an honest mid-range processor, together with a show and audio system which might be geared in direction of leisure. There’s additionally an non-compulsory stylus, and what Lenovo claims is a laptop-class keyboard for productiveness. Nevertheless, after a number of weeks of use, I realised that this pill is finest used as a consumption gadget and nothing extra. It could actually’t change your laptop computer, however for some consumers fascinated about shopping for an Android-powered pill in 2021, that may not matter.

Lenovo Tab P11 Professional value and variants

The Lenovo Tab 11 Professional is on the market in a single configuration, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that’s priced at Rs. 44,990. The pill’s SIM tray presents area for one Nano-SIM and a microSD card, with a most supported capability of 256GB.

The Lenovo Precision Pen 2 is priced at Rs. 3,999 if bought individually or Rs. 2,999 if included as an add-on whereas buying the pill. The Lenovo Keyboard Pack for P11 Professional is priced at Rs. 5,499 if bought individually and could be availed at Rs. 5,000 if bought together with the pill on-line.

Lenovo Tab P11 Professional design

The Tab P11 Professional appears similar to Samsung’s just lately launched Galaxy Tab S7 FE (Review), however is slimmer at simply 5.8mm. Whereas the entrance face is principally a sheet of glass with comparatively skinny bezels (for a pill) throughout, there are additionally two front-facing cameras above the show. The again is fabricated from metallic and options antenna traces on the prime (when held horizontally) and a two-tone end. A Lenovo brand is prominently positioned on the best, and the rear dual-camera module on the left.

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The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional includes a again panel that is fabricated from metallic

 

The edges of the gadget are flattened. There are audio system on the left and proper, with the left facet additionally housing the SIM tray and energy button, which has an embedded fingerprint reader. The quantity buttons are positioned on the highest left, whereas the 4-point connector for the keyboard accent is on the backside. I had no bother discovering the amount and energy buttons, as soon as I obtained the orientation proper (with the selfie cameras on the prime).

Lenovo presents an non-compulsory keyboard accent, which it claims presents a laptop-class typing expertise with 1.3mm of key journey. Sadly I didn’t get to check that as the corporate couldn’t present a pattern for evaluation. Additionally obtainable is the Lenovo Precision Pen 2, which might have labored properly with the preinstalled Bamboo Paper or Squid apps, however the firm couldn’t ship that both.

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The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional has two rear cameras

 

Regardless of this pill’s unusually skinny physique, construct high quality felt premium. It is fairly stable, however at 485g it did really feel heavy over lengthy durations and isn’t very best for one-handed use. What’s extra annoying is that there is no such thing as a kickstand mechanism, or perhaps a easy case within the field, so I often ended up leaning it towards a pile of books on a desk, particularly when watching movies. The keyboard case (referred to as the Lenovo Keyboard Pack), which could be added when buying the gadget for a further Rs. 5,000, will care for this although it provides to the general thickness of the gadget.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional includes a 16:9 side ratio OLED show with a WQXGA 2560×1600 decision. It measures 11.5 inches diagonally and has a regular 60Hz refresh fee, which is a bit disappointing given this pill’s premium pricing.

Lenovo Tab P11 Professional specs and software program

Lenovo’s pill makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730G SoC, which was launched in mid-2019. Now, about two years later, the gamer-centric processor is often present in price range to mid-range smartphones such because the Google Pixel 4a (Review). There’s 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, with room for enlargement utilizing a microSD card (as much as 256GB). Whereas the pill helps 4G information and has built-in microphones, you’ll be able to’t place voice calls. Communications requirements embrace dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5. The pill has a 8,400mAh battery and helps 20W quick charging.

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The pill’s software program presents a desktop-like productiveness mode, which can be utilized with a mouse and a keyboard

 

The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional is powered by what seems to be a inventory model of Android. Nevertheless, that is Android 10, which is a bit outdated in 2021. There are additionally some preinstalled third-party apps together with Netflix, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, Dolby Atmos, Workplace, OneNote, Bamboo Paper, and Squid. There are additionally the same old Google defaults with the addition of a Children House app, which is principally a Play Retailer with YouTube suggestions for kids constructed right into a enjoyable app. In common use, I didn’t obtain any annoying promotions or notifications from any of those apps.

Whereas the software program seems inventory, Lenovo has added a number of customisations of its personal beneath the hood. These embrace minor UI parts reminiscent of a Good Navigation slide-out menu that permits you to simply take screenshots or display screen recordings, and even a real-time beautification mode in video calls. Then there are some larger software program add-ons reminiscent of Productiveness Mode, which works like Samsung’s DeX, switching from an everyday phone-like Android interface to a desktop-like interface with a taskbar and windowed apps.

Lenovo Tab P11 Professional efficiency and battery life

The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional’s 11.5-inch OLED show is sharp and will get fairly brilliant outdoor. Colors are fairly saturated, however they are often tweaked within the Settings app. Lenovo claims that the Tab P11 Professional’s show helps HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Netflix allowed full-HD playback with help for HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient. Reveals obtainable in these codecs seemed fairly spectacular on the show, with good distinction and sharpness. Content material on Amazon Prime Video additionally seemed sharp and vibrant.

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The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional has two front-facing cameras

 

Including to that immersive video streaming expertise is the four-speaker setup. It helps Dolby Atmos audio, which sounded fairly wealthy and immersive provided that it is a slim pill. The sound was loud and clear when catching up on films, and it meant that I not often needed to attain out for my Bluetooth headphones.

On the draw back, this pill doesn’t permit mobile voice calls. VoIP calls positioned via WhatsApp and Zoom sounded fairly clear on each ends, which is sweet provided that I used the pill at arm’s size and on a desk outdoor.

A basic lack of help from Google makes the Android expertise on tablets really feel like utilizing a stretched-out smartphone, which is not good. The Settings app for instance has no expanded menus, which suggests tons of wasted area. One other instance is the Google Information feed, which is a strip in the midst of the show with a lot of white area on each side.

You actually need to stretch out for buttons from left to proper or prime to backside throughout the expanse of the show, when menus and submenus ought to ideally be inside attain. Apart from Gmail, Maps and YouTube, even Google’s personal default apps are made for smartphones and easily stretch throughout the width of the show.

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It will get tough to determine the place a floating app window’s borders are when two or extra are overlaid in productiveness mode

 

Microsoft’s Workplace has been optimised for tablets, however most different third-party apps (together with productiveness apps like Slack, Trello and so forth) have not been. I did take pleasure in utilizing WhatsApp (for video calls) and Instagram (which seemed like {a magazine}) on a giant display screen, however each apps might have been optimised a lot better for tablets. Certainly, Apple’s iPad with iPadOS is lots higher with regards to each design and third-party apps, letting customers reap the benefits of an even bigger show.

The Productiveness Mode could be activated from the Settings app or from a toggle within the notifications tray. As soon as activated, you’ll be able to set it to pair with a linked Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. The identical guidelines apply to the non-compulsory keyboard accent, which additionally has a built-in trackpad, lowering the necessity for a mouse.

As soon as within the Productiveness mode, the house display screen switches to a desktop-like interface which appears and feels similar to Samsung’s DeX. You may select to open apps full-screen or in small floating home windows. Not all apps will run full-screen. Switching between home windows is fast and simple, however with none outlined borders round them, it is annoyingly tough to search out out the place an app’s window ends when two or extra are overlaid.

Additionally, as soon as I had opened up 7-10 apps, the system started to lag. There have been even cases when the taskbar disappeared for a number of seconds. At different occasions, citing apps which had been already opened by tapping on their taskbar icons additionally took a number of seconds. Whereas the Lenovo Tab P11 Professional, together with its keyboard accent, is marketed as appropriate for getting work achieved, I steered away from the productiveness mode after attempting it a number of occasions because it was a bit irritating to make use of.

Regardless of its barely previous Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, the pill carried out properly sufficient in our benchmark checks. The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional managed a rating of three,31,115 factors in AnTuTu together with 528 and 1,685 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core checks respectively, which is pretty much as good as a mid-range smartphone.

Gaming efficiency was fairly good total. The pill barely warmed up and I used to be capable of max out graphics settings in most video games. The four-speaker system made the gaming expertise fairly immersive, and with a punchy OLED show, I didn’t miss a high-refresh fee panel. Name of Obligation: Cell labored easily on the default Excessive body fee and graphics settings, and continued to run easily even after maxing them out. The identical could be mentioned about Asphalt 9: Legends, which carried out properly even with the graphics set to Excessive High quality, with no slowdowns or lag throughout gameplay.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Professional has a 13-megapixel main digicam and a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam on the again. The selfie digicam setup contains two 8-megapixel cameras, one in all which is an infrared sensor that’s used to calculate depth for results within the background in video calls. Pictures taken within the daytime with the primary rear digicam got here out with below-average element. These cameras weren’t usable in low gentle, and even images utilizing the ultra-wide-angle digicam in daylight got here out a bit too blurry. There may be an LED flash on the again which is useful when scanning paperwork.

The 8,400mAh battery lasted a few day and half with common use. This included a great deal of video streaming, scrolling via Instagram feeds, taking part in an hour or two of video games, and listening to music, together with two e-mail accounts syncing within the background. In productiveness mode, the battery delivered about 8 hours (a few workday) of use with the show being continuously on and a number of other apps open. Our HD video loop check lasted for 16 hours and 48 minutes, which is superb for a pill this slim. Charging the pill utilizing the included 20W charger took round 3 hours, which looks as if a very long time, however will not be all that dangerous contemplating the battery’s capability.

Verdict

The software program limitations imposed by Android be sure that whereas the Lenovo Tab P11 Professional is sweet sufficient for taking pictures throughout occasional emails, it won’t change your common laptop computer. Nevertheless, with regards to streaming films and taking part in graphics-intensive video games, it does go above and past. So, this pill is kind of the entertainer, particularly in case you are somebody who travels lots.

Priced at Rs. 44,990 in India, the Lenovo Tab P11 Professional, regardless of its flaws, will discover loads of consumers. For a further Rs. 5,000, the keyboard accent is a must-buy.

At this value level, you possibly can additionally take a look at Apple’s 8th Gen iPad (128GB), which retails for Rs. 37,900 for the Wi-Fi mannequin and Rs. 49,900 for the Wi-Fi + Mobile mannequin. The Good Keyboard will price you a further Rs. 13,900, however this mixture could be extra helpful for productiveness, because of iPadOS and its ecosystem of apps. On the draw back, you will not get an OLED show and as immersive an audio expertise as on the Lenovo.


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