A large screen from 10 inches, a folding leg, a detachable keyboard, and a stylus are true hallmarks of professional tablets. New Lenovo Tab P11 Pro was no exception and, among other things, received a multi-window business mode that simplifies interaction with the system on a large diagonal.
- Screen: 11.5 inches, 60Hz, OLED, 2560 × 1600, 262 PPI.
- Operating system: Android 10.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G.
- CPU: Cortex-A76 (2 × 2.2 GHz) + Cortex-A55 (6 × 1.8 GHz).
- GPU: Adreno 618.
- Memory: 6 GB + 128 GB, support for microSD cards up to 128 GB.
- Main camera: 13 MP (f / 2.2, autofocus) + 5 MP (wide-angle, f / 2.2), LED flash.
- Front camera: 8 MP (f / 2.0, autofocus) + 8 MP (f / 2.0).
- Battery: 8600 mAh, non-removable, fast charging PD or QC, complete 20 W.
- Dimensions: 264.28 x 171.4 x 5.8 mm.
- Weight: 485 grams.
- Slots: tray for one nanoSIM and microSD memory card.
- Communication: LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS, Beidou, USB OTG.
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Lighting, Hall, Digital Compass, Range Imaging Sensor, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Recognition.
- Features: stylus, case and keyboard included.
Appearance and Ergonomics
The case can be called premium in every sense: thin all-aluminum with flat ends. This is the reference format for a professional tablet with good dimensions: 5.8 millimeters thick and 485 grams. Attention is drawn to the two-tone design. The lower part is slightly darker than the upper one.
Inherent attributes are a fabric cover and a full-fledged keyboard that transform the device into a gadget for work. Both accessories are magnetized and slightly increase in thickness without compromising other dimensions. Pleasant attention to detail: an unclaimed keyboard does not have to be disconnected every time. You can magnet it to the back cover, after which the keys will be locked.
The fold-down leg holds the tablet securely. If you wish, you can work with the tablet on your lap, but the overall ergonomics are still inferior to classic laptops with a full hinge.
The case is also useful without a keyboard for placing the tablet on the table for watching movies.
A minor defect is the inability to lie flat on the table due to the protruding hinge. The problem is solved by fully reclining the stand by almost 180 degrees.
The keyboard is inherently full-fledged: there are only 75 keys, but no single letter is abolished. Some of the buttons are half the width, but this does not impair the ease of typing. Instead of the functional block F1-F12, navigation, volume and brightness control, and other OS options are placed. A small 87x50mm touchpad helps out when you don’t want to aim your finger at the touchscreen.
Shape, engraving style, and key kinematics match Lenovo notebooks. The mechanism is not the quietest, with a sufficiently long stroke for clear feedback.
Stylus display and sound
The 11.5-inch diagonal can be considered a good compromise for a tablet for all occasions: watching movies, sitting on the Internet, and working with documents. In this case, an OLED matrix with a peak brightness of 500 cd / m² is installed, which is enough for working on a sunny day. The 2560 × 1600 resolution gives a density of 262 PPI – a small figure, but individual dots are invisible. This allows you to read rather small text from an entirely placed A4 sheet.
The thin bezel looks very nice, but it reveals the drawback – the lack of algorithms for dealing with false touches. A finger falling on the very edge of the display is perceived as a touch and blocks touch input.
The OLED matrix produces a rich picture with default settings. Lovers of muted gamut will appreciate the sRGB and DCI-P3 profiles aimed at accurate color reproduction. It was not done without adjusting the color temperature, night mode, and the global dark theme. HDR10 and Dolby Vision support makes the picture even richer when watching compatible content.
The tablet can be used as a canvas for sketches and graphic notes. The set includes an active stylus Lenovo Precision Pen 2 with two buttons and USB-C charging. Its hexagonal shape fits well in hand, albeit twice as thick as a regular pencil. Lenovo doesn’t have its own drawing software, and the Tab P11 Pro comes with a free version of Bamboo Paper – you’ll have to pay for each tool. By default, the screen continues to respond to fingers and palms while drawing. Fortunately, Bamboo Paper has an option that corrects this nuance.
The stylus is not attached to the case in any way. It is supposed to be glued to the case or the case at your discretion – there is a strip of double-sided adhesive tape on the rubber clip. I’m not too fond of this approach. During testing, the pen was stored in a separate pocket of the backpack.
Four speakers from JBL are spaced along short ends, two on each side. The sound is loud and clear with a bit of low frequency. The quality is sufficient for listening to music, speech intelligibility in videos is ideal.
The potential of the four speakers unleashes Dolby Atmos, making the sound more spacious and natural. The app has three prepared presets and a fully customizable mode.
Hardware and software
The tablet is based on pure Android 10 with functional additions from Lenovo. Among the visual changes, only the original icons are noticeable. There is a minimum of preinstalled applications: Google package, OneNote notes, Bamboo Paper drawing.
The system is adapted for the large display using the business mode. After activating it, the navigation bar moves to the left and places the icons of running applications on itself. The desktop and application menus are not modified. The main feature is the multi-window mode with the ability to change the window size. The applications then run in parallel, even if they overlap. You can open YouTube as the first layer and work on top in a browser or social network. In addition to business mode, there is a standard split-screen for two applications.
Business functionality is not limited to multi-window mode. It includes smart features: background blur and touch-up during video conferencing and automatic wake-up with subsequent face recognition when a person is detected within half a meter. Among the usual gestures is a double-tap to wake up and turn on the screen when picking up the device.
To summarize, Lenovo has comprehensively worked on adapting the software for a large tablet with a keyboard. With all this, the shell has not become unnecessarily bulky – the mid-range chipset in Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G and 6 GB of RAM provide excellent responsiveness and smoothness. On the same uMCP chip as the RAM, there is a built-in 128 GB UFS 3.1 drive. Its high-speed performance does not fail, but when paired with the 730G, I want to see the memory faster.
Problems with performance degradation under load are excluded, with an hourly stress test showing a drop of only 7%. Moreover, this happened in the first two minutes, after which the system stabilized at 150 GIPS.
Responsible for safety is a fingerprint in the power button, which is quickly triggered immediately after touching. You can also use the equally nimble face recognition based on the front camera.
If you hold the tablet horizontally, on the right is USB-C version 3.2 Gen 2. In other words, a full-fledged high-speed port with support for image output. There is no classic audio jack on the case, and an adapter included—modern tablet – modern wireless headphones.
From the point of view of wireless interfaces, the local dialing is comparable to a regular smartphone, especially LTE mobile Internet and built-in navigation. All that is missing is NFC, but does anyone intend to pay for purchases with an 11.5-inch device?
Autonomy and charging
We managed to fit an 8600 mAh battery into the slim body. As a result, 11.5 hours of work on the Internet with online video playback. The tablet lasted 6 days in real life, assuming about 1 hour of daily work on the Internet via Wi-Fi. The main use case for me is transport: if you get to work in about an hour, the autonomy will be enough for the entire working week.
The tablet comes with a 20W full-size USB fast charger. A full charge, when paired with it, takes 2 hours and 20 minutes. Among other things, there is compatibility with both Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge.
Recall after two weeks of use
There are only strong players left in the tablet market capable of independently adapting Android for a large display. Lenovo has become one such company. For example, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, an integrated approach, is manifested when good hardware is offered and modified software. There is a minimum of drawbacks, and all of them are not critical at all: we have a worthy alternative to other professional tablets.
The beauty of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is also in the full complement of accessories already out of the box. Although competitors for a comparable $650 only give a tablet the right to buy each accessory separately.
- premium performance without nuances;
- multi-window mode for light shell;
- active stylus, case and keyboard included;
- comfortable reclining stand;
- powerful sound from four speakers with Dolby Atmos;
- multi-window business mode;
- no performance degradation under load;
- Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge compatible.
- no tray or regular place for the stylus.
May not like:
- lack of algorithms for dealing with false touches;
- internal storage could be faster.