Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 overview: some hits, a couple of misses


These searching for a brand-new pill normally resort to getting the newest mannequin from both Apple or Samsung. What’s extra, in an try to rope in budget-conscious consumers, each the manufacturers now provide VFM tablets too. As such, it’s laborious to miss the Apple-Samsung duopoly within the pill phase, although that hasn’t deterred Lenovo’s spirits. In truth, coming after the launch of the premium Tab P11 Professional (overview), the model has unveiled a wallet-friendly pill within the type of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11. I managed to get my fingers on a unit and right here’s what I make of it. 

Design

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11’s design is a double-edged sword. On one hand, at 650 grams, the unit isn’t as smooth or light-weight as another competing 11-inch tablets. On the flip facet, the machine gives a improbable, built-in, metallic kickstand that can be utilized to place the Tab 11 seamlessly on a flat floor. What’s extra, the kickstand is complimented by a reasonably sturdy hinge that provides ample friction in addition to a rubberised bushing, thereby making certain the pill stays put even whenever you’re tapping on the display screen. 

Now, having used the pill for the higher a part of per week, I’ll admit, I’ve come to love the kickstand fairly a bit. You see, the kickstand permits me to holster the pill close to my monitor and in doing so, I can use the unit’s show as a secondary display screen for all my media consumption wants. What’s extra, I don’t must jerry-rig the pill to face upright both. It additionally helps that the pill doesn’t budge when I’m taking video calls and whereas I haven’t examined the waters through the use of the machine in a crowded metro, I’m assured that the articulating kickstand will provide a a lot superior in-hand grip versus a flimsy case. 

Ergonomics apart, Lenovo has left no stone unturned in designing the Yoga Tab 11, and the unit gives a premium match and end as effectively. To that word, the pill has been constructed in its entirety utilizing metallic, and the chassis doesn’t flex or give regardless of the way you grip the machine. What’s extra, the again of the pill employs a woven cloth end that doesn’t simply intensify the machine’s general appears to be like but in addition betters a person’s in-hand really feel. Now, a lot to my dismay, the pill doesn’t ship with a fingerprint sensor. Nonetheless, the unit’s facial recognition tech labored fairly effectively throughout my stint with the machine. 

As for the I/O, the Yoga Tab 11 ships with a clicky energy button and quantity rocker on its right-hand backbone. Curiously, the cylindrical bulge on the backside homes a slew of {hardware} elements too, together with two speaker models and a USB Sort-C port for charging the machine. The pill ships with two extra speaker drivers positioned on both facet of its body, together with a dual-mic array that sits up prime. Sadly, the machine doesn’t ship with a 3.5mm jack which is baffling when you think about the pill’s girth and measurement. However, I digress. 

Show and Audio

Lenovo hit the ball out of the ballpark with the Tab P11 Professional’s OLED show. Sadly, the Yoga Tab 11 will get an IPS LCD panel, although the display screen remains to be lots good for watching motion pictures on the fly. Spec-wise, the pill ships with an 11-inch, 2,000 x 1,200 pixels 2K panel that provides a peak brightness of 400 nits. Moreover, the pill does include Widevine L1 certification, thereby making certain customers can stream their favorite TV exhibits and films in HD from varied OTT companies. That mentioned, whereas I might relay HDR media by way of YouTube, the pill doesn’t help HDR playback from Netflix, which is a bummer. Curiously, the pill does help Dolby Imaginative and prescient, so HDR streaming is perhaps potential with a software program patch down the road. On the brilliant facet, the show gives good viewing angles and is bordered by smooth bezels too. What’s extra, not like most LCD screens, the Yoga Tab 11’s show does justice to darker hues too, which is sweet.  

Do word that the show is capped at 60Hz, so that you would possibly take some time to acclimate to the machine’s UI animations and transitions. Fortunately, the panel’s contact response charge was to my liking and the show managed to select up on all my swipes and gestures seamlessly. Relaxation assured, BGMI fans eager for a pill with respectable efficiency and a responsive display screen will discover lots to love right here. Shifting on, the show’s palm rejection isn’t the perfect, nevertheless, you may grip the machine by holding the kickstand to keep away from any unintended touches. 

A lot to my dismay, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 omits a headphone jack. Now, the unit considerably makes up for the omission by providing a JBL-backed quad-speaker array, that will get lots loud for watching motion pictures on the fly. Regardless, film and audio buffs will definitely elevate an eyebrow after they take a look at the Tab 11’s spec sheet. 

Efficiency and Software program

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is backed by MediaTek’s Helio G90T processor which works alongside LPDDR4x reminiscence and UFS 2.1 storage. For the uninitiated, the SoC was launched some time again and on the time, was a compelling mid-range chipset that would drive resource-hungry video games and apps effortlessly. It goes with out saying that the chipset’s efficiency isn’t exemplary by immediately’s requirements, however the Yoga Tab 11 can nonetheless maintain its personal within the efficiency division.

Let’s begin with gaming and right here, the Yoga Tab 11 can run graphically-demanding video games like BGMI at modest settings. To that word, the pill can run the sport at HD graphics preset and Excessive body charge preset. Sadly, regardless of reducing the graphics to the ‘Easy’ preset, the pill will nonetheless cap your gameplay to 45fps or the ‘Extremely’ setting. Fortunately, the machine didn’t exhibit any main body drops while operating the title and the machine’s temps didn’t spike unnaturally both.

The day-to-day efficiency of the pill doesn’t disappoint both. In truth, the unit might comfortably maintain half a dozen apps in reminiscence, the likes of which embrace YouTube, Netflix, and so on. Now, the expertise of leaping from one app to the opposite leaves somewhat to be desired, and the UI animations seem a tad stutter-y at occasions. Barring that, the pill didn’t present any main indicators of struggles after I was utilizing it day in and day trip. Furthermore, the unit’s 7,700mAh cell ensured I solely needed to prime up the machine each different day. Relaxation assured, the Tab 11 will outlast your longest binge classes with out breaking a sweat.

As for software program, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 ships with Android 11 out of the field. The interface is pretty inventory, and also you additionally get Google’s Child House and Leisure hub which aggregates all of your favorite TV exhibits and films in a single place, making certain you don’t must hop from one app to the opposite to search out one thing to observe. The pill additionally comes with help for the corporate’s Precision Pen 2, nevertheless, you’ll must buy that individually. 

Verdict

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 prices Rs 40K, however these eyeing the pill can decide it up for round Rs 30K from e-commerce portals like Amazon. For its discounted worth, the Yoga Tab 11 brings so much to the desk, together with a high-res show and a reliable SoC. That mentioned, platform-agnostic customers might discover higher worth within the new 10.5-inch iPad, which retails for a similar worth albeit gives a quicker chipset and a extra cohesive interface. Regardless, in case you are looking out for a VFM Android pill, then you definitely’ll discover little to dislike about Lenovo’s newest providing. 

Editor’s score: 3.5 / 5 

Professionals: 

  • Trendy, practical design 
  • Excessive-res show and loud audio system
  • Lengthy-lasting battery life 

Cons:

  • No headphone jack 
  • Lacks fingerprint sensor 
  • Can’t relay HDR media from Netflix 



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