Lenovo Yoga Tab 13, palms on: A flexible Android pill, with leisure entrance and centre


Lenovo’s 13.3-inch Yoga Tab 13 runs Android 11 with Google Leisure House on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of inside (non-expandable) storage.

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Lenovo is evident that the £599/$629.99 Android-based Yoga Tab 13 has leisure as its main focus. That is evident within the 13-inch 2K display screen — and to emphasize the purpose, Lenovo does not present the Yoga Tab 13 in a bundle with a keyboard (neither is one accessible as an add-on). 

The pill can be utilized as a secondary show for a laptop computer, Lenovo says, because of its bundled Micro-HDMI to USB-C cable. However the Yoga Tab 13 is certainly considered an adjunct to productiveness relatively than a productiveness system in its personal proper. 

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Because of its Micro-HDMI port, the Yoga Tab 13 can be utilized as a transportable second display screen to your laptop computer.

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As an leisure pill there’s a nice deal to love right here. The 13.3-inch contact display screen has a decision of 2160 by 1350 pixels (191.5ppi), a refresh fee of 60Hz and maxes out at 400 nits of brightness. Together with assist for 100% of the sRGB gamut, that is sufficient to show textual content and visuals very clearly. Its touch-responsiveness is great, too.

Nice sound issues on any leisure system, and the Yoga Tab 13 excels on this division with 4 JBL audio system that throw out superb-quality sound even on the highest quantity – which is larger than many laptops can muster. Neither bass nor treble distort as the quantity is raised, and each are effectively balanced.

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The Yoga Tab 13 runs Android 11 with Google Leisure House inbuilt. Accessed with a proper display screen swipe, it is a bucket for subscription providers that is designed to assist customers handle a number of subscriptions from one central location. There are Watch, Learn and Video games tabs, with the inevitable Google TV hyperlink. This is not the reply to everybody’s leisure goals, although. For instance, I nonetheless wanted to put in the app for my library e-books individually, and Netflix is not included (there’s a separate Netflix shortcut on the primary display screen).

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The Yoga Tab 13’s kick-stand helps a spread of angles, and can be utilized to hold the pill from hook.

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The Yoga Tab 13’s kick-stand holds the display screen in panorama orientation at a spread of angles. However, stable and environment friendly as it’s, because the angle of the display screen to desktop will get shallower the stand turns into unable to take the pill’s weight and physics forces it to fail, the pill descending to the desktop. The stand can also be no assist if you wish to prop up the pill in portrait orientation. There’s an Alcantara material panel throughout half of the again of the pill, whereas the opposite half shows the gray aluminium that helps to create a strong chassis. 

The big display screen stands out as the Yoga Tab 13’s best asset, however I additionally discovered it to be a downside. I will carry an iPad round in a backpack for a bit of sunshine leisure or studying whereas travelling, however the measurement and weight right here had been only a step too far. Although the display screen sits in small bezels, the Yoga Tab 13 measures 293.35mm extensive by 203.98mm deep by 6.2-24.9mm thick (11.55in x 8.03in x 0.24-0.98in). That large thickness vary is as a result of bulge created by the cylindrical soundbar on the underside edge, at whose left and proper ends sit the Micro-HDMI and USB-C cost ports. At 803g (1.83lb) there’s simply an excessive amount of weight to drop right into a bag with out eager about it. The lightest laptops aren’t a lot heavier. 

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The soundbar on the base of the Yoga Tab 13 consists of two of the system’s 4 audio system, and has a Micro-HDMI port at one finish and a USB-C port on the different.

Picture: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

The specs are a blended bag. The 60Hz display screen refresh fee appears somewhat lacklustre, though it did not detract from my expertise of the pill. It is disappointing that there is no MicroSD card slot to enhance the 128GB of inside storage, and there is no rear digital camera to enhance the front-facing 8MP unit, which features a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor. However you do get Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2, the battery is rated for 12 hours and helps 30W quick charging, and the Snapdragon 870 SoC with 8GB of RAM carried out effectively throughout testing. The Yoga Tab 13 additionally helps Lenovo’s Lively Pen 2 stylus (£69.99/$89.99).  

The Yoga Tab 13 will inevitably be in comparison with options from Apple. The iPad Air begins at £579 and has a smaller 10.9-inch display screen, whereas the dearer iPad Professional begins at £749 for the 11-inch mannequin and £999 for the 12.9-inch mannequin. That is earlier than keyboard covers are added on. 

There are different choices within the Android market, together with Galaxy Tab gadgets from Samsung that cater for cell broadband (together with 5G), keyboard covers and styli. However none have that helpful built-in kickstand, and there is no doubt that Lenovo actually is aware of the right way to deal with audio.

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