I’ll say this without any long preamble. Today’s review is the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen) tablet.
The gadget comes in a thick cardboard package with a photo of the tablet, designed in a single corporate style for this category of devices. On the front surface there is a print that specifies the content option – Lenovo Tab P11 Pro with Precision Pen 3.
The thing is that the delivery kits are different. Lenovo Ukraine has kindly provided a version with a Precision Pen 3 stylus for testing. There is a variant with the previous generation stylus – Precision Pen 2, as well as more “sophisticated” sets (with a keyboard case).
The back of the tablet box has its key characteristics printed on it, from which a potential buyer will know that the device has a 2.5 K OLED display with a diagonal of 11.2 inches, an 8-core processor, quad speakers from JBL, a rechargeable battery with a capacity that lasts for a whole working day, support for a 2-in-1 keyboard and a Precision Pen 3 stylus. WiFi 6, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision/Atmos are also on board. In addition, the display is certified by TÜV Rheinland, which means that the eyesight of future users is taken care of.
Further study of the information convinces us that inside the box there is a Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet in Storm Gray color with 8GB + 256GB memory. The processor of the device is Media Tek Kompanio 1300T (6 nm). OLED display with a resolution of 2560*1536. WLAN: 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC/AX+ BT (BlueTooth) 5.1. OS: ANDROID 12. Battery: 8200 mAh/31.7 Wh (TYP) 8000 mAh/30.9 Wh (MIN).
So, the external inspection is over, and it’s time to take the contents out of the box.
Unpacking and packaging
I take out the tablet itself, a 20 W charger, a 1.5 meter USB-C connection cable, a paper clip to eject the microSD card, and the standard accompanying documentation.
I also take out the stylus and attach it to the back with a magnet in a special place for the stylus. (You can also install it on top, but recharging is possible only if it is attached to the back). The magnet is just a bomb! It holds tightly, no other way than neodymium. (Yes, a spare stylus tip is also included).
Immediately, as is traditional, I decide to check my weight. It’s exactly 472 grams! Without the stylus. And the stylus itself is another 13 g! In total – 485 g.
So, the Tab P11 Pro tablet computer is made in gray color, consisting of two shades of premium all-metal aluminum body. The tablet is very thin (thinner than my smartphone!), which immediately gives it an elegant, stylish, premium look. Dimensions: 6.8 mm x 263.66 mm x 166.67 mm.
The body of the tablet looks quite robust. Metal leaves a pleasant tactile sensation. The dark gray color looks stylish and solid. You can not only use the device at home, but also safely take it to study at the institute or to work in any reputable office, you will not have to blush.
Tab P11 Pro has a regular rectangular shape with slightly rounded edges. The back is matte and covered with aluminum. Such a reliable material will look like new for a long time, by the way, the side bezels are also made of aluminum.
The tablet feels steady in the hands, with no looseness anywhere. At the same time, fingerprints remain perfectly on the body. (After all, the “textile” design of previous Lenovo tablets was an excellent solution to this problem).
The front surface of the device is covered with Gorilla Glass 3, which is also sufficiently fingerprint-resistant during operation. I think it’s high time to come up with something that doesn’t leave any “fingers”.
I look at the side edges.
On the left side, there is an on/off button, a microSD card slot (up to 1 TB of additional memory) and two JBL speaker grilles.
The upper edge has separate volume up and down buttons, as well as two microphone holes (including one for noise reduction).
On the right side there is a USB-C port for charging and connecting various peripherals (by the way, another such port would be nice, but alas!) and a pair of JBL speaker grilles.
On the bottom edge there are contacts for connecting a keyboard case (by the way, it’s quite expensive if it’s a Lenovo branded one). To save money, I would advise you to buy something simpler and, accordingly, cheaper on AliExpress. Although if you use the tablet in a laptop format all the time, then why waste money on trifles, you can also take a branded Lenovo keyboard and not get on your nerves, as they say in the city by the “blue sea”.
Turning on and setting up
After a simple, already familiar power-on and setup procedure, I note that the tablet has already been updated to Android 13, although the previous version was indicated on the box. An update to Android 14 is not far off.
Next, I register a Lenovo ID (or rather log in, because I registered earlier, during previous tests), which includes additional personalized services.
I connect the wireless keyboard, which turns the tablet into a pretty good laptop. Along the way, I note the ease of splitting the screen (last time I had to suffer a little with this option). By the way, I decide to write this review about testing on the tablet itself in business mode (here it is called “work mode”).
I download several utility programs that are necessary for quality testing. I also check how the “family” tablet implements account support.
I create a new account for “Baby Taras, 9 years old” and test the parental control function, which will become an obstacle for the particularly “curious” and protect against unnecessary and harmful content. Everything works perfectly.
It’s no secret that the display is the “face” of any tablet. The display of the tested model has deep and saturated colors, which makes the images look amazingly realistic. This, of course, is largely due to Dolby Vision with their excellent palette. My eyes don’t get tired both when reading longreads and watching movies. By the way, I hasten to please moviegoers: the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet is a real mini-cinema, only even better. You can choose a suitable color mode for yourself: whether it is a wide AMOLED, DCI-P3 or sRGB color gamut, as well as adjust the color temperature to your preferences.
In reality, the Tab P11 Pro display is, of course, the “chip” of the device. It attracts attention with its brightness, richness of colors, correct color reproduction, refresh rate (120 Hz) and the resulting smoothness of image changes. The contrast ratio is not weak either – 1:1,000,000. And the brightness is enough to use the gadget even on a sunny day. Thus, watching videos on such a screen is a pleasure.
The OLED matrix displays up to 16 million shades. Let me remind you that OLED is an improved version of Korean AMOLED, famous for its rich colors, wide brightness range, and low power consumption. The screen responds quickly to touch and has the Always on display function.
Taking into account the diagonal of the tablet – 11.21 inches – the device is perfect for both leisure and entertainment, as well as for productive office/remote work. I’ll mention only the main aspects: watching movies, videos and photos, playing games, reading books, convenient note-taking and audio recording for students, working with documents and editing images, drawing with a stylus (for beginner designers and those who grow up in a family of Kazimir Malevichs), making calls/surfing the Internet.
Additionally, the color scheme and basic modes can be customized through the settings, where users can adjust the warmth/coldness of the image, font size, icons, reading, sleep modes, and more.
The sound quality matches the display. The gadget produces spatial sound using four JBL speakers (the location of which was mentioned above) with Dolby Atmos support, and is also equipped with intelligent sound enhancement features. The voice recorder copes with video calls or conference recording perfectly. The sound is very clear, loud and surprisingly bass and detailed. In my humble opinion, not every laptop can boast of such audio capabilities. I check the quality at maximum volume – there are no wheezing or any noise.
Dolby Atmos is in charge, there is an equalizer, and there are fine settings. You can customize it to your individual preferences. The headphones can be connected via Bluetooth 5.1 or via an adapter, which you will have to buy yourself.
As you know, cameras in tablets have always been, are, and will be. While it is theoretically possible that a manufacturer may come up with the idea of abandoning cameras to reduce the cost of a product, for example, it would immediately eliminate the ability to make video calls and video conferences, scan documents, and take quick photos or videos of the objects in question, which would undoubtedly result in an outflow of thousands of potential buyers. And who needs it?
Moreover, progress has touched this area to such an extent that tablets now have cameras that are even better than some budget smartphones. And Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is proof of this. The main camera is 13 megapixels, the front camera is 8 megapixels. Their format is to work in daylight, and they definitely do an excellent job. The modes are standard and well-known: Video, Photo, Portrait. In addition, enthusiasts can play around with zoom, filters/flash/timer, and customize the cameras.
The maximum video quality is 4K at 30 fps. In good daylight, we get a good result, but the main thing is not to move during the shooting, because stabilization is “unknown and unavailable,” as they say in Odesa. “The front-facing camera works adequately (again, in good light), even blurring the background in portrait mode.
See the results of the cameras in different modes below:
System and interface
The internal interface is extremely user-friendly and modern. When you pick up any gadget from Lenovo, I think you can immediately feel its businesslike nature, uniqueness, and unconventionality. Tab P11 Pro is no exception.
The interface is currently based on the Android 13 operating system. The workspace is standard and includes: a menu with all the applications, the basic Google package, a calendar, a calculator, and even a video/audio track editor.
For convenient use, the “dual screen” function has been added, as well as the “activity control” function to disable social networks for the duration of the training. The relatively large screen allows you to use the entire arsenal of features, and the powerful filling prevents automatic updates or tabs from flying out with 4-5 open applications.
All in all, the tablet is perfect for everyday use. It has most of the functions of a smartphone and a laptop, as they say, “in one bottle.” By the way, if you need a second monitor for multitasking, the tablet easily turns into a wireless touchscreen that connects to a Lenovo PC via Lenovo Freestyle.
By the way, I noticed that a relevant and very necessary program is pre-installed in the Security section – Air Alerts in Ukraine. Respect to the developers!
Performance and memory
Here I can note the agility of the processor. The processor, by the way, is not typical, but it is quite a bit inferior to the Snapdragon 870.
If you give Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen) to a child, the recipient will certainly be pleased, because all available games, including WoT or Need for Speed, will run easily on medium settings (and you don’t need more).
The tablet shows 741300 “parrots” in AnTuTu, which is a normal figure.
I would like to emphasize this characteristic. During testing, the tablet lasted almost two days of active use on a single charge. Intense gameplay reduces this time to 16 hours. In standby mode, the tablet will last 5 days or about 120 hours. Charging took place at this pace. In 25 minutes, when fully discharged, the device was charged by 21%, in 40 minutes – up to 40%. In an hour, the charge level was 48%. In 2 hours, the tablet charged to 97%.
This creation of engineering also impressed us from the first test. It is convenient to work with it both with a conditional “computer” profile and with a tablet profile. The touches are as precise and light as possible. All 4096 pressure levels are triggered without delay. You can write songs about the accuracy of touches. We should also mention the multi-level sensitivity, which is very valuable when working and drawing, especially. By the way, it is best to draw in the pre-installed Bamboo Paper application (a rather multifunctional application).
To be honest, by the end of the ruthless testing, I could no longer imagine a tablet without a stylus. Thus, the Lenovo Precision Pen 3, combined with the Lenovo Instant Memo or Nebo applications, turned the tablet into a professional notebook with quick notes. The stylus also has a special button that turns it into a remote control for controlling the camera or switching audio tracks,
Imperfections and roughness
The manufacturer saved money on a fingerprint scanner, although a scanner would have added to the premium and increased the security of use. However, the tablet recognizes the owner by face in 2-D format. And it works well in horizontal orientation in good light, but in vertical orientation, there were often problems.
The tablet also lagged during photo shooting: there were freezes that were eliminated by pressing the on/off button. When this happened several times in a row, I became slightly irritated. Traditionally, I would like to have more “bass” of speakers. “Oleophobia” leaves much to be desired.
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet computer has advantages that cannot be taken away from it, including:
- an elegant, stylish premium design;
- a large battery capacity;
- a user-friendly yet simple interface;
- a bright OLED display;
- the latest version of the operating system – Android 13;
- and a relatively powerful processor.
The tablet has many functions for work and study, and can also serve as an excellent tool for family entertainment, especially when watching high-quality video content. Let me mention once again that the manufacturer did not skimp on expensive, damage-resistant materials.
GPS and GLONASS are well supported with the resulting satellite navigation capabilities.
In short, the model is universal and will suit any consumer. Children will enjoy watching colorful cartoons and running their favorite games. Pupils and students will appreciate the possibilities and number of functions for learning, while business adults will like the mobility and compactness of the device, the ability to work with documents and images in the office and online.
In general, the investment in this product will pay off and will result in more than one year of intensive use for the benefit of the family. Therefore, for the premium segment, to which the tested model belongs, its price (currently around UAH 18,000 or USD 490) can be considered the most acceptable, reasonable and fair. On the eve of the New Year, which is “coming” to all of us (humorous joke!), it is quite difficult to find a better gift.