Connect with us

Review

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 review: Some hits, some missed

Published

on

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 review: Some hits, some missed


Those looking for a new tablet usually resort to getting the latest model from Apple or Samsung. Also, in an effort to attract budget-conscious buyers, both the brands now offer VFM tablets as well. As such, it’s hard to ignore the Apple-Samsung monopoly in the tablet segment, though that hasn’t deterred Lenovo’s enthusiasm. In fact, following the launch of the premium Tab P11 Pro (Review), the brand has unveiled a wallet-friendly tablet in the form of Lenovo Yoga Tab 11. I managed to get my hands on a unit and here’s what I make of it.

design

The design of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, at 650 grams, the unit isn’t as sleek or light as other competing 11-inch tablets. On the other hand, the device offers a luxurious, built-in, metallic kickstand that can be used to seamlessly hold the Tab 11 on a flat surface. What’s more, the kickstand is complimented by a sturdy hinge that provides ample friction as well as a rubberized bushing, making sure the tablet stays in place even when you’re tapping on the screen.

Now, after using the tablet for the better part of a week, I’ll admit, I’ve come to love the kickstand. You see, the kickstand allows me to position the tablet near my monitor and, in doing so, I can use the unit’s display as a secondary screen for all my media consumption needs. What’s more, I don’t need to jerry-rig the tablet to stand up straight. It also helps that the tablet doesn’t budge when I’m making video calls and while I haven’t tested the waters using the device in a crowded subway, trust me the articulating kickstand is much better in-between. Unlike a frivolous case the hand grip will provide.

Ergonomics aside, Lenovo has left no stone unturned in designing the Yoga Tab 11, and the unit offers a premium fit and finish as well. For that note, the tablet is built using entirely metal, and the chassis doesn’t flex or flex no matter how you hold the device. What’s more, the back of the tablet has a woven fabric finish that not only enhances the overall look of the device but also enhances the user’s in-hand feel. Now, what is disappointing for me is that the tablet does not come with a fingerprint sensor. However, the unit’s facial recognition technology worked pretty well during my stint with the device.

For I/O, the Yoga Tab 11 comes with a one-click power button and a volume rocker on the right-hand spine. Interestingly, the cylindrical bulge at the bottom also houses several hardware components, including two speaker units and a USB Type-C port for charging the device. The tablet has two more speaker drivers located on either side of its frame, as well as a dual-mic array that sits above. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t ship with a 3.5mm jack which is baffling considering the girth and size of the tablet. but I digress.

performance and audio

Lenovo hit the ball out of the ballpark with the Tab P11 Pro’s OLED display. Unfortunately, the Yoga Tab 11 gets an IPS LCD panel, though the screen is still good enough for watching movies on the fly. Notably, the tablet comes with an 11-inch, 2,000 x 1,200 pixels 2K panel that offers a peak brightness of 400 nits. Furthermore, the tablet comes with Widevine L1 certification, which ensures that users can stream their favorite TV shows and movies in HD from various OTT services. That said, while I could relay HDR media via YouTube, the tablet doesn’t support HDR playback from Netflix, which is a bummer. Interestingly, the tablet supports Dolby Vision, so HDR streaming may be possible with a software patch down the line. On the bright side, the display offers decent viewing angles and also has sleek bezels on the sides. What’s more, unlike most LCD screens, the Yoga Tab 11’s display does justice to deep colors as well, which is good.

Note that the display is capped at 60Hz, so it may take some time for you to adapt to the device’s UI animations and transitions. Thankfully, the touch response rate of the panel was to my liking and the display managed to take all my swipes and gestures seamlessly. Rest assured, BGMI enthusiasts yearning for a tablet with a decent display and a responsive screen will find a lot to like here. Moving on, the palm rejection of the display isn’t the best, however, you can hold the device by holding the kickstand to avoid any accidental touches.

To my dismay, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 omits a headphone jack. Now, the unit somewhat makes up for the omission by offering a JBL-backed quad-speaker array, which gets too loud for watching movies on the fly. Regardless, movie and audio buffs will certainly raise an eyebrow when looking at the Tab 11’s spec sheet.

performance and software

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio G90T processor that works with LPDDR4x memory and UFS 2.1 storage. For starters, the SoC was launched sometime back and, at that time, was an attractive mid-range chipset that could run resource-hungry games and apps with ease. It goes without saying that the performance of the chipset is not exemplary by today’s standards, but the Yoga Tab 11 can still hold its own in the performance department.

Let’s start with gaming and here, the Yoga Tab 11 can run graphically demanding games like BGMI at modest settings. For that note, the tablet can run games on the HD Graphics preset and the High Frame Rate preset. Unfortunately, even with graphics reduced to the ‘Smooth’ preset, the tablet will still limit your gameplay to 45fps or the ‘Ultra’ setting. Thankfully, the device didn’t display any major frame drop while playing the title and the temperature of the device didn’t rise unnaturally either.

The tablet’s daily performance doesn’t disappoint either. In fact, the unit can comfortably hold half a dozen apps in memory, including YouTube, Netflix, and more. Now, the experience of jumping from one app to another leaves a bit to be desired, and the UI animations appear to stutter a tad at times. Barring that, the tablet didn’t show any major signs of conflict when I was using it day to day. Also, the unit’s 7,700mAh cell ensured that I only needed to top up the device every other day. Rest assured, the Tab 11 will end your longest binge sessions without breaking a sweat.

As for the software, Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 comes with Android 11 out of the box. The interface is fairly stock, and you also get Google’s Kid Spaces and Entertainment Hub that aggregates all of your favorite TV shows and movies in one place, ensuring you don’t have to go from one app to another to find something to watch. No need to go to app. The tablet also comes with support for the company’s Precision Pen 2, though, so you’ll have to buy it separately.

Decision

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is priced at Rs 40K, but tablet watchers can buy it from e-commerce portals like Amazon for around Rs 30K. For its discounted price, the Yoga Tab 11 brings a lot to the table, including a high-resolution display and a capable SoC. That said, platform-agnostic users may find better value in the new 10.5-inch iPad, which retails for the same price, though offers a faster chipset and a more cohesive interface. Regardless, if you’re looking for a VFM Android tablet, you’ll find little to dislike about Lenovo’s latest offering.

Editor’s Rating: 3.5/5

Pros:

  • Stylish, Functional Design
  • Hi-res display and loud speakers
  • long lasting battery life

Shortcoming:

  • no headphone jack
  • lack of fingerprint sensor
  • Can’t Relay HDR Media From Netflix

Facebook Comments Box

Trending

%d bloggers like this: