Published on February 14th, 2021 📆 | 2327 Views ⚑0
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: A worthy competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro launched in India, while the global, more precisely the US release happened a few months ago. At a starting price of 44999 INR, the tablet costs way more than most offerings from Lenovo but actually makes up for the pricing with a few key attributes. I won’t justify the price, not yet, because the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro ships with three different options in the US, while the pricing tier is limited to a single one in the Indian version of the same.
On unboxing the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, the first thing that caught my attention was the metallic chassis that resembles the Apple iPad Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the latest version of course. The design seems to be inspired too, but as far as I can understand, there is not much room for creativity in the tablet design, matter how ingeniously you think about it. I have always hated the curved edges on a tablet, and you would agree that they only make sense on smartphones. Bearing a thickness of just 6.9 mm, I didn’t find it troublesome to fit and hold in my tiny palms. Adding a case will add some heft to the tablet, but considering that it will always be used with both hands, the overall weight of 485 grams is not an issue.
The sandblasted surface and smooth metallic edges do the job for me and appear identical to the Apple iPhone 12 design. The camera module is slightly protruding but not ginormous like you find on smartphones. Bezels of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro might trouble normal smartphone users, and appear distracting to the eyes. There is also an important role of the thick bezels in tablets as they prevent the fingers and the palms from making accidental touches on the display. The contoured design features four JBL speaker grills, two on each side that is Dolby Atmos certified. They are still tiny but having two instead of the single speaker array, does amplify the sound output by a considerable margin. Being JBL or Dolby Atmos-certified does not make much of a noticeable difference to a normal user like me, but it is nice to have premium components for a price of more than 500 USD.
A fingerprint sensor is also mounted on the side of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro that identifies my fingerprints each time without any delay. A slightly elongated surface of the fingerprint sensor helps to reach it easily. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is not limited to the physical fingerprint sensor for security reasons and even features a front-facing IR camera that facilitates hands-free face login. It also has a dual microphone array that captures audio without much distortion and uses a smart digital signal processor for the same. A tablet is meant to be a productivity/entertainment device in which the former aspect matters the most. Incorporating a capable microphone with an above-average front-facing camera that can also blue background during video calls, makes it a perfect device to carry along during office meetings.
I could ramble on about the camera and how good photos it can take but there is nothing much to speak of. With a dual-camera module at the back and two sensors of 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels each, your photos won’t be super crisp in dull lighting conditions. It can be used to capture basic quality images comparable to an average smartphone with the same features. The autofocus on the primary sensor did not induce any noise while capturing documents but failed to keep up with the moving subjects.
Buying a 45000 INR portable productivity device requires it to boast of top-tier specifications that stay relevant for some years. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro features a mix of great internals that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, fully capable of handling documentation tasks, video playback, and gaming without sweating too much. The 4 GB RAM variant does stutter when applications try to remain active in the background for quite some time and I wish I had opted for the 6 GB one. Storage is capped at 128 gigs and you do have the option to expand it via a memory card. Considering heavy productivity usage, the storage felt a little restrictive when I installed Asphalt 9 and COD Mobile, which swallowed almost 10 percent of the storage after a few updates.
You get most of the sensors that make it easy to game in racing titles that are unmanageable using the display controls. The 4G enabled tablet chugs the battery pretty slower and has a negligible effect on the battery life of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. I could say that I found it easy to make calls, but even you know that is not possible with an eleven-inch device.
The display deserves a token of appreciation for the 2K resolution and HDR support that makes content consumption on the tablet a pleasant experience. Its brightness at 500 nits is far better than the US version that comes with a not so good 350 nits brightness and a WQXGA OLED display minus the Dolby vision support. It also supports a Digi-pen input, the precision pen 2 by Lenovo that makes drawing and animations characters by graphic designers an easy task. I found very little use for it and for a hefty price tag of 5000 INR, it is an addition to useless accessories offered by most tablet manufactures. The display is also TUV Rheinland certified and manages the blue light emission and screen flickering better than most offerings in the market.
Connectivity is a lot better on the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Indian variant ad you get the trifecta of Wi-Fi 5 dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, and LTE support with the maximum number of bands. I faced no problem in connecting it to my routers or the office Wi-Fi and faced no abrupt disconnections at all. The LTE works as it does on any smartphone but the bandwidth is not as enticing as my personal router.
It comes preloaded with two drawing applications, namely the bamboo paper and Squid that recognize the Precision Pen 2 input very easily. The accuracy is a lot better as it can keep up with even minor strokes on the display. Aside from the drawing applications, you get the Google apps that are pretty much the standard with any Android device, and Office, OneNote, Netflix, and a few Dolby applications. It runs on Android 10 with no promise of an upgrade to version 11 as of now.
The battery life of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is not as much as the standard conditions claim it to be. I got around nine hours with a mix of both recreation and office work and with a light gaming session on the side. The peak brightness does chop off the battery bar pretty fast but can still last an entire workday. It ships with an 8600 mAh battery that charges fast by the 20W fast charger with the USB Type-C port in the tablet. Still, it takes around 3.5 hours to fully charge making it fit for charging in the night-time.
A few points
There is a little difference between the US and the Indian version of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, the primary being the absence of LTE connectivity in the US version. It also lacks the Dolby Vision support and the 2K resolution display that is present in the Indian version of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro.
The tablet at 45000 INR is not inexpensive and ships with a mid-range processor. It tackles memory management efficiently and is bright and crisp in the display department. I have got no qualms except the fact that the digital pen is exorbitantly priced and so it the magnetically attachable keyboard. The keyboard slaps on the bottom of the tablet via a Pogo pin connector and is a shrunk version of the Apple iPad keyboard. If they manage to cut the price a little bit for the 4 gigs variant, I would openly recommend it to eager users. Until the price budges from the 45K mark, I suggest you keep calm and wait for the new variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.