Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, also known as Lenovo XiaoXin Pad Pro in the market, is one of the flagship tablets from Lenovo, which combines genuinely complete hardware equipment with the perfect measures to make it ultra-portable without sacrificing general usability, which is also enhanced thanks to the keyboard-cover and the Precision Pen 2, which can be purchased separately, and to a software mode called “operating mode “), which makes it similar to a notebook.
Equipped with an 11.5-inch OLED HDR screen with Dolby Vision support, fitted with the interesting Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, it has 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal memory, WiFi 5 2 × 2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0 and Android 11 operating system (with the latest update). The first level’s features, combined with the refined design, consisting of the monobloc aluminum body and the extreme care in the assembly of each part that composes it, make it even more attractive, thanks also to the meager price at which it is proposed.
Design, Build Quality, Handling
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is undoubtedly a premium design, build quality, and finish tablet. Its structure is fragile, only 5.8 mm, made up of an aluminum alloy monoblock that weighs only 486 grams, therefore light, but at the same time solid. On the right side, there are two of the four 1.5 Watt speakers made in collaboration with JBL, which reproduce any sound and with a mighty volume, among the best in the category. Between the two speakers, we find the USB Type-C 3.2 port, which, thanks to the adapter in the package, allows you to connect headphones with a microphone.
On the left side, we find the power button in which a very reliable fingerprint sensor is also integrated that rarely mistakes the fingerprint recognition, the MicroSD slot, and the other two speakers. In the upper part, we find the volume keys and centrally the holes of the two microphones. At the bottom, there are the magnetic pins for connecting the keyboard. Above the large 11.5 “display, with frames of only 6.9 mm, on the front, we find an 8 Megapixel camera and an infrared sensor for unlocking by face recognition. In the back, instead, we find the dual camera, consisting of a 13 Megapixel primary sensor and a 5 Megapixel wide-angle camera, flanked by a powerful LED flash.
Display And Audio
The screen of this tablet is an 11.5 ″ OLED with HDR10 + support, with thin bezels of only 6.9 mm and support for Dolby Vision ™ technology. Its resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16:10 ratio, and a pixel density of 263 PPI. The display is one of the strengths of this tablet. Working, playing, or viewing multimedia content with this screen is an absolute pleasure for the eyes. It features excellent contrast, vivid colors and, a good color temperature calibration, deep blacks (a unique feature of OLED screens that makes it great for playing video content). Even outdoors, there are no problems with using the tablet in direct sunlight. There are three color modes called “Wide AMOLED Color Gamut,” “DCI-P3,” and “sRGB.”
You can play Youtube videos with a maximum quality of 1440p60. We also find the Netflix app pre-installed, which, however, due to the lack of some certificates, is indicated by Google Play as not supported on the P11 Pro. However, there is a straightforward solution. It will be enough to do a google search and download the latest Netflix APK and install it to have Netflix fully functional. With Amazon Prime Video, no problem. It works the first time perfectly with FullHD video playback.
Even under the multimedia side, this tablet is promoted with flying colors, thanks to the 4 Dolby Atmos speakers of 1.5 watts each, made in collaboration with JBL, which offer surround sound, being positioned respectively two on each side. The audio reproduced during multimedia content is among the highest ever heard and, most importantly, clear without distortion—the only minor flaw with a decent range of bass, but not to be despised. Even if there is no jack port for the microphone and headphones, we can connect any headphones with a microphone through the supplied USB Type-C / Jack Audio adapter.
On the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, we find special camera equipment, with a dual camera on both rear, while in the front, we find an 8 Mpx camera and an infrared camera/sensor for the recognition of faces in 3D. Thanks to this, unlock the tablet with maximum security. The front camera returns quality shots as long as you don’t use the bokeh effect and the beauty effect, which are unrealistic. Sound quality also for video calls, so no problem for use in video calls via messaging app or software to make video conferences for intelligent working. Unlocking using an IR sensor is reliable and precise, without particular difficulties.
In the back, instead, we find the primary camera from 13 Mp f / 2.2 with autofocus and a powerful LED flash and a 5 Mpx wide-angle camera with fixed focus, with a viewing angle of 120 °. Both front and rear cameras allow you to record videos up to a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30 frames per second, with decent quality. The 13 Mpx primary rear camera takes good shots in high light conditions, but as this decreases, the quality of the images also drops visibly.
In principle, the photos taken by all tablets are never comparable to those of a smartphone for various reasons, first of all for the type and quality of the sensor adopted, also due to the reduced thickness of the device, a feature that unites all tablets. And also forces compromises on the optics used. The wide-angle camera behaves the same way, with slightly less detail captured. You can still evaluate all the shots below taken by the different cameras. In particular, a note should be made for the mighty Flash both when using the camera and as a torch.
Software And User Experience
On the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, we find Android 10 installed, but once the tablet is connected to the internet, by checking for available updates, we will be able to download and install Android 11. In everyday use, we find two different modes: the classic tablet mode common to all devices of this type and the operating way, which transforms the tablet into a sort of desktop operating system with windows, just like a computer, with the ability to place windows and apps side by side or overlap and recall them from the bar located on the lower side of the desktop. You can drag the windows of any open app anywhere or set the split-screen simply by removing the window to one of the two vertical ends of the tablet or viewing them on full screen.
This mode can be conveniently enabled if activated via settings every time the keyboard is docked. The features listed above make it perfect, so they are not for the classic uses of leisure and navigation but also as an ultra-portable workstation, thanks to the keyboard, which also houses a touchpad, or with the possibility of connecting a Bluetooth mouse. As for the pre-installed apps, only those strictly necessary are present, without junk apps. We find all the apps from Google, Office, some utilities, and Netflix pre-installed (which I recommend you update directly via apk). Google Kids Space also allows parents to provide their children with perfect content for children in total safety.
Hardware And Benchmarks
On the Tab P11 Pro, we find the Snapdragon 730G combined with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage memory, expandable via microSD. This equipment offers smooth performance in all types of use. To notice any slowdowns, you need to push a lot on multitasking, launching games running in the background, and a good number of open apps.
To put the performance to the test, we ran a test with 3DMark and Geekbench, obtaining the following results: The smooth running of any game on Playstore, even the heaviest titles, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, Asphalt 9, and Real Racing 3. Even under full load, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro never overheats, so even from this point of view, any problem.
Battery: Autonomy And Recharge
The 8,600 mAh battery guarantees more than good autonomy, with just over 11 hours between web browsing, video playback, and medium intensive use, with WiFi enabled. The times for a full charge are about 2 hours and 40 minutes, using the 20W quick charge, Quick Charge 3.0.
Also, on the connectivity side, we find data transfer speeds more than suitable for WiFi, with 488 Mbps of maximum peak in upload and download, Bluetooth perfectly functioning without disconnection problems by connecting various devices. GPS accuracy is also more than reasonable with quick satellite locking.
For those who want to use the Tab P11 Pro more productively, two accessories are available, a keyboard with cover and a pen, which can be purchased separately through the Lenovo online store or the various online stores.
- The Keyboard bundle consists not only of the keyboard but also of a back cover that can also be used as a stand, available at 99 Euros.
- On the other hand, the Lenovo Precision Pen 2 costs around 59 euros, perfect for taking notes.