There isn’t a lot of competition in the world of high-end Android tablets. There is Samsung and … well, no, there is only samsung. But after a few years of upgrading its low-end offerings with built-in speaker docks, Lenovo is ready to dive into the world of premium Android slates again. Discover the Tab P11 Pro.
Apparently a competition for the Galaxy Tab S series and Apple’s iPad Pro line, the Tab P11 Pro is an 11.5-inch Android 10-powered tablet with an impressive OLED display. It’s a feature that isn’t often seen in this form factor – Samsung turned heads by making it for the S6 series last year. This one is 2560 × 1600 (a 16:10 ratio, if you’re wondering) with pretty thin bezels on all four sides. It supports the Lenovo Precision Pen 2 stylus, although the set does not contain a stylus.
The P11 Pro takes advantage of this gorgeous media display, with four counters, four side speakers, and a 5.8mm thick body that weighs just a pound. (At 485 grams, that’s almost exactly the same weight as the 11-inch iPad Pro.) But Lenovo thinks that form factor can do the job, too: you can add a POGO connected keyboard and a magnetic kickstand cover, a lot like the IdeaPad Duet powered by ChromeOS. Unlike the Duet, these accessories do not come in the box.
The tablet doesn’t use high-end hardware underneath. It uses a Snapdragon 730G processor – the same as the mid-range Pixel 4a phone – with just 4GB of RAM on the base model. An upgrade to 6GB is available, with slightly faster storage via UMCP, but both models have 128GB with an open MicroSD card slot, 13MP / 5MP and 8MP rear camera setup on the front. There is also a fingerprint sensor in the power button. Lenovo will sell an LTE-compatible version of the P11 Pro, but it’s unclear whether the standard model includes it. Probably not.
The P11 Pro should offer a more budget-friendly alternative to the iPad Pro with a starting price of $ 500, if you can handle the way Google continues to ignore Android on tablets. It will be released in November.
But if you need something even cheaper, the second-gen Tab M10 HD might do the trick. It is aimed directly at children, Lenovo highlighting the integration of Google’s Kids Space application. The Tab M10 uses a 10-inch 1280 × 800 display, a MediaTek P22T processor with just 2GB / 32GB of RAM and storage on the base model, although a 4GB / 64GB option is also sold. It includes a MicroSD card slot.
There’s an 8MP and 5MP rear camera up front, with USB-C charging a rather puny 5000mAh battery. It’s not a lot, but it doesn’t have to be, as the M10 HD costs just $ 130. It will be available in September, with a bundled version including a Google Assistant speaker base in October at an undisclosed price. An Alexa model is also planned, but Lenovo says it won’t be sold in North America.