Lenovo debuted a pair of midrange Android tablets on Thursday, with the intention of poaching a portion of the market share held by Apple’s ubiquitous iPad. The second-generation Tab P11 and Tab P11 Pro are quite similar in appearance to their predecessors from the previous year; however, they have been updated with a number of new features that ought to appeal to anybody wishing to move from an Amazon Fire or any other low-cost tablet.
The new Tab P11 and P11 Pro share just the most fundamental design aspects and specifications with one another. Both of these regular slates have displays measuring 11 inches, and they both come equipped with blue light filters that can assist lessen the amount of strain that is placed on the eyes. Both the front and the back of the tablets have cameras, however Lenovo has not provided any information on the resolutions or capabilities of these cameras. The fact that both versions are compatible with the Lenovo Freestyle software is perhaps the most notable similarity between them. This software enables you to connect the devices to Windows-based Lenovo personal computers in order to provide a portable second-screen experience.
The more resilient P11 Pro tablet has an OLED display that is 11.2 inches in size and has a resolution of 2,560 by 1,536 pixels. Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both supported, and the device has complete coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. This tablet comes with four Dolby Atmos speakers that have been tuned by JBL, so it should be great for watching movies and playing games. The P11 Pro should give a fluid visual experience that is great for mobile gaming as it has a touch response rate of up to 360Hz and a refresh rate that can go as high as 120Hz. The maximum brightness is measured at 600 nits.
The smartphone gets its processing power from a MediaTek Kompanio 1300T CPU. You have the option of selecting 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of random access memory (RAM), as well as 128GB or 256GB of storage space. On the other hand, in contrast to the model from the previous year, there is not a place for a microSD card. The 8,000 mAh battery, according to Lenovo, should be able to deliver a battery life of up to 14 hours. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6 are provided to facilitate wireless networking, while the USB-C 3.0 connector enables an alternative DisplayPort output option.
The Tab P11 Pro weighs 1.05 pounds and is available in either the colour Oat or the colour Storm Grey. The Precision Pen 3 pen, a folio cover, and a full-sized keyboard with an integrated touchpad are included as accessories with the Lenovo Yoga Book 2 Pro. Android 12 is pre-installed on the tablet, and Lenovo has promised upgrades up to Android 14. It will go on sale in September for $399, undercutting the price of the Apple iPad Air by a substantial margin, which is $599.
The Tab P11 takes things back a notch and simplifies everything. The display is 11.5 inches in size, but only 2,000 by 1,200 pixels in resolution, making it a lower-quality LCD. Having said that, it keeps the highest refresh rate of 120Hz and supports the same DCI-P3 colour gamut. However, the peak brightness is reduced to 400 nits, and neither Dolby Vision nor HDR10 make the cut. Dual microphones and four speakers should make video chatting easier, and the speakers have Dolby Atmos certification.
This tablet is powered by a Mediatek Helio G99 chipset, which means that Lenovo could only provide three different combinations of RAM and storage space: 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB, and 6GB/128GB. However, there is a slot for a microSD card on this particular model. The battery life that one may anticipate from a 7,700mAh cell is not specified by Lenovo. The model that only supports Wi-Fi boasts support for the future-proof Wi-Fi 6E, while the model that only supports LTE sticks with Wi-Fi 5. Both include a USB-C 2.0 connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack in their designs.
The Lenovo Tab P11 weighs 1.15 pounds and is available in either Sage or Storm Grey colour options. A folio cover, a keyboard pack, and the Lenovo Precision Pen 2 are some of the available accessories that the firm provides (2023). This slate comes pre-installed with Android 12L, which is an optimised version of Android 12 for tablets, and it should ultimately receive an upgrade to Android 14. When it goes on sale in January 2023 for a price of $249, the P11 will be a direct competitor to the Apple iPad, which retails for $329.
According to StatCounter’s research, Android tablets have been making consistent headway against the iPad in North America over the course of the past few years. In November 2021, the iPad had around 59% of the market share, while Android had 41%. The statistics are now much more comparable, coming in at 54% and 46%, respectively. To put it another way, Lenovo has a tonne of potential with these low-cost tablets, despite the fact that Google may become a formidable rival if it indeed launches the Pixel Tablet later on in this year as has been speculated.
While you wait for them to be on sale, you can go through our collection of the top Android tablets that we’ve tested.