Lenovo Tab P11 in the test: multimedia tablet with Android 10 for 249 euros

The Tab P11 from Lenovo is a good family tablet for a wide variety of usage scenarios, and its display impresses with pen input and battery life in the test. However, the outdated Android 10 contrasts with these and other positive aspects.

 

Design and processing

The Tab P11 from Lenovo is quite elegant, but its appearance does not come close to its big brother, the P11 Pro . For an RRP from 249 euros, the workmanship is decent, even if the edges of some of the more expensive models are a bit narrower.

The 11-inch display, which is not common in the targeted price range, has dimensions of 258.4 × 163.0 mm. This means that the P11 can keep up with the more expensive competition. The Galaxy Tab S7, for example, has a smaller width, but is again a bit higher – which means that both tablets are very close to each other in terms of surface area.

Lenovo Tab P11 in the test
Lenovo Tab P11 in the test

On the other hand, the thickness of the aluminum housing of the P11 is higher at 7.5 mm. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a disadvantage, as thinner tablets are often much more difficult to hold. The 490 grams that the P11 weighs, on the other hand, is the norm.

Lenovo Tab P11 Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Apple iPad (2020) Amazon Fire HD 10 Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019)
Software:
(when published)
Android 10.0 iPadOS 14 Fire OS 7.3 Android 9.0
Display: 11.00 inches
1,200 × 2,000, 212 ppi
IPS
11.50 inches
1,600 × 2,560, 263 ppi
AMOLED, HDR
10.20 inches
1,620 × 2,160, 265 ppi
IPS
10.10 inches
1,200 × 1,920, 224 ppi
IPS
Service: Touch, stylus, face scanner Touch, stylus, fingerprint sensor, face scanner Touch, stylus, fingerprint sensor Touch
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
4 × Cortex-A73, 2.00 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 1.80 GHz
11 nm, 64-bit
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
2 × Kryo 470 Gold, 2.20 GHz
6 × Kryo 470 Silver, 1.80 GHz
8 nm, 64-bit
Apple A12 Bionic
2 × Vortex, 2.49 GHz
4 × Tempest
7 nm, 64-bit
MediaTek MT8183
4 × Cortex-A73, 2.00 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 2.00 GHz
12/12 nm, 64-bit
Samsung Exynos 7904
2 × Cortex-A73, 1.80 GHz
6 × Cortex-A53, 1.60 GHz
14 nm, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 610 Adreno 618 Apple quad core Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G71 MP2
R.A.M:
4,096 MB
LPDDR4
variant
6,144 MB
LPDDR4
4,096 MB
LPDDR4X
variant
6,144 MB
LPDDR4X
3,072 MB
LPDDR4X
2,048 MB 2,048 MB
LPDDR4
Storage: 64/128 GB (expandable) 128 GB (expandable) 32/128 GB 32/64 GB (expandable) 32 GB (expandable)
1. Camera: 13.0 MP
LED, AF
8.0 MP, 1080p
f / 2.4, AF
2.0 MP, 720p 8.0 MP, 1080p
AF
2nd camera: No 5.0 MP No
3rd camera: No
4. Camera: No
5. Camera: No
1. Front camera: 8.0 MP 8.0 MP
AF
1.2 MP, 720p
display flash, f / 2.4
2.0 MP, 720p 5.0 MP
2. Front camera: No 8.0 MP No
GSM: GPRS + EDGE
No
variant
GPRS + EDGE
No
No
variant
GPRS + EDGE
UMTS: HSPA +
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbit / s
Yes
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbit / s
No
variant
DC-HSPA
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbit / s
No
No
variant
HSPA +
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbit / s
LTE: Yes
↓ 390 ↑ 150 Mbit / s
Yes
↓ 800 ↑ 150 Mbit / s
No
variant
Advanced Pro
No
No
variant
Advanced
↓ 600 ↑ 150 Mbit / s
5G: No
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax
Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast
802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth: 5.1 5.0 4.2 5.0 LE
Location: A-GPS, BeiDou, NavIC A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS
No
variant
A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS
No
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
variant
A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Further standards: USB 2.0 Type C, keyboard dock USB 3.1 Type C Lightning, Smart Connector USB 2.0 Type C
SIM card: Nano SIM
variant
Nano SIM
variant
Nano SIM
Battery pack: 7,500 mAh
permanently installed
8,600 mAh
permanently installed
(32.40 Wh)
permanently installed
6,300 mAh
permanently installed
6,150 mAh
permanently installed
Size (W × H × D): 258.4 x 163.0 x 7.50 mm 264.2 x 171.4 x 5.80 mm 174.1 x 250.6 x 7.50 mm 262.0 x 159.0 x 9.80 mm 149.0 x 245.0 x 7.50 mm
Protection class: ?
Weight: 490 g 485 g 490/495 g 500 g 460 g
Price: € 249 / – / € 299 699 € / – from 365 € / from 458 € / from 494 € / from 599 € from 165 € / – / from 199 € from 215 € / 269 ​​€

Good workmanship for the price

The low price becomes clearer at the transitions from the front to the side panels: The gaps do not leave any reason for complaint, but a significantly higher quality workmanship can be observed in more expensive tablets. There are two Dolby Atmos certified speakers on the left and right of these sides, which will be discussed in more detail in the course of the test.

The button on the top left to switch on the tablet and the volume control on the top left are firmly in the case and have good pressure points. However, the orientation of the controls does not adapt to the respective orientation of the tablet, which in practice can cause some confusion if the volume is increased instead of decreased. The top also houses two microphones and the SD card slot.

The back of the Tab P11 alternates between rubber and aluminum
The back of the Tab P11 alternates between rubber and aluminum

Only USB-C 2.0, no headphone jack

On the right is the USB-C port, which enables connection to a large number of accessories, but only transfers data according to Standard 2.0. It is also not possible to connect an external monitor. There are also connections for additional accessories such as a docking station or keyboard at the bottom. However, the tablet does not have a separate headphone output .

On the back of the tablet, the top has a rubberized area that makes up around a third of the back of the case. Lenovo uses aluminum again, which keeps your fingers cool when you hold it. This may be pleasant in summer, but with the currently cooler temperatures, plastic could prove to be more pleasant for some users.

The USB-C connector - only at 2.0 speed
The USB-C connector – only at 2.0 speed

The camera attached to the top right protrudes a few millimeters from the housing. Nevertheless, the tablet can be placed on the table without wobbling.

The included power supply delivers up to 20 watts. Besides the corresponding USB cable, there are no other accessories in the packaging. The buyer has to take care of the required headphone adapter on the USB-C port. This is unacceptable for a tablet that is also advertised as a multimedia device.

As with many other competitors, the position of the USB port again proves to be disadvantageous, especially with regard to headphones: the tablet can no longer be put down when held upright, while the adapter is in the way when watching videos in landscape format. The question arises again whether the developers of such tablets also test the device in such scenarios – apparently not. Amazon solved this much better with the Fire HD 10 (test) by attaching the USB connector on the top and on the side so that it doesn’t interfere in landscape mode (not to mention that this tablet has a separate headphone jack). In addition, the P11 cannot be charged without the appropriate adapter when using wired headphones.

The problem with the headphone jack via USB-C and with the speakers
The problem with the headphone jack via USB-C and with the speakers

In addition to the touchscreen, the Tab P11 can be used with the optionally available Precision Pen 2, which was not included in the test package.

High resolution display

The Tab P11 has an 11-inch IPS panel. The resolution of 2,000 × 1,200 pixels is slightly lower than the more expensive P11 Pro, which also has an AMOLED panel with a size of 11.5 inches.

The color representation is crisp, even if it doesn’t quite come close to the brilliance of the OLED display. According to the manufacturer, the panel should cover 70 percent of the NTSC color space. If the display and the color temperature of around 7,300 Kelvin are not right, this can be adjusted in the display settings to suit your own requirements. On the other hand, you have to do without an HDR display – not unusual in this price region.

Sufficient but unevenly distributed brightness

The P11 does well with a maximum brightness of 408 cd / m², but only ends up in the midfield in comparison. Nevertheless, the tablet should be adequately equipped for most situations, only when it is used in direct sunlight it is scarce. The illumination itself is different, however, and ranges from 355 to 447 cd / m². The contrast of 1511: 1 again secures the Tab P11 a place in the upper ranks of the non-OLED devices.

The viewing angle dependency is okay, although the display quickly becomes darker when viewed from below. The fact that texts are displayed sharply shouldn’t have to be emphasized with the resolution of 212 ppi pixel density.

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