Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review: The Entertainer


While the Android smartphone market is growing rapidly, the same cannot be said about tablets. Very few manufacturers are still focusing on the tablet market, severely limiting your options. Lenovo recently introduced its Yoga Tab 11, positioning it as an entertainment tablet for the family. It has a built-in kickstand, quad JBL speakers, and a 2K display. While all these features sound good on paper, what is it like to use this tablet in real life? I tested the new Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 to find out if it’s worth your money.

lenovo yoga tab 11 price and variants

NS lenovo yoga tab 11 Available in a single configuration with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is also available in only one colour, which is called Storm Grey. Lenovo Rs. 40,000 as the MRP of this product, but it is retailing for Rs. 29,999 in India.

The upper half of the back panel of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 is covered with fabric material

lenovo yoga tab 11 design

The Lenovo Yoga Tab series has a unique design, and this new model looks like an open book just like many of its predecessors. When holding the tablet in landscape mode, the cylindrical element is at the bottom, and in portrait mode, it can help hold in either hand. This cylindrical element has a mesh design and houses two speakers. You’ll also see an integrated kickstand at the back. This is handy enough, considering that many other tablets require an aftermarket accessory or case to stand upright. You can set the kickstand at multiple angles, making it convenient to use the Yoga Tab 11 on a table.

On the right side is the USB Type-C port along with the power and volume buttons. Lenovo A textured finish has been added to the power button which makes it easy to differentiate it from the volume buttons. The tablet also has a nano-SIM slot for cellular connectivity. There are two more speakers (one on either side), which brings the total number to four. You’ll find two microphones at the top, near the 8-megapixel selfie camera. There are similar bezels all around the larger 11-inch display; These aren’t huge, but big enough to be able to hold the tablet without touching the screen.

At the rear, the Yoga Tab 11 has a fabric material for the top half while the bottom half is plastic. There is also a single 8-megapixel camera in the fabric section. This tablet weighs around 650 grams and the weight is definitely noticeable when you pick it up.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Specifications and Software

Lenovo has packed in a massive 11-inch display with a resolution of 2000×1200 pixels. It’s an IPS TDDI panel with 400 nits brightness, and support for Dolby Vision. The Yoga Tab 11 is powered by MediaTek Helio G90T processor and has 4GB of RAM. It also has 128GB of storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card. Internationally, Lenovo offers an 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage, but it is not available in India.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Kickstand Gadgets360 Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review

Integrated kickstand makes it convenient to support the Yoga Tab 11 at any angle

You also get 4G LTE connectivity, and there’s support for Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi. Lenovo has gone with a 7,500mAh battery for the Yoga Tab 11, and you get a 20W charger in the box.

The Yoga Tab 11 runs Android 11 by Lenovo with very little customization. At the time of this review it was running the July Android security patch, which is dated. You get some Google and Microsoft apps preinstalled with Netflix. Google’s new Entertainment Space and Kids Space apps are also available on this tablet.

You can swipe right up from the home screen to access the Entertainment space, which has three tabs labeled Watch, Games, and Read. The Watch section pulls in content from all supported apps so you can narrow down what you want to watch without individual apps. Youtube and Amazon Prime are available while Netflix is ​​missing here. The Games tab gives you shortcuts to launch preinstalled games and you’ll see recommendations for other games from the Play Store. The Read tab contains recommendations for content from Google Play Books.

Gesture navigation is enabled by default in Lenovo, but you can choose to use the standard three-button navigation layout instead. The tablet wakes up the display when it detects a face.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Performance and Battery Life

Lenovo’s UI is clean and easy to use. I didn’t notice any lag when using the Yoga Tab 11. App load times were acceptable and I could multitask between some apps without issue, although there were occasionally a few reloads when opened, meaning they didn’t stay in memory in the background. Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 supports facial recognition using the selfie camera. It barely worked, and I often had to punch in a code to unlock the tablet.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Right Side Gadgets360 Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review

All the buttons are on the right side along with the USB Type-C port

In my experience the display had good viewing angles and the brightness was adequate indoors. Users can change the color output and color temperature of the panel. The quad speaker system with Dolby Audio was loud enough to fill a small room, and managed to produce good bass, too. The stainless kickstand might not look appealing at first, but it provides a lot of convenience when watching videos. I could move this tablet upwards at different angles while placing it on a table and even on a bed. Those looking for a tablet primarily for entertainment will be happy with the Yoga Tab 11.

I ran some benchmarks on the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 to see how it fares. It managed to score 290,180 points in AnTuTu, and 470 and 1,608 points respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests. In the graphics benchmark 3DMark, the Yoga Tab 11 managed to score 3,297 points.

I loaded Battlegrounds Mobile India onto the tablet to see how it handles gaming. I could play the game at HD graphics and high frame rate settings without any lag or stutter. However, this large tablet isn’t the most comfortable device to play with. After 23 minutes, I noticed a six percent drop in battery level which was acceptable.

The Yoga Tab 11 has an 8-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. I wasn’t expecting a feature-rich camera app, and so I wasn’t surprised it was basic with only a few shooting modes. What I liked was that the selfie camera has a very wide field of view. This was especially useful for video calls. Photos taken with the Tab 11’s rear camera are pretty average.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Bottom Speaker Gadgets360 Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 Review

You get four speakers on the Yoga Tab 11, and they’re powerful enough to fill a small room

Battery life with the Yoga Tab 11 was great, and it lasted me 3-4 days on a full charge. My three hours of usage every day included watching YouTube videos, surfing Reddit, and playing casual games. I found idle power drain to be minimal, which helps the tablet last longer on a single charge. The given 20W charger is capable of charging the Yoga Tab from 11 to 25 percent in half an hour and 50 percent in an hour. A full charge took a little over two hours.

Decision

Yoga Tab 11 has been launched in India soon after Lenovo Tab P11 Pro ,Review), and it caters to a different segment in the market. The Yoga Tab 11 gets the basics right, with a crisp display, powerful speakers and a big battery. While the integrated kickstand may seem like a gimmick, it’s quite useful.

For those looking for a tablet for entertainment purposes, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 fits the bill quite well. In fact, it performs well enough to even handle occasional gaming. NS Galaxy Tab S6 Lite ,Review) can be an option at roughly the same price, and also comes with a stylus. If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, you should also consider Apple iPad (9th Generation),

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