It’s a new Lenovo Yoga Tab! Specifically, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus, successor to the precisely one-year-old Yoga Tab 3 Pro, is (still) a 10-inch Android tablet, but unlike the Pro, which had high-end specs and features, the Tab 3 Plus offers a compelling price-to-performance ratio.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 with four Cortex-A52 cores, running a 1.8 GHz clock and four Crotex-A53 cores, running a 1.4 GHz clock (the Pro had an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor). It is equipped with an Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory storage (which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 128GB), and a USB Type-C connector.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus has a WXQGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) resolution, and sports the familiar bottom cylinder, which houses a massive 9300mAh battery and enables a kickstand. Lenovo reps claim the battery provides 18 hours of juice, even watching movies in full resolution.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus lacks one feature that made the Pro stand out: a built-in Pico projector. While it caught the eye of attendees at IFA last year, it proved to be more of a gimmick than a useful addition.
Just like the Pro, the Tab 3 Plus has a practical design that can be set in four different positions (even hanging), thanks to the kickstand. It’s made of metal, plastic and faux leather, which offer a credible finish. Thanks to the cylinder, it’s extremely comfortable to hold.
Its display imaging is fantastic, due mostly to its high sharpness and outstandingly sustainable contrast, but also because of the realistic colors. The only flaw is minor, and that’s the display brightness is too low. For Netflix and media streaming, this isn’t much of a problem, but gaming suffers for it.
The Tab 3 Plus ships with almost pure Android 6.0 (a positive step, given Lenovo’s history of tweaking Android), and plenty of bloatware. Fortunately, some of it can be uninstalled, and some of it is actually useful, with applications like Netflix and Accuweather on board.
In addition, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus supports LTE, and is IP52 certified, meaning it’s splash-proof, but can’t be submerged. It has four JBL speakers in the front that we’re eager to test out, given the generally sorry state of tablet speakers.
It will cost $299 when it ships Stateside in October.