Lenovo has the most interesting tablet at IFA. It’s a 10.1-inch Android tablet dubbed the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro, and it’s built specifically for multimedia consumption.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s defining feature is its built-in Pico projector, which enables a 70-inch playback on a wall (it’s also 20 inches larger than its predecessor’s projection, the Yoga Tab 2 Pro). What’s also impressive is its exceptional 2560 x 1600 display, which results in a density of 299 pixels per inch.
This tablet display has excellent sharpness, as well as surprisingly vivacious color imaging, with special emphasis on the warmer part of the spectrum, which seems to be a shade more saturated than the rest of the palette. This makes makes for especially pleasant viewing. Sustainable contrast with pure whites and very dark blacks also contribute to the impression that the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has one of the best tablet displays in its class. At least, that’s our impression after the first 30 minutes of toying with it.
The Yoga Tab’s design is familiar to the line, and it features a bulge on the lower half, which reveals a kickstand thanks to which the device can be propped up on a flat surface, or even hung on a wall.
The bulge also includes several practical benefits, which Lenovo makes additionally useful with each increment of the series. It holds a battery with impressive 10,200 mAh, which is sufficient for 18 hours of watching video, according to Lenovo. If true, that makes this tablet perhaps the longest lasting on the market.
Additionally, the bulge doubles as a type of soundbar, and it sports four JBL speakers, which undoubtedly adds to its multimedia chops. Finally, the tablet has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, which seem average based on our time with the tablet.
The device also ran Android well in our time with it, thanks to its Intel Atom x5-Z8500 chipset (the Surface 3 has a different, but mostly similar processor), a quad-core platform running a 2.24 GHz clock. The tablet also has 2 GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of memory storage (and can be expanded via microSD). Along with its bigger battery, this chipset contributes to the tablet’s impressive autonomy.
The tablet feels solid and premium, though some might not like the bulge. We’ve long been fans of the design’s utility, but it’s not especially elegant.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is set to ship in November, bearing the price tag of $499 for the 32GB version.
Lenovo also revealed two mid-range tablets of the same series in Berlin: the 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 and the 10.1-inch Yoga Tab 3. These differ from the Pro version in that both lack a Pico projector. They also both have quad-core Qualcomm ARM processors and will cost $169 and $199 respectively.