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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 Review

7.8Expert Score
Good

This is a significant upgrade over the original Tab P11 Pro thanks to the screen’s improvements, the new processor, and awesome stylus integration. Some users, however, might find the poor camera performance and lack of LTE to be frustrating.

Design
7.5
comfort
8.1
Performance
7.1
Battery
7.8
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Awesome display
  • Clever storage solution and stylus support
Cons
  • Camera performance is not great
  • The keyboard and kickstand add a lot of weight
  • The Pro version does not have LTE

Detailed Review of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

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Detailed overview of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is a tablet that aspires to be a laptop, just like its predecessor. We contend that since the initial release of the Android OS in 2020, improvements to the operating system and generally better app support have made this a more attainable objective. It includes the typical components for a tablet-laptop hybrid, including a magnetic keyboard cover, a kickstand, and Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3 stylus.

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Performance of Lenovo Tab P11 Gen 2

A MediaTek Kompanio 1300T octa-core processor with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage powers the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2. While the MediaTek Helio G99 in the non-Pro Tab P11 Gen 2 is less potent. It was challenging to test the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2’s quad speakers with Dolby Atmos in a noisy environment, but they produced good sound. Initial impressions were positive; programs loaded incredibly quickly, and the tablet feels responsive overall. It only takes a few seconds to boot to the home screen after a full shutdown.

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Design of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 looks like a typical tablet. Four JBL-tuned speakers and an 11.2-inch QHD+ OLED with a 5:3 aspect ratio are included for content consumption. In addition, the display supports a high refresh rate of up to 120Hz and has a maximum brightness of 420 nits. You would essentially need crispness and clarity to watch your favorite TV programs. Beyond those specifications, this tablet does not offer much else that enhances the media consumption experience, but that is okay because anything extra would be unnecessary.

People would not be concerned with the other specifications if the screen and speakers are good, as long as it is still usable. The front-facing camera is located at the top centre of the display when it is in landscape mode. On the back, Lenovo adopts a dual-tone design with a Precision Pen 3 magnetizable side on one side. Although Lenovo sent us one to test, it is not included with the tablet.

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Audio of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

There are four JBL-tuned speakers on the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2, and they sound good and are loud enough. Although they are still in-built speakers, which means they are not great, they are adequate for games, music, and movies. The main issue I have with this tablet is that it does not have a headphone jack, which is something that a tablet designed for media consumption should realistically have.

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Battery Life of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2

While battery life is good when used normally, it depletes abnormally quickly when the screen is off. It mysteriously loses power while idling, which contributes to the next significant problem: the charging time. It takes more than two hours to charge this tablet from 0% to 100% as it only charges at 18W. It is already problematic enough that other, less expensive tablets charge more quickly. But when the tablet frequently runs out of battery while doing nothing, that is unacceptable. It is difficult to say for sure, but I am hoping that these issues are just the result of a rogue background process.

Specifications

Storage128GB UFS 3.1 storage
CPUMediaTek Kompanio 1300T
MemoryUp to 6GB RAM
Operating SystemAndroid
Battery8,200 mAh
PortsUSB-C port
Camera (Rear and Front)8MP front-facing camera, 13MP main
Display (Size, Resolution)OLED, HDR10+, 2560×1536, 420 nits, 120Hz
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS + GLONASS
Size11.2-inch
Headphone jackNo
Measurements263.66mm x 166.67mm x 6.8 mm, 480g
Resolution1536 x 2560 pixels, 5:3 ratio (~267 PPI density)
BodyGlass front, plastic back, plastic frame
Internal Storage128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Card slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
Bluetooth5.1, A2DP, LE
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Charging20W wired, QC3
ColorsStorm Grey, Oat

Although you do not need to spend a lot of money to enjoy a good Android tablet experience, if you are on a tight budget and want a good screen, this is likely the device to choose. All of this is to say that, for the right person, I do recommend this tablet. Spending a little more to purchase an iPad might make much more sense for some people than any of the top Android tablets available.

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