The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab tablet was announced at IFA 2015, and we now have it in testing. The super gadget comes with a built-in projector, and solves many of the problems the previous model had. When tablets have begun to spread a bit, many were quick to say that these gadgets will replace PCs and laptops, they already talked about laptops being obsolete. A few years later, we realize that things are not really like that, basically, nothing beats a laptop when it comes to productivity, though, tablets can be great multimedia devices, especially if clever designed. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab is a remarkable designed gadget, especially because it is not just a smartphone with a larger display, but also brings a number of unique features, dedicated to entertainment.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has normal specifications, still, it has a configuration designed specifically for what the tablet knows to do better. We are talking about a 10.1 inch display with QHD resolution, an Intel Atom Z8500 X5 processor, with speeds up to 2,24Ghz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, expandable via a microSD card. The battery has a 10200 MAh capacity and the tablet is equipped with two cameras, a 13MP one and a secondary 5MP cam.
The design of “magazine” as presented initially Ashton Kutcher two years ago, is complemented by a “loop”, posted on the support hinged, designed to help users to catching devices in the bathroom, kitchen or the front seats in airplanes. On the front, hiding the bulge and part of the battery, there is a fairly strong projector, and stereo speakers that provide powerful sound.
All good, talking specs, but how’s the tablet on daily use?
In a word….Excellent.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 – advantages
The design is perfect. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab is the perfect evolution in terms of design, I sustain this opinion, since when I saw the first model. That bulge at the base is so natural for browsing or reading eBooks and the folding support is incredibly useful if you want to keep the tablet as a second screen on your desk, or if you want to watch a movie on an airplane, or in a train, or if you want to keep it more comfortable on your knees in the subway, till you get home. The only time that bulge becomes annoying is when the user tries to play, but the experience can be improved considerably using a gamepad.
The projector is, undoubtedly, the most interesting feature of this tablet and not just a “gimmick”, but really useful. Even if you want to use it to showcase .PPT presentations in a meeting or to spice up a party with psychedelic clips from YouTube, you should know that the Lenovo integrated projector is strong enough. It can project an image diagonal of 70 inches, and the brightness is pretty good. The best part is that, unlike its predecessor, it was moved to the rotating support, meaning you can easily adjust the angle from which you want to project images from, and you will not need to put books under the tablet, so you avoid projecting images on the furniture, instead of the wall.
The display has high resolution, high contrast, decent brightness and slightly oversaturated colors. It is especially good for movies and viewing angles are large. Those who carry their laptops on trips just to see their TV series, can get rid of some baggage, and may be watching all that solely on Yoga Tab 3 Pro.
The sound system is surprising, at least for a tablet. I do not remember the last time I heard low frequency (bass) on a tablet, as Lenovo manages to play that bass. Besides those speakers really have bass, they broadcast a clear sound, strong enough to allow you to watch a movie without feeling the need to connect an additional sound system, unless you are at a great distance from the tablet. After all, this should not surprise me so much, because it is equipped with four JBL speakers.
Autonomy is also to be praised. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab is a tablet that you almost forget to upload. If three nights in a row you’d watch a movie, there would still be battery left to send emails, listen to some music and do some browsing on the fourth day. If you want to use it to read eBooks, with no internet connection, autonomy is estimated at some 18 hours. The projector consumes the battery faster, but resists bravely to a 2+ hours movie.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab – disadvantages
The performance is not bad, but it could have been much better. Don’t misunderstand this, clips run flawless, browsing is a pleasure, and most games do not solicit the tablet at its maximum resources.
However, there were times when I found it to be slow, either the menu, or when changing between applications, and these little bugs could have been avoided by adding 1 GB of RAM.
Maybe it’s because of the significant bloatware that comes preinstalled, plus the changes made by Lenovo to Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.
Conclusion – Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab
In conclusion, I can’t say that Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab managed to make me a true believer in the usefulness of tablets. I lost all confidence in these devices about two years ago, but the people from Lenovo have turned these gadgets around, to a new path, and gave them a second life.
The Chinese have understood that the tablets (at least those with Android) are more for fun than for productivity, and came up with the best design for such a device.
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tab is a successful combination from all points of view and I would like that other manufacturers get inspired from this idea and bring it to market, at a slightly accessible price.