Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Review: Is It Worth Buying or Not?

Last Updated on September 28, 2022 by Ernest

Your extensive guide to knowing everything about the newest Lenovo Tab P11 Pro.

With Samsung and Apple upping their game and flexing their muscle by introducing new and upgraded tablets, it was up to Lenovo to follow the lead and introduce their state-of-the-art tablet. 

Enter Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. With the success of its predecessor, Lenovo have stepped up their game and have entered into the market with an upgraded flagship tablet

So, without any further ado, let’s take a detailed look at the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro!

Specifications of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro:

  • Operating System: Android 10.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-Core Processor (8 x Kryo 470 CPU, up to 2.2 GHz).
  • Display: 11.5″ WQXGA (2560 x 1600) OLED, touchscreen.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM.
  • Warranty: 1 Year.
  • Camera: Front –  8MP RGB + 8MP IR & RGB Fixed Focus, Rear – 13MP Autofocus + 5MP Fixed Focus.
  • Wireless Connectivity: 802.11AC(2 * 2)
  • Battery: 8,250MmAh Li-Po battery. 

Note: There are 3 variants of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro and what we will be discussing is the base model. There isn’t much difference between the 3 variants. The only difference is you get 6GB RAM in the other 2 variants. Moreover, you also get an Active Pen with the topmost model.

About the Tablet

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is by far the largest tablet that Lenovo has ever come out with. The 11.5” 2K OLED screen offered by Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is one of the biggest displays that have been offered in the market. 

The device is very lightweight in comparison to the other tablets out there. The charging USB cable that comes with the tablet is pretty long, quite longer than the cords that the other big companies provide. 

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 in a similar category, the P11 Pro Tab is thinner.

Coming to the unlocking and authentication features, the fingerprint scanner is situated right on the power button which is honestly great. Simple things like these make it look like they have put in the effort to make the experience of using the tablet comfortable. They have also added a face scanner as a security lock option.

There are 2 microphones included in the tablet along with 4 speakers with 2 on each side of the tablet. The speakers are built by tech giants JBL. The Tab has a USB-C Type charging port. Pogo pins are included on the side of the Tablet as well.

There are 2 cameras situated at the back of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. The flash is also situated right beside the cameras. The cameras do stick out a bit from the back although not that much but that might be the reason they have gone with a magnetic back so that it just slides into your bag or backpacks.  

Lenovo has also added the rolling screenshot by double-tapping the power button. In addition to that, there is also an option of gesture control but if you are comfortable with the button system then you can use that instead of gesture control. At the end of the day, you use what suits you the best.

Under the Dolby sound effect, you get 4 options. The options are Dynamic, Music, Movie, and Custom.

Main Features in Detail

To make your decision easier on whether to buy this tab or not, let’s go through the features in detail.

Display

The display comes at a huge 11.5” OLED. Lenovo Tab 11 Pro has one of the biggest displays currently in the Tab market. The viewing experience is very smooth as the pixels do not stretch.

The resolution comes at 1600 * 2560 with 350 nits. The 263ppi density level makes the images come with sharp contrast and saturation.

For gamers as well the screen is pretty huge and on top of that, the high resolution makes the gaming experience worthwhile. All the games run smoothly and efficiently without a glitch. 

There is though no 4k support on the Tab. It does go to 1080 resolution for video viewing. Full HD viewing is available on the Tablet.

Camera

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is equipped with 2 front and 2 rear cameras. If you are someone who gets impressed by looks, then the rear camera and its placement are beautiful. It is designed perfectly with a flash beside it. Lenovo has made it look elegant.

There are 2 front cameras as described above. One is a selfie camera that comes with 8MP RGB + 8MP IR & RGB Fixed Focus camera. The other is a face scanner.

The rear camera has a standard 13MP Autofocus + 5MP Fixed Focus camera.

As far as cameras go Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is not equipped with a groundbreaking camera. It does its job of taking standard photographs and videos. It struggles in low light and brightness. For a Tablet that is built supposedly to take on or at least be a market breaker against Galaxy Tab s7 and Air Pad, the quality of the cameras is pretty grim. 

Processor

The Processor of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-Core Processor (8 x Kryo 470 CPU, up to 2.2 GHz). It works quite well and the transition from apps to apps is smooth.

The P11 Pro operates on Android 10.

The surface, on the whole, works well. The touch is good as is the processing speed and time. It’s a decent effort. So, multitasking should not be a problem with it!

But again though if you want to compete with the best then the 730G Octa-Core Processor definitely won’t cut it. In fact, even the Samsung S6 Tab that came out earlier has a better processor than the Lenovo P11 Pro.

If Lenovo were targeting the mid-range market then this Processor was understandable. But they are going after the BIG premium Tablets with their “Pro” series and frankly, this processor undermines those efforts.

If you are looking to use a Tablet for daily use then you won’t be that affected by the processor. Your day-to-day activities would not get hindered by it. It still functions smoothly and you won’t notice anything unusual if you are “just” using it. But the people who need a fast processor for work or gaming will certainly notice the slower processor.

Again though it is completely up to the choice of people as to in what respect they buy tablets. If speed isn’t an issue then this processor is fine for you but if you use tablets for speedy work then you might notice the slower processor in this one.

Battery

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is powered by a Li-Po 8600mAh battery. Safe to say the battery seems pretty long-lasting. Of course, the battery life depends upon the usage of the tablet by individuals but it should probably last the full day.

Lenovo claims that the battery can last up to 15 hours of video playback. It is still a significant amount of time.

The battery is non-removable. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro also comes with a 20w fast charger. The charging time cuts down and the viewing time increases with fast charging. 

Memory

The memory is 128GB and 4GB RAM, Internal. The other variant of P11 Pro offers 128GB and 6GB RAM, Internal.

There is also an option of additional storage with an expandable memory card. Micro SD card is the option for expandable memory card.

Sound

There are 4 Loudspeakers provided with the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. The speakers are powered by JBL. The quality of the speakers is very high. The sound that comes out is loud and clear.

There is a 3.5mm Audio jack on the tablet.

As for the Mic. There is a dual-array mic and a smart voice mid-field digital signal processor (Google Assistant).

Body

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro has a Premium aluminum unibody design. Additionally, as it is built with a lightweight aluminum-alloy unibody frame, the Lenovo P11 Pro sports a dual-tone finish to complement a clean, contemporary profile. 

This four-sided device has 6.9mm/0.27in narrow bezels at its display. This ultra-thin device tapers to the only 5.8mm/0.23in at its thinnest edge.

The dimension on the whole is 264.3 x 171.4 x 6.9 mm (10.41 x 6.75 x 0.27 in). The body and total weight of the tablet is 485g. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro supports NANO-SIM.

There is also a stylus included but only with the third variant of the tablet.

Connectivity

The P11 Pro offers WiFi 802.11AC (2 X 2), 2.4GHz & 5GHz dual-band, WiFi Direct, WiFi display. It also offers Hotspot connectivity.

There is a Bluetooth version 5.0, A2DP, LE. GPS available is A-GPS, GLONASS. Lenovo Tab P11 Pro has a USB-C Type 3.2 version. Thus, supporting rapid file sharing.  

Sensors

Following are the sensors available in the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro.

  • Accelerometer Sensor.
  • Hall sensor.
  • E-Compass.
  • Ambient L-sensor.
  • Gyroscope.
  • TOF sensor.
  • Vibrator.

Software

Lenovo has pre-uploaded some apps in its P11 Pro Tablet. Some of the apps included are Microsoft Office, OneNote, Netflix, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Google Suites, Gmail Suites, Google Kids Space.

Lenovo has gone all-out in filling the tablet with every possible software. 

Security

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is equipped with both the Fingerprint sensor and Face Scanner. The fingerprint sensor is embedded with the power button on the top of the tablet. The sensor is very sleek and smooth. 

The face scanner camera is situated at the front of the tablet alongside the 8MP camera. The scanner does its job smoothly and there is no hitch unlocking through the face scanner.

The Good and the Bad of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro

Pros of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro:

  • Daily use

If you are looking for a tablet for daily use then Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a very decent choice. You won’t notice much difference in your daily life use. Apps run very efficiently on P11 Pro.

Messaging, Shopping, any form of social media use is comfortable on this Lenovo tab. As mentioned earlier the transition between apps to apps is very smooth. So if you are browsing through some stuff on the web and you want to order that item in an instant then you can just quickly switch the apps without any delay. 

  • Gaming

The huge screen that Lenovo has provided is perfect for a gamer. From the basic Candy crush to something like PubG, Call of Duty or even Clash of Clans runs without any disturbance. The display is very sleek and the gaming experience because of that is enhanced. 

There is no lag or drag on the screen either during gaming. 

  • Applications

Lenovo having pre-installed the P11 Pro with so many applications you don’t have to go to the play store to download them. They are pre-installed. From Microsoft office to Netflix, every type of important app is already installed.

Work or entertainment there is an app for everything on this device. On top of that, there is already a Lenovo news and video feed on the tablet. You just have to swipe left from the home screen to access it. It is a general feed and you can customize it according to your taste. It is a good option to have.

  • Storage

Who doesn’t like the option of having expandable memory in their device? The storage given is in itself sufficient. But Lenovo has given an additional storage option with an extendable micro SD card. 

If you are a person who needs ample storage space for your work or private use then P11 Pro might just make your day. Lenovo has made an effort to give you as much space as you want on their device. 

Store your new apps, save your games, transfer files from laptops and monitors, save your photos and audio, download podcasts/music. You can do all of this without having to think twice about the storage capacity. 

  • Fast Charging

The world is moving forward at an electric speed and so are the devices. Fast charging is a necessity nowadays when you buy a premium product. The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is no different. 

The P11 Pro comes with a 20w fast charger. It means you spend less time charging and more time working or gaming. The 20w charger can charge the tablet up to 50% in 30 minutes and would take about 2-2.30 hours to fully charge the tablet.

The P11 Pro comes with a USB-C Type 3.2. 

Cons of Lenovo Tab P11 Pro:

  • Pricing

Make no mistake about it Lenovo has launched Lenovo Tab P11 Pro as a premium device. If you are going to add “Pro” in your device name then it is expected to be a premium product. The pricing doesn’t say it otherwise either.

Lenovo has tried to break the market by introducing the P11 Pro at a slightly lower price than Galaxy Tab s7 and iPad Air. The overall quality of the product still doesn’t justify its $500 price tag. 

There are not near enough upgrades on the P11 Pro for you to cough up half a thousand quid on it. 

  • Camera

When you dish out a premium tablet then expect it to be compared with the other premium tablets. The Camera on the Lenovo P11 Pro is not good enough for itself let alone in comparison with Samsung and Apple. 

The photos and videos you take on the tablet are average at best. The camera looks like it is just there only to be there as a mandatory feature. It also struggles in the low light and during extra brightness. The camera unfortunately is very Subpar which is a real shame considering the design of the cameras is very sleek and bold.

One can hope that they can improve upon some of the deficiencies with a software update. It is much needed.

  • Processor

We had to talk about it. That is the first thing many of us would have noticed when the specs came out. I would compare the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro processor with the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Apple iPad Air92019) but that would be too far-fetched which is ironic considering Lenovo has launched the P11 Pro to try and break both of those tablets markets.

Forget about the Samsung Galaxy S7 tab and Apple iPad Air, even Samsung Galaxy s6 has a better processor (Qualcomm 855 Snapdragon) than Lenovo Tab P11 Pro and s6 had come out two years earlier. 

Lenovo could and should have done better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. It is 2020 and it wouldn’t be wrong for the consumer to ask for a little bit more especially at this pricing($500). 

Again though it depends upon the use of an individual if you have previously used a Galaxy or an Apple tablet and then decided to use Lenovo Tab P11 Pro you will see a massive difference in the processor’s performance.

Final Verdict: Is Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Worth The Money?

To be honest, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is worth buying if you’re looking for a tablet having a great battery life, decent display, and expandable storage. It’s also great if you don’t have a specific use for the tablet, just an overall use. 

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a tablet for professional use, Lenovo Tab P11 Pro may not be the best option out there due to the low processing speed. In fact, at this price, you can get better models having specific features just for your office requirements. 

You might be interested in checking a newer version:
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (2nd Gen)
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

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