With its 11.5-inch OLED screen and its design, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is a very complete proposition in the Android tablet market to give blow to the tenor of the sector: the iPad Pro.
The event could have gone unnoticed, it coincides with the IFA whose organization has been shaken by the current health crisis, nevertheless among Lenovo's announcements … one product stands out. Indeed, Lenovo announced yesterday its Lenovo Tab P11 Pro. A high-end Android tablet announced a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus and the Huawei MediaPad Pro. Contrary to what one might think, the Android tablet market is technically still there.
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro: a neat technical sheet
The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro incorporates an 11.5-inch diagonal OLED screen in 2K definition (2560 x 1600 pixels), carefully designed and quite thin. An interesting alternative if you are looking for a versatile device that has a screen similar to a laptop in definition and size, but with the portability of tablet format. With only 5.8 millimeters thick, the Tab 11 Pro weighs less than half a kilogram and what also stands out is its appearance that vaguely reminds us of the iPad Pro. I suggest, however, that you stop the comparison here, because any comparative analysis intended to assess the degree of originality of one design over another is a delicate exercise that should be approached with great caution. By the way, this screen is Dolby Vision and HDR10 compatible.
This tablet also has a total of four speakers designed by the JBL brand, compatible with Dolby Atmos to create a surround effect. There is also a fingerprint sensor carefully integrated on the edge of the device, a stylus that attaches with a magnetic system, a keyboard with touch pad, as well as two cameras on the front and two cameras on the front. the back. Inside, we find the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (a variant of the Snapdragon 730 whose graphics chip has been boosted) associated with 4 or 6 GB of RAM as well as 64 or 128 GB of internal storage, not to mention the possibility of inserting a microSD up to 1 TB (in the same tray for the nanoSIM). The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro will be available from 679.90 euros by the end of 2020.
Lenovo is therefore joining Samsung and Huawei in this segment of the high-end Android tablet, with the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, whose test is underway, and the Huawei MediaPad Pro already tested on Frandroid. The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus plays the flagship role in this shock team, with its 12.4-inch OLED display and 120Hz refresh rate. It's equipped with Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, as well. than 8 GB of RAM. Samsung has also installed four AKG Dolby Atmos compatible speakers.
Problem: Android remains unsuitable for tablets
Unfortunately, these tablets have one major flaw: the vast majority of Android applications are unsuitable for such a large screen. Manufacturers do a good job of making sure that their own applications work well and they offer bespoke functions (display of several apps at the same time or even PC modes), which is a good thing, but it cannot. not make up for the fact that most apps look like ill-formed apps when displayed on such a large area or that apps designed for tablets remain siled to the iPad.
Personally, I hope that Chrome OS establishes itself as the alternative to the iPad for tablets and I would have loved to find this OS on these high-end hardware. The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is the perfect example, this tablet offers a very versatile 2-in-1 machine.
Unfortunately, it is still considered that there is only the iPad in this product segment. However, there are high-end Android tablets, as well as models running Windows 10 (such as the Surface Go 2). The observation is that these are two approaches that are far too timid to allow them to establish themselves as convincing alternatives to the iPad Pro.