Test: Lenovo Tab P11 – Affordable Android tablet

When it comes to tablets with Android, they are usually divided into two groups. The top models that cost as much as a more expensive mobile phone, they are preferably made by Samsung, and tablets for less than SEK 2,000 that often have such limited specifications that they have difficulty performing their basic tasks.

For those who want something in between, there is usually a shortage of alternatives, and what has existed has not infrequently paid off quite poorly for the extra price tag compared to the cheapest tiles. In any case, Lenovo, which in recent years has mainly stayed around the lower price tag, has begun to broaden, both with top models that compete with Samsung in the form of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro, and with this mid-priced model Lenovo Tab P11. The manufacturer’s Tab 11 and Tab 11 Pro are thus not variants on the same tablet but two quite different models, and it is the cheaper Tab 11 we are testing here.

The price is between 3,000 and 4,000 kronor, depending on whether you want a built-in 4G connection, 4 or 6 GB of working memory and 64 or 128 GB of storage memory (there is also space for a memory card). If you thought of using the tablet mainly for surfing and watching movies, 64 GB is enough, but if games are to be installed, the higher memory option may be good.

The amount of memory and storage feels perfectly sufficient for the price tag, but possibly we would have liked a slightly faster system circuit. Qualcomm’s chipset Snapdragon 632 is admittedly a class above the circuits you usually find in the 2000 kronor tablets, but the step up to the more expensive tablets’ performance, or for that matter cheaper Ipads, is a long one.

Fast enough anyway

At the same time, I do not really have much to complain about. I do not find it difficult to start apps or swipe the menus, although I notice that it is not as fast as it could be. I have no problem running any of the apps or games I try. Heavier 3D games hack a little, but not so that they become unfriendly to play.

It’s a bit the same with the screen. It has a slightly lower resolution than the much more expensive Tab P11 Pro, and is an LCD screen instead of the OLED that the P11 Pro has. However, the resolution is higher than on the cheapest tiles, and above all it does not change much in color or brightness when I hold it at different angles. For 3000 – 4000 kronor, I think it is a good tablet screen, and a large and good screen is perhaps also the main reason to buy a tablet instead of just using a mobile phone.

We get seven hours of battery life during video playback with the screen set to maximum brightness. It’s pretty good for a tablet and significantly more than what I usually get out of Ipad.

In one area, it has cost a little more than you expect from the price range and that is the speakers. Here is not only stereo but four speakers placed on the short sides of the plate. It gives a rich sound when watching movies, even if the sound is not very bass strong. It feels quite prioritized and makes the movie experience when you watch the record with someone else and can not use the headset really well.

Speaking of headsets, I do not have a 3.5 mm socket, or at least an included adapter in the box, because there is no such thing.

Nice back

The design also feels a little extra ambitious. It’s not the lightest or thinnest tablet I’ve tested, but the design on the back is interesting, with a metal back at the bottom and a rubber surface in the upper part that gives a bit of character. At the bottom there is also a connection connector for keyboards. I have not had the opportunity to test it, but the stand and keyboard are sold in any case as accessories by Lenovo for 1100 kroner. The stylus is also available for purchase separately. In addition to these, you also have a productivity mode in the system, with a more computer-like user interface where apps open in windows and you have shortcuts to open apps at the bottom.

This is one of quite a few small but often useful little additions to the Android 10 that drives the tablet. Another example is that it has been thought that a tablet is often shared by several family members. You can already choose from the lock screen which user should log in to the tablet via shortcuts.

The tablet does not have a fingerprint reader, so if you want to use something other than a PIN code, password or swipe gesture to unlock, it is face recognition that applies. I do not think it is very good at its job, and I miss having a fingerprint reader a bit.

When I answered the question a couple of months ago if I could recommend a tablet for 4000 or less, my answer was the cheapest Ipad. Today I would answer the cheapest Ipad or Lenovo Tab P11. The Lenovo plate is slower, but has better battery life. If you are going to watch a movie together, it also has much better speaker sound. Overall, the Lenovo Tab P11 provides good value for a tablet between 3,000 and 4,000 kronor.

questions and answers

Does the tablet have Motorola’s system version? No, Lenovo owns Motorola, but when it comes to tablets, they make them under their own brand with their own user interface.

What is the difference from the Pro model of P11? Tab P11 Pro is a completely different tablet, with faster chipset and better screen. It is also more than twice as expensive.

Does the plate charge quickly? It takes time to charge such a large battery, but the included 20 watt charger does a decent job.

An alternative

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7: If there is a point in it being Samsung, the Galaxy Tab A7 is in the same price range, but you get worse specifications for the money.

Test image

The camera is basic, but for taking photos of receipts, scanning bills and the like, it fulfills its function.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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