Lenovo’s Loga Tab 13 is a tablet that really has something to respond to: Snapdragon 870, possibility of connection to a PC, price less than 750 euros… Here is a serious competitor of the Tab S7 + from Samsung. We have tested the 13 ″ tablet and give you all our conclusions.
Despite the undeniable dominance of the Apple in the tablet sector, the world of Android is not left out with many interesting proposals. This is the case with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13. A premium tablet offered at 749 € (After reduction of 50 € via ODR) equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. It is arguably the most premium tablet Lenovo has ever offered.
Announced at Mobile World Congress 2021 alongside three other models, the Yoga Tab 13 is a model focused on entertainment, games, VOD and of course internet browsing. On paper, the tablet looks very promising. We have tested this Android 11 tablet from the ground up for you, to allow you to discover if it will meet your needs, and if its arguments are strong enough to justify its price which could put off more than one (e ).
Yoga Tab 13 data sheet
|Lenovo Yoga Tab 13|
|Dimensions||293.3mm x 203.9mm x 6.2mm|
|Screen||– 13 “
– LTPS LCD
– 2160 x 1350 pixels
– 60 Hz / 400 nits
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR5|
|Ports||– Micro-HDMI ™ with HDCP 1.4 support
– USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
|Front sensor||8 MP|
|Storage||128 GB storage|
|Connectivity||– Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax)
– Bluetooth 522
– Android 11
Our full video test of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Pricing and availability
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13, equipped with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, is priced at € 799. However, there is on the manufacturer’s site an ODR allowing you to save 50 €. To complete the experience, you can purchase the Yoga Precision Pen 2, stylus compatible with the tablet that will have to be acquired separately at a price of 69 €. Note thatonly one black “shadow black” color is available by Lenovo.
Unboxing and Design
The experience of unboxing a product is always interesting. This is where the first sensations will be born with the object that you unpack. Lenovo has done it right here. A box of excellent quality, compartmentalized for the various accessories.
In addition to the Yoga Tab 13, you can discover a fairly well supplied set of accessories, which includes the following:
- a power adapter allowing a maximum recharge of 30W
- end-to-end USB Type-C cable for charging and syncing
- a USB-C to 3.5mm TRRS Mini-Jack adapter
- a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable, designed to connect the latter as a secondary screen to your computer for example.
The 13-inch tablet is imposing with its 29.3 cm high, 20.9 cm wide and its thickness ranging from 0.62 cm to 2.49 cm at its base. However, it remains below the kilogram, since the whole shows a net weight on the scale of 830 grams. Despite its dimensions which may seem impressive for a tablet, the device fits well in the hand. It owes this in particular to its cylindrical reinforcement located at its base, this one allowing a good support and will avoid you to tighten the hands too much.
The 13 ″ display is framed with 5mm borders on the sides and slightly thicker on the top and bottom of the device (9mm). The upper border can also accommodate an 8 MP front camera, as well as light and time-of-flight sensors.
We find on the edges of the device a plug Usb-c, a video input jack in micro-HDMI, the usual locking and volume control buttons, as well as 4 loudspeakers located on the lower and upper edges of the tablet.
The rear is surprising, because composed of two very different textures. On the one hand, there is plastic of excellent quality, but which undeniably keeps fingerprints. The other, we take advantage of a fabric, alcantara to be exact. This is very pleasant to the touch and reinforces the premium sensation that the product seeks to deliver.
Finally, the base of the tablet also accommodates a stainless steel support, positioned on a bulge. This support allows you totilt the tablet as you see fit, or even to hang the tablet on a hook, since the latter support is able to orient itself 180 degrees.
The Yoga Tab 13 doesn’t have a rear camera, which can be a drag for some. This function would have made it possible, for example, to photograph documents to modify them on the fly, but we will not hold it against this since this tablet is, above all, designed for entertainment and is not intended to become a camera.
The general feeling of this tablet is very positive. The cylindrical bulge at the bottom of the shelf allows easier vertical handling and increased stability when placed on a table. Moreover, the versatility of positioning, thanks to the rear support, really offers the possibility of adapting the inclination to our desires, while the very successful overall finish makes this tablet an object that we love to use. However, care must be taken not to stain the alcantara rear part with grease or any other product.
As the name of the tablet suggests, here we are entitled to a nice display area of 13 inches, a substantial size for a tablet which therefore ensures a convincing viewing experience. An LCD screen with LTPS technology offers a 2K resolution of 2160 × 1350 pixels, a brightness of 400Nits and a refresh rate, which is however limited to 60Hz.
If the absence of OLED may bother some, it seems logical in view of the price that Lenovo is oriented on a screen in LCD technology, which despite everything remains of excellent quality.
The slab is here certified Dolby Vision and Netflix HD, the whole offering a truly compelling viewing experience. The blacks are deep and the “blooming” indistinguishable. The colors are vivid and shimmering, the sharpness is breathtaking thanks to its 2K resolution. In short, we are here in front ofa tablet equipped with a very well calibrated panel. The only downside is the relatively low brightness, even when trying to push it to the maximum. Consulting the tablet in direct sunlight is therefore much less pleasant. While the screen offered here is not anti-reflective, you can use the tablet as a “mirror”. But that’s not its primary vocation, is it?
Beyond that, viewing content or playing on this tablet is a real pleasure. The panel really benefits from its Dolby Vision certification and its 2K resolution, making the use immersive. However, we would have appreciated a slightly higher refresh rate. 90 Hz would not have been too much, especially when you take into account the gaming orientation of the tablet.
Once again, the adjustable support at the back makes perfect sense, allowing you to position the tablet as you see fit, either in “keyboard” tilt to take advantage of easier typing, or in “screen” position to watch images. movies or beat your high scores.
Let’s also talk about theHDMI input : this allows you to use your tablet as a secondary screen of your computer, thus offering you increased comfort when using your PC. This function is quick to configure, since you only need to connect the tablet using the cable provided, so that it is automatically recognized as a screen by the computer. The tablet will therefore directly become a major asset in your workflow, a feature that we would like to see more regularly on digital slates.
Hardware and performance
The Yoga Tab 13 is Lenovo’s top-of-the-range Android tablet, which can be seen from the datasheet. The SoC chosen by the manufacturer is here a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, supported in its task by its graphics processor, an Adreno 650. We find this processor in particular on the Motorola Edge 20 Pro which was recently announced, but also the Xiaomi Mi 10S unveiled rather in the year.
The tablet also benefits from 8 GB of RAM in LPDDR5. As for storage, if the Lenovo site advertises up to 256GB, the version marketed in France is equipped with 128GB of space, which must obviously be deducted from the weight of the system. We would have liked the possibility of expanding the memory via a micro-SD card, a feature which is unfortunately absent on this model.
On the Benchmark side, the results are quite convincing. For example, the console is neck and neck with a Galaxy S21 Ultra, and even exceeds it in Single Core with a score of 968 against 960. The multi-core result is just as surprising with a score of 3086, which places the tablet just below the S21 Ultra. To draw an even more telling parallel, the Yoga Tab 13 easily outperforms a Galaxy Tab S7 +, ensuring you have in your hands one of the most powerful Android tablets on the market.
The combo therefore offers breathtaking performance in all situations, whether in multitasking, as on relatively heavy tasks. In general, navigation is smooth and we did not notice any problems with all the applications we used. The hardware also gives pride of place to video games, since the Yoga Tab 13 runs Genshin Impact (the most greedy game of the moment) without batting an eyelid with the parameters set to the maximum, which is rare enough to be cited. All you have to do is find a good controller to enjoy great gaming sessions, even on the go.
In terms of autonomy, the Yoga Tab 13 is equipped with a 10,000 mAh accumulator, just that. Lenovo announces a longevity of 12 hours, longevity which obviously varies according to your use. In fact, we were able to verify Lenovo’s comments: the battery lasted 11:30 am on a versatile use combining VOD, social networks and a good video game session. Obviously, energy-intensive or economical use will undoubtedly lead to a fluctuation in this autonomy.
Lenovo indicates that its tablet recharges, via the supplied 30 W power adapter, from 0 to 80% in 1.5 hours. Here again, this holds true in practice. For a full recharge from 0 to 100%, it will take 2 hours, which remains respectable in view of the overall autonomy offered by the device.
Small point of network compatibility: the YOGA TAB 13 will offer you everything you need, or almost. You can enjoy Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) and all lower standards, but also Bluetooth 5.2. However, the Snapdragon 870 is a processor sold with its 5G compatibility as an argument. Something that Lenovo did not want to take advantage of since you will not be able to benefit from a cellular connection here. For a tool designed for travel, and integrating a media center based on VOD applications, this is regrettable. You will still be able to share the connection from your smartphone, to the detriment of the speed which will be less convincing.
Very interesting point of the tablet, the sound is delivered by four speakers located at the top and bottom of the tablet. These are signed JBL and deliver sound worthy of the name they represent. The bass is surprising for an object of this size, the returned sound is balanced and powerful, without showing weakness or saturation even at full volume.
In addition to offering JBL signature sound, the Yoga Tab 13 is Dolby Atmos certified which, coupled with the Dolby Atmos screen, offers excellent consistency. As said before, Lenovo has taken care to also provide with its tablet a USB-C to mini jack adapter, which will make it easy to connect any headset to the tablet so as not to disturb your neighbors in transport. Of course, it is also possible to connect a wireless listening system via Bluetooth 5.2, a technology that will ensure you do not suffer from any latency.
On the pick-up side, there are 3 microphones equipped with ambient noise reduction technology, placed on either side of the device. They will allow you to capture your voice without being disturbed by surrounding noise, to ensure that your interlocutors have good audio reproduction.
The Yoga Tab 13 is only equipped witha single 8 MP front camera. All in all, this will offer satisfactory results for videoconferencing or a few selfies. The sensor offers crisp and precise results. The management of the dynamic range is correct. Software clipping for the portrait effect does a good job in good light conditions, although some light burrs on the hair are to be expected.
Nothing surprising to note, except the absence of a rear camera as mentioned above. A choice assumed by the brand which has chosen to favor the power and finesse of the product.
One of the strengths of the tablet remains its overlay, or rather the virtual absence of it. So here we are with a version ofAndroid 11 equipped with such a light overlay that the experience is very close to a “pure” version of the Google OS. Which is therefore very pleasant to use on a daily basis. No “big” bloatware is to be mentioned: the applications present are those developed by Google, as well as Netflix and some productivity tools from Microsoft, such as OneNote and Office. The only mention of the manufacturer is visible in the settings where you can, if you wish, create a Lenovo account.
The Yoga Tab 13 also offers full integration of the “Google Entertainment Space”. This media center turns your tablet into Google tv which brings together all of your games, movies, series and eBooks available for quick and easy access. Once connected to your various VOD services for example, you can easily find all your current series in this space, or search directly from the Google Entertainment Space for the one you want to discover, avoiding you having to go and find your applications on home screen or app drawer.