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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro: A Tablet That Projects In The Right Direction


By launching his Yoga Tab 2 Pro a little over a year ago, Lenovo created the sensation with this large format tablet containing a pico projector. An astonishing idea on paper whose rough performance (weight and size irrelevant, the ubiquitous position of the projector …) left a sacred taste of unfinished. Never mind the Chinese maker returns for the second round with a product more compact and apparently better thought upstream.

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro takes the concept of Yoga Tab 2 Pro with a pico projector hidden in the structure, an integrated kickstand, and more or less high-end components. Its screen IPS passes this time to a more contained size, 10.1 against 13.3 inches (25.6 cm against 33.8 cm) before and a definition that adds a few lines in height (2650 x 1440 px on the Tab 2 Pro and 2560 x 1600 px here, as for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5), an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 quad-core chip clocked at 1.44 GHz, accompanied by a 2 GB RAM and a storage capacity of 32 GB (only 22.2 GB accessible at startup) expandable via the addition of a microSD card.

It also includes a 13MP video-back sensor and a 5MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS and battery with a capacity of 10200 mAh. Everything is powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop that Lenovo covers a light home interface.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro tablet is priced at 499 €.

ERGONOMICS 4/5

Lenovo retains the design and general lines that have made the Yoga Tab series a family of tablets apart. The manufacturer therefore always offers a relatively compact slate at the screen (occupancy rate of the front surface by the slab of 73%). Nevertheless, it is necessary to take into account the specificity of Yoga, namely its tubular base containing the battery, the rear photo-video sensor, a crutch, and the picocprojecteur. This excrescence actually inflates the measurements of the slate and the screen thus occupies more than 67% of the front panel.

A tube that also affects the weight, which is significant on this product, with a scale that indicates 667 grams, more than 200 g more compared to an Apple iPad Air 2, an Xperia Z4 Tablet or a Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The tube still offers excellent product grip in portrait mode since it acts as a similar handle. For the web, a vertical game (Candy Crush type) or an e-book, this can do the trick.

Where Lenovo does not deceive his world is the quality of the finishes of the machine. We are clearly in the top of the range, with a solid aluminum shell and a leather-like coating on one part of the back and one of the most attractive on the market. The hinge of the crutch is solid and the crutch can print several different positions. A small snap comes from elsewhere to leave her home or ensure its storage. Accompanied by a wireless keyboard, this Tab 3 Pro can be turned into a beautiful tool to send e-mails or tap a few kilometers of lines of text.

SCREEN 5/5

Just because the Tab 3 pro incorporates a video projector does not mean that Lenovo has neglected the screen. The 10.1-inch IPS panel quietly ranks among the best displays on the market. Its WQXGA definition (2560 x 1600 px) allows it to display a comfortable 299 pixels per inch, similar to what is found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and slightly in front of Apple’s iPad Air 2. This gives it a comfort of reading and certain use for any type of content, text, photo, as video.

Under our probe, the tablet reveals results of excellent quality: delta E average to 3.1 ensuring a color reproduction very close to natural tones, contrast to 1256: 1 slightly lower than what Apple offers on the iPad or Google with its Pixel C, but in a very reasonable average nowadays for IPS, and a maximum brightness reaching 430 cd / m². Everything is combined with a 14% overall screen reflection rate and ensures good readability under most conditions. In terms of tactile responsiveness of the slab, Lenovo does not succeed its huge bet of the Yoga Tab 2 Pro and its 14 ms of tactile delay – one of the records of the sector – since the Tab 3 Pro displays a delay of 90 ms and a time Latency of 26 ms. Average in the lower soft belly of the IPS market.

See below in our box to discover what are all relative qualities of the video projection mode display.

INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION 4/5

Shoulder change for Lenovo’s software rifle. The interface for Android without application menu (with all the apps on many home pages, such as iOS or Huawei’s EMUI) and loaded with home software gives way to a small overlay of Android 5.1 Lollipop that finds a more classic operation, with its general drawer of apps, no duplication in shortcuts of use or gestures and more fluency in use.

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro offers the basic Google Suite (YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts, Drive, Play Store …) and a reminiscence of Lenovo tools, including an average application for direct note-taking on the screen. another of content sharing between branded products using this single bias or a management of memory locally and in the cloud via the space offered by Lenovo. The Projection app only groups multimedia contents to project (images, videos, working documents) by type.

Too bad that, basically, the side “Pro” is finally embodied for Lenovo in the ability to project a Word doc meeting room (no screen sharing, for example). The performance of the Intel x5 platform paves the way for overall fluidity in all uses. Nevertheless, it would have been better to insert 1 GB of RAM extra to provide better support when a host of apps are open (traffic jams and micro-slowdowns).

MULTIMEDIA 3/5

Taken largely for video, the Yoga Tab 3 pro does not disappoint. The tablet knows how to swallow most mobile codecs without any problem, whether in 720p or 1080p. In addition, the dedicated video application includes advanced features such as image capture, playlist, and windowing.

AUDIO

The headphone output of the Lenovo tablet lacks some power. This does not benefit the distortion that remains a little too high in the last steps of the volume. And if the dynamic range is very wide, the stereophony, it is very narrow. Care should be taken to turn off the Dolby Equalizer, which, as so often, virtually destroys intrinsic sound qualities despite various spatialization attempts.

The speaker strip underneath the screen offers a rather good rendering of the spectrum, even if there are climbs in the treble a little aggressive.

Unfortunately, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is not really an ideal playing machine. Its size and uneven weight make it a bit difficult to grip. But most importantly, the Intel chip fails to keep pace. If the tablet manages to run most of the titles of the Play Store, a game like Real Racing 3 sacrifices a good part of the graphics effects and does not manage to ensure perfect fluidity end-to-end. At a time when Acer and its Predator 8 are playing the high end with the Intel x7 chip, it is a pity that Lenovo has opted for a mid-range platform that does not completely fit the total multimedia appetite and without constraints.

PHOTO 4/5

Unlike many other large tablets on the market, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro enjoys a decent quality camera. By shipping a 13-megapixel sensor, Lenovo is playing a bit in the race for numbers, but here it pays. Ergonomically photographic exercise is far from easy, it turns out to be rich in detail and benefits from a natural and balanced when you capture a cliché.

The slate of Lenovo manages to do a little better than the iPad Air 2, so far queen in the area of tablet photography. Even in low light, if the focus a little more trouble to make the scene remains legible and it avoids the presence of excessive and visible digital noise.

Find the Tab 3 Pro in our face-to-face photo

Unfortunately, if the front and rear sensors could claim a fifth star in their category, the very questionable ergonomics cap them to a star of total success. The rear sensor located at the end of the cylinder requires to take the shelf upside down to fit neatly. The front sensor, almost more important, is located on the side edge, forcing the tablet to be held in portrait mode to frame the subject. A strange choice as both the landscape mode and the tilting foot seemed intended to provide comfortable video conferencing.

AUTONOMY 4/5

With a high definition screen and an integrated pico projector, Lenovo had to embark on his Tab 3 Pro a battery that can hold the shot, and it is about done. The huge battery of 10 200 mAh allows using the tablet 2 days whole without blinking. We would have liked to shoot a little more, but it’s the price to pay for such a screen. Be careful, however, the use of the projector is not soft with the battery, as we emphasize in our box.

In streaming video via Netflix, the tablet runs out of steam after a little more than 10 hours. A good score, almost equal to that of the iPad Air 2. It will take, with the original charger, around 2h40 to recharge the device up to 100% after a power failure.

The Tab 3 Pro side projo

Beyond the differentiating criterion and the marketing argument, what is really worth the integrated projector to the Yoga Tab 3 Pro? We spent the tablet on our test bench dedicated to video projectors to learn a little more.

A few technical details in the first place: the pico projector integrated into the Lenovo tablet is capable of projecting an image of 854 x 480 px with an assumed luminous power of 50 lumens. The manufacturer also boasts the ability to project an image up to 170 cm diagonal (a screen of 70 inches).

In fact, with a decline of 3 meters and an image of 2 meters base, the tablet offers a brightness of 3 cd / m² and a starved contrast of 79: 1. As far as color fidelity is concerned, the report is not much more pleasing as it reaches a delta E of 13.2. Fortunately, the temperature is near perfect (6406 K).

The results are therefore far from brilliant and far removed from what can be produced by dedicated “pico” devices (Vivitek Qumi, for example). However, the use is obviously not the same. In quick and easy booster projection system, the Tab 3 Pro does an honest job, the colors are certainly far from natural and the definition a little poor, but to quickly enjoy a video to several or present a slideshow, the result remains acceptable and practical. Another use that has also found our preference quite subjective: in bed with a movie or a game – and a Bluetooth controller so – in projection on the ceiling. Whatever happens, it is only in total darkness or almost that the Tab 3 Pro can pull out of the game. On the other hand, it is necessary to count on numerous halos of light all around the maximum frame of projection.

Note also that the positioning of the projector, slightly offset from the center of the cylinder, is much smarter and ergonomic than that of the 1st generation which was at the end of the tube and therefore a real ergonomic hell. Be careful not to put your fingers on it. Finally, the automatic correction of the trapeze, if not new, has greatly improved and is effective, in addition to being fast, while the manipulation of the focus is no longer manual but electronic via a graduated touch wheel finally more accurate than the knob of the Tab 2 Pro.

A final downside, without much surprise, the projection function is very energy-intensive, about 10% use of the battery or sometimes a little more in 20 minutes on multimedia ( game, online or local video), which often amounts to enjoying a series or movie for just under 3:30. One more sign that the function remains for extra use and not really cut for long movie sessions unless plugged into the power.

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