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Lenovo Tab P12 Pro: an ultra-vitamin Android tablet whose screen you can use as a second monitor for your PC

Google may have (a little) abandoned tablets, but tablets certainly don’t want to abandon Android. Of course that is what the new Lenovo Tab P12 Pro and also the Lenovo Tab P11 5G.

The first is an interesting alternative to the iPad Pro for its creativity options and its fantastic (and huge) screen, while the second is also a striking option for those who want to enjoy content and that also stands out for its native 5G connectivity. And for dessert, atentos a Project Unity, an option to use these tablets as something more than auxiliary screens of our PC or laptop.

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro technical sheet

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro

Lenovo Tab P11 5G

Screen

AMOLED 12.6 inches

Resolution 2,560 x 1,600, 120 Hz

HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 600 nits

IPS 11 inch

Resolution 2,000 x 1,200, 60 Hz

Dolby Vision, 400 nits

Processor

Snapdragon 870

5G option

Snapdragon 750G 5G

Memoria RAM

6 / 8 GB LPDDR5

6 / 8 GB LPDDR4

Storage

128 / 256 GB UFS 3.1

Expandable via microSD slot

128 / 256 GB

Expandable via microSD slot

Rear Cameras

13 megapixels with autofocus

5MP Wide Angle

13 megapixels with autofocus and flash

Frontal camera

8 megapixels and ToF sensor

8 megapixels and ToF sensor

Battery

10.200 mAh

45W fast charge

7.700 mAh

20W fast charge

Audio

4 altavoces SLS JBL, Dolby Atmos

Dual microphone

4 altavoces SLS JBL, Dolby Atmos

Dual microphone

COnectivity

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2

5G option

Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1

Integrated 5G

Operating system

Android 11

Android 11

Others

Lenovo Precision Pen 3 optional

Full keyboard with optional touch panel

Side fingerprint reader

Lenovo Precision Pen 2 optional

Optional keyboard pack

Dimensions

285,61 x 184,53 x 5,63 mm

N.d.

Weight

565 g

520 g

Price

$ 609.99 for Wi-Fi version

899 euros (excluding VAT) for the 5G version

499 euros (without VAT)

The tablet that wants to be more than that

We are facing what is probably the most ambitious tablet in the history of Lenovo. Here, high-end hardware is combined with some software elements Which we will talk about later and that also seem to point to important aspirations not only to enjoy content, but also for creatives and even professionals.

P12 2

The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro stands out in first place for that huge 12.6-inch AMOLED screen that also adopts a 16:10 format (with some valuable pixels more than vertical resolution) and that also raises support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

That makes us have a promising fluency for all content, but also that is combined with the support of HDR10 + and Dolby Vision and that 600 nit peak brightness that of course make the screen a clear protagonist of the experience that Lenovo wants to offer.

The Snapdragon 870 is also a valuable ally In all kinds of scenarios, it can be accompanied by up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage that can turn this tablet into a unique team for creatives and work.

The design of the tablet stands out for its quite reduced frames and especially for a really contained thickness of just 5.63 mm. On the side, by the way, we find a power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

That’s where your new peripherals can play an important role. First, el Lenovo Precision Pen 3, which magnetically “sticks” to the back of the tablet but also does so with a surprise: it charges wirelessly while attached to that back. Its action button is also customizable, and the application that controls it is even capable of helping us locate it if we lose it.

P12 3
P12 3

The keyboard has been adapted to that screen diagonal, something that allows to have a comfortable full-size keyboard to work with and with keys that have a 1.3 mm travel. This keyboard also has an integrated touchpad, which makes this binomial to turn the tablet into an interesting laptop that, yes, is based on Android 11.

To guarantee prolonged work and leisure sessions we have the help of the 10,200 mAh battery with which they promise up to 17 hours of content playback via streaming. That battery is helped by the support of fast charging of up to 45 W although yes, the chargers that support such power delivery are sold separately. In the box we will find a 30 W charger.

The Lenovo Tab P11 5G falls in the shadow of its older sister

The Lenovo Tab P11 5G It is a somewhat more compact alternative (the 11 inches, yes, it is not a small thing) but also ambitious, especially for your native choice of 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon 750G SoC.

P11
P11

That SoC is accompanied by up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of capacity, but it is true that here we lose some integers on the screen (at 60 Hz and with a maximum brightness of 400 nits) and also in other areas such as biometric security, since we do not have a fingerprint reader on the side.

There are other options that are somewhat limited: its 7,700 mAh battery offers up to 12 hours of streaming content and 20 W fast charging. We will also not have access to the Precisio Pen 3, and instead of that we can work with the Precision Pen 2, which for example does not offer that magnetic adjustment system to the tablet or the wireless charging of its older brother.

P11 2
P11 2

The latest downside to this tablet – a review of the model that arrived in January 2021 – is the no support for Project Unity, one of the most interesting software elements of Lenovo’s proposal. Support may come over time, but at the moment the only one to have access to this option is the Tab P12 Pro.

Project Unity turns the tablet into a versatile second display

Project Unity is a technology that allows the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro to be used as a second display for Lenovo computers with Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Unity Lenovo
Unity Lenovo

With this software tool it is possible to wirelessly pair a PC or laptop with these operating systems and make them behave like that auxiliary screen that allows extending the desktop from Windows to the tablet and replicate the work surface or get extra space when needed.

In fact, unlike other alternatives to take advantage of that second screen, in Project Unity it is possible to continue using Android applications on this tablet while also using the same as a secondary screen.

That can be done in parallel and without compromise to take advantage of the best of both worlds. This hybrid environment allows, for example, to make videoconferences on the PC while using the touch screen to draw and share them on the virtual whiteboard of the call, or to present a PowerPoint on the PC and maintain access to the notes on the tablet.

Thus it is possible that the Windows extended desktop coexist with Android applications that we have open —For example, with a small window of a video player that acts in a similar way as a Picture in Picture (PiP) system would do it – and allows us to drag Windows application windows from one screen to another in a natural way.

Price and availability of the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro and Lenovo Tab P11 5G

These new tablets will begin to be available in the United States and are expected to appear in Spain from October 2021. The prices are as follows:

  • Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Wi-Fi): Starting at $ 609.99.
  • Lenovo Tab P12 Pro (Wi-Fi + 5G): from 899 euros (without VAT).
  • Lenovo Tab P11 5G: from 499 euros (without VAT).