Hands on: Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 review

The original Lenovo Tab P11 Pro was already a good product and made the cut for our best android tablets list. Bee IFA 2022, the manufacturer revealed the sequel – in both Pro and non-Pro flavors. The first is the one we’ll be mainly looking at here, and in our opinion, it’s definitely the better of the two.

Like its predecessor, the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is a tablet that aims to be a laptop. We’d argue that improvements to the Android OS and generally better app support have made this a more achievable goal than when the original was released in 2020. It has all the usual stuff you’d want for a tablet-laptop hybrid; a standard and magnetic keyboard cover are accompanied by Lenovo’s Precision Pen 3 stylus.

The most interesting thing here, however, is probably the screen. The 11.2-inch 2.5K OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and full DCI-P3 color gamut looks and feels super responsive whether you’re using a stylus or a fingertip. High refresh screens on tablets are somewhat rare, with the regular Tab P11 Gen 2 arguably the cheapest 120Hz tablet we’ve ever seen.

Price and availability

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With a starting price of $399.99 (about £350), the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is actually a bit cheaper than its predecessor at launch. It will be available very soon, while the $249.99 non-Pro variant will launch in early 2023.

The keyboard apparently comes with the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2, but is an optional extra for the regular Tab P11 Gen 2. The Lenovo Precision Pen 3 also costs $69.99 extra. We don’t have full pricing information yet – there are higher specification models of the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 that come with more RAM and storage. We will update this hands-on review as soon as we know more.

Design

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 on a round wooden table.

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At first glance, the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is not a big departure from the first Tab P11 Pro. We have a similar screen-to-body ratio, a super-slim design with a slight bezel around the rear camera array, and the same two-tone metal finish on the back. A single USB-C port and a MicroSD card slot are on the opposite short edges.

It’s hardly a revolution in design, but it doesn’t have to be – it was already good. For our money, the rear camera looks better here, with the flashlight in the raised array block. There is no integrated standard to be found here; instead, it’s a magnetic panel that clips onto the back of the tablet. The hinge is in the middle and is very robust, so you can easily set the optimal viewing angle.

The standard panel has a fabric finish, but is slightly more grippy and durable than the soft material of the original. It’s very reminiscent of the one found on the HP Chromebook x2 11 – a strong competitor that’s a good thing for tablets running ChromeOS. Unique to the Tab P11 Pro Gen 2, however, is a bit of space in the standard panel where you can store the Wacom-powered Lenovo stylus. This is magnetically held in place (or can be attached to the top edge of the tablet) and charges wirelessly in the holder, which we love.

The keyboard is ‘optional’, but let’s face it: you’ll want it. Luckily it’s pretty good; the keys have a small amount of central notch for a more comfortable typing experience, and more travel than we expected given the keyboard’s thin cover. The trackpad is not that great, small in size and without a solid click. Thankfully, this is a tablet – you’ll probably just reach out your hand and use the touchscreen instead.

Weight-wise, the tablet itself is impressively lightweight. However, add the kickstand, stylus, and keyboard cover and you’ll see a significant increase in weight. It’s not a complete deal breaker, but we feel that some parts – especially the rear stock panel – could have been lighter.

Something Lenovo didn’t think it necessary to improve on was the original’s unimpressive cameras. We still have a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP webcam on the front. They aren’t the worst cameras we’ve ever seen on a tablet, but their performance can be described as downright ‘meh’, which is a bummer for those thinking about making a lot of video calls on their tablet.

While the Tab P11 Pro Gen 1 offered LTE support for internet connectivity on the go, it appears that this feature has been abandoned for this successor model (although it is still present in the regular Tab P11 Gen 2). This could explain the lower starting price of its predecessor, but it’s still a loss and we can’t really understand why Lenovo would choose to remove it.

Performance

Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 on a round wooden table.

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We’ll be getting our own review unit of the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 soon and will be back to update this review with our usual list of test results and insights. But for now, at Lenovo’s press event, we were able to do some quick general-purpose tests.

First impressions were strong; programs load super fast and the tablet feels generally responsive. From a full shutdown, booting to the home screen only takes a few seconds. We’ve opened a ton of tabs in Chrome and haven’t seen a noticeable slowdown, though it’s worth bearing in mind that the Android version of Chrome isn’t as power-hungry as it is on desktop PCs.

The Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 is powered by an octa-core Kompanio 1300T processor from MediaTek, with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. Meanwhile, the non-Pro Tab P11 Gen 2 uses a less powerful MediaTek Helio G99. The Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 has a quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos, which was difficult to test in a noisy room but sounded pretty good.

The only slightly odd choice we picked up is the apparent use of Android 12 instead of Android 12L (which the Tab P11 Gen 2 will have once it launches next year). For those unaware, 12L is the tablet-optimized version of Android, while 12 is better suited to smartphones. Android 13 is also available now, with Lenovo promising three years of support for OS updates up to and including Android 14. It’s an odd move that may have something to do with processor choice.

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Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 on a round wooden table.

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While it’s a bit bulky with all the optional extras, we really like the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2. It’s a subtle iteration of an already solid product, a refinement that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but some new ones. adds hubcaps and that cool James Bond stuff that shreds rival cars’ tires.

The performance will be crucial here, as will battery life. The original had an excellent battery, so if Lenovo can beat – or at least match – that, we’ll be recommending this tablet for years to come. The only major missteps in use are the loss of LTE and the still weak cameras, but if that’s not a problem for you then you’ve just found your new favorite tablet.

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