Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 Review: The Tablet Your PC Needs

NIUSGEEK has tested the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13, the “plus” version of the Tab 11 that we reviewed a few weeks ago.

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With the redirection of tablets in the last couple of years of the pandemic, Lenovo understood that it is necessary to allow an easy transition between productivity and entertainment, but that adaptation is an essential element for a team to be with us at all times. Tablets usually take a back seat when we open a PC, but this one doesn’t deserve to be treated in the same way. NIUSGEEK has tested a Lenovo Yoga Tab 13, and this is our opinion after two months of use.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: technical specifications

LENOVO YOGA TAB 13
SIZE 293.4mm x 204mm x 6.2-24.9mm
WEIGHT 803g
SCREEN IPS 13″ LTPS 1350 x 2160 | 400nits | 16:10 | 60Hz
YOU Android 11
CPUs Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm)
GPU adreno 650
STORAGE 128 0 256GB | UFS 3.0 | no microSD expansion
RAM 8GB LPDDR5

 

FRONT CAMERA 8MP + ToF 3D
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 6 | Bluetooth 5.2 | USB-C 3.1 | micro HDMI
MULTIMEDIA 4 speakers “tuned by JBL” | HDR10+ | DolbyVision
SECURITY face recognition
AUTONOMY 10200mAh | 30W load

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: A solid and useful design

There are elements that distinguish this Tablet from others. To begin with, we have a tubular base to give you a better grip with one hand, something quite complicated due to its size. This section includes a kickstand protected with a soft plastic wrap that protects this add-on and rear cover from scratches. This has been a hallmark of the Yoga since its arrival last decade.

Speaking of the back cover and the aluminum used in the finishes, it has a protection with alcantara with a good finish, soft and that lightens the grip of the equipment. It even makes it more adherent to the fingers when we hold the equipment with one hand. What stands out by its absence is the rear camera system, something that can be strange.

In the absence of the headphone hole, Lenovo includes a converter dongle for the USB-C port. What is also strange is the absence of a Stylus, an addition that we do get in the packaging of the P11 Pro.

We are facing a panel not suitable for everyone: 13-inch IPS and “almost 2k” resolution – come on, minimum 1440p – 60 hertz. On paper, it sounds pretty good. In fact, the brightness is a little below the Tab 11 Pro that we were able to review a few months ago , which does have an OLED panel. Also, the 60 hertz is a slight disappointment that could have been offset by at least 90 hertz refresh rate.

Beyond that, touch recognition is very good, visibility at viewing angles is satisfactory and we are facing a beautiful screen for movies and series. However, the most beautiful of the screen comes now.

This is what interested me most in my tests. While the market is currently littered with portable monitors, they lack an operating system while not connected to a source. And, on the other hand, tablets only work with an operating system and almost always end up relegated to their case or inside a backpack when we turn on the laptop. Here that does not happen.

The included micro HDMI port on the left of the panel is the highlight of the entire review. To begin with, it is compatible with HDCP 1.4, which guarantees a good flow of data to the panel, both in audio and video. We have the possibility to extend our PC or smartphone screen with zero latencies, and use this huge screen with a laptop anywhere. Multitask anywhere.

I took the equipment to CES 2022 to accompany me in photo and video editing. Great add-on if, like me, you can’t live with a single-screen setup. A glory to carry this in the backpack and connect it in a simple way.

But is there something wrong with it? I don’t know if it’s a bad thing, but the screen is not touch when we use Windows. I understand that if you don’t use this on a PC, you won’t need to do it on the Tab either. However, some may find it frustrating to have a tablet in front of you and use the mouse to control its content. Eye, we have touch controls for lighting, but nothing else. Everything changes from Windows.

Without including the “professional” suite of the P11 Pro, Lenovo leaves us with a frankly neat version of Android 11. In addition to having a split screen, we have Google’s Entertainment Space on the left and replacing Google Discover, a section that we also saw on the Tab P11 Pro when we upgraded to Android 11.

Beyond that, which works well, the team performs fluently on Android 11, and that makes 90 hertz a little more strange. Of course, Lenovo has certain debts with security patches, and we don’t have the exact date of update to Android 12 either.

In this case, we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, which has already left us with a good taste in the Motorola G100. To begin with, it is supported by 8GB of RAM that gives ease to the OS and multitasking, as well as giving power to tasks such as photo editing in Lightroom or heavy games.

For connectivity, this Yoga Tab 13 has WiFi 6 and BT 5.2, two conditions that provide extraordinary stability to networks and peripherals. At no time did I notice a signal drop from the device, and I used it with inflight entertainment, hotel WiFi, the press center at CES and my home. It has been tremendous.

The only thing that kills me is that, in times of pandemic, not having a fingerprint sensor adds one more step to unlocking. I had to pair the Tab with my watch to be able to give it a trusted device and not require a password, but it is not as secure as opening a device that has your data using another type of biometric that does not require removing my mask.

I was surprised that we don’t have a rear camera, but I didn’t really miss it at all. The front is efficient, has a depth sensor and is capable of giving us a good field of vision during video calls.

In the use of the screen as a PC extension; nothing to object to, except the null possibility of using it as a touch interface. I even preferred to listen to the music from the four speakers of the Tablet instead of choosing the output of my laptop. That’s how good it was.

The mere fact that it is an Android tablet of that size and that I can use it as a secondary monitor already convinced me. If it had had an OLED screen it would have been the hit of the year, but its IPS works well. That, added to the fact of having its own kickstand to put it anywhere, already gives it enormous added value. Lenovo has managed to mature this “Yoga Tablet” line from those first models with a pico projector that did not contribute much. Today, I feel that all tablets should have this. Go for her.

*Equipment loaned by Lenovo Peru from December 6 until the publication of the review. Market price: 3,299 soles on Lenovo’s official website.