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Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • QHD screen
  • Solid performance
  • Great sound quality
  • Good battery
  • Adjustable stand

Cons

  • Out-of-date software
  • Heavy

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Key Features

  • In-built projector
  • Intel Atom processor
  • Adjustable stand
  • 10.1-inch QHD display
  • 10,200mAh non-removable battery
  • Manufacturer: Lenovo
  • Review Price: £360.00

What is the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro?

The Lenovo Tab 3 Pro is a no-compromise all-in-one entertainment centre. While tablets such as the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 are built around portability, Lenovo has instead concentrated on slipping a bewitching array of hardware tricks up this media wizard's metaphorical sleeve. Unique features include its cylindrical stand and a built-in projector.

This spellbinding hardware assault makes the Tab 3 Pro one of the most innovative, interesting tablets I’ve reviewed in some time. However, its hefty weight and Lenovo's Android skin will put off some buyers.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – Design and features

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has a similar design to the 2014 Yoga Tab 2 Pro. A cylindrical base along one of its longer edges houses the tablet’s flip-out metal stand, DLP projector and speakers.

The design is divisive, like Marmite – I’ve found people either love it or hate it. I fall into the former category, feeling not only is it unique, but it also improves the Tab 3 Pro’s usability.

This is mainly due to that intelligently designed stand. It's popped out by pressing a button on the tablet’s rear and lets you set the Tab 3 Pro at a variety angles, or even hang it on a hook.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

The option to free-stand the tablet is a Godsend in a variety of situations. For example, cooking in my kitchen I was able to stand the Tab 3 Pro up to display the recipe, removing the need for me to awkwardly prop it against something, or touch it with flour-covered hands.

I also found the stand was a great aid when typing. I regularly used it to slightly raise the tablet’s screen when laying it flat, making it so I could more comfortably type emails or instant messages.

The cylinder does ramp up the Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s weight to a hefty 665g, though. This won’t be a problem for people who want to use it as a home entertainment system, but could be a problem for those who want a take-everywhere tablet. The weight also makes it uncomfortable to hold one-handed for prolonged periods.

The Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s 247 x 179 x 4.68mm measurements mean that although it'll fit in large backpacks and satchels, it won’t easily slip into smaller bags.

Lenovo hasn’t always had the best reputation when it comes to build quality. Many of the company's laptops and previous tablets, like the Tab A8 2, have had a fairly cheap, flimsy feel.

This isn’t the case with the Lenovo Tab 3 Pro. Carrying the tablet around London in a satchel, it survived an accidental encounter with a set of tube doors with neither marks nor chips.

For those who want to use it to watch movies in the bath, or when in the pool, Lenovo’s designed the tablet to meet the splashproof IP21 certification – though be warned, unlike Sony Xperia tablets, the Yoga Pro 3 can’t survive full-on submersion by water.

Connectivity includes optional 4G, a standard Micro USB charging port and a microSD card slot that will let you add a further 128GB of space to its inbuilt 16GB of eMMC storage.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro – Projector

The Tab 3 Pro’s projector can be activated at any time by holding down a project button at the bottom of the tablet’s cylinder. Lenovo claims the 50 lumen projector can beam images up to 70 inches (178cm) across on any wall or ceiling.

At first it seemed a little gimmicky to me – after all, when would I need to project a video or image from a tablet?

But it turned out to be useful as a productivity aid. During conversations I found myself using the Tab 3 Pro to project a particular slide or, spec sheet the group was discussing more frequently than I expected.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

For example, during a discussion about who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman, I used the projector to show off the stellar battle the two had in DC’s comic “Hush”. The comic pages showed the caped crusader once again proving his dominance over DC’s boyscout, thus winning me the argument.

However, it’s not great to watch movies on. In very dark rooms the projector is sharp and bright enough if the tablet is four feet or less from the surface it's projecting onto. However, even at this distance YouTube videos and movies on Netflix are a little hazy for my liking, colours are a little washed out, and prolonged viewing can cause eye strain.

In bright light the projector struggles. Using it in my lounge with the lights on, it wasn’t powerful enough to project a viewable image.

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Dead Words

September 3, 2015, 11:23 am

Looking forward to a full review.

Tom

September 3, 2015, 12:07 pm

What are the lumens of the projector and the Resolution? Its quite a nice idea for a home cinema but I suspect it will be somewhat underpowered. Happy to be corrected (and then pick one up) however!

Ton

November 5, 2015, 10:29 pm

i have a (non pro) 8 inch yoga 2, chose it because of the stand,battery and speakers.

now use it as a bedside alarmclock and entertainmentcentre

the speakers are actually better than the bluetooth speaker i used to use

RedWolfeXR

November 7, 2015, 8:00 am

The only concern I have is that 16GB in RAM, one of the main reasons I am considering replacing my Galaxy TabS is the fact that 16GB regularly has to be "cleaned"

Olav Alexander Mjelde

November 9, 2015, 7:45 am

16 GB of RAM would be a lot in a tablet.

RedWolfeXR

November 9, 2015, 8:56 am

Its not, really. The OS takes over half that, plus apps and you will find yourself getting "non enough memory" notifications regularly. I finally found a cleaner app to run regularly. I just use my tab for a reader and to watch the occasion stream. It still chokes up after a while, particularly when it wants to update. I wouldn't get a Lolololipop tablet with less than 32GB now. 64 is better.

alberto anzellotti

November 10, 2015, 12:25 am

You don't know what you are talking about... this tablet has only 2 GB of RAM, but it has 32 GB of ROM.. (expandible up to 32+128 = 160GB ...)

RedWolfeXR

November 10, 2015, 12:38 am

I stand corrected, the REVIEW said it had 16GB plus the MicroSD, but the Lenovo web site says 32. SD memory is nice, but subject to Google deciding to restrict what it can be used for.

alberto anzellotti

November 10, 2015, 12:57 am

you are right! :)
My main concern was that you were talking about RAM, which is a very fast but volatile memory which is lost any time the device is powered off..

Marie-Jo Jones

November 10, 2015, 6:49 pm

It's a great pity Lenovo doesn't sell a keyboard for it like it does/did on the Windows version of the Yoga Pro 2. It would make a better travel package. As such it can only be an infotainment device for home use.

Axel

November 28, 2015, 4:41 pm

Why not buy the keyboard for the Yoga 2?
They are almost identical in size so they should be posible to put them togther without any problems.
The connection is standard Bluetooth so it will work with all android, apple, and windows tablets that have Bluetooth.

Flash

December 9, 2015, 3:14 pm

We picked up a Yoga Tab 3 (not Pro) so I'm not sure if this applies or not. I couldn't figure out how to add a second account to the tablet so I called Lenovo support. Apparently Lenovo has removed this capability. They tried to tell me it was a limitation of Android. It's not. (tablet is running 5.#)

Revolutionary

January 6, 2016, 7:26 am

I hate to tell you but your WRONG as well. That 32 GB of ROM....well its not read only memory. Its RAM as well.

When you tell someone they don't know what they are talking about.....better check your facts too buddy.

Oliver Meigs

January 11, 2016, 11:58 am

Currently has Major Bug in the current Firmware causing memory leaks, app crashing and general sluggishness. Please Google Lenovo Yoga Tablet 3 Pro: Serious memory issues (bug report) for more info.

Oliver Meigs

January 11, 2016, 12:04 pm

The device has 32 GB of Internal Storage (Flash Memory) and 2GB of RAM (Random Access Memory.) ROM (Read only Memory) has no context in this discussion. These memory types are completely different. Internal Storage is where your Videos, Pictures and Apps live. RAM is how many things you can have open at the same time without the Tablet slowing down. Too many people start spouting Acronyms thinking they know what they are talking about lol.

Oliver Meigs

January 11, 2016, 12:06 pm

50 Lumens at 480p. Crystal clear for videos in a dark environment. Ambient Light is very harmful to the quality.

Jan Christoffersen

March 14, 2016, 7:27 am

You forgot a con: X Out-of-date hardware.
The slow processor and low amount of RAM really needs improvement as you could easily push it to it's limit and with the projector it's daring you to. Had they made a version just with 1GB RAM more than this, I'd most likely buy it, hope they do that soon and that they revert to the single camera that could be turned, it's much better.

Vikas Singh

April 10, 2016, 11:38 am

I AM PLANNING TO BUY IT...ANY SYGGESTIONS???

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