Skip to main content

Review: The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a premium tablet that does more

A kickstand, Alcantara fabric, and a Snapdragon 870 processor make this a tablet worth your money.

When it comes to the number of choices available in the premium Android tablet space, it's a very limited selection. Samsung has been dominating the market of best Android tablets for a few years now with devices like the Galaxy Tab S7. But Lenovo is looking to change that and make a run for Samsung's title with the new Lenovo Yoga Tab 13.

It's not as if Lenovo hasn't been making tablets; it's just that many of its devices, like the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD, aren't shooting for the premium category — the Yoga Tab 13 is doing just that. Thanks to the super-soft Alcantara fabric on the back, this is a large form tablet with a premium feel. Not to just be a device that only looks good, Lenovo went with high-end internal components and some nifty software. But how does it translate in daily use? Let's see.

Bottom line: The clever kickstand is put to great use on the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13. It puts the 13-inch display with Dolby Vision, four JBL with Dolby Atmos, and Google's Entertainment Space to excellent use. Powered by the Snapdragon 870 and 8GB RAM, the Yoga Tab 13 runs everything smoothly.

The Good

  • Crisp and vivid display with Dolby Vision
  • Excellent sound from the quad-speaker setup
  • Can be used as a secondary monitor
  • The kickstand is a great addition
  • Fantastic performance

The Bad

  • Android apps are still hit and miss for tablets
  • No stylus included in the box
  • Google's Ambient Mode is inconsistent

$680 at Lenovo $680 at Best Buy

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: Price and availability

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 was announced in June 2021 and became available for purchase in July 2021 for a launch price of $679.99. The tablet comes in one color option, Shadow Black, with a black Alcantara fabric on the back. Currently, the Yoga Tab 13 is available at Best Buy and Lenovo for $679.99.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: What's good

While there are plenty of cheap Android tablets on the market, that's not really the case in the premium category — and that's exactly where the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is aiming for. It has been quite a while since I have used a high-end Android tablet, so I was excited and a bit hesitant when I opened up the box for the Yoga Tab 13. But as soon as I picked up the device, I had a feeling it was going to be just fine.

Specs Lenovo Yoga Tab 13
Dimensions 11.54" x 8.03" x 0.24 – 0.98"
Weight 830g
Battery 10,000 mAh, 30W quick charge
Display 13" 2K (2160 x 1350) with Dolby Vision
Speakers 4 JBL speakers with Dolby Atmos
Colors Shadow Black with black Alcantara backing
Memory 8BG RAM
128GB storage
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
Operating system Android 11
Camera 8MP AF front-facing with ToF sensor
Connectivity WiFi 6 802.11ax, Dual-band
Bluetooth 5.2
Ports USB-C
Micro-HDMI with HDCP 1.4 support

See, from the get-go, Lenovo's Yoga Tab 13 exudes premium thanks to the ultra-soft Alcantara fabric that graces the back of the tablet. Holding the tablet and feeling the supple material rather than cold metal is great. The device's shape also adds to the comfort of holding it thanks to it having a nice slope from the center to the sides, rather than being a squared-off slab.

When the tablet is in landscape mode, the bottom has a multi-functional cylindrical tube-like shape. Not only does this make the Yoga Tab 13 easier to hold in a portrait orientation, but it also houses two of the four Dolby Atmos JBL speakers and the surgical steel kickstand. The kickstand has a rubber cover on it to make it more comfortable to hold when using it as a handle, but also so it doesn't slip when propping up the tablet.

The kickstand can also work as a wall hanger for alternate viewing options.

The tube shape along the bottom of the tablet has two ports as well. One end is the USB-C port capable of up to 30W charging speeds, and the other end is the micro-HDMI port. In addition, Lenovo includes a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable in the box that lets the Yoga Tab 13 act as a laptop's secondary monitor for other devices like a Nintendo Switch.

Hooking up the tablet as a monitor is easy. Simply plug the cable into the Yoga Tab 13 and then to your source device, and you're off. Tapping on the tablet while connected as a monitor brings up controls to adjust the screen ratio, brightness and view the tablet's remaining battery. Of course, you can plug up the tablet to charge while using it as a monitor.

The Yoga Tab 13 has a 13-inch 2K resolution screen that gets plenty bright with its 400 nits. The colors are vivid and thanks to Dolby Vision support, watching movies while the tablet is propped up using the kickstand is pretty great.

The Snapdragon 870 processor paired up with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM does an excellent job of giving the Yoga Tab 13 plenty of power. From launching apps to switching between them, everything ran buttery smooth. The 870 also has plenty of efficiencies to go along with the horsepower as I got excellent battery life.

Lenovo rates the tablet to get up to 12-hours of offline movie watching, though I couldn't do any binge-watching to test the claim. I did get about 8-hours of mixed-use with plenty left in the tank when I was done. Stand-by time was also really good on the Yoga Tab 13. I got over 14-days after charging it fully and using it off and on over that time frame.

A feature that is found only on Lenovo and a couple of other tablet brands is Google's new Entertainment Space. This page is a swipe to the right and is a personalized area for movies, games, shows, books, and more. It works similarly to what Google has implemented on the Chromecast with Google TV. It offers a single place to help you see some of your favorite content without needing to jump between apps.

Entertainment Space worked well on the Yoga Tab 13. It did a great job of surfacing content suggestions along with things I had already been watching from apps I was signed into and others I wasn't. Thanks to the great screen and excellent speakers, taking advantage of the Entertainment Space is a joy.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is also unique as it's also home to Google's Kids Space, found only on select devices. This feature is for kids, as you might have already guessed, and makes the tablet not only easier to use but safer for children. It works similarly to what Amazon does with its tablets and the Amazon Kids+ software and shows curated content for kids based on settings you control from the Google Family Link app on your phone.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 has a lot going for it. This tablet does so many things well, from the materials used on the outside to the components inside. However, like most things in life — nothing's perfect.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: What's not good

It's hard to find things not to like about the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13. It is fast, feels great to hold, and has a clever kickstand, but in the end — it's still an Android tablet. This is less a knock against the Yoga Tab 13 but more of a casualty of the platform.

Apps for Android tablets are still — well, not great. While many mainstream apps do just fine on a larger screen, plenty still don't. From the inability to manually resize a window to unnecessary negative space, many developers don't see the need to optimize their apps for tablets. However, Google is trying to find ways to make these large form devices better in their own way.

For every excellent idea like Entertainment Space, there is the less than great Ambient Mode. This feature lets the Yoga Tab 13 act as a smart display while charging and the kickstand is in use. In theory, this is an excellent idea for this device, but in practice — it's buggy.

Much like my experience with using Ambient Mode with the Lenovo Smart Tab M10 HD, the feature wouldn't always kick in. Instead, the tablet would just go to sleep, and the screen would be off. I could only get the feature to consistently initiate by unplugging and plugging the tablet back in. However, while this would get Ambient Mode started after about 20 minutes, the Yoga Tab 13 would just go to sleep and shut the screen off.

I am glad that Lenovo chose to include the micro-HDMI to HDMI cable in the box. Unfortunately, this isn't an accessory that most people have lying around. Although, one accessory that I do wish was included in the box was the Precision Pen 2 stylus.

This large, 2K display is perfect for the creative type, and with the built-in kickstand, it can be propped up perfectly for drawing. The Precision Pen 2 isn't an expensive accessory coming in at about $56. But since the Yoga Tab 13 supports the accessory and when Lenovo's competition, Samsung includes the S Pen in the box, the Precision Pen 2 should be included too.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: Competition

As I've said many times throughout this review, until the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 came out, competition in the premium Android tablet space was really only between Samsung and itself. Lenovo's tablet sits right in between the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ in price while having a larger screen than both.

The Galaxy Tab S7 offers an 11-inch display while the Galaxy Tab S7+ is sporting a 12.4-inch screen. However, both tablets in the S7 series are sporting industry-leading Super AMOLED panels that are stunning. Each has excellent battery life and great performance from the Snapdragon 865+ processor.

Samsung also has some great software features like multi-window support and DeX Desktop, not to mention the apps that make excellent use of the S Pen included in the box. While these tablets can't prop themselves up with a built-in kickstand, Samsung does offer a keyboard dock that does bring added functionality.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 13: Should you buy it?

You should buy this if ...

  • You want a tablet that is great for entertainment thanks to Google's Entertainment Space and a built-in kickstand
  • You want a tablet that easily doubles as a secondary monitor
  • You want a tablet with excellent performance and hardware

You shouldn't buy this if...

  • You are on a tight budget
  • The tablet is going to be your only smart display
  • You don't want to purchase the Precision Pen 2 separately

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is an excellent choice for someone who wants their tablet to be more than just a video watching device. While this tablet can do that wonderfully, thanks to the great hardware, built-in kickstand, and Google Entertainment Space, it has the power and price to go with it.

4 out of 5

Using the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 made me like Android tablets again — aside from many apps in the Google Play store being less than stellar. Lenovo made some really nice choices in the tablet's design, and the hardware feels great and is comfortable to hold. The inclusion of the kickstand really comes in handy when utilizing the fantastic display and high-quality speakers to take advantage of Google Entertainment Space.

As a secondary monitor using the micro-HDMI port, the Yoga Tab 13 is great for small workspaces or on-the-go work sessions — utilizing that kickstand. I just wish that Google could get Ambient Mode to work better. Letting this device pull double-duty as both a tablet and smart display would be wonderful, but the software isn't consistent enough, and that's more of a Google problem. As long as Ambient Mode and the lack of the Precision Pen 2 being in the box aren't deal-breakers for you — the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is a great tablet.

Bottom line: The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is an excellent premium tablet with the power and build materials to handle all of your entertainment and productivity needs. Thanks to the built-in kickstand and micro-HDMI port for turning this tablet into a secondary monitor, you have the do-it-all device that can be ready whenever you are.

$680 at Lenovo $680 at Best Buy



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

How to watch England vs India: Live stream Fourth Test cricket online

Having bounced back from defeat with an impressive win in the third Test at Headingley, Joe Root's men will be hoping they can now forge an advantage as the series moves to London - watch every ball of this fourth Test with our England vs India live stream guide below. England managed to dismiss India for just 78 on Day 1 in a scintillating bowling display, but there was even better to come from the hosts' top-order batting, with all of the top three managing to notch up half-centuries in their first innings. Skipper Root meanwhile continued his extraordinary 2021 form, clocking up yet another three-figure score. With a buoyant home side now hoping to carry on where they left off, India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri must unravel how their attack was so routinely undone with the new ball last time out. Kohli himself will also need to do more leading from the front, with the normally reliably prolific batsman having scored no more than 55 during any inni

Google Pay on Wear OS expands again, is now available in 37 countries

More people will be able to use their Wear OS watch for payments. Update, Sept 8 (5:30 p.m. ET) : Google Pay support expands to more countries. What you need to know Google Pay is getting expanded support in more countries. 16 additional countries will support contactless payments on the Galaxy Watch 4. The expanded support will also come to older Wear OS smartwatches "in the coming weeks." With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 , Google has highlighted some of the new app experiences that will come with the new Wear OS 3 update. Google Pay is among the apps that are getting a redesign based on Material You, but Google also announced that it's expanding support for more countries. As it stands, Google Pay only supports a handful of countries for contactless payments on Wear OS. Google is now adding 16 additional countries to the list, which include the following: Belgium Brazil Chile Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Hong Kong Ireland New Zeal

How to watch the Djokovic vs Medvedev: Live stream the US Open 2021 final o

History beckons for Novak Djokovic as the Serbian legend goes in search of two significant tennis records in this afternoon's grand finale at Flushing Meadows. Read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev online no matter where you are in the world. A win here for the 34-year old would see him overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles won, with all three veterans currently tied at 20 wins a piece. Victory in New York this afternoon would also see Djokovic complete the first male calendar slam in the Open Era. Aiming to make a piece of history of his own but stopping Djokovic is Russian star Daniil Medvedev who will be looking to finally claim his first slam title. The 25-year-old world no.2 has been in some of the best form of his career in the Big Apple having given up just a single set on his way to today's final. The match marks Medvedev's second major showdown

How to watch the Raducanu vs Fernandez: Live stream the US Open 2021 final

It's a battle of the teens at Flushing Meadows this evening as two youngsters who have stunned the tennis world go head-to-head - read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez online no matter where you are in the world. The last time the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was contested by two players yet to reach their 20s was when Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis to take the title back in 1999 in a match that signalled a new era for the women's game. While both players in that match were something of a known quantity - Hingis was already world no.1 - both of today's finalists' trailblazing journeys to today's clash has come as something of a bolt out of the blue. Britain's Emma Raducanu had to go through the qualifying stage on her incredible route to this showdown, yet has yet to lose a set so far in the tournament. The 18-year-old now stands on the brink of becoming the first British woman