A powerful but expensive Android tablet. The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is good, but it’s not great – especially in the cutthroat Android tablet market. This fairly powerful tablet has a high-res screen and a stylus, which comes in handy for some tasks. But it lacks a few killer features that it could really use on both the software and hardware fronts.
Two-minute Review of Lenovo Tab P12 Pro
Lenovo has some of the best Android tablets available today. The Tab P12 Pro is a good one but falls short of greatness as an awkward middle child between the company’s premium and mid-range efforts.
When checking out this Lenovo Tab P12 Pro review, we couldn’t help but wish we’d used the company’s Yoga Tab 13 instead, because it’s a really fun device – and cheap, too.
Perhaps the key feature of the P12 Pro is the screen. We say that because it’s literally in the name. The P12 Pro has a 12-inch screen that uses AMOLED tech and has a 2K resolution, which looks good and turns the Tab into a great tool for streaming videos and playing games.
The P12 Pro is also a pretty powerful tablet with its Snapdragon 870, a chip that delivers the same power as the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 but without the overheating or battery drain issues that plague the latter. It’s a good tablet for gaming and intensive apps.
Hardware is one thing, but it feels like Lenovo is missing the tab when it comes to software, which is just as important in tablets. It uses stock Android, which isn’t amazing for a tablet at the best of times and lacks intuitive features for the included stylus.
You can think of the Lenovo Tab as a competitor to Samsung’s line of Android tablets — the P12 Pro sits between the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus in terms of price and size, and both of them have Lenovo’s screen. Looks good too. , a top-end chipset and a stylus.
But the Lenovo Tab doesn’t have any killer features that elevate it above its competitors. Samsung slates come with powerful chipsets and useful note apps that make the stylus quick to use. iPads come with the useful iPad operating system and a very wide selection of apps. And Fire tablets are integrated into the Amazon ecosystem and the prices are very low.
The P12 Pro doesn’t really have that much to tempt a potential buyer, and it’s also really expensive. Even the aforementioned Yoga Tab comes with a built-in kickstand, a micro HDMI port, and impressive speakers, all of which give it a real edge. So the P12 Pro is a good choice if you want a slightly more portable tablet – or one with a stylus – but there are certainly plenty of attractive alternatives on the market.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Price and Availability
The Lenovo Tab P12 is priced at $700 / £750 / AU$1,250 for a single configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It went on sale in late 2021 and is pretty widely available today.
That price tag makes it more expensive than the Yoga Tab 13, which costs $629 / £699 (about AU$1,000), and puts it between the prices of the lowest-priced variants of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S8 Plus. I put it.
If the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro was priced a bit cheaper, it would be a bargain. But, as it stands, it’s a touch on the pricey side, especially when you can buy the iPad Air 5 for just $599 / £569 / AU$929.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Design
If you close your eyes and take a picture of your average tablet, the picture that pops up will probably look exactly like what the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro actually looks like.
Compared to some other tablets currently on the market, this Lenovo’s screen is quite wide. Its dimensions are 285.6 x 184.5 x 5.6 mm (yes, it’s really thin) and it weighs 565 grams. There’s also a fingerprint scanner and volume rocker, and a USB-C port – but no 3.5mm headphone jack, which we’d have liked to see.
Since the tablet is quite thin, we’d recommend buying a case for it – we were hesitant about putting it in a non-secure bag.
The bezels are quite thin – it’s quite a slaty tablet – with the front-facing camera embedded at the top (if you’re holding the tablet landscape).
On the back, there’s a camera bump that’s big enough for a tablet, and a magnetic strip that holds (and charges) the stylus. Unlike some tablets, where the stylus can only be placed in a specific spot, you can slap the Lenovo’s stick on a fairly wide area, which really comes in handy when you’re in a rush (or just needing to draw a line. Can’t be bothered. It’s just like that).
Because of the placement of that stylus holding zone, though, you can’t lay the tablet flat when the stylus is attached – we found this to be quite annoying at times.
For its size, the Lenovo Tab is fairly light, so we see it being a useful tablet for students who just want an easily portable work device.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Display
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro has a 12-inch display – no point guessing, given the tablet naming convention of having the slate size in its name.
The panel has a 1600 x 2560 resolution – that’s 2K – as well as a 120Hz refresh rate, support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, and comes in a 1.6:1 aspect ratio. It’s a really good screen with vibrant colors and great contrast, even when you compare it to Samsung tablets side-by-side.
Maximum brightness is a bit limited at just 600 nits, but you’re unlikely to use a tablet like this in direct sunlight.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Performance, Specs, and Camera
The Lenovo Tab comes with the Snapdragon 870 chipset – initially built as a ‘lite’ version of 2021’s top-end Snapdragon 888, but quickly becoming popular with companies looking to offer a powerful chip at a relatively low price. It became a component.
This piece of tech performs well in the P12 Pro, making navigation, streaming, and gaming reasonably fast – without causing overheating or sluggish performance. When we put the tablet through the Geekbench 5 benchmark test, it returned a multi-core score of 2,918, which is actually the highest Snapdragon 870 result we’ve seen.
This is barely a fraction of the results we’ve seen from the 888’s predecessor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and shows that Lenovo is keeping pace with the heavyweights when it comes to performance.
We found the tablet to be good for gaming, though many rival tablets come with more than the 6GB of RAM available here. Because of the slate screen, the P12 Pro might be a good option for cloud streaming services like Xbox Cloud Gaming, though it’s just as good for fast-paced titles like Call of Duty: Mobile or slower ones like Total War: Medieval II.
The stylus experience here is good, but not great: that’s the running theme here. Unlike Samsung’s tablets, the stick doesn’t have as many native functions, so it’s best to have something you like that you’re going to install. Otherwise, you’re stuck with a bare-bones quick memo.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of pressure sensitivity with the stylus, and it feels like there’s quite a bit of resistance when swiping the tip along the display. Don’t get us wrong, we’re glad Lenovo is bundling its stylus instead of forcing you to buy it separately, but we found ourselves wishing for an Apple Pencil when testing the P12 Pro stylus.
Lenovo has apparently loaded its tablet with cameras, with four in total. The rear two are 13MP wide and 5MP ultrawide, and while they won’t compare to your smartphone photography, they’re fit for purpose. You can use them to take reference photos that you later mark with the stylus, or to scan documents – for these purposes, these snappers are what you need.
On the front, there are two 8MP sensors, one with a wide lens and the other, which is an infrared time-of-flight 3D sensor. We thought the latter camera would be useful for AR effects and such, but the camera app doesn’t offer much. We also noticed a strange bug in the program, caused by the autofocus constantly trying to focus on different parts of the subject, and therefore adjusting exposure and balance accordingly. In practice, this meant that the image flickered between being too bright and too dark, changing every second.
We didn’t encounter this bug every time we opened the camera app, but we did see it more than once, so you might stumble upon it too.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Software
Perhaps our biggest issue with the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is that it uses Android. We’re not saying Android is bad, but the stock version of its software doesn’t work very well for tablets. Many companies know this, which is why Xiaomi and Amazon use their own user interfaces on their Android slates. Lenovo doesn’t, so Android 11 is what you’re getting here.
Some issues include a homepage layout clearly designed for smartphones, which means there are large spaces between apps (especially in the app drawer); And the tablet’s dimensions ensure you can’t swipe down quick settings and see too many notifications at once.
Since Lenovo makes a lot of Android tablets, we’d really like to see the company invest in a fork of Android for its tablets – although Android 12L (designed for tablets and other large-screen devices) The imminent launch may solve our problems soon. Problems anyway.
As it stands, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro isn’t exactly a super-functional work/play beast like some other tablets – but it’s not terrible for such uses either.
There are many apps that can be useful for at least some users. Lenovo Project Unity lets you connect multiple devices together (such as computers, tablets, and smartphones) and share tasks and apps between each. If you swipe right from the main homepage, you enter the Entertainment space, which brings together your YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, Google TV, and TikTok recommendations in one video area – and games, books, and Audio (music, podcasts, and audiobooks).
This app makes it a little easier to use Lenovo as an entertainment tool, as long as you have different accounts for different services.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro Battery Life
You don’t want to be in the middle of a movie only to have your tablet run out of battery, and we don’t see that being an issue with the Tab P12 Pro.
It houses a large 10,200mAh battery, which Lenovo vaguely calls ‘all-day battery. It’s a big size for a tablet though, and we can get many, many hours on a single charge watching videos, gaming, or reading (although obviously, some tasks drain the battery faster than others). gives).
It’s hard to read a goal on the battery, as the software can be optimized for different tasks and the display size also affects the drain, but we’d say it beats the iPads we’ve tested. has tested in terms of lasting power.
It also wins in terms of charging, as the Tab’s 45W powering is faster than what we’ve seen in other slates. Sure, the in-box charger is only 30W, but it’s plenty fast nonetheless – if you’ve got a phone that works at 45W or faster, however, we’re both getting the most out of it. Would recommend buying a fast charger for portability.
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro scorecard
|Design||The Lenovo won’t win any design awards, but it’s slimmer than some other slates.||3.5/5|
|Display||The Lenovo P12 Pro has a large, good-looking screen.||4.5/5|
|Performance||Thanks to its powerful chipset, you won’t find your apps crashing on this tab.||4/5|
|Software||Stock Android is fine but doesn’t quite impress on big-screen devices.||3/5|
|Battery||The Lenovo tablet lasted ages between charges, making it a great option if you don’t like being plugged into the wall.||4/5|
|Value||The price of this tablet is not high, but Lenovo is not exactly competitive with this price.||3/5|
Should I buy the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro?
Buy it if…
You want a long-lasting pill.
Thanks to its impressive battery life, the Lenovo Tab is good if you don’t want to be constantly within range of a wall plug.
You stream or game a lot.
We liked the P12 Pro’s high-res and vibrant display, and it’s good if you watch a lot of movies or play a lot of games.
You play a lot of sports.
Lenovo’s Snapdragon 870 chipset is great as it doesn’t generate too much heat and gives you loads of processing power for on-the-fly gaming.
Don’t buy it if…
You’re a big stylus fan.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro comes with a stylus, but the experience isn’t quite the same as a Samsung or Apple tablet.
The software experience is important.
Stock Android isn’t the best operating system for a tablet, and if you want a clean experience, tablets from Apple, Samsung, Amazon, or even Xiaomi might be better.
You are on a budget.
It’s not a cheap tablet – it’s more expensive than it should be – and if you’re just looking for a cheap and cheerful slate, it’s not worth considering.