The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is similar to the 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 8 in name only. The 10.1-inch Pro has a larger, sharper screen, a more premium design, a faster processor, and a built-in projector. Lenovo calls it “the ultimate video tablet,” and that’s not far from the mark. The rear kickstand is great for watching Netflix and YouTube on the tablet’s sharp display, and the projector makes it easy to share that content with a crowd.
You’ll pay a premium for these features, similar to what you will for other high-end tablets. If your focus is video watching, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is worth considering. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro looks similar to the non-Pro model, complete with a unique cylindrical design on one end, but bigger. It measures 9.72 by 7.05 by 0.18 inches (HWD) at its thinnest point, and weighs 667 grams.
It’s pretty hefty, with most of the weight concentrated in the cylinder, which is home to the Power button on one end and a Projector button on the other. The tablet’s back panel is wrapped in a faux-leather material that looks and feels premium.
The projector itself is situated right in the middle of the cylinder, and when you flip out the kickstand from the back of the tablet, you can project whatever’s on the tablet’s screen onto a nearby screen or wall. When projecting, you can rotate your finger clockwise or counterclockwise on the tablet’s screen to focus the image.
Under the kickstand is a removable flap that hides a microSD slot. The 10.1-inch screen is a very sharp, bright 2,560-by-1,600 IPS panel with 299 pixels per inch. Directly beneath the display is the speaker grille. There are Volume buttons and a micro USB port on the left edge of the tablet, and nothing on the right.
The Pro runs a lightly skinned version of Lollipop 5.1, which looks and acts a lot like stock Android, but features a few visual differences, including new icons. You get 22GB of internal storage out of the box; the remaining 10GB are taken up by the operating system and bloatware.
The tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor that clocks in at 2.24GHz, and its performance is in line with other high-end tablets. The tablet scored a solid 45,873 on the AnTuTu benchmark. You won’t have any trouble switching between apps or playing graphics-intensive games.
The main reason you’re here is for the video, and the Tab 3 Pro provides a great experience. The pull-out kickstand is sturdy and offers 360 degrees of motion, so you’re not limited to just one or two viewing positions. And the built-in speaker is surprisingly solid.
It’s actually a row of four front-facing speakers, so the sound projects right out from under whatever you’re watching. It’s not going to compete with even an inexepensive plug-in or Bluetooth option speaker, but it packs a decent amount of power and doesn’t sound tinny, so it will work just fine for private viewing sessions.
The built-in pico projector works seamlessly. Once you turn it on and aim it at the wall, it delivers a bright (50 lumens), live feed up to 70-inches at 480p resolution. Image quality can’t compete with a dedicated projector, but the ability to quickly focus the image via the tablet screen makes it easy to get a sharp, clear picture.
After turning the projector on, I was watching a perfectly focused video in just a minute. This makes the tablet an appealing option for sharing video with friends whether you already have a projector screen, or simply a large blank wall. And since you can project whatever is on the tablet’s screen, it can also be used for presentations.
The cameras are another high point. The rear-facing, 13-megapixel camera takes clear, detailed shots, with colours that look true-to-life. It’s surprisingly good for a tablet. And the front-facing 5MP shooter is more than up to the task for selfies and video calls.
Battery life is also quite good. The Pro’s 10,200mAh battery lasted a solid 7 hours and 20 minutes in our rundown test, which streams video over Wi-Fi at full brightness. The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro may very well indeed be the ultimate video tablet, but it comes at a premium price. That said, dedicated projectors can go for hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars, so the built-in projector here adds value.
So, if you’re looking for a tablet that can project your favourite movies and you’re willing to shell out AED 1999, the Tab 3 Pro is a solid choice.