Most people purchase a tablet as a portable alternative to a laptop, but we used the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 to add to our work laptop rather than a replacement. This is a premium Android tablet from Lenovo’s Yoga series, which is largely laptops. It was announced at MWC 2021 but only launched a few months later.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 sports a 13-inch screen, making it somewhat more significant than the iPad Pro 12.9 (no prizes for guessing how big that is). It’s a huge, vibrant display that’s great for viewing TV or browsing papers. A few characteristics make the slate ideal for work. A built-in kickstand lets you effortlessly prop up the tablet without a cover or other accessory; Lenovo says you can even use it to hang it from items, although that sounds a little odd to us.
The slate also has a vast speaker built into the bottom stand piece, so you can readily hear calls and music. Its tiny HDMI connector enables you to connect it to any computer or device – we used it as a second screen for our work laptop. Because using the device in HDMI mode rapidly drains the tablet’s battery, you’ll need to connect it through the USB-C connector, which is opposite the tiny HDMI port.
The stand/speaker/port dock is excellent, but it gives the Yoga Tab 13 an unusual form, and we doubt a cover can adequately protect it. Onto entertainment, the strong Snapdragon 870 CPU combines nicely with the enormous 10,000mAh battery, speakers, and screen quality to make the tablet very flexible.
The absence of a back camera means you can’t simply scan documents, and the lack of a keyboard folio means you can’t readily connect a keyboard.
We used the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 for between eight and ten hours every day, which is better than the iPad Pro’s second-screen feature and speaker/screen combination. The Yoga Tab isn’t the cheapest tablet in the market, but it’s cheaper than many of Apple’s top-tier devices, making it an appealing value offer.
While the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13’s large display is perhaps its most appealing feature, its form is also a unique Lenovo characteristic that makes it more adaptable. An adjustable metal bar on the tablet’s rear may be used as a kickstand or a hook to hang the device from.
The kickstand means you don’t need a stand, case, or holder to use the Yoga Tab as a laptop replacement, and it’s more adaptable than a stand case, which can only support a tablet at various angles. We utilised the kickstand every time we used the tablet, and we hope other firms do too.
Notably thicker on one side of the Yoga Tab 13’s body than the other, this is the side that faces down when the stand is used, and it holds the slate’s speaker and ports. So this side of the tablet is much heavier than the other, which is OK since it’s near the surface, so there are no centre-of-gravity difficulties.
Cases can only protect the gadget to a certain extent due to these two design aspects. The few internet covers for the slate are either entire carry cases (to transfer the tablet, not protect it while in use) or don’t appear to protect it at all. The Yoga Tab 13 measures 293 x 204mm and is 6.2mm thick at the base’s most minor end to 25mm thick. It weighs 803g since you’ll be using it on a surface that only counts while moving it.
In addition to a USB-C connector for charging and data transmission, the Yoga Tab 13 contains a tiny HDMI port, uncommon in tablets. A little HDMI connector lets you connect the Tab to other devices as a primary or secondary display.
The tiny HDMI connector is a great feature that allowed us to utilise the slate as a second screen for our business laptop. The HDMI connector presumably explains the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack since it occupies the only other available place on the tablet’s chassis.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13’s 13-inch diagonal IPS LCD screen is more significant than a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but not by much. The display offers a resolution of 1350 x 2160, adequate for most streaming services and games that output at 1080p. It was a great concert! In general, we liked the Yoga Tab 13 for watching films and playing games, but its size made it ideal for work as a second display that could show a lot of information at once.
With a maximum brightness of 400 nits, it’s not as bright as other tablets, and the refresh rate of 60Hz is slower than Samsung’s and Apple’s tablets, which is visible while scrolling through menus and apps. The greater the refresh rate, the smoother the action seems. We’d have been delighted to see a 120Hz Yoga Tab with an expansive display.
This Lenovo tablet is strong thanks to its Snapdragon 870 CPU, which we’ve seen on a few phones and tablets. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is plenty for most tasks, but you may need to use external hard drives or online storage for large files.
Many games played nicely and without latency on the tablet. When titles featured graphical settings, we could easily match the 2K display on the tablet. The lengthy speaker generates a surround-sound illusion that bounces off the tablet’s surface, making it ideal for streaming music, movies, and games. During our testing, the Yoga Tab 13 became our preferred music player.
Unlike other tablets, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 offers one camera, an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies and video chats. The rear lacks a camera. Even if you’re not a tablet photographer, a back camera might benefit AR applications and document scanning. It all relies on your workflow and your needs.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 is equipped with a giant 10,000mAh battery, which more than makes up for the tablet’s vast screen size. Even though we used it as a second screen for up to eight hours a day and streamed movies or music on top of that, we didn’t need to recharge the slate every day. Lenovo claims that the Yoga Tab 13’s battery life is 12 hours, which we typically dismiss as an overestimate, but in this instance, we discovered that it could much surpass that amount.
As a result, connecting the tablet to an external power source might deplete the battery more quickly, as HDMI connections don’t transmit electricity. It’s an easy option to put in a charger simultaneously as the tablet, which we did by connecting it to our laptop with a USB to USB-C adapter – but the resultant tablet may rapidly get cluttered on the desk. When the tablet ran low on juice throughout the workday, a simple lunch break was all that was needed to get it back up and running once more.