Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus: Snapdragon 652, 10-Inch 2K Display, JBL Speakers and USB-Cby Anton Shilov on August 31, 2016 2:35 PM EST
Lenovo has introduced a new member to its Yoga Tab 3 product family this week at IFA. The new Yoga Tab 3 Plus tablet runs Google Android 6.0 and is aimed at demanding consumers. The novelty comes with a number of features previously only available on the Yoga Tab 3 Pro, including a higher-end octa-core SoC, a 2K 10” display, a lot of RAM, plenty of storage as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 ac connectivity. Surprisingly, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus will not be too expensive and will be available starting from $299.
When Lenovo introduced its Yoga Tab 3 family of products last year, the company drew a clear line between its mainstream Yoga Tab and considerably more advanced Yoga Tab 3 Pro tablets. The former were based on entry-level SoCs and were equipped with relatively low-res screens and limited amount of DRAM/NAND, whereas the latter were powered by Intel’s Atom SoC, were equipped with 2560×1600 displays and featured considerably better specs in general, but at a much higher price ($499/$599 for Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi+LTE model). Today, the Yoga Tab 3 closes the gap between the two product lines and attempts to wed the best of both: affordable price and high-end specs.
The Yoga Tab 3 Plus is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC (4×A72 1.8 GHz, 4×A53 1.4 GHz, Qualcomm Adreno 510 graphics) and comes equipped with 3 GB of LPDDR3 DRAM as well as 32 GB of NAND flash storage (it also has a microSD card slot). The tablet uses USB Type-C (operates in USB 2.0 mode) connector for charging and connectivity and also supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE (optional) wireless technologies.
|Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Family|
|Model||Yoga Tab 3 8"||Yoga Tab 3 10"||Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10"||Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10"|
4×Cortex-A7 at 1.3GHz
Adreno 304 graphics
|Intel Atom x5-Z8500
Quad core, 2.24GHz
4×Cortex-A72 at 1.8GHz
4×Cortex-A53 at 1.4 GHz
Adreno 510 graphics
|RAM, NAND||1GB, 16GB NAND + MicroSD||2GB RAM, 16/32GB
NAND + MicroSD
|3GB RAM, 32GB
NAND + MicroSD
|Display||8" 1280x800 IPS LCD||10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD||10.1" 2560x1600 IPS LCD
299 ppi, 70% Color Gamut
|Dimensions||210 x 146 x 3 to 7mm||253 x 185 x 3.5 to 9.5mm
|179 x 247 x 4.6mm at thinnest point, 665g||179 x 247 x 4.68mm at thinnest point, 637-644g|
|Camera||8MP Rotatable Camera||13MP Rear-facing
|Battery||6200mAh (23.56Wh)||8700mAh (33.06Wh)||10200mAh (38.76Wh)||9300mAh|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.0 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 6.0|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g/n + BT 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Optional LTE SKU||2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0,
microUSB 2.0, Optional LTE
|2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4.0,
USB-C, Optional LTE
Lenovo positions its Yoga Tab 3 Plus tablet for those, who want to have enhanced multimedia experience on-the-go, which is why its 10-point multitouch 10.1” WQXGA (2560×1600) IPS display comes with Technicolor’s color enhance software technology. In addition, the device is equipped with four front-facing speakers (made by JBL) and supports Dolby's Atmos 3D surround sound processing. Now, unlike the Yoga Tab 3 Pro, the Tab 3 Plus does not feature a pico projector, but just like the aforementioned model, it has two cameras.
Battery capacity of the novelty is 9300 mAh and Lenovo claims that the Yoga Tab 3 Plus will last up to 18 hours on its battery. As it turns out, slightly lower battery capacity of the Yoga Tab 3 Plus compared to the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is offset by better energy efficiency of its SoC, which is why it promises to deliver similar battery life. Besides long battery life, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus also inherited premium chassis featuring metal, plastic and leather from the Pro model.
Lenovo will start shipments of its Yoga Tab 3 Plus this October. The MSRP for the Wi-Fi-only model will be $299, but the recommended price of the LTE SKU is currently unknown.
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uhuznaa - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - link1 GB RAM? One Gigabyte?
ddriver - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkit clearly says 3
uhuznaa - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkAh, the table has the "old" Yoga Tab 3 in 8" and 10" with 1 GB on the left. Sorry.
Tams80 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkI was looking into the Yoga Tab line recently, and it's rather confusing. The option of choice and variety is great; it's just the variety is odd.
There is a mix of Android and Windows. Varying screen resolutions, RAM, and battery capacity.
One thing I found is that Lenovo's updating of Android is pretty shoddy. At least with Windows you are more likely able to upgrade.
The oddest thing seems to be more basic models going from 2GB of RAM to 1GB. Really?! Those models also get lower resolution displays. Unless all you want to do is watch, say, 720p video and nothing else, I suppose they're okay.
As for the Windows versions? They seem to have gone with the 3 series.
Back on topic: It would be nice if there was a 1920x1200 version. With the large battery, it would be fantastic. 2560x1600 seems somewhat wasteful at that display size. Oh, that and a Windows version.
t.s - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkYoga Tab 3 Plus 10” is the newest model it seems, and it has 3GB. And yep, I agree with 1920x1200 version.
Tams80 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkNo projector compared to the Pro though (not that it's a good projector).
At least with Windows you can change the resolution. That does cause issues though and power drain may still be higher.
Lolimaster - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - linkFor reading comics and manga, 1600p is godly.
Spectrophobic - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - linkBut garbage for Chinese cartoons.
StevoLincolnite - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - linkWould like this but in a 12" screen and USB 3.
janwyta - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - linkI have a Yoga Tab 3 Pro LTE and the hardware is nice, although the frame around the device is plastic painted metal (the foot is metal though). The projector is great for watching videos in bed.
The software on the other hand is terrible, unfinished and makes the device useless. The camera works sometimes, and you need to reboot the device when it stops working. Many applications (not games) force quit when you try to open them, including some entries in the settings app (sometimes they work after reboot). The storage is slow, so starting apps may take several seconds. Then is the issue of battery drain. You never know if the battery will hold. Sometimes it is good for 3 days (on light workload), sometimes, with the same usage it can't make it through a day - big battery drops when unused. But the worst is the lack of updates and software fixes and word from Lenovo if they will provide any updates or at least commit to fixing the most glaring bugs. No to mention the security updates.
I would say stay away from Lenovo's Android devices until they prove that they take software seriously.