With a balanced balance of functionality and portability, this new Lenovo model, aimed primarily at content creators, is a great alternative for those who need a display with power, versatility, style and movement.
The tablets continue to sell. Maybe I don’t eat hot rolls like I did a few years ago, but the demand keeps growing. Despite the post-pandemic natural contraction, the global market for these devices reached nearly $69 billion in 2022, with projections of $134 billion for 2028, which, according to consulting firm Imarc, means growth of almost 11% per year. These are not bad numbers. And it’s also no surprise that Apple and Samsung are the dominant brands in this segment.
While the tablet market can be a bit tricky, the truth is that if you dig, you can find very specific models for every user’s needs: entertainment, gaming, content streaming, or productivity. Light and video calls. There are even some specially designed for children.
The truth is that there is something for everyone because tablets, despite some beliefs, are not an industry whim, but rather a productivity and entertainment niche that needs to be filled.
This is reflected in the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, the new tablet of the Chinese brand, with which it clearly points to a higher segment. Perhaps to compete with direct rivals at the top, like Samsung and its spectacular Galaxy Tab S8 (perhaps the best Android tablet today, which also comes with a case and keyboard) or even the iPad.
Its specifications and its size, yes, resemble the Samsung screen more than another model: we find similarities in the thumbs, the location of the camera, the storage of the pencil or even its soul versatile ultra-portable laptop computer. And there is also the question of price, of course.
Designed to be used as an all-purpose device, with the very useful addition of accessories that complement each other very well, that’s Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro. Let’s get to know it in detail.
- Dimensions : 285.61 x 5.63 x 184.53mm
- Mass : 565 grams
- Screen : 12.6 inch 2K/Dolby Vision multi-touch AMOLED
- Resolution : 2560 x 1600 pixels
- refresh rate : 120hz
- Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 (3.20Ghz)
- Memory : 8 GB RAM
- Storage : 256 GB (UFS 3.1)
- Drums : 10,200 mAh (with a 30W load, up to 80% in about 1h30)
- Camera : 13 MP + 5MP (rear) and 8MP (front)
- ports : 1 USB-C 3.2 / 1 microSD & Nano SIM / 1 Pogo Pin 4 points
- connectivity : Wi-Fi 6 / Bluetooth 5.2 / WWAN
- Operating system :Android 12
- Accessories : Lenovo Keyboard Pack / Precision Pen 3 Stylus
unpacking: light and elegant
Taking the tablet out of the box was nothing special in terms of new features or surprises. When we open it we find the device and, below, behind cardboard dividers, the accessories, such as the cover with the keyboard and the pencil (or precision pen), as well as a USB charging cable -C and the power connector.
One of the things I liked the most about the P12 Pro was its cover. It is made of a reinforced plastic material, covered with an elegant thick fabric, which gives the tablet a lot of style when left on a table or desk. Obviously, this one is folded in one of its thirds to make room for the support. In turn, in one of these flexible divisions there is a very practical space to store the magnetic pencil. Nice and practical detail.
In the hands, and thanks to its aluminum and metal construction, it feels light – it weighs just over half a kilo – but firm. In fact, at 5.6mm thick, it has to be one of the thinnest tablets we’ve reviewed recently.
In portrait mode we have a power button and a biometric reader on the upper right side and a microSD card slot. On the side of the same side, almost in the corner, we have the separate volume buttons, to control the sound of the four JBL speakers: two above and two below.
At the bottom center is the USB-C connector for data transfer, power and fast charging (an adapter is also included, nice touch). What yes, I was missing a 3.5mm headphone jack. The P12 Pro only comes in one color: Storm Grey. Functional, although form and generic.
Radiant AMOLED display and powerful sound
The screen, yes, is magnificent. Made with AMOLED technology, it has a good refresh rate (120 Hz), a comfortable size (12.6 inches) and a very good resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. In addition, it includes high dynamic range for better definition (HDR), good brightness and good color contrast (it is visible even outdoors on a sunny day) and Dolby Vision.
The system is updated to Android 12, so the initial operation is up to date in terms of the operating system. After the traditional initial setup and recovering passwords, apps, and access, we immediately started browsing in “laptop” mode. Interacting with the keyboard and the screen is a very practical functional combo. As we mentioned, the four JBL speakers – which in landscape mode are two on each side – definitely improve the hearing experience, at least compared to a mobile phone.
Its design is traditional, but it takes on new life by attaching the lid and using the keyboard. This is where it becomes a true workstation: as it comes with included accessories, you can get the most out of it right away.
Sleek keyboard and very useful stylus
Because in addition to the keyboard, the combo includes the smart pen or Precision Pen 3, which acts as style very precisely, depending on the needs of the user. Going from keyboard to touch and then to using the stylus considerably expands the possibilities of use and interaction: whether working on a spreadsheet, writing text, drawing – whether interact with video games — or just navigate the screen.
Pen performance and fluidity were extremely pleasing, especially with split-screen between two apps. Something that may not be for everyone, but for those who work in design or graphic parts, it can be very useful.
The practical detail is that behind the P12 Pro, in addition to the two-lens module for the camera, there is a magnetic space to attach the stylus. In turn, the blanket has storage and (wireless) charging space. Good design.
Optimal for work and leisure
When occupying the P12 thoroughly, with the accessories activated, the thing takes on its full meaning. Although the bezels felt a little chunky to me, its AMOLED display is gorgeous, which is especially noticeable when consuming content or playing video games.
But once the keyboard is added, things change drastically and the tablet practically becomes a laptop. It’s nothing new to the industry – in fact, it’s what you’d expect from models in this range – but the P12 does it in style and comfort. For a more professional audience, let’s say.
The keyboard perfectly emulates that of a notebook and nothing to say about it. Obviously, the experience isn’t as seamless as with a dedicated keyboard, but the accessory does the job well, with a good trackpad, large keys, and a comfortable layout. The camera, with its 13-megapixel lens and 5-megapixel wide-angle, let’s just say it is.
Using it as a display to consume streaming audiovisual content, it didn’t disappoint. It’s visually pleasing and the quad JBL speakers sound loud and muscular, especially in action scenes. And what about video games: I was testing the popular vampire survivors, which has an interesting graphics load, and the screen never stumbled. What yes, when used in vertical mode, the immersive sound effect is lost a bit.
Big battery and reliable performance
The response in terms of demand has been optimal. A nice screen always helps, but the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is not just about looks: the truth is that all open applications, whether social networks, productivity tools, video games or just drawing on the screen, were a pleasure. This despite the fact that the processor isn’t the last thing Qualcomm pulled out of the oven, but it was enough thanks to its 8GB of memory support. At least in the weeks we tested the device, there were hardly any issues.
In terms of autonomy, the P12’s battery is large (10,200 mAh) and is at the level of similar models from the competition. That is to say, its performance can reach two days of sustained use before having to recharge the device. With occasional use, the duration can easily extend over several days.
Lenovo’s software also includes a productivity mode that attempts to emulate a more traditional desktop computer. It does this from windows that can be adapted, as if it were Windows somehow, although the difference is not that significant. On the other hand, by swiping the screen to the left, instead of finding the typical Google news page, a refreshing “entertainment center” appeared which brings together different content apps, from Netflix to YouTube.
In this sense, after a few hours of use, I felt that the P12 could fit perfectly into the range of high-end Android tablets. Or any operating system, really.
The Tab P12 from Lenovo is a very good versatile and balanced tablet. It’s functional, comfortable and, very importantly, it comes with the accessories included, so you can get the most out of it right away, especially those who need to perform productivity tasks. There, logically, the smart pen is your great addition, especially for content creators.
This aspect is not a detail: the fact that the P12 includes all its accessories makes the price of the product more real and honest, since without them the tablet clearly limits its possibilities. Being there from the game, on the other hand, they immediately transform the tablet into a real workstation that has little to envy to a laptop. Big positive for Lenovo. Considering its advantages and its value, it is an absolutely recommended device for any type of use.
*Prices for products in this item are updated as of January 24, 2022. Values and availability may change.