Lenovo Tab P11 5G: Decent mobile tablet for little money
Do you really need an 11-inch tablet for making calls? This is what we initially wondered when the Lenovo Tab P11 5G arrived in our test lab: a relatively large tablet that is also comparatively heavy at 520 grams.
In fact, the review device dispelled our concerns quite quickly. Of course, the dimensions and weight remain the same, and if you're looking for something more practical, you'll have to look elsewhere. But the cellular phone module gives the Tab P11 5G a versatility that is otherwise not really found in tablets.
Making calls via the speakers and the built-in microphones is really fun, especially because the 4 speakers produce quite clear sound and the other person understands us well. And even if you find yourself in a street café with moderately good Wi-Fi, you don't have to do without fast internet thanks to 5G support.
The wireless coverage isn't quite as good as in high-end smartphones, and the screen is unfortunately too dark for outdoor use. This means that HDR content on the tablet cannot be enjoyed in its full glory. At least there is Widevine-L1 certification, so you don't have to do without HD streams.
As for the screen in particular, here you notice the rather low budget of the Tab P11 5G, since, in addition to its low brightness, it only has a 60 Hz panel, which seems a bit sluggish during fast movements and also during operation.
The only thing that really bothered us was the face recognition, which was unable to identify the reviewer's face despite repeated attempts, even in good light. You shouldn't expect too much from the cameras either, and there is no support for eSIM or NFC.
Overall, the Lenovo Tab P11 5G offers a decent package of features at a relatively low price of around US$400 and is one of the few inexpensive tablets to come with a 5G module.
For more information, we recommend taking a look at our detailed review of the Lenovo Tab P11 5G with its numerous charts and benchmarks.