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Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab: good looking tablet as smart home hub

Automatic ambient mode: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
Automatic ambient mode: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
Lenovo's Yoga Smart Tab includes a built-in stand, and promises superb voice recognition capabilities thanks to its multi-array microphones. And since this does not require too much performance its major weakness can be found somewhere else.
Mike Wobker (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇹🇷

Google’s ambient mode turns Android devices into small info screens when locked. They will display the time, the weather, and other personalized pieces of information. In addition, the Google Assistant is on high alert in this mode and will listen to voice commands to play music or control smart home devices. On the Yoga Smart Tab, the settings include an option for automatically enabling ambient mode when the built-in stand is unfolded. Unfortunately, this never really worked during our various tests.

Given that Lenovo puts special emphasis on this feature we find it odd that it failed to work. The tablet’s hardware was well-suited for various tasks, and controlling smart home devices is not particularly demanding. Only its poor Wi-Fi performance might cause issues.

At the time being, automatic ambient mode does simply not work in the Yoga Smart Tab. You can have it either enabled every time you lock the screen, or disabled when you do so. Given that the ambient mode is a fairly new feature we are hopeful that a future update will right this wrong. Until then, you will have to enable it manually.

Find out in our extensive review how the Yoga Smart Tab performed overall.


 Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab Notebookcheck review

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 450 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-15)