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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10 Tablet Review

Manuel Masiero, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/22/2016

Entertainer. Lenovo touts its 10-inch Yoga Tab 3 10 Android-based tablet as a first-rate video tablet and treats it to an interesting configuration. Among other things, we find an integrated kickstand and Dolby Atmos sound system.

For the original German review, see here.

Buyers looking for an Android tablet have to choose among dozens of more or less similarly configured models. Lenovo's Yoga tablets fortunately step out of line here: They not only come in a stylish and robust aluminum casing, but they can also be set up and used in a versatile manner thanks to the integrated kickstand. Lenovo also sticks to this unconventional design for its new generation of Yoga tablets.

Three versions of the Yoga Tab 3 designed for multimedia use exist. They are all powered by the latest Android 5.1 OS. The 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 8 entry-level model is cheapest at a price of approximately 200 Euros (~$220). The 10.1-inch Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 premium model costs a steep 500 Euros (~$550). However, the incorporated projector that throws an image of up to 70 inches on the wall is a special extra.

The third Yoga 3 model, the Yoga Tab 3 10 that we are testing, is just as big as the flagship but only half as expensive. It is available for approximately 250 Euros (~$275) in online shops. Like the 8-inch model, the 10-inch model has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels and relies on the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009 SoC. 1 GB of working memory, 16 GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 are also inside. The Yoga 3 10 is optionally available with 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB storage, a Wi-Fi module and LTE support at up to 330 Euros (~$363).

Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10 competes against Acer's Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30Amazon's Fire HD 10Lenovo's Tab 2 A10-70 and LG's G Pad II 10.1 10-inch tablets, all with a comparable performance.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F (Yoga Tab Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR3 1600 MHz
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel, capacitive 10 finger touchscreen, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SDHC cards max. 32 GB, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.5 x 253 x 185 ( = 0.37 x 9.96 x 7.28 in)
Battery
10200 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 18 h
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix rotatable to front and back
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard Light: no, USB cable, modular power supply, quick start guide, Google apps, McAfee Security, Dolby Atmos app, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
665 g ( = 23.46 oz / 1.47 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Lenovo furnishes its Yoga Tab 3 10 with a stylish aluminum casing that is comfortable to hold in one hand thanks to the rubberized back cover. However, we could warp the 10-inch tablet without much effort in the test. That was answered with temporary bright spots in the screen's edges.

The Android tablet belongs to the somewhat heavier 10-inch tablets with a weight of 665 grams. That is due to the integrated metal kickstand mounted on an approximately 2-centimeter thick cylinder in the lower edge. Since Lenovo's tablet is only 9.5 millimeters tall at the upper edge, the tablet always lies slanted on a table. The kickstand can be released via a button on the back and can be folded back by almost 180 degrees. That opens many possibilities for use. For example, it can be used comfortably for watching videos or as a picture frame. Opening the kickstand to a 90-degree angle with the tablet over it facilitates writing texts.

The power button is located on the side of the kickstand's mount. It also has a diameter of 2 centimeters, which makes it look like the cylinder's closing. An LED ring that shines in subtle white frames it. The only camera in Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10 is directly beside that. It has a resolution of 8 megapixels and can be rotated to the front or back. Thus, it can be used as either the webcam or primary camera.

262 mm / 10.3 inch 159 mm / 6.26 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 432 g0.952 lbs260 mm / 10.2 inch 176 mm / 6.93 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 540 g1.19 lbs253 mm / 9.96 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 665 g1.466 lbs254.3 mm / 10 inch 161.1 mm / 6.34 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 487 g1.074 lbs247 mm / 9.72 inch 171 mm / 6.73 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 518 g1.142 lbs

Connectivity

An entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009 ARM SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz operates inside the Yoga 3 10. It has enough power to run up-to-date apps. Qualcomm's Adreno 304 GPU does not have as many performance reserves. Its power is still enough for basic games, but the graphics chip soon finds its limits in graphically demanding games. Our review sample's working memory configuration of just 1 GB is scanty, but it is also the cheapest Yoga Tab 3 10 model. Only 10.9 GB of the nominal 16 GB storage is available for the user ex-factory or after resetting. At least the storage of Lenovo's tablet can be expanded by up to 32 GB via the micro-SDHC card reader.

Left: volume control, micro-USB port
Left: volume control, micro-USB port
Right: 3.5 mm audio jack
Right: 3.5 mm audio jack
Upper edge: no interfaces
Upper edge: no interfaces
Lower edge: rotatable 8 MP camera
Lower edge: rotatable 8 MP camera

Software

A relatively new version of Google's operating system in the form of Android 5.1.1 runs on the Yoga Tab 3 10. Lenovo has left it virtually untouched. Apart from the compulsory Google apps, such as Chrome, Gmail, Maps, Drive and YouTube, only a little additional software is found; among them Lenovo's proprietary DOit apps SHAREit and SYNCit. Lenovo also preloads a security solution with McAfee Mobile Security. A tool for configuring the Dolby Atmos sound system is also part of the bundle.

GPS: indoors
GPS: indoors
GPS: outdoors
GPS: outdoors

Communication & GPS 

Besides the micro-USB port for sharing data with a PC, Lenovo's tablet also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and can communicate via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. That functioned at the expected speed in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands in the test. Interruptions or interference were not an issue. Our review sample does not support GSM, UMTS mobile network or LTE. The integrated GPS module did not give reason for complaint. It always tracked us down to a few meters. Its accuracy inside buildings was also high.

The camera's menu provides multiple settings
The camera's menu provides multiple settings

Cameras & Multimedia

Unusual for a tablet: Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10 sports one camera only. However, that is not a drawback since the 8-megapixel camera is incorporated in a hinge and can therefore be turned to the back or the front. Consequently, it can be used as a webcam or primary camera. It rotates in small steps so that the lens always remains securely in its set position. Multiple settings are offered in the camera's menu. For example, hobby photographers can add face recognition, adapt the ISO and exposure (from +2 to -2) or adjust the white balance.

The camera shoots decent pictures and can be used for snapshots offhandedly. However, it never comes close to the image quality of good mobile handset cameras, such as in Apple's iPhone 6s Plus or OnePlus' 2. In total, the photos are not particularly rich in detail. They are sooner covered by a bluish cast and blurred when shooting an imperfectly illuminated object. The image details are very blurred in low-light conditions.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10: Screenshot of ColorChecker colors. Original colors are displayed in the lower half of every field.
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10: Screenshot of ColorChecker colors. Original colors are displayed in the lower half of every field.

Color Accuracy & Sharpness

We closely examine the 8-megapixel camera in the Yoga Tab 3 10 in controlled light conditions. For this, we take a photo of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with the tablet and compare it without editing or adapting the white balance directly with the original colors. The tablet is quite close to the target value, but the color reproduction sometimes clearly deviates from the original.

The Yoga Tab 3 10 captures our test chart that we shoot in defined artificial light, like the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, with relatively low sharpness in details. Compression artifacts are evident on homogeneous image surfaces, just like in the transitions of different photo areas, which then make a frayed impression.

Test chart
Test chart
Section from image center
Section from image center

Accessories & Warranty

The Yoga Tab 3 10 comes with a modular power supply, USB cable and a quick-start guide. Lenovo offers a pocket projector and sleeve as optional accessories on its website. The one-year limited warranty can also be extended up to 3 years for a surcharge. The 2-year retailer warranty is not affected.

Input Devices & Handling

Although only an entry-level SoC is inside the Yoga Tab 3 10, the 10-inch device responded very fast to inputs no matter if entered via the physical keys on the tablet or via the capacitive touchscreen. Lenovo's tablet did not have problems with switching quickly between single programs when multiple apps were opened despite its meager RAM configuration of 1 GB. The virtual keyboard's big keys will facilitate typing even for prolific writers. It fills approximately half the screen in landscape mode, and only about one-third in portrait mode. Thus, there would have been enough room for an additional number row. However, the user will have to switch between the number and letter layouts, which unnecessarily prolongs some inputs.

The virtual keyboard in landscape mode...
The virtual keyboard in landscape mode...
...and in portrait mode.
...and in portrait mode.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

While the Yoga Tab 3 10 Pro flagship appropriately displays 2560x1600 pixels, Lenovo made cutbacks in the equally-sized 10-inch Yoga Tab 3 10 (w/o Pro). Only 1280x800 pixels are distributed over the review sample's screen rather than the QHD resolution. That is just as much as in, for example, the 8-inch Yoga Tab 3 8 sister model. Three of the four comparison devices are better off: Except for Amazon's Fire HD 10 that also has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, Acer's Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30Lenovo's Tab 2 A10-70 and LG's G Pad II 10.1 are furnished with Full HD panels. It is not quite clear why Lenovo opted for an aspect ratio of 16:10 for its tablet in view of the multimedia claim. In any case, the user will have to live with black bars at the upper and lower edges when watching videos.

The screen's average brightness of 344.3 cd/m² places the Yoga Tab 3 10 on par with its rivals. The screen's homogeneous illumination (87 %), low black level of 0.34 cd/m² and high contrast ratio of 1068:1 are also impressive. Subjectively, the Yoga Tab 3 10 thus convinces with vivid colors and rich black tones.

359
cd/m²
351
cd/m²
326
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
322
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 363 cd/m² Average: 344.3 cd/m² Minimum: 9.48 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 363 cd/m²
Contrast: 1068:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.25 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.78 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.23
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-43%
-10%
3%
-20%
Brightness middle
363
343
-6%
458
26%
352.9
-3%
355
-2%
Brightness
344
328
-5%
434
26%
335
-3%
367
7%
Brightness Distribution
87
88
1%
86
-1%
88
1%
89
2%
Black Level *
0.34
0.38
-12%
0.43
-26%
0.191
44%
0.53
-56%
Contrast
1068
903
-15%
1065
0%
1848
73%
670
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.25
6.86
-111%
4.18
-29%
4.31
-33%
3.2
2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.68
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.78
6.95
-150%
4.54
-63%
4.36
-57%
4.36
-57%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.32 95%
2.15 102%
2.33 94%
2.2 100%
CCT
6722 97%
7249 90%
7083 92%
7045 92%
7240 90%

* ... smaller is better

The assessments with the X-Rite i1pro 2 colorimeter and CalMAN software show that Lenovo has installed a well-balanced screen in its entry-level tablet. The shifts from the ideal rates are within tight limits in both the grayscale and color reproduction, and they are considerably lower than in the comparison devices. However, blue color parts are too weak, which leads to a somewhat too "warm" image.

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps

The Yoga Tab 3 10 is well-suitable for outdoor use thanks to its panel's average brightness of 344.3 cd/m². However, the highly reflective screen could thwart outdoor use. Nothing can be recognized when sunlight shines directly on the screen at the latest. The IPS panel always ensures legibility: Content remains impeccably readable without distorting the colors or inverting even in extreme viewing angles.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 28 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9365 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 212 APQ8009 quad-core SoC, Lenovo installs an entry-level processor clocked at 1.3 GHz in the Yoga Tab 3 10. Qualcomm's Adreno 304 GPU and 1 GB RAM support it. Performance wonders should not be expected from this combination. However, the SoC has enough power for up-to-date apps and web browsing. The weak GPU only allows smooth gameplay when the games are older or the graphics details are reduced.

The comparison devices clearly outperform the Yoga Tab 3 10 in the synthetic benchmarks. Although they do not belong to the fastest tablets, they can retrieve considerably more performance reserves than Lenovo's device, which only comes in last here.

3DMark - 1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
4488 Points ∼2%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
14292 Points ∼6% +218%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
10236 Points ∼4% +128%
LG G Pad II 10.1
15658 Points ∼7% +249%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
1075 Points ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
2118 Points ∼3% +97%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
1499 Points ∼2% +39%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
2031 Points ∼3% +89%
LG G Pad II 10.1
1600 Points ∼2% +49%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
331 Points ∼7%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
781 Points ∼16% +136%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
766 Points ∼16% +131%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
686 Points ∼14% +107%
LG G Pad II 10.1
551 Points ∼11% +66%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
5.4 fps ∼0%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
18 fps ∼0% +233%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
15 fps ∼0% +178%
LG G Pad II 10.1
21 fps ∼0% +289%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
9.3 fps ∼0%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
18 fps ∼1% +94%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
22 fps ∼1% +137%
LG G Pad II 10.1
22 fps ∼1% +137%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
1.8 fps ∼0%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
8.7 fps ∼2% +383%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
7.2 fps ∼1% +300%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
5.1 fps ∼1% +183%
LG G Pad II 10.1
8.8 fps ∼2% +389%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
3.8 fps ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
8.4 fps ∼2% +121%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
12 fps ∼3% +216%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
4.9 fps ∼1% +29%
LG G Pad II 10.1
8.7 fps ∼2% +129%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
22422 Points ∼8%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
30993 Points ∼11% +38%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
527 Points ∼26%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
769 Points ∼38% +46%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
856 Points ∼42% +62%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
755 Points ∼37% +43%
LG G Pad II 10.1
725 Points ∼36% +38%
Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
274 Points ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
822 Points ∼3% +200%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
573 Points ∼2% +109%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
495 Points ∼2% +81%
LG G Pad II 10.1
1997 Points ∼7% +629%
Memory (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
229 Points ∼3%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
924 Points ∼12% +303%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
275 Points ∼4% +20%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
1173 Points ∼16% +412%
LG G Pad II 10.1
462 Points ∼6% +102%
System (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
793 Points ∼5%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
1520 Points ∼9% +92%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
1433 Points ∼9% +81%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
1700 Points ∼10% +114%
LG G Pad II 10.1
1955 Points ∼12% +147%
Overall (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
402 Points ∼5%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
971 Points ∼11% +142%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
663 Points ∼8% +65%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
929 Points ∼11% +131%
LG G Pad II 10.1
1069 Points ∼13% +166%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
2720 Points ∼14%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
5281 Points ∼27% +94%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
4061 Points ∼21% +49%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
4226 Points ∼22% +55%
LG G Pad II 10.1
3525 Points ∼18% +30%

Legend

 
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 APQ8009, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30 Intel Atom Z3735F, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015 Mediatek MT8135, PowerVR G6200, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70 Mediatek MT8165, ARM Mali-T760 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G Pad II 10.1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Web browsing is subjectively fast with the Yoga Tab 3 10. However, the same is seen as in the synthetic benchmarks when the tablet is put to the acid test and sent through a benchmark course. The comparison devices always outrun the Yoga Tab 3 10, and it takes the last place.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2152 Points ∼4%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6438 Points ∼12% +199%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5835 Points ∼11% +171%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4116 Points ∼8% +91%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4692 Points ∼9% +118%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15228.5 ms * ∼26%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5410 ms * ∼9% +64%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5658.4 ms * ∼10% +63%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17410 ms * ∼29% -14%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8253.1 ms * ∼14% +46%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44 Points ∼5%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
109 Points ∼14% +148%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
84 Points ∼10% +91%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
59 Points ∼7% +34%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
73 Points ∼9% +66%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
14.187 Points ∼4%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
26 Points ∼7% +83%

* ... smaller is better

Micro-SD data throughput (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1, 32 GB)
Micro-SD data throughput (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1, 32 GB)

The Yoga Tab 3 10 is finally successful in write and read operations: It is much faster than Amazon's Fire HD 10 and Lenovo's Tab 2 A10-70 in sequential write. The Yoga Tab 3 10 can also keep up quite well in total, but it clearly lags behind the fastest devices. However, even the benchmark leaders Acer's Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30 and LG's G Pad II 10.1 do not deliver particularly impressive rates in data transfer.

Based on the example of our 32 GB Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1 reference card (read: max. 95 MB/s; write: max. 60 MB/s), it is seen that the micro-SD performance of the Yoga Tab 3 10 will not awe anyone. The tablet clearly remains behind the maximum rates with 42.3 MB/s in sequential read and 13.6 MB/s in sequential write. The review sample particularly has problems with random 4 KB write accessing. They are virtually not performed with a rate of 0.1 MB/s.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.12 MB/s ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.3 MB/s ∼3% +102%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.59 MB/s ∼2% +79%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.9 MB/s ∼2% +25%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.52 MB/s ∼4% +205%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.9 MB/s ∼6%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
24 MB/s ∼12% +120%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.84 MB/s ∼7% +27%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 MB/s ∼9% +56%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
21.61 MB/s ∼11% +98%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.15 MB/s ∼8%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
56 MB/s ∼9% +12%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.06 MB/s ∼2% -76%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12.15 MB/s ∼2% -76%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
59.11 MB/s ∼10% +18%
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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
127.82 MB/s ∼9%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
142 MB/s ∼9% +11%
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
126.04 MB/s ∼8% -1%
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
144.2 MB/s ∼10% +13%
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
155.77 MB/s ∼10% +22%

Games

The Yoga Tab 3 10 does not sport an especially strong graphics chip with Qualcomm's Adreno 304. Its performance is absolutely enough for older or rather graphically undemanding games like Angry Birds 2. Sophisticated games like Asphalt 8 only run smoothly with reduced details.

Simple games like Angry Birds 2 run smoothly on the Yoga Tab 3 10.
Simple games like Angry Birds 2 run smoothly on the Yoga Tab 3 10.
Smooth running only functions with reduced graphics details in demanding games like Asphalt 8.
Smooth running only functions with reduced graphics details in demanding games like Asphalt 8.

Emissions

GFXBench Battery test: battery
GFXBench Battery test: battery
GFXBench Battery test: performance
GFXBench Battery test: performance

Temperature

Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10 barely heated up during use. The temperature gauge of our thermometer remained at a cool 26.8 °C on average. Not much changed about that after an hour of full load. No hidden hot spots exist - the highest temperature was just 31.8 °C on one spot. The demanding battery benchmark from GFXBench also did not affect the Yoga Tab 3 10. As expected, thermal throttling was not an issue in the tablet.

Max. Load
 29 °C
84 F
28.3 °C
83 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
 30.8 °C
87 F
28.3 °C
83 F
27.9 °C
82 F
 
 29.6 °C
85 F
26.6 °C
80 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
27.1 °C
81 F
27.6 °C
82 F
26.9 °C
80 F
30 °C
86 F
31.6 °C
89 F
28.5 °C
83 F
26.4 °C
80 F
26.8 °C
80 F
30.1 °C
86 F
Maximum: 31.6 °C = 89 F
Average: 28.3 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.9 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 22.9 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.3 °C / 83 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.8 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.1 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Matching its multimedia claim, the Yoga Tab 3 10 has a speaker bar that produces an impressive sound for a tablet alongside the Dolby Atmos surround sound system. As expected, the trebles protrude and the mids and low tones are only just up to not at all audible. The sound tests also confirm that. The Yoga Tab 3 10 only achieves low dB rates in the low bass range (frequency range left in the graph). Thus, these frequencies are drowned out by the much louder high pitches. Predefined equalizer settings for movies, music, games and speech can be selected via the Dolby Atmos app. Two user-defined presets are additionally available.

Pink Noise frequencies: Low frequency ranges (green line) are inaudible in Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10
Pink Noise frequencies: Low frequency ranges (green line) are inaudible in Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 10

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While the Yoga Tab 3 10 treats itself to an average of 5.1 watts when idling, the load power consumption climbs up to 8.2 watts. These moderate rates give hope for a long battery life when they are put in relation with the battery's performance specs. Lenovo's tablet is powered by a lithium-ion battery with 3 cells. According to the spec sheet, it provides an electrical current of 10200 mAh, and allegedly it keeps the tablet running for 18 hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.07 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.54 / 5.1 / 5.24 Watt
Load midlight 7.07 / 8.24 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The Yoga Tab 3 10 is throughout convincing in battery life. The tablet lasts for almost 13 hours in the real-world Wi-Fi test. Among the comparison devices only the equally enduring LG G Pad II 10.1 matches that and even shuts down 6 minutes later. The Yoga Tab 3 10 first has to be recharged after 12 hours and 20 minutes in the video loop. Again, only LG's G Pad II 10.1 lasts longer with 17 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
47h 10min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 55min
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F
Adreno 304, 212 APQ8009, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Amazon Fire HD 10 inch 2015
PowerVR G6200, MT8135, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo TAB2 A10-70
Mali-T760 MP2, MT8165, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad II 10.1
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-39%
-43%
-29%
-6%
Reader / Idle
2830
1564
-45%
1142
-60%
1155
-59%
1676
-41%
H.264
740
532
-28%
624
-16%
1020
38%
WiFi v1.3
776
485
-37%
450
-42%
515
-34%
782
1%
Load
415
221
-47%
188
-55%
436
5%
325
-22%

Pros

+ high-quality aluminum casing
+ practical kickstand
+ bright, viewing angle stable IPS panel
+ Dolby Atmos surround sound
+ rotating 8 MP camera
+ latest Android (5.1.1)
+ very low temperature development
+ very long battery life

Cons

- unstable casing
- 1 GB RAM only
- only 10.9 GB storage available
- storage only expandable by 32 GB maximum
- entry-level performance
- Wi-Fi only in n standard
- No GSM, UMTS, LTE
- middling camera
- non-removable battery

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10. Review sample courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

The high-quality built Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 10 presents itself as a multimedia tablet and that is also exactly its strength. The 10-inch Android device can be set up very flexibly thanks to its practical kickstand, making it easy to, for example, watch a video on the tablet. The powerful 10200 mAh battery ensures a long battery life, while the very bright and viewing-angle stable IPS panel puts multimedia content in the spotlight. That is also true for the sound with the proprietary Dolby Atmos surround-sound technology.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 212 APQ8009 quad-core SoC in Lenovo's tablet offers more than enough performance for movie and music enjoyment, web browsing and up-to-date apps. Graphically demanding games are not the strength of the entry-level processor though. Its integrated Adreno 304 GPU simply does not have the power for that.

Although Lenovo has designed the Yoga Tab 3 10 for multimedia use, it did not consistently bring the concept to an end. It only has the small HD resolution of 1280x800 pixels and the cheapest configuration only has 16 GB of storage.

Our review sample, the cheapest Yoga Tab 3 10 model, costs approximately 250 Euros (~$275). However, it only comes with a relatively meager storage capacity. While 1 GB of RAM can still be accepted, 16 GB of storage is not exactly lush for multimedia purposes. Besides that, the storage capacity can only be expanded by 32 GB at most since Lenovo's tablet does not support micro-SDXC cards.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 YT3-X50F - 02/17/2016 v5(old)
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
81 / 80 → 100%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
19 / 65 → 29%
Weight
80 / 40-88 → 83%
Battery
95%
Display
84%
Games Performance
20 / 68 → 29%
Application Performance
40 / 76 → 53%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
91 / 91 → 100%
Camera
75 / 85 → 88%
Average
73%
84%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Manuel Masiero, 2016-02-22 (Update: 2018-05-15)