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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Review

Florian Wimmer (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/29/2014

Pro as in projector? Lenovo shows its innovative side: The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro can be hung up on a wall, has an integrated subwoofer, and even a projector is installed. At a first glance, that is enough to provide a "wow" factor - but we will check whether the rest of the tablet is just as awesome.

In review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

For the original German review, see here.

Lenovo has always treaded new ways with its Yoga tablets. We have already found the handy holding bar (cylinder) and fold-out stand awesome in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. Lenovo has once again come up with some new ideas for its current generation. Have you ever wanted to hang your tablet on a wall like a picture? No problem, thanks to a completely foldable stand with a hole in the new Yoga 2 tablets.

Lenovo has put even more effort into the 13.3-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro that we are testing today. A QHD screen provides extremely high-definition images, speakers from JBL are installed for great audio, and there is even a subwoofer. But what is that in the cylinder on the tablet's right? A camera lens? No, it is an LED projector that enables projecting presentations and movies onto a wall.

Despite all these cool features, we want to know just what the total bundle, selling for 499 Euros (~$620), looks like. For example, does it still have the somewhat sluggish touchscreen that we criticized in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2? Or what about its weight? After all, we are dealing with an exceptionally large tablet here.

The size is also the reason why it is difficult to find a direct competitor. We only have one 13.3-inch tablet in our database, and it comes from the rather unknown manufacturer Yarvik, and it is slightly smaller than Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Otherwise, only 10.1-inch tablets, such as Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet or LG's G Pad 10.1 can be called upon. Asus' Transformer Pad TF701TApple's iPad Air 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 are also suitable for comparisons. Microsoft's Surface 2 is slightly larger than other tablets, but it has to live with the restrictions of Windows RT.

Case

Decent build with integrated stand
Decent build with integrated stand

Is this a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 or a Tablet 2 Pro? To really impress your friends with your expertise, you would have to note that the Yoga Tablet 2 is considerably smaller at 8 or 10.1 inches than the 13.3-inch Pro version. You could also refer to the projector lens in the hinge and the subwoofer on the back. Otherwise, the family resemblance is, in fact, very evident.

The casing is largely made of plastic; only the stand is aluminum. The design of the holding bar is unusual for a tablet, but it looks classy and has advantages from an ergonomic point of view. The bar gives the tablet a secure grip, and the lightly roughened back contributes to the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro's slip resistance when held. The casing's stability could be better. Pressure applied to the back is passed through to the screen, and becomes visible in the liquid crystals. Furthermore, the corners can be warped slightly. However, the overall stability should be adequate for everyday use, and the build of the Yoga 2 Tablet Pro does not at all give a cheap or unstable impression.

Anyone familiar with the name “Yoga” will know that Lenovo's tablet offers different operating modes.  A button releases the stand, which is slightly stiff, however, it keeps the tablet firmly in position. The modes are "Hold" for holding the tablet in a hand, "Stand" that allows propping up the tablet, and "Tilt" where the tablet's angle on a table can be adjusted. This mode also makes the most sense when using the projector. The "Hang" mode is new, and is implemented via a simple hole in the tablet stand. It enables hanging up the tablet on a nail or screw on a wall.

Connectivity

An integrated projector is a nifty thing.
An integrated projector is a nifty thing.

Integrating a projector in a tablet is indeed a unique idea. And one that naturally raises high expectations: Lenovo promises an image size of up to 50 inches on any suitable wall at a distance of two meters (~6.6 ft). The projector is to produce a brightness of 40 - 50 lumens, and a resolution of 854x480 pixels. In fact, the projector delivers a sharp image, and the color reproduction is very compelling.

The projector's low resolution is considerably less evident than on a screen when the source is a Full HD video. The image looks very sharp, and has the size of a large TV. Although the focus has to be adjusted manually, it is quite easy to do via the slider on the underside. The LEDs of conventional Pico projectors last up to 20,000 hours, which equates to over two and a half years of non-stop use. That should last the average service life of a tablet. In addition, the projector corrects image distortions via the position sensor. This projector is definitely useful and not bad compared with small stand-alone counterparts.

The other interfaces are rather standard: a micro-USB 2.0 port and 3.5 millimeter audio jack. The micro-SD slot for expanding the 32 GB of storage is a good thing.

Left: volume control, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm combo audio jack, power button
Left: volume control, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm combo audio jack, power button
Right: projector lens, projector button
Right: projector lens, projector button
Upper edge: no interfaces
Upper edge: no interfaces
Lower edge: hinge
Lower edge: hinge
Rear: projector focus control, stand, micro-SD slot, SIM slot, subwoofer, camera
Rear: projector focus control, stand, micro-SD slot, SIM slot, subwoofer, camera

Software

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes with Android 4.4. The tablet will most likely be updated to the new Android 5 Lollipop at a later date. Lenovo has carefully modified Android. For example, all apps can be accessed by scrolling right or left; there is no overview of all apps. Lenovo has preinstalled some additional apps, such as "Security HD" that is to ensure the tablet's security, and also provides an ad blocker and a rights management for apps. "Sketchpad" allows adding floating sketches or notes over content, for example to mark important points during a presentation. The "Route 66" navigation software is free to use for 30 days.

Communication & GPS 

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is well-equipped in terms of wireless communication. An 802.1 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi module is on board, and an LTE module for high-speed Internet on the go is an  optional addition for an extra 100 Euros (~$125). It makes a maximum download speed of 150 Mbits per second and upload speed of 50 Mbits per second possible. Bluetooth 4.0 is also part of the bundle.

The reception quality of both the Wi-Fi and LTE module is good. We still had the full signal and high transmission rates at a distance of ten meters (~33 ft) to the router and through three walls in the home wireless network. The signal dropped to 3/4 another two meters (~6.6 ft) away, and pages were opened slightly slower. Usually, we had a good reception, and an adequate data transmission speed in the rather moderately developed UMTS net of the German E-Plus provider in an urban area during mobile Internet use.

Decent GPS signal outdoors
Decent GPS signal outdoors

Of course a GPS module is installed in the Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. The tablet could not be located indoors. However, in the outdoors, a good signal was established within a short time and the tablet's position was tracked with an accuracy of seven meters (~23 ft).

Accuracy is a tricky matter, as we experienced while taking the tablet for a ride on our mountain bike. We also took the Garmin Edge 500 navigation system along. It determined the route with a considerably higher accuracy than the GPS module in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Although the length of the route only deviates by 140 meters (~460 ft), it becomes evident in the detailed view that satellite contact to the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro was recurrently interrupted. For example, the tablet did not even record crossing a bridge over a river. Instead, according to the GPS module, we hovered right across the water. The Garmin Edge 500 tracked our route in the woods considerably more accurately.

GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – total
GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – total
GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – bridge
GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – bridge
GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – woods
GPS Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – woods
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – total
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – total
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – bridge
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – woods
GPS Garmin Edge 500 – woods

Cameras & Multimedia

An 8 megapixel camera is standard in most mid-range smartphones. Acceptable lenses are only slowly moving into tablets. However, Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a decent camera. This, as well as the subwoofer, is located on the back, protruding through a hole in the tablet's stand when it is closed.

The camera proves that it can shoot quite reasonable pictures in our comparison screenshots. Details are not absolutely sharp when zoomed, but they are well-recognizable, and the colors look natural. A reflex camera of course does a better job with the sharpness of details and image composition, but the rear-facing camera in the Yoga 2 Tablet is quite satisfactory. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.6 megapixels, and is not as good in color reproduction. It is nevertheless suitable for video conferencing.

Rear-facing camera (8 megapixels)
Rear-facing camera (8 megapixels)
Front-facing camera (1.6 megapixels)
Front-facing camera (1.6 megapixels)
Reference: Sony Alpha 77 (24 megapixels)
Reference: Sony Alpha 77 (24 megapixels)

Accessories

The box contains a tablet charger with the matching USB cable. Additionally, a wired headset with a decent sound is also included. Not many Yoga Tablet 2 Pro specific accessories are currently available in Lenovo's shop. A folio cover for protecting the tablet is one of the highlights here, but it does not have a price tag as yet.

Warranty

Lenovo only includes a 12-month warranty on the tablet. Of course, the retailer's warranty is not affected by this, which is currently 24 months in Germany. Practical: Registering the serial number directly shows the remaining warranty period and what extra services are available. However, no warranty upgrade is offered for the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.

Input Devices & Controls

Fortunately, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has not inherited the problems we encountered with the touchscreen of the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1. The touch-sensitive screen responded reliably up into the corners, and implemented our inputs smoothly and quickly in all tested apps. The device also quickly detected and executed multi-touch gestures; the touchscreen can deal with inputs made by up to 10 fingers at the same time.

As to physical controls, there is the big power button on one side of the cylinder. Although people familiar with other tablets have to find it first, they will appreciate its size. The volume rocker and projector button on the  sides of the tablet, both have good pressure points, and are easy to find. There is a manual focus for the projector, which could be more accurate to use.

The virtual keyboard is the standard model from Google. The keys are large, and reliable to use. The keyboard is also very clearly arranged. A number row would have been nice, but an alternative keyboard can be downloaded from the Play Store if the standard model is found to be unsatisfactory.

Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode

Display

The screen in the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has a QHD resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. As a result, many details become visible and images are displayed very sharply on the 13.3-inch screen, which is quite large for a tablet. At the same time, fonts remain legible due to the good scaling capabilities of Android. However, Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro does not have the highest pixel density among the comparison devices because even smaller competitors, such as Apple's iPad Air 2, have very high resolutions.

The screen in the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro achieves an average brightness of 382.8 cd/m². Although this is not bad, it is rather average among the comparison devices. The illumination of 86% is still within a good range, but brightness differences are visible to the naked eye on large, white surfaces.

375
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 417 cd/m² Average: 382.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 412 cd/m²
Contrast: 615:1 (Black: 0.67 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.8 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 6.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
Gamma: 2.29
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 32 GB SSD
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPad Air 2
PowerVR GXA6850, A8X, 128 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Mali-T628 MP6, 5420 Octa, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
19%
29%
26%
22%
8%
Brightness
383
399
4%
340
-11%
427
11%
369
-4%
374
-2%
Brightness Distribution
86
88
2%
82
-5%
92
7%
89
3%
83
-3%
Black Level *
0.67
0.43
36%
0.36
46%
0.61
9%
0.51
24%
0.73
-9%
Contrast
615
986
60%
1003
63%
693
13%
700
14%
537
-13%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.8
5.42
7%
4.44
23%
2.86
51%
3.86
33%
4.84
17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.3
6.04
4%
2.75
56%
2.37
62%
2.4
62%
2.77
56%
Gamma
2.29 105%
2.6 92%
2.52 95%
2.43 99%
2.46 98%
2.51 96%
CCT
7302 89%
6740 96%
6819 95%
6941 94%
6740 96%
7086 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88

* ... smaller is better

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro shows some shortcomings in contrast and black level. The comparison devices are considerably better equipped. Our review sample's black level of 0.65 cd/m² always displays black areas a bit too brightly, so that they appear rather dark gray. The contrast derived from the black level and maximum brightness is 615:1, and one of the lowest rates in the comparison field. Colors are not as bright, and look rather dull.

We examined the color reproduction more closely using the CalMAN software and a photospectrometer. The results are displayed in the screenshots below this paragraph. A clear tendency toward a bluish-green cast can, for example, be seen in light gray colors. All colors deviate from the ideal rate of the sRGB reference color space either toward green or blue. Blue and very light colors in particular display a strong shift from the ideal so that the screen's color reproduction is unsuitable for professionals. The retina screen in Apple's iPad Air 2, or the screen in Microsoft's Surface 2, for example, provide considerably more accurate colors in the test field.

It is quite possible to use the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro outdoors - it has sufficient brightness, and therefore the content can still be recognized on the screen even on bright days. However, nothing is legible in direct sunlight because the screen is glossy. We did not have any problems with legibility indoors or in the shade.

The IPS screen allows great viewing angles from all directions, and this advantage actually proves useful in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. No matter from where or which angle we look at the screen, the content is always well visible.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro uses the same Intel Atom Z3745 SoC as the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1. Its key specs are four processing cores and a clock of 1.33 GHz. We measured minor performance weaknesses in the Yoga Tablet 2 10.1, which were particularly prominent in the operating system's animations. Although they seemed slightly smoother in our present review sample, opening the multitasking screen in particular was still rather jerky.

According to the synthetic benchmarks, the CPU's performance is largely similar to its smaller brother. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro still cannot compete with the performance of Apple's iPad Air 2 or Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
2458 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
2426 Points ∼8% -1%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
2327 Points ∼7% -5%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
2707 Points ∼9% +10%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
2790 Points ∼9% +14%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
790 Points ∼17%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
764 Points ∼16% -3%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
915 Points ∼20% +16%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
901 Points ∼19% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
943 Points ∼20% +19%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
2679 points ∼58%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
2781 points ∼60% +4%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
4375 points ∼95% +63%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
1930 points ∼42% -28%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
2103 points ∼46% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
3197 points ∼70% +19%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
3116 points ∼68% +16%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
9028 points ∼48%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
9045 points ∼48% 0%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
6975 points ∼37% -23%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
3033 points ∼16% -66%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
6437 points ∼34% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
7103 points ∼38% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7090 points ∼38% -21%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
620 MFLOPS ∼21%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
606.715 MFLOPS ∼21% -2%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
600.237 MFLOPS ∼20% -3%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
93.911 MFLOPS ∼3% -85%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
500.495 MFLOPS ∼17% -19%
Apple iPad Air 2
2428.68 MFLOPS ∼82% +292%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
648.718 MFLOPS ∼22% +5%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
631.71 MFLOPS ∼21% +2%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
260 MFLOPS ∼25%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
208.541 MFLOPS ∼20% -20%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
347.856 MFLOPS ∼34% +34%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
61.552 MFLOPS ∼6% -76%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
630.326 MFLOPS ∼62% +142%
Apple iPad Air 2
1021.11 MFLOPS ∼100% +293%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
391.745 MFLOPS ∼38% +51%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
349.306 MFLOPS ∼34% +34%
AnTuTu Benchmark v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
33635 Points ∼42%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
33318 Points ∼41% -1%
Apple iPad Air 2
63292 Points ∼79% +88%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
37208 Points ∼46% +11%

Legend

 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 32 GB SSD
 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 APQ8074AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Yarvik Xenta 13c Rockchip RK3066 1.5 GHz, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Air 2 Apple A8X, PowerVR GXA6850, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Surface 2 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Intel's HD Graphics (Bay Trail) is responsible for 3D performance. The graphics solution supports DirectX 11 and clocks with 778 MHz. The screen's resolution is already in the upper limits of the graphics card's capabilities. It should nevertheless be enough for most games from Google's Play Store.

The different screen resolutions make the off-screen scores of the 3D benchmarks considerably more significant because the Full HD resolution is always used for rendering. Overall, Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro does a decent job here. Its performance is in the middle of the comparison devices, and can clearly outperform some competitors, such as the Surface 2.

3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
18226 Points ∼25%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
18094 Points ∼25% -1%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
16678 Points ∼23% -8%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
15217 Points ∼21% -17%
Apple iPad Air 2
10379 Points ∼14% -43%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
13903 Points ∼19% -24%
Microsoft Surface 2
12692 Points ∼18% -30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
16438 Points ∼4%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
15071 Points ∼3% -8%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
19518 Points ∼4% +19%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
14904 Points ∼3% -9%
Apple iPad Air 2
31542 Points ∼7% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
13283 Points ∼3% -19%
Microsoft Surface 2
14812 Points ∼3% -10%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
16804 Points ∼9%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
15652 Points ∼8% -7%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
18806 Points ∼10% +12%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
14972 Points ∼8% -11%
Apple iPad Air 2
21707 Points ∼11% +29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
13416 Points ∼7% -20%
Microsoft Surface 2
14281 Points ∼7% -15%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
20.2 fps ∼1%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
16.9 fps ∼1% -16%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
27.6 fps ∼2% +37%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
19.3 fps ∼1% -4%
Apple iPad Air 2
70.4 fps ∼5% +249%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
22.9 fps ∼2% +13%
Microsoft Surface 2
16 fps ∼1% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
22.8 fps ∼2% +13%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
13.8 fps ∼3%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
17.4 fps ∼4% +26%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
27.5 fps ∼6% +99%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
12.4 fps ∼3% -10%
Apple iPad Air 2
52.1 fps ∼11% +278%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
13.9 fps ∼3% +1%
Microsoft Surface 2
24 fps ∼5% +74%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
13.9 fps ∼3% +1%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
10.7 fps ∼2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
8.6 fps ∼2% -20%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
11.4 fps ∼2% +7%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Apple iPad Air 2
37.6 fps ∼7% +251%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
5.5 fps ∼1% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7.6 fps ∼1% -29%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
6.8 fps ∼2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
8.3 fps ∼2% +22%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
11 fps ∼3% +62%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Apple iPad Air 2
27 fps ∼7% +297%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
2.8 fps ∼1% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4.3 fps ∼1% -37%

We did not have many problems with the tablet's speed when browsing on the Internet. However, the presentation of sites that are not optimized for mobile devices sometimes stuttered. Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro also achieved good results compared with similar devices in the synthetic benchmarks.

WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
995 ms * ∼21%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
1114.4 ms * ∼23% -12%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1454 ms * ∼30% -46%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
1114.6 ms * ∼23% -12%
Apple iPad Air 2
336 ms * ∼7% +66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
1132.4 ms * ∼24% -14%
Microsoft Surface 2
964 ms * ∼20% +3%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1142.7 ms * ∼24% -15%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
672 ms * ∼18%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
678.6 ms * ∼18% -1%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1249.6 ms * ∼33% -86%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
844 ms * ∼23% -26%
Apple iPad Air 2
268 ms * ∼7% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
1263.6 ms * ∼34% -88%
Microsoft Surface 2
1018.1 ms * ∼27% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1328.6 ms * ∼35% -98%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
1160 ms * ∼10%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
1230 ms * ∼10% -6%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1970.3 ms * ∼16% -70%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
1528.1 ms * ∼13% -32%
Apple iPad Air 2
1501 ms * ∼12% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
1911.8 ms * ∼16% -65%
Microsoft Surface 2
1767.8 ms * ∼15% -52%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1853.4 ms * ∼15% -60%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
842 ms * ∼9%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
807 ms * ∼9% +4%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1290.8 ms * ∼14% -53%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
1416.6 ms * ∼16% -68%
Apple iPad Air 2
648 ms * ∼7% +23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
1661 ms * ∼19% -97%
Microsoft Surface 2
959.7 ms * ∼11% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1685.3 ms * ∼19% -100%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
462 Points ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
446 Points ∼20% -3%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
283 Points ∼12% -39%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
356 Points ∼16% -23%
Apple iPad Air 2
764 Points ∼34% +65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
284 Points ∼12% -39%
Microsoft Surface 2
365 Points ∼16% -21%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
283 Points ∼12% -39%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
739 ms * ∼18%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
752.9 ms * ∼19% -2%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1047 ms * ∼26% -42%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
512.6 ms * ∼13% +31%
Apple iPad Air 2
291.1 ms * ∼7% +61%
Microsoft Surface 2
384.5 ms * ∼10% +48%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1063.3 ms * ∼26% -44%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
6060 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
6057 Points ∼12% 0%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
4127 Points ∼8% -32%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
4354 Points ∼9% -28%
Apple iPad Air 2
10512 Points ∼21% +73%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
4076 Points ∼8% -33%
Microsoft Surface 2
3368 Points ∼7% -44%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4218 Points ∼9% -30%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
5853 ms * ∼10%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
6104.5 ms * ∼10% -4%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
7427.2 ms * ∼12% -27%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
6172 ms * ∼10% -5%
Apple iPad Air 2
2396 ms * ∼4% +59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
7949.3 ms * ∼13% -36%
Microsoft Surface 2
10107.1 ms * ∼17% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7727.5 ms * ∼13% -32%
Vellamo 3.x
Metal (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
1213 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
1085 Points ∼29% -11%
Multicore Beta (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
1523 Points ∼34%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
1478 Points ∼33% -3%
Browser (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
2785 Points ∼37%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
2774 Points ∼37% 0%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
6452 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
6176 Points ∼32% -4%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
4560 Points ∼23% -29%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
1789 Points ∼9% -72%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
4345 Points ∼22% -33%
Apple iPad Air 2
9355 Points ∼48% +45%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
4189 Points ∼21% -35%
Microsoft Surface 2
3555 Points ∼18% -45%

* ... smaller is better

The 32 GB storage device in Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is relatively fast, as we determined in "AndroBench 3". The storage performed both sequential write and read faster than all comparison models. Only Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 could keep up in random access.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
1.3 MB/s ∼1%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
1.05 MB/s ∼1% -19%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
1.54 MB/s ∼1% +18%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
0.34 MB/s ∼0% -74%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
0.75 MB/s ∼0% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
1.5 MB/s ∼1% +15%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1.12 MB/s ∼1% -14%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
11 MB/s ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
9.76 MB/s ∼6% -11%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
11.9 MB/s ∼7% +8%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
12.28 MB/s ∼7% +12%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
8.91 MB/s ∼5% -19%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
10.93 MB/s ∼6% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
9 MB/s ∼5% -18%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
42 MB/s ∼20%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
24.78 MB/s ∼12% -41%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
24.6 MB/s ∼12% -41%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
28.11 MB/s ∼13% -33%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
15.33 MB/s ∼7% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
15.9 MB/s ∼8% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
16.08 MB/s ∼8% -62%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
135 MB/s ∼17%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050F
109.73 MB/s ∼14% -19%
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
63.27 MB/s ∼8% -53%
Yarvik Xenta 13c
13.79 MB/s ∼2% -90%
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
72.54 MB/s ∼9% -46%
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi-Version
90.47 MB/s ∼11% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
88.55 MB/s ∼11% -34%

Games

Occasional lags in maximum details are possible
Occasional lags in maximum details are possible

With 2560x1440 pixels, the resolution of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is quite high and pushes the graphics card to its limits in very sophisticated games like "Asphalt 8: Airborne". For example, lags are quite visible in landscape tracking shots and the cars in the race tutorial. There are fewer problems with the performance during the races, but details should be reduced to medium to be on the safe side.

Less demanding games, such as "Angry Birds: Star Wars 2" run smoothly, and the graphics card has to be challenged to quite an extent before the performance drops noticeably even in this resolution. However, users should not rely on the graphics card's future viability too much. It is very possible that Intel's HD Graphics (Bay Trail) will no longer be able to keep up when the graphics of games become more complex.

Emissions

Temperature

Increases in the casing's temperature are barely noticeable. The casing never exceeds 33.4 degrees Celsius (~92 °F), and the tablet can always be held comfortably. The temperature differences between load and idle mode are also quite low. The lower front left and the corresponding area on the back heat up the most. Only a very slight warming is felt when the tablet is touched here. Thus, users will not have problems with too high temperatures in the casing.

Max. Load
 27.2 °C26.6 °C24.9 °C 
 30.8 °C30.5 °C26 °C 
 32.6 °C33.4 °C28.2 °C 
Maximum: 33.4 °C
Average: 28.9 °C
24 °C26.1 °C26.2 °C
25 °C26.4 °C31.3 °C
25.5 °C29.4 °C30.3 °C
Maximum: 31.3 °C
Average: 27.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.2 °C | Room Temperature 20.5 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

An 8-Watt sound system with front-facing JBL speakers and a subwoofer, Master Hi-Fi audio processing, and Dolby support - Lenovo naturally sparks high expectations for the sound of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro with such statements. In fact, the sound system proved capable of fulfilling these expectations, at least to a large degree. Overall, the maximum volume is quite high, the sound is present, rich and balanced with actually audible low pitches. The sound does not distort even at maximum volume, but it becomes evident that the speakers' granularity could be better when listening to a big orchestra.

The app "Dolby" allows adjusting the sound in detail via presets or personal settings in the equalizer. In fact, it changes something in the sound, and the speakers would sound thinner without the app.

Overall, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro sounds very good for a tablet. In conjunction with the projector, it creates a very decent home entertainment center. Nevertheless, an audiophile will prefer using a headphone or external speakers.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The comparatively large screen of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro naturally has an effect on power consumption. This is particularly noticed in the idle consumption. The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro needs a minimum of 2.6 Watts to operate without load. It can even be as much as 7.7 Watts while idling. However, this can be exceeded by, for example, Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

On the other hand, the tablet proves to be surprisingly frugal during load when compared with many 10.1-inch rivals. However, some also have a higher performance. We measured a maximum consumption of 9.9 WattsAsus' Transformer Pad TF701T consumes considerably more with 16.6 Watts. The projector is not power hungry either. The tablet automatically reduces the screen's brightness when it is turned on. This has two advantages: First, the power consumption is lowered, and second, the screen's light emissions are reduced, which makes the projected image look brighter.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.6 / 7.5 / 7.7 Watt
Load midlight 8.8 / 9.9 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The power consumption is considerably higher than that of the smaller Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 with the same SoC. However, the battery's capacity of 9600 mAh or almost 36 Wh is identical to that of the smaller model. Consequently, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro cannot achieve the superb runtimes of its smaller brother. Nevertheless, it clearly exceeded the battery life of some devices like Asus' Transformer Pad TF701T or Microsoft's Surface 2.

For example, it is possible to surf on the Internet via Wi-Fi for 9:44 hours. Watching five, slightly long movies from the tablet's flash storage should not be a problem either. Altogether, these are very good runtimes, which are surely due to the high-capacity battery, and prevent the size of the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro from being a drawback.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
18h 17min
WiFi Surfing
9h 44min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 51min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 54min
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 ProLenovo Yoga Tablet 2 1050FAsus Transformer Pad TF701TApple iPad Air 2Microsoft Surface 2Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Battery Runtime
30%
-23%
-3%
-10%
-28%
Reader / Idle
1097
1391
27%
942
-14%
1364
24%
1099
0%
623
-43%
H.264
651
562
-14%
732
12%
564
-13%
WiFi
584
751
29%
390
-33%
630
8%
481
-18%
536
-8%
Load
294
390
33%
227
-23%
212
-28%
195
-34%
154
-48%

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
In review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

The "wow" factor is quite large when hearing the configuration of Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro for the first time: a projector, a brand name sound system, a decent camera, and a high-resolution screen. It is a great credit to Lenovo that it manages to fulfill many of the high expectations for a relatively moderate price of 499 Euros (~$620) for the Wi-Fi version or 599 Euros (~$745) for the LTE version.

The projector proves to be very useful, and is a great alternative for a movie night on the go. Viewers will like the color reproduction and decent brightness. Although the sound system cannot match gaming laptops or high-quality home speakers, it does provide an impressive sound for a tablet that makes the projector into an everyday suitable home entertainment center.

The holding bar (cylinder) prevents the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro from passing as slim, but it has many practical advantages. The incorporated stand is just as great a feature as the holding bar itself that gives the user a secure grip. A second small TV becomes superfluous because the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro can even be hung up on a wall. Lenovo does not run out of good ideas and implements them consistently, which is remarkable in itself.

The high-resolution screen could perhaps be slightly more color accurate, the stability is not perfect, and the GPS is definitely inaccurate. The SoC offers mid-range performance - occasional lags are daily routine but they are tolerable. The battery life is good in practice, the casing barely heats up, and the software and handling are decent.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro just has to be loved for the fact that it tries out new things, and implements them well. But its everyday qualities have not been forgotten. Users who do not find a 13.3-inch tablet with a weight of almost one kilogram (~2.2 lb) too bulky, will get an innovative and reliable device that allows them to make an impression on others.

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In Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
In Review: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro. Review sample courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

Specifications

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (Yoga Series)
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, 10 simultaneous touch points , IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB SSD, 32 GB 
, 25 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Card Reader: micro-SD card reader max. 64 GB, Sensors: accelerometer, magnetometer, position sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS, LED projector
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, UMTS, GPRS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.6 x 333 x 223 ( = 0.5 x 13.11 x 8.78 in)
Battery
36 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: rear: 8 megapixels, f2.2, auto-focus; front: 1.6 megapixels
Additional features
Speakers: JBL 8 watt stereo speakers w/ subwoofer, Wolfson Master HiFi, Dolby Surround Sound, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, headset, Security HD, Sketchpad, Kingsoft Office, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
950 g ( = 33.51 oz / 2.09 pounds), Power Supply: 67 g ( = 2.36 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
599 Euro

 

Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is definitely something special.
Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is definitely something special.
Is it due to the build? It is decent, but not outstanding.
Is it due to the build? It is decent, but not outstanding.
Is it due to Intel's SoC? No, that's known from many other devices.
Is it due to Intel's SoC? No, that's known from many other devices.
Perhaps it's due to the holding bar (cylinder)? Yes, that is special, but other Yoga tablets also feature that.
Perhaps it's due to the holding bar (cylinder)? Yes, that is special, but other Yoga tablets also feature that.
Now we've got it: The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has an incorporated projector - wow!
Now we've got it: The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro has an incorporated projector - wow!
It projects pictures with up to 50 inches in diameter onto a wall.
It projects pictures with up to 50 inches in diameter onto a wall.
Focus is set manually.
Focus is set manually.
Not enough special features? There is also a 2.1 sound system.
Not enough special features? There is also a 2.1 sound system.
JBL supplies the components for that.
JBL supplies the components for that.
The sound is in fact quite impressive for a tablet.
The sound is in fact quite impressive for a tablet.
Audio settings can be changed via the "Dolby" app.
Audio settings can be changed via the "Dolby" app.
A subwoofer is on the back, just like the 8 megapixel camera that shoots decent pictures.
A subwoofer is on the back, just like the 8 megapixel camera that shoots decent pictures.
Also on the back: An incorporated stand.
Also on the back: An incorporated stand.
Maybe a bit too stiff, but stable in return.
Maybe a bit too stiff, but stable in return.
If that is not enough, the tablet can be hung up on a wall as the peak of eccentricity.
If that is not enough, the tablet can be hung up on a wall as the peak of eccentricity.
Otherwise, there is a QHD screen with good brightness.
Otherwise, there is a QHD screen with good brightness.
The screen would however need more color accuracy or an adjustable white balance.
The screen would however need more color accuracy or an adjustable white balance.
The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is also optionally available with an LTE module.
The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is also optionally available with an LTE module.
The front-facing camera is sooner suitable for videoconferencing than making calls.
The front-facing camera is sooner suitable for videoconferencing than making calls.
Interesting additional features are also found in the software, such as free-handed sketching on the screen.
Interesting additional features are also found in the software, such as free-handed sketching on the screen.
Lenovo delivers an extraordinary tablet that offers great features.
Lenovo delivers an extraordinary tablet that offers great features.

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Pros

+Unusual configuration
+Quality design
+Incorporated projector
+Decent 2.1 sound system
+High-res screen
+Integrated stand
+Accurate touchscreen
+Everyday-suitable battery life
+Low casing temperature development
+Good cameras
+Decent software
 

Cons

-Casing's stability not good everywhere
-Big and heavy for a tablet
-Can fall over in stand mode
-Screen's low color accuracy
-Occasional stutters
-Inaccurate GPS

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What we like

The flexible concept and the innovative ideas.

What we'd like to see

The high-resolution screen's color reproduction could be better, and the casing could be a bit stiffer.

What surprises us

That hardly anyone has had the idea of incorporating a projector until now - great idea.

The competition

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, Yarvik Xenta 13c, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, LG G Pad 10.1, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, Apple iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Microsoft Surface 2.

Rating

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro - 11/25/2014 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
55 / 65 → 85%
Weight
76 / 88 → 75%
Battery
93%
Display
82%
Games Performance
63 / 68 → 93%
Application Performance
47 / 76 → 62%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 91 → 78%
Camera
68 / 85 → 80%
Average
76%
84%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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