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Yoga Tab 13: Lenovo forgot the camera in its entertainment tablet

But where is the camera? There is none in the back of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13.
But where is the camera? There is none in the back of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13.
The tablets with the cylindrical bulge are back. The Yoga Tab 13 turns out a good entertainment tablet, but Lenovo seems to have missed a development in high-priced tablets.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

Several years ago, it was still quite normal for a tablet to only offer a front camera. If there was a camera in the back, it was only meant as an alibi and good for the occasional snapshot.

Even today, the camera quality in expensive tablets is not comparable with that in smartphones, but at least the top models from Apple, Samsung, or Huawei bring acceptable photo lenses at this point.

And what does Lenovo do with it its Yoga Tab 13 that costs almost 750 Euros (~$880; $780 in the US)? It only offers a mediocre front camera for selfies and video calls. There is no camera lens disturbing the design of the Alcantara covered back.

This is really unfortunate, since those users who expect a decent camera in an expensive tablet will be disappointed and perhaps miss one of the currently fastest Android tablets that also offers an unusual but well-thought-out design.

Lenovo's Yoga Tabs have a cylindrical bulge on one of the long sides. This serves as a good place to hold the tablet as well as a hinge for the built-in kick-stand, and it also offers space for additional connections, speakers, and a larger battery capacity. Even after several years, this is still a welcome change in the uniform tablet design and surprisingly practical in everyday use.

You get a lot of storage for your money and a battery that lasts for a long time. On the other hand, you have to be content with a slightly darker display. You also cannot purchase the Yoga Tab 13 with 5G support.

So it appears that the Yoga Tab 13 is mainly meant for using it at home, where you also probably won't need the camera as much.

Find out in our detailed review, whether the Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 was able to convince us overall. 


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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 926 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
contact me via: @FloSchmi26, LinkedIn, Xing
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 316 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-09-26 (Update: 2021-09-24)