Lenovo took a while, but finally started selling the Yoga Tab 13 in more markets, an Android tablet that can double as a secondary screen. The company has already sold the tablet as Yoga Pad Pro in China, where it has been available since May, having announced the Pad Pro as Yoga Tab 13 at MWC 2021 in June.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 13 supports HDMI input, being a 13-inch Android tablet with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. The €679 tablet can also be used as a second screen with a laptop or even a console like the Nintendo Switch.
The Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro works as an external monitor for peripherals such as notebooks and smartphones via the included micro-HDMI port. This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting launches of 2021, and Lenovo can only be expected to release the tablet worldwide.
Moving on to the Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro specs, we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It runs custom Android 11 with Lenovo’s ZUI ready to use.
Connecting it to an external monitor will also allow it to activate desktop mode, similar to what we saw with the Samsung DeX. Lenovo finds that users rarely use a tablet’s rear camera. That’s why it ended it completely – the Lenovo Yoga Pad Pro comes with a single 8 MP front-facing camera along with a ToF sensor, and has a 13-inch LTPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2,160 x 1350 pixels (16:10) and maximum brightness of 400 nits.
Although the panel refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, it supports HDR10, Dolby Vision and covers 100% of the sRGB spectrum. These specifications make it an excellent candidate for a portable secondary monitor. In addition, the tablet draws power from a 10,000mAh battery.
Lenovo didn’t mention its charging power, but it’s expected to be around 45W. Initially, Lenovo stated that the Yoga Tab 13 would be available starting in July starting at $679.99 (about €573). While the price remains the same, at the global launch it has dropped a bit.
In short, the Yoga Tab 13 has a Snapdragon 870 SoC, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of storage, acceptable specs if it were a medium-high smartphone. However, the tablet also offers a 13-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 2,160 x 1350 pixels and 60 Hz.
Lenovo has also integrated a stand, along with a micro HDMI port that supports HDCP 1.4. The Yoga Tab 13 comes loaded with Android 11, and Lenovo has not confirmed when the tablet will have Android 12 or how many years of support it will receive. Since the tablet runs Android 11 instead of Chrome OS, updates are in Lenovo’s hands, not Google’s.