September 5, 2015

Lenovo recently took the wraps off its newest additions to the popular YOGA Tablet line, the YOGA Tablet 3 and Tablet 3 Pro. Both devices aim to provide users with an equal mix of multimedia and productivity features as they have in the past, but the company’s higher-end offering, the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro, comes with a few additional features that may be worth your while.

Join us as we go hands-on and take an early look at the newest high-end device from Lenovo, the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro.

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As is the case with other tablets in the company’s YOGA line, the Tablet 3 Pro features a design that’s pretty out of the ordinary. The majority of the tablet is extremely thin, with the battery, speakers and built-in kickstand all being housed on one side. The built-in kickstand is somewhat of a staple in the YOGA line, and it provides an easy way to prop up the tablet at various angles.

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This protruding side of the device doesn’t just house the kickstand, though. The Tablet 3 Pro also comes with a built-in projector that can rotate up to 180 degrees, based upon how the tablet is standing. The company’s YOGA Tablet 2 Pro also featured a projector, though it was built in to the side of the device which made it quite awkward to navigate around the tablet when projecting something onto a screen. Lenovo has fixed this issue with the Tablet 3 Pro, as the projector is now built in to the top of the tablet, allowing you to project an image on the wall in front of you.

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It’s capable of projecting a 70-inch picture at 480p resolution and can achieve a brightness of 50 nits. Of course, this isn’t the most powerful projector on the market, but that doesn’t really matter. The added benefit of having a projector built in to a tablet will likely be a big selling point among users, especially when it comes to consuming media like Netflix or Hulu.

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The YOGA Tablet 3 Pro sports a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with an impressive resolution of 2560 x 1600. Underneath the surface you’ll find a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor with 2GB of RAM, which should definitely be strong enough to navigate through gaming, multitasking and more. The tablet also comes in 16 and 32GB options, with microSD expansion up to an additional 64GB. It’s also IP21 certified for splash proofing, and comes with a big 10200mAh battery that should be able to power the tablet for some time.

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There’s no doubt that the YOGA Tablet 3 Pro is a premium device through and through. It feels like a quality product in the hand thanks to its faux leather back plate and metallic construction, but like other YOGA tablets, it’s still pretty awkward to hold. The kickstand gets in the way at times, but that’s to be expected with a tablet that has one big protruding side.

A 13MP camera can be found on the back of the device, and a 5MP shooter is found up front. It also has front-facing JBL speakers that sport Dolby Atmos 3D Surround Sound technology, which actually helps to provide really great sound quality.

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On the software front, this tablet runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with just a few minimal customizations from Lenovo. Most notably, you’ll find Lenovo customizations in the recent applications screen, notification dropdown menu and icons. Other than that, this tablet is pretty light when it comes to extra features and customizations.

So there you have it – a first look at the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 3 Pro! This device will be available for purchase on November 1st starting at $499. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!
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