Android Product Reviews

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Review

Skye Hudson 20-02-2016

If you’re tired of the same kind of boring designs for tablets, you’re sure to love the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3.


The Yoga Tab device takes a unique approach by adding a hinge along the left side of the device that’s thicker than the rest of the tablet, and allows for it to be propped up. It’s certainly not like any tablet you’ve ever held before.

But is it a novel design that you’ll love, or is it just a gimmick? Let’s explore.


  • Price: $189 from Lenovo, $309 from Amazon
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.3Ghz Qualcomm APQ8009
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Dimensions: 9.7in x 0.37-0.13in x 7.28in (253mm x 9.5-3.5mm x 185mm)
  • Weight: 1.44lbs (655g)
  • Screen: 10.1in 1280×800 IPS display
  • Battery: 8,400mAh
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Camera: 8MP rotatable (front- or rear-facing)
  • Extras: MicroSD card slot



As you can see, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 really doesn’t look like any other tablets out there. It has a rubberised, grippy finish covering most of the back, but the left side is a metallic cylinder with a metal button you can press to release the stand.

Because of this, nearly all the weight is on the left side of this device, which actually makes it quite comfortable to hold one-handed when gripping on the cylindrical side. If you prefer to hold it in your right hand, you can flip it upside down, but some apps that force portrait mode will insist on being the other way.



The stand itself is occasionally useful, but the angle at which it props the tablet up at is pretty non-negotiable. You can either keep it propped up at just under 90 degrees for watching shows (above), or you can rest it flat with the stand propping up the back a bit so that you can type easier (below).


Its other mode is having the stand all the way out flat with the device, which Lenovo says is useful for… hanging it? Apparently, the hole where the button was can be used to hang the Yoga Tab 3, though I can’t imagine any situation where someone is hanging their tablet.



Overall, the strange design is generally easier to get used to than I thought. The weight distribution being mostly in the cylinder is useful, and the stand modes (aside from hanging, seriously, Lenovo?) are a nice bonus. But there’s more to this device.


The 10.1″ screen on this device is pretty unimpressive. The 1280×800 resolution results in an extremely low pixel density, which means you end up seeing a lot of pixels while using the Yoga Tab 3.

Icons on the home screen often look pixelated, movies never feel fully HD. Its brightness, likewise, isn’t the best. The screen seems to be one of the areas where Lenovo cut costs here.




Another unique aspect of this tablet is the camera, which literally swivels around to be both the front- and rear-facing cameras. It’s only 8MP, so it’s not going to blow you away, but it certainly takes decent enough photos — and better selfies than you’re probably used to.


Above, you can see one example photo I took on a cloudy day. The camera interface itself looks quite dated, with bubbly, rounded corners that harken back to how iOS used to look long ago (though you could download a better camera app 6 Best Free Alternative Camera Apps for Android Don't like the camera app that comes on your phone? Give these alternatives a try! Read More ). It’s also quite slow in between taking photos, so don’t expect to capture an action shot here.


The swivelling camera idea isn’t a bad one. It saves costs by only including a single camera, and it gives you a better front-facing shooter since front-facing cameras are generally much lower quality. But, this also means that there’s no flash, so super low-light photography won’t be happening.



The audio is one area where this tablet actually excels. There is a single, long speaker running across the front of the device that is seriously loud, running some Dolby Atmos enhancements.

Turn the volume up all the way, and you’ll have no problem hearing your movie or show. Or, prop it up with the stand and play some music The Best Music Player on Android: Google Play Music Reviewed Google Play Music is a music streaming service, a local music player, and a podcast player all mashed into one. And it's great. Read More for the room to enjoy. Either way, the speakers won’t let you down.


Thankfully, Lenovo hasn’t put any kind of thick Android skin Android Skins Explained: How Do Hardware Makers Change Stock Android? Hardware makers like to take Android and morph it into something that is entirely their own, but is this a good or a bad thing? Take a look and compare these different Android skins. Read More on this device. You basically get stock Android plus a few of Lenovo’s bloatware apps like SHAREit and SYNCit, which you can safely ignore.


You get some very limited customization options in the Settings menu, like changing the long-press actions for the software buttons or choosing if you want to display the battery percentage in the status bar.


Overall, there’s nothing really noteworthy to talk about in this department. If you’ve ever used an Android device, you’re looking at a very similar type of layout. If you haven’t, you can learn a bit more by reading our beginner’s guide on starting with Android, part 1 New To Android? Make Your Smartphone Work For You, Not Against Do you have a smartphone that you just can't seem to figure out? Learn the basics and start conquering your Android phone now! Read More and part 2 New To Android? Part Two: Master Using Your Phone Part two of the Android guide for absolute beginners. Get a grip on the basics of using your smartphone! Read More .


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the performance on the Yoga Tab 3 is quite abysmal. I wanted to love this tablet — I really did — but the fact that it would lag when I turned it on, lag when I opened an app, and lag when I tried to switch apps, made it a pain to use at all.

I still used it regularly — for testing purposes — but I felt myself instinctively reaching for other Android devices I had lying around when I quickly wanted to Google something or check something on Twitter. It’s just slow, and that gets frustrating really quickly.

Particularly the multitasking aspect was horrific. I was unsure whether this thing had a quad-core processor or a quad-tortoise processor. But, in all seriousness, 1GB of RAM didn’t seem to be enough to handle modern day Android at all. Instead of the seamless app-switching I’m used to on other Android devices, I was waiting several seconds for the multitasking menu to pop up, then waiting several more seconds for the app to open up.

So if you were looking for this tablet’s Achilles’ heel, you’ve found it.

Battery Life

Battery life, on the other hand, was phenomenal. When I first received the Yoga Tab 3, it started somewhere around 60%, and with light usage (about 5.5 hours screen-on time), it lasted about a week.


After charging it up to 100%, I took to using it more heavily — playing games, streaming TV shows, watching YouTube. This time, it made it a few days with over 10 hours of screen on time.


Far and away, this was the best battery life I’d ever seen from a tablet. Granted, it took over 6 hours to charge from 5% to 100%, but that’s just one night of charging that will make the tablet easily last multiple days if not a week.

For the tablet that just won’t die, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a good option.

Should You Buy It?

I’m divided on this tablet. I actually came to really like the cylindrical-side design. In general, the tablet is comfortable to hold, the stand is pretty useful, the speaker is loud, and the battery life is incredible.

But, that’s all kind of moot when you consider how laggy and slow the performance is in general. Add to that a sub-par screen, and I can’t help but feel like you’d become tired of using this tablet extremely quickly.

Our verdict of the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3:
If you’re looking for a tablet with amazing battery life and speakers, and you’re willing to make compromises on the screen and performance to get there, go with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3. However, if you want a fluid software experience and you really need a sharp HD screen, you should look elsewhere.
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  21. Kelvin Conrad
    February 23, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I have one of these and I really like it. Okay, not the highest resolution screen, but it is good enough. You must have got a weird model, however, because mine has STEREO speakers -- one at either end of the battery tube. And they sound great. The stand also has a couple of locking positions, but rotates stiffly enough to be left in almost any position. And by the way, I do hang my on the wall over my desk and my counter to play music while keeping it out of the way. Propped up on its stand and paired with a bluetooth keyboard, this has replaced my laptop for many things. And you can watch movies for an entire transatlantic flight without running out of battery. I don't find it particularly slow (or fast, sadly) and it gets the job done. I rank it awesome out of 10. The only complaint I have is that it is hard to find a case for it.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      yeah, how would you make a case for this thing? that's cool though, i didn't realize someone might actually hang it, haha. but yes the battery life is definitely a hugeeee plus. thanks for sharing your experience with it!

  22. Dzung Thanh
    February 23, 2016 at 3:19 am

    A Lenovo? Did some one check to see if there is any spy ware in it? I would wait for the result first. So thank you but not now.

  23. Karen
    February 23, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I want a tablet that I can SEE - I would use it to look at the news clips, photos, look up stuff on Wiki, check emails, etc. The tablet my sister has is so small I cant read anything on it.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      this one's 10" so it's not too small, and everything is relatively large in terms of how it renders things on the relatively low-resolution screen, plus you can always pump up the text size!

  24. Anonymous
    February 23, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Whatever happened to the sim slot from the earlier models? It was definitely a selling point for it !

    • Anonymous
      February 23, 2016 at 1:31 am

      BTW I did check the Lenovo link you have provided in the article. You very conveniently forgot the "micro sim card slot" feature ?

    • John Reader
      February 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Hi Pradip - it seems the SIM slot you mentioned was an option in the Yoga Tab 2 - Lenovo made a Wi-Fi model and a Wi-Fi+3G model. I'm wondering if they'll add a 3G model to the Tab 3 sometime soon - the launch of the 8", 10" and Pro options seems to have been staggered in some regions.

      • Anonymous
        February 29, 2016 at 3:06 am

        From what I saw on the Indian market they only sold ones with sim slots. Apparently the plain wifi only models never made it to India.

        BTW do look at the link I am providing. As per the information available, or what I can gather, the 8: version is without the sim slot but 10" version does have microsim slot.

        • John Reader
          March 1, 2016 at 10:49 am

          I see what you mean. I was watching Lenovo's European offerings as they launched this third generation Yoga Tabs. On day one, there was only one of the four permutations - 10" screen, no SIM. Now, though, the UK site mentions the 4G LTE option for both screen sizes, even though the products aren't all there with prices yet.

          It was similar with the Yoga Tab 2 launch. So it's possible that any regional market will have more options up ahead. And I'd guess there's more demand now for tablets with SIMs in all markets, compared to two years ago. Good luck!

  25. John Reader
    February 23, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I'd seen a friend's Yoga Tab 2 and it worked well, had great battery life, and pretty good screen quality, so I thought I'd wait for this before I got my first Android tablet. It sounds as though the screen specification has been lowered a bit to keep to a price point which is unfortunate. The concept and design of the Tab 2 were great, though, and the best of that seems to have carried through to this new generation. My phone is a Lenovo (K3 Note), and that has been incredibly good. Thanks for the balanced review of the Yoga.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      yeah the screen was very meh, but the rest was pretty nice. thanks!

  26. Todd Huria
    February 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Great review. I have picked one up and was impressed by some of the physical features.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      yeah it's a very interesting design, right? and thank you!

  27. PS
    February 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    One does have to admit that one looks like a nob when attempting to take serious photos with a tablet. That said, it would be a nice replacement for my decidedly aged Samsung Galaxy Tab (That's right, the Honeycomb one).

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      hahahaha yeah i couldn't work up the courage to take photos with a tablet. but damn, a honeycomb tablet, that's a fossil!

  28. Anonymous
    February 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    This is for people like myself who just want a tablet to watch movies and poke around the internet. I really don't mind a screen that isn't the best or sort of slow performance.

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      yeah it could totally work for you!

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  31. Deb
    February 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I love my yoga 10+hd. I read and game on it about 16 hour's a day and it list my battery life at 58 hours. Would love a new 1 my screen glare cover won't stay clean anymore.

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  33. Anonymous
    February 21, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Very thorough review. Would this be a good android starter tablet?

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      yeah i'd say so! just be wary that the performance is pretty slow and lacking. if you feel like that might get frustrating, i'd go for a higher-end tablet like a nexus or something.

  34. Dan J
    February 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    A 6/10?

    I still really really want this!!!!!

    • Riley J. Dennis
      February 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      the performance was honestly REALLY bad but it had other positive points!

      • Dan J
        March 3, 2016 at 2:34 am

        After reviewing everything I would have to agree with you...

        However, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is/was where my mind was at... (Sorry)

        I have a Yoga Tab 2 Pro and the specs on the 3 look great. I don't think I would get a Tab3 but a Tab3 Pro is a definite YES!!!

  35. Anonymous
    February 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I will probably buy the first version in this family to have a decent screen resolution (minimum 1920×1200) and adequate performance. I like everything else about it well enough that that's all that keeps me from pulling the trigger.

    P.S. the requirement of verification via a "social" site for giveaway entry sucks balls.

  36. Maryon Jeane
    February 20, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I've got the Yoga 2 tablet - in the 8" Windows version. Why Windows? Because I wanted to be able to throw stuff backwards and forwards with my desktop, particularly my 'household database' (which actually has just about my whole life on it). Why the 8" version? Because I wanted something I could just tuck into even my small handbag and carry around with me wherever I go. With the addition of a small but accurate Anker keyboard, I have a miniature, light desktop computer I can take anywhere.

    Why the Yoga? Because of the brilliant little stand. I'm disappointed if the Yoga 3 stand really only has two positions, because the Yoga 2 has gradated positions - just push it a little more and it gets flatter and flatter or more upright in stages; this means that, whatever the light conditions, the Yoga can be set at the right angle. And yes, it's really comfortable to hold in one hand, even for a long period of time - just like a rolled-back magazine. Because of the really excellent speakers, the Yoga can be used on its own, without external speakers or headphones, for listening to podcasts etc. while I'm doing things around the house. And that little hanging hole in the stand? Invaluable - I can hang up the Yoga in the kitchen to listen to podcasts - or check recipes etc. - without danger of getting the tablet covered in flour, egg, or whatever; I can hang it at eye level while I'm using a drill without it getting in the way or covered with dust or damaging it. Lenovo added the hanging hole to the stand because users asked for it, not because it's a gimmick (listening to users - novel idea; are you listening, Microsoft?...)

    My tablet is for working and for function, not for playing games or take high quality photos (doesn't everyone have a camera on their phone anyway?) or watching films. For working and looking up things (What's the emergency number for the Highways Department of the local council? How big is that gap between the door and the sofa in the living room - can I fit this knockdown price coffee table in it? Before I ring this client back, where are they with their payments and what's the state of play with the project?) it's just what I need and everything I would have on my desktop back home is with me. If I need to stop off and work on my desktop in a coffee shop, I can - and that amazing battery life is the other thing that makes this possible. (It doesn't matter how excellent your tablet is - if the battery's dead it's not going to be much use.)

    I'm staying with Windows 7 on my desktop for as long as possible, then I'm leaving Windows for good. At that point I will have to review my tablet choice as well - but I will be giving Lenovo's Yoga serious consideration at that time because I'm really pleased with my Yoga.