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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus hands-on: A 10-inch tablet for entertainment

Lenovo rolled out the Yoga Tab 3 series last year at IFA, and this time around we're being treated to the latest addition to the lineup, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus. The big change from last year's Yoga Tab 3 Pro is the shift in hardware from Intel's Atom x5-Z8500 to the Snapdragon 652.

The Yoga Tab 3 Plus retains the 10-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, as well as the kickstand from last year's models. The kickstand lets you prop up the device in four modes: hold, stand, tilt, and hang. Designed for media consumption, the Yoga Tab 3 Plus offers four front speakers from JBL, and Lenovo claims that the 9,300mAh battery is good for 18 hours of usage on a full charge.

The Snapdragon 652 powering the tablet has four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A53 at 1.4GHz, and an Adreno 510 GPU. You also get 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage with microSD slot (up to 128GB), USB-C charging port, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, and A-GPS. The tablet is 4.68mm thick at its edge, and comes in at 637g.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus

The Yoga Tab 3 Plus is offered in Wi-Fi as well as LTE-enabled configurations in Puma Black and Gunmetal Grey color options. In case you want to take it to the poolside, know that it is IP52 certified. The device won't survive a dunk, but it should hold up against the occasional splashes of water.

On the software front, you're looking at Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, along with several pre-installed apps in the form of Lenovo Media Cast, McAfee Security, Netflix, AccuWeather, and more.

The Yoga Tab 3 Plus will go on sale starting October, with prices starting from $299.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • I've always liked the design of the Yoga Tab series because aside from the utility of the kickstand, the round side seems like a comfortable "handle" when using the device in portrait orientation. It's a shame they don't seem to have any intention of doing an 8" version with similarly boosted specs.
  • I've never met anyone that's owned one of these to be able to ask how they are. AC can you guys do a review of this when it comes out?
  • Does the usb c port do HDMI out? If so, I could see getting this. I travel non stop and having something that does video out so I can watch Netflix in my hotel is a must have. I love the shield K1 for that and the gaming, but wouldn't mind the bigger screen for watching on the plane
  • I agree, the HDMI out port is one of my favorite things about my K1. That and the front facing speakers. HDMI out on the new Yoga tab 3 pro would be a killer feature. I was bummed my Yoga Tab 2 did not support MHL or Slimport.
  • I have the Yoga Tab 2 and I love it. About 6 months after I got it mine died. I called and Lenovo sent me a brand new one, never had any issues with it for the last year and a half, and I'm a power user. It's on pretty much all day in the background playing Clash of Clans or Netflix. I've also dropped it on concrete twice, with only a couple scuffs on the corners. This thing has held up incredibly well over time. I also have a Shield K1, but find the yoga to be more convenient and better for my needs. I bought the yoga tab 3 Pro when it came out. It arrived to my house damaged, but would turn on. The touch screen was very "buggy" registering touches before I would make contact with the screen. I figured it was a byproduct of the damage. I took photos and lenovo replaced it, but the new one had the same touch screen bugs! I ended up returning it. Lenovo charged me a sizable restocking fee... I was pretty angry. Left a bad taste after having had such a good experience with the Yoga Tab 2. My tab 2's battery just doesn't last like it used to and with my extremely heavy usage I feel like the tablet won't last much longer. Been looking for a 10 inch replacement. Maybe I'll give Lenovo one more shot with the 3 plus.... only this time I'm not buying directly from Lenovo, I'll wait until it arrives at Bestbuy or Amazon. Was not happy with dealing directly with Lenovo.
  • Something must be wrong. The Lenovo website says the 3 Plus is Windows 10, not Android like everyone is saying. They already have two Android tablets in the same form factor, anyways.
  • Pretty weird that they're offering Android on the 3 Plus, when they have this thing with a higher res screen and ARM processor. Why not make a variant with the 3 Plus's laptop form factor? It sounds like the 3 Plus was built for Windows and they figured out that they could get it to run Android. But Android doesn't need the Intel processor, and this thing seems like a better value. Then again, I guess the market for a keyboard-based Android laptop is untested - and the market for an ARM-based Windows laptop is non-existent...
  • I was thinking the same thing! It's weird...
  • I'm in the market for a speedy Android tablet, but have been repeatedly burned by hardware that slows to a crawl well before the end of life (Moto Xoom, N7, N10, N9). How would the snapdragon chip compare to the Intel?
  • The SD 652 is plenty fast. I am using SD 650 powered phone and it never lags. NEVER.
  • I'm getting this, since their will be no update to shield k1, and I'd like a little bigger screen, anyway.
  • I have the Yoga Tab 3 Pro which is what the Tab 3 Plus is basically based on. It looks like they just reused almost everything.
    The plus has the Snapdragon 652 with 3 GB of ram whereas the Tab3 Pro has Atom X 5-Z8500 with 2 GB. The Pro adds Any Pen technology and most importantly the Pico projector, Granted you don't get full res with the projector but good luck getting a bunch of kids or family to squeeze in close enough to watch a movie on a 10" screen when camping or just hanging out in the back yard. I like to sketch and create digital art so the AnyPen on the YT3 Pro is p