Long time ago in July 2012 Samsung launched a smartphone they dubbed Samsung Galaxy Beam, a 4 inches smartphone that in addition to doing everything else smartphones did by the time, also beamed images directly to the wall through its projector technology. Since then a number of other smartphone and tablet devices with the same projection capabilities have been launched, one of the latest being the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro QHD that boasts of a 50 lumens projection technology.
According to a quick spec description by Lenovo, the Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Pro boasts a revolutionary integrated projector that turns any room into a theater. The description goes ahead to state that the tablet has a rotatable hinge and super bright 50 lumen output to project an image of up to 70” (178cm) on any wall or ceiling. To showcase these capabilities to enthusiastic Kenyans, the Lenovo team held demonstration shows at Sarit Centre and at the Hub Karen. During the demonstrations, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 pro was able to recreate the “world’s smallest cinema” allowing patrons to watch crisp movies.
The projector on Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 makes the tablet stand out, but you are discouraged not to be over excited. High end projectors that cost over Kshs 100K like the Epson EB-1776W Projector that we reviewed a few weeks ago is capable of emitting light of up to 3000 lumens whereas the projector on the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 is a pico type (handheld or mini type) that emits only up to 50 lumens. The 50 lumens however doesn’t mean the pico projector on the tablet doesn’t deliver anything appreciable, as you can actually enjoy your one to three hours of movie viewing quite comfortably on a 70 inches screen at 480p video resolution.
The tablet itself is 10.1 inches device that has a cylindrical rotating spine which according to some reviewers makes the tablet be a little bit uncomfortable to hold in landscape mode, although the spine also supports a stand on which the tablet rests to nicely allow for comfortable desktop use.
The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 PRo features an impressive QHD of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels in screen resolution, and this makes viewing HD and 2K videos amazing. If you start watching videos through the projector that can deliver only up to 480p pictures, going back to viewing images on the screen would mean you may not want to view images again using the projector display.
Overall, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is powered by Intel Z8500 Quad Core each clocking 2.24 GHz, has a 13 MP rear camera and another 5MP front facing shooter. The RAM is however not at per with modern high end standards as it has a megre 2GB RAM that could prove insufficient for QHD and above content. Internally the tablet comes with 32GB storage. For music lovers, the Dolby powered external speakers should be able to provide sufficient entertainment.
The sad news is that the projector is not in the country yet, but it is expected to land in Lenovo stores as from early August 2016 (that’s about two weeks away). When the tablet lands, it will retail for USD. 650 (approximately Kshs 65,000).