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The Lenovo Tab Extreme is a high-end Android tablet with a 14.5 inch, 3000 x 1876 pixel OLED display featuring a 120 Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
First announced at CES in January, the tablet is expected to go on sale in the US later this year for $1200. But it looks like it will launch in China first, where it will be available for a lower price. It just has a different name in that country: the Chinese version is called the Lenovo Legion Y900.
The name change makes it clear that Lenovo is branding the tablet as part of its gaming lineup in China. Other Legion-branded products including gaming PCs and smartphones. And while you don’t need bleeding edge specs to play most Android games, they certainly come in handy if you plan to use a tablet for emulation or other resource-intensive tasks.
Chinese customers will be able to pick one up soon for 5,999 CNY (about $870), although it looks like it may go up for pre-order for as little as 4,999 CNY ($725).
The Tab Extreme/Legion Y900 also has a reasonably large 12,300 mAh battery, support for 68W fast charging, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port with support for video out as well as charging and data, and a USB 2.0 Type-C port that can work as a display input, allowing you to use the tablet as an external display for other devices.
Wireless capabilities include support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, and some models will also be available with 4G and 5G cellular support.
There’s also a microSD card reader for removable storage, a pogo pin connector for a detachable keyboard, digital pen support, 8 speakers (4 woofers and 4 tweeters), 4 microphones, a fingerprint sensor and support for face unlock, and 13MP + 5MP rear cameras plus a 13MP front-facing camera.
It ships with Android 13 software, and Lenovo plans to offer security updates for at least four years, and major operating system updates for three.
Here’s an overview of key specs for the upcoming tablet:
|Lenovo Tab Extreme / Legion Y900 specs|
3000 x 1876 pixels
16:10 aspect ratio
Up to 500 nits peak brightness
|Processor||MediaTek Dimensity 9000|
1 x ARM Cortex-X1 CPU core @ 3.05 GHz
3 x ARM Cortex-A710 CPU cores @ 2.85 GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A510 CPU cores @ 1.8 GHz
Arm Mali-G710 MC10 graphics
|Storage||256GB UFS 3.1|
microSD card reader (up to 1TB)
|OS||Android 13 (at launch)|
3 major OS updates
4 years security updates
|Cameras||13MP + 5MP rear (auto-focus & fixed-focus)|
13MP front (auto-focus)
|Battery & charging||12,300 mAh battery|
68W USB Type-C charger
|Ports||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (charging, DisplayPort-out, reverse charging, audio)|
1 x USB 2.0 Type-C (charging, DisplayPort-in, reverse charging, audio)
1 x microSD card reader + SIM slot
1 x 3-pin pogo connector for keyboard
GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, GPS
4G LTE + 5G NR
|Audio||8 x JBL speakers (4 woofers + 4 tweeters)|
4 x microphones
|Dimensions||327.8 x 210.8 x 5.85mm (7.15mm with camera bump)|
|Weight||740 grams (tablet only)|
1.5 kg (tablet + keyboard)
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I like Android just fine but why would I want to pay premium Ultrabook prices for the same size and weight tablet hybrid that runs a mobile OS when I can just get a full on laptop with full Windows?
The only thing this device has going for it that’s unique is that display in port. But, why is it USB2? Does having display port connectivity means it bypasses the limit of the USB2 spec? Because no way in hell is USB2 enough bandwidth for that resolution and refresh rate.
I LIKE the idea of a large media centered tablet but when it’s the same price and weight as a regular laptop it stops making any kind of sense to me. I’m really waiting for someone to release a reasonably price larger sized tablet with mid range specs. It just needs to have a decent screen and speakers. And as long as they don’t purposely cripple functionality, most modern mid range SoCs should be able to do a good amount of light productivity and multitasking. Instead most companies are taking the Apple approach where “larger device = more premium/expensive.” Blegh.
You could try hunting for Yoga Tab 13 deals, AFAIK it gets discounted to ~400$ from time to time, but you need to have access to online lenovo shops in your country. It still has decent specs (Snapdaagon 870) and can act as a secondary monitor as well.
I just watched ETA Prime’s follow up on the Lenovo P11 Pro Gen2. He got it for 229 for the base model which seems like an absurdly good deal. It has its own desktop mode and the screen is good. Unfortunately it’s nowhere near that price anymore so we’re back to the same old question of “why buy a tablet when for roughly the same price I can get a full on laptop?” Oh well.
Yeah, I am not sure if anything hyped by ETA was ever available for the price he got it in. For 229 it would be best tablet around, no competition, unless you prefer Apple.
And unless you live on the verge of Central Europe, with no access to official lenovo shops and its discounts 😀
I use desktop mode in my Moto G100 and TBH it is kinda underwhelming. But if you don’t need it for some very specific work, it gets some basic jobs done. Not sure why Lenovo (they own Motorola) uses different desktop mode for their main brand, but whatever, in the end they are all samey, as I also have access to Samsung implementation of the feature.
I just don’t get why turning a phone into a desktop PC is still so awkward, so many years after Atrix and Continuum. Most of the software lacks in one way or another.
At this point I think it’s artificial crippling of the device. I am still feeling quite burned that my Pixel 7 doesn’t have video out through the USB-C port. It’s the one thing I forgot to check when researching the device. The SoC is not super top of the line but I would say it’s definitely up there in the mid-high range and can definitely handle a decent amount of multitasking. But whoops, no video out so it can only do casting which is a poor experience to use with peripherals. I’m sure Google would love to sell me a Pixel tablet when it comes out though.
Apple does something similar with their M1/M2 iPads in my opinion. It’s literally the same chipset as the Macbook Air but the multitasking experience looks very artificially limited and clunky to use. Imagine an M2 tablet that when docked turns into MacOS with a GUI appropriate for mouse and keyboard. It would literally re-define the meaning of a 2-in-1 device because it would actually be 2 complete devices in one instead of one aspect of the device being hard and clunky to use or limited. I would buy one instantly if it had that functionality and I’ve never purchase an Apple product before. But nah, of course they want to sell you the laptop AND the tablet AND the phone. And I guess it works because there are a lot of people that own all three (and maybe even more.)
Yup, if a Raspberry Pi can run a full fledged deesktop system, any modern smartphone can. Agree on all points aside maybe for buying an Apple device, exactly because for past two decades they were forcing people to buy all the devices. I mean – their iPads don’t have calculator app as in their perfect world you will use it on your iPhone…
Another thing to remember about Android desktop modes – a phone/tablet in desktop mode still runs on battery, even when plugged to the wall. So it kills your battey. Pretty stupid oversight, if you ask me.
Next time I’ll most likely buy cheaper phone (I don’t need much, I got that one to be able to use it as a desktop as well) and a cheap mini PC, maybe post-leasing thin client, or an ARM SBC for low power, silent desktop.
Funnily enough, Microsoft seems like the only company that doesn’t intentionaly criple your devices, but neither x86 is efficient enough for a good tablet or phone, nor Windows is good enough to run on ARM, as most apps will struggle.
I believe Alt mode is like MHL. If you recall, phones with micro USB (USB 2.0) could output full HD with surround sound of they were required with MHL. It only uses the connector’s shape, not its internal specifications. It’s one of the reasons it costs more and why manufacturers don’t always include it since it requires extra circuitry. Even USB C 3.2 can’t handle the bandwidth after all. It’s limited to 10gbps while displayport 1.2 is 21.6 Gbps and some devices output displayport 1.4 (32.4gbps) on the same connection
Okay yeah that makes sense. I still have trauma from all those terrible USB2 to video out adapters back in the early 2000s or whenever that could only output a very limited resolution.
I’m actually looking forward to this. I hope to be able to buy it (lots of expenses and this is not a priority). One thing that truly attracts my attention is the flexibility. Not only can it double as a portable monitor for a laptop or phone due to the video in (and there’s a good chance that it will also support pen input as an external monitor), but the second USB-C port makes it easier for this to replace a Windows machine in many situations since you have greater connectivity and can connect some peripherals without the need for a hub (it obviously can’t replace a Windows/Linux/Mac device in every situation, but the added flexibility means there are more situations when this can be more than good enough).
I have the y700 and this would be a nice replacement/upgrade for my Galaxy Tab S6. But I really really hope that Lenovo keeps desktop mode as an option for the tablet given its screen size (the latest update on the p11, p12 and y700 only let you use desktop mode when connecting the tablet to an external screen, which is not too bad on the y700 given its smaller screen size, but is a real loss on the bigger models).
I just want a global release of the y700 bc there is no Android competition in the states vs the ipad mini