In pre-Covid times tablets seemed like a dead technology category but last year there was a resurgence in sales while people were stuck at home and had lots of time to read, play games and watch content.

Personally I spent more time than ever during 2020 on my tablet and bought a new one late in the year.

With that in mind Lenovo is releasing a new mid range large 11 inch Android tablet for fun, learning and light productivity.

Lenovo says it’s Tab P11 is a happy medium between giving your family access to the latest tech they need, without costing a fortune or sacrificing the experience you want from a sleek and powerful tablet.

The new Lenovo Tab P11 offers an 11 inch high-definition 2K (2000 x 1200) touchscreen IPS liquid crystal display (LCD) with a strong max brightness level of 400 nits so it should be viewable in sunlight outdoors. With integrated Eye Care mode technology certified by TÜV Rheinland, the display also helps lower harmful blue light to reduce eye strain.

The exterior of the Lenovo Tab P11 is styled with a contemporary dual-tone finish in either Slate Grey or Platinum Grey hue with a sturdy aluminum-alloy chassis for a sleeker profile.

Under the hood is Snapdragon 662 with advanced LTE, integrated Qualcomm FastConnect subsystem and up to 6GB RAM for speedy browsing, the Lenovo Tab P11 is also one of just a handful of tablets certified to stream Netflix shows in HD.

Listen to your favorite tunes from anywhere in the home for up to 15 hours of usage at full charge. Playing music and videos should sound great with immersive sound powered by quad speakers and Dolby Atmos for great sounding audio in landscape or portrait mode.

The family-friendly Lenovo Tab P11 also comes with Kids Space from Google, a new kids mode that features apps, books, and videos to help kids under nine years of age learn and have fun (while the adults finish online work meetings in the other room).

For catching up with friends or while learning remotely, there’s a 8MP front camera. Don’t want your mother commenting on your messy living room during your weekend video chats? Just use the Smart Privacy feature to blur your background.

The Lenovo Tab P11 is great for getting more done at home with the optional, ultra-thin Keyboard Pack with built-in trackpad that just snaps into place when you need to fire off an email before lunch. The magnetic stand cover and integrated kickstand prop up the tablet to resemble a slim detachable.

The intuitive Lenovo Precision Pen 2 is capable of sensing tilt and your subtle pressure adjustments for a smoother digital writing and doodling experience. With a long battery life up to 200 hours with a battery capacity of 60mAh, and USB Type-C plug for charging, this optional pen stands ready for when inspiration strikes.

Other optional accessories include the handy Lenovo Smart Charging Station 2 that enables hands-free movie watching and stable charging while docked, and a new Folio Case outfitted in a modern fabric to provide extra protection for when you toss it in your tote bag and go.

The Lenovo Tab P11 will be available in Australia from May 2021 for $549, and available at the same time in New Zealand with Kiwi pricing to be confirmed.

Alexa Show Mode for PC 

On a side note, Lenovo has partnered with Amazon to bring you Alexa Show Mode for PC. This new feature Show Mode transforms your Lenovo PC into a hands-free, full-screen Alexa Echo Show-like display so that the whole family can now see and enjoy talking to Alexa.

As powerful as a mouse click or keystroke, Alexa for PC lets you get more done with your PC with just your voice. Ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, favorite apps, and local radio and glance at song titles and album art from across the room or up close; your PC mics with far-field technology help Alexa to hear your voice commands clearly even while music is playing.

You can also set reminders and control your smart home while multitasking on your laptop. Students learning remotely can ask Alexa questions to help them with their homework. Or, simply view rotating interesting updates and content such as the weather forecast for the week, things to try with Alexa, recommendations for music to listen to, and more as you move through your day.

Expected to start in Q2 2021, Lenovo users across a wide portfolio of PCs, including select Yoga and IdeaPad laptops to start with, will gain access to the features enabled by the Show Mode for PC experience.

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I’d prefer the Chromebook Duet instead of this. At least you know it’s gonna get updates straight from Google. Lenovo never update their Android stuff