Lenovo ThinkPad Gaming Performance Review

Posted by B. Johnson
August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Lenovo ThinkPad Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back.

Earlier, i’ve just showed you 2 tablets from Samsung and Motorola that bear a striking resemblance in one department - their processor.

These tablets were Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 and Motorola Xoom – which both use the same Tegra 2 dual-core processor, of course along with its 8-core GeForce ULP GPU.

This thing is actually the main reason why i was so interested to bring up these 2 tablets on this website in the first place.

I’ve seen a lot many Tegra 2 tablets that have a really powerful performance, mostly in graphical environment.

In fact, there are many Tegra 2 tablets that i’ve already reviewed on this website – like Asus Transformer Pad TF700KL or Acer Iconia Tab 500.

Lenovo ThinkPad benchmarks and gaming performance

The most prominent advantage of having this dual-core processor on the tablet, any tablet is – not only will the tablet have great gaming performance and amazing graphical power, but it will also have great battery life – given that Tegra 2 dual-core processor is not so power hungry, compared to Tegra 3 or Tegra 4 (Tegra K1 as well).

Anyway, after showing you guys 2 of the Tegra 2 tablets in my previous reviews, today, i want to keep the momentum going by talking about another Tegra 2 tablet in my next review (i mean, this review).

The tablet i’m about to show you right now is made by Lenovo – a Chinese manufacturer known mostly for its good quality PC and laptops.

This one is called Lenovo ThinkPad.

And that’s right, just like the Samsung GALAXY 8.9 and Motorola Xoom tablets i’ve just showed you earlier, this Lenovo tablet is also powered by no other than the Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

Well, if you’re really interested to get to know more with this 10.1-inch tablet, then what are you waiting for, let’s start reading my personal review of Lenovo ThinkPad.

Introduction

There is one interesting fact about this Lenovo ThinkPad tablet.

First of all, it features a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with the clock speed of 1GHz per core.

And that’s the same clock speed of Acer Iconia Tab 500 tablet that i've already showed you a couple of months ago.

Not to mention, just like the Acer’s tablet, this Lenovo ThinkPad tablet is also packing the same 10.1-inch display sporting the same 1280x800 pixel resolution with the same pixel density of -149 ppi – which is not that surprising given that most of 10-inch tablets also use the same screen specs just like these 2 tablets.

As a matter of fact, they also are powered by almost the same small battery capacity of 3260mAh (although Lenovo ThinkPad is powered by a slightly smaller 3250mAh battery).


So this kind of makes me think that - despite having some powerful graphical performance - the Tegra 2 dual-core processor inside these 2 tablets is not that power hungry.

Actually, there are many other sectors that make these 2 tablets look similar, like their RAM, their cameras, etc.

But i’ll probably not talk a lot about it in this review because that might not seem interesting to discuss here.

Lenovo ThinkPad features some appealing offerings under its hood.

First of all, it has:
  • a 10.1-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (which still looks pretty sharp on this huge display),
  • a dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with its 8-core GeForce ULP GPU,
  • 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera on the back,
  • 2MP camera on the front,
  • 3250mAh power battery,
  • microSD card slot for up to 32GB to accompany its 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage
  • and many other sectors that make this tablet worth buying especially if you’re looking for a decent 10-inch media-consumption tablet.
But the questions are, with all of these impressive spec sheet, does Lenovo ThinkPad stack up against other 10-inch rivals on the market today?

Is this tablet a good gaming tablet?

Is it worth it to buy this tablet especially compared to other 10-inch devices like Sony Xperia Z/Z2, iPad Air, Google Nexus 10 or Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S?

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  • No SIM
  • Weight 730 g (1.61 lb)
  • Released July 2011
  • 10.1 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Chipset
  • Android OS 3.1 Honeycomb, upgradable to v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 3-in-1 card reader Memory Card slot
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No GPRS
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB
  • Bluetooth
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • GPS
  • No Java
  • No Radio
  • Colors Black
  • - HDMI port
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3250 mAh battery (24.1 Wh)
Similar just Acer Iconia Tab 500, Lenovo ThinkPad interestingly comes with some identical spec sheet.
  • It has the same 10.1-inch display with the same 720p (1280x800 pixels) resolution,
  • it has the same Tegra 2 dual-core processor with the same 1GHz clock speed,
  • it has the same 5MP and 2MP camera on the rear and front-side,
  • it has the same Android software build and future upgradable updates (Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich),
  • it has the same 1GB of RAM,
  • it was released in the same year (2011)
  • and it even uses the same – or almost the same, if you would -, 3250mAh power battery (3260mAh on Acer tablet).
Screen

As a 2011-released tablet, it’s great to see that this tablet is already sporting 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display.

It may not look as sharp as other 10-inch rivals on the market to date – which already adopt 1080p or even 2.5k display -, but at least, it still looks pretty sharp even for today’s standards.

It’s great for watching movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web and even playing games.

But you’ll still always need to do the pinch-to-zoom gesture a lot especially when browsing the web or reading books/magazines.

Unfortunately though, Tegra 2 processor is known for its weakness for playing HD video playback. So if you love watching HD movies, you'll probably have some trouble with this tablet, especially when playing HD videos on YouTube.

User Interface

On the software side, there’s not much to write home about especially on the UI of this tablet.

Given that this tablet comes pre-installed with the standard UI of Android OS - which comes close to stock Android UI (unlike Amazon Kindle Fire tablet with its simplified Android UI) -, then you’ll get almost the entire standard features of Android stock OS, like:
- the standard homescreen that you can fill with widgets or app shortcuts,
- the same standard drop-down notification window,
- the same app drawer
- and the other standard features just like any other Lenovo Android tablets.

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When it comes to performance – overall performance -, there’s no single doubt that this tablet will scream in that department.

Thanks to the dual-core Tegra 2 processor with the clock speed of 1GHz per core, 1GB of RAM and 8-core GeForce ULP GPU, Lenovo ThinkPad will have no problem at all when executing any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet – even the ones that require a lot of graphical power.

It’s gonna run fast and smooth especially for watching movies, browsing the web, reading contents, rendering graphics or high-resolution photos/videos and even playing games.

The good thing is, this tablet is only packing a 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, which is a ‘perfect match’ for its dual-core Tegra chipset that is adequate for this type of resolution.

However, the overall performance of this tablet will drop drastically and become laggy especially if you deploy heavy live wallpaper on the homescreen and do some heavy tasks at once.

As for playing games, this tablet will also be great for that matter.

Tegra 2 dual-core processor used to be the world’s first dual-core processor around the smartphone and tablet markets.

The most prominent advantage that NVIDIA provides on this chipset is its graphical power.

And this sector will have an integral part especially when handling any graphics-related tasks like gaming.

So with that being said, then Lenovo ThinkPad will be a good and reliable gaming tablet, if not great.

However, given that Tegra 2 processor is now already considered as outdated and not on par anymore with other flagship processors around the market to date – in terms of performance -, then there is a few limitations presented on this tablet.

And this has something to do with its compatibility in handling some latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas, Modern Combat 4 or N.O.V.A 3 – which will not perform smoothly in full graphics.

But even so, for playing most of the older games released in 2013 or before that year – like PES 2012, Modern Combat 1 and 2, Asphalt 5 and 6, N.O.V.A 1 and 2, GTA III or Need for Speed Undercover -, this Lenovo ThinkPad will have no problem at all in executing these games in full graphics.

Overall, Lenovo ThinkPad can still be a good gaming tablet – if not great. But it will definitely suffer when playing latest graphics intense games.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Lenovo ThinkPad, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Interestingly – similar just like Acer Iconia Tab 500 -, Lenovo ThinkPad is also powered by the same – or almost the same – 3250mAh power battery, as opposed to the 3260mAh battery on Acer tablet.

And according to some reviews – especially in battery department -, this Acer Iconia Tab 500 proved it has great long lasting battery and it’s even able to survive in 2 days in the row in heavy usage.

This is likely due to its dual-core Tegra 2 processor, which is not that power hungry compared to Tegra 3 or Tegra 4.

And more amazingly, this Acer tablet comes pre-installed with some heavy software build and UI, with many advanced looking 3D visual presentations on its pre-loaded features and tasks – which could suck a lot of power from its battery.

So if that Acer tablet proved to be great in its battery life, then you can expect the same thing on Lenovo ThinkPad. This tablet will also have the same great battery life as Acer Iconia Tab 500.

However, if you’re type of power user that will likely use this tablet mostly for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching movies in marathon or playing games the row -, then it’s really obvious that its battery life will go down much faster than the expected 2-day battery life.

But overall, when it comes to battery life, there’s probably not much difference between this Lenovo tablet and Acer Iconia Tab 500.

It will last really long and could even survive in 2 days in the row – of course in one full charge.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, similar just like my impression with Acer Iconia Tab 500, i do think that this Lenovo ThinkPad will also be a great media-consumption tablet.

It just has all the elements of a good media-consumption tablet.
  • It has a pretty share 720p resolution on its large 10.1-inch display,
  • it has fast Tegra 2 processor and powerful 8-core GeForce ULP GPU,
  • it has complete set of cameras (5MP and 2MP back and front respectively),
  • it has an appealing design,
  • it’s made by Lenovo (which is popularly known for its good quality laptops and computers),
  • it has great battery life
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just good for an outdated tablet like this one.
However, in terms of gaming performance, this tablet still leaves a lot to be desired.

Despite having a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and GeForce UL GPU, this processor is now already considered as ‘outdated’ and not on par anymore with today’s flagship mobile chipsets like Snapdragon 800/600, Apple A7 chipset, Tegra 3 or Tegra 4 processors – let alone the Tegra K1, which is just way too far too powerful than Tegra 2.

So with that being said, then this tablet will have some trouble when running some of the latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, GTA San Andreas or N.O.V.A 3.

But even so, there are still gazillion of games that can still be played on this tablet in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics – mostly the older games released in 2012 or around that year.

Overall, i’m still pretty impressed with the whole thing on this tablet.

I like the fact that this tablet is made by Lenovo, which has been known as a reliable manufacturer with great quality products.

I also like that this tablet is powered by Tegra 2 dual-core processor, meaning that it will be good for gaming – if not great -, and also good in battery life.

You’ll make no mistake if you decide to buy this tablet in the near future. Lenovo ThinkPad is still a pretty good quality media-consumption tablet.

However, this will also depend on how much does this tablet cost compared to other 10-inch rivals on the market today, like Google Nexus 10, iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 Tablet, Samsung GALAXY Tab S/Tab Pro 10.1 and any other 10-inch tablets out there.

If Lenovo ThinkPad still costs around the rivals aforementioned above, then this Lenovo tablet is definitely not worth to buy.

On the other hand, if you manage to snatch this tablet under $200, then you just made a good purchase.

Anyway, here are my answers to my questions above in ‘introduction’ section:
  1. No – definitely no. This tablet doesn’t stack up against other 10-inch rivals on the market today – especially in terms of specs and performance. However, just like Motorola Xoom that i just showed you earlier, Lenovo ThinkPad can still be considered as a good purchase for a 10.1-inch media-consumption tablet – especially if you manage to get below $199.
  2. Yes – thanks to its dual-core Tegra 2 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and GeForce ULP GPU, there’s no single doubt that Lenovo ThinkPad will be a pretty good gaming tablet – if not great.
  3. If compared with other today’s flagship tablets like Sony Xperia Z/Z2, Google Nexus 10, iPad Air or Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S, then it’s really obvious that this tablet is not worth your money, especially if it’s still priced around the same prince range of these more powerful rivals. However, if you manage to buy this Lenovo tablet in around or below $199, then it’s still a pretty good purchase for you.

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