When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung is arguably the first brand that comes to mind. Its 2020 Samsung Tab S7 Plus, for instance, is one of the best to buy even though it’s an older model. But other brands are getting their slice of the market. The similarly sleek and large Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, released in 2021, rivals the Tab S7 Plus in hardware and features. It comes with a capable stylus, too, and starts at a lower price. So how do these two tablets compare?
Lenovo Tab P12 Pro vs Samsung Tab S7 Plus Comparison Chart
Design and Display
While the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is lighter and thinner, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus has the better display.
Unlike smartphones and their hole-punches and notches, tablets mostly follow the same design. In the case of the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro and Samsung Tab S7 Plus, you’re getting a rectangular aluminum chassis and a large, vibrant screen. Lenovo’s tablet is slightly larger and slimmer than Samsung’s, and its bezels are thinner, too. This makes room for a larger 12.6-inch display than the Tab S7 Plus’s 12.4-inch screen.
If you’re using the tablets in landscape mode, the camera will be on the top. Given the size of these devices, you’ll most likely keep them in this orientation. Meanwhile, the sides of the tablets have a chrome-like finish to them. You’ll also find here the volume keys and USB-C port.
The rear of the tablets, on the other hand, holds the main cameras. Compared to the Samsung Tab S7 Plus, the camera bump on the Lenovo is a bit more pronounced. As for the finish, both tablets have matte-textured backs that, while easy to grip, can be a fingerprint magnet.
Also on their backs is a magnetic strip for holding and charging their respective styluses. With the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, you do get a larger area where the stylus can be laid. This comes in handy when you’re in a hurry and can’t be bothered aligning the stylus properly. If you’re worried about losing the stylus, their standard covers have a small bump to accommodate the pens.
As for the display, Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro opts for an AMOLED panel. It boasts a 2K resolution (1600 x 2560p), a 120HZ refresh rate, and HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support. The Samsung Tab S7 Plus, on the other hand, has a Super AMOLED screen with a 2800 x 1752p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It supports HDR10+ as well and comes with a higher 266 ppi than Lenovo’s 240 ppi. This gives it the edge when it comes to detail and contrast ratio, even though the Tab P12 Pro offers a higher 600 nits brightness than Samsung’s 500 nits.
Samsung’s tablet has better stylus support than Lenovo’s.
The main draw of these tablets is their styluses. Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro uses the Precision Pen 3, while Samsung has the S Pen. The Precision Pen 3 takes a page out of Samsung, offering a full-sized stylus with a physical button and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. When detached from the tablet, the pen automatically launches the Instant Memo app. It also supports tilt and palm rejection.
On the Samsung Tab S7 Plus, the S Pen is a larger stick. Releasing the pen launches a side menu on the right edge of the screen. Here, you can access the updated Notes app, screen write, create live messages and AR doodle, and highlight to translate. It also supports new Air Actions. You don’t get these native functions on the Lenovo Precision Pen 3.
When it comes to cameras, you’re looking at similar specs. Both tablets have 13MP main cameras and a 5MP ultrawide lens. On the front, Samsung comes with a single 8MP sensor. On the other hand, Lenovo’s tablet uses dual 8MP sensors, one of which is an infrared Time-of-Flight 3D sensor. While the latter is a welcome addition, there are few AR effects to take advantage of the hardware.
As for the speakers, you get four on both tablets. Lenovo comes with a JBL quad-speaker system, which delivers loud and punchy audio while offering Dolby Atmos support. Meanwhile, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus speakers are tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos. The speaker grilles on the Tab S7 Plus are nearer to the corners than Lenovo’s, making them less prone to being muffled when the tablet is held in landscape mode.
The Samsung Tab S7 Plus is more capable than the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro comes with Snapdragon 870 and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on the model. On the Tab P12 Pro, the chipset performs well. It’s powerful enough to run high-graphics games while offering finesse in streaming and navigation. Overheating is not an issue either, making this slate comparable with heavyweight models from other brands.
In contrast, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus is equipped with the Snapdragon 865. Like with the Lenovo Tab, this comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on your storage configuration. Combined with the 120Hz display, the Tab S7 Plus is one of the smoothest Android tablets on the market. There is no lagging, stuttering, or frame drop with the Snapdragon 865 chipset.
But while the P12 Pro keeps up with the Tab S7 Plus performance, it loses its edge in software. Lenovo’s slate comes with stock Android 11, which isn’t exactly the best for tablets. You’ll notice the app interface and layout is what’s designed for smartphones. Samsung’s Tab S7 Plus, on the other hand, comes with Android 10 but is upgradable to Android 12. It’s also recently updated to the One UI 4.1 interface, which lends itself well to a tablet.
Samsung also comes with Samsung Dex, a tablet-to-desktop approach to productivity. While it’s no ChromeOS or Windows, the interface is simple enough to use and powerful enough to do some work. Lenovo has tried its hand at something similar by introducing a productivity mode on the Tab P12 Pro. However, it adds little value, looking similar to the tablet mode but with a taskbar.
Battery Life and Accessories
Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro has better battery life than the Samsung Tab S7 Plus. When it comes to accessories, the tablets are tied.
Lenovo’s Tab P12 Pro comes with a 10200 mAh battery. The company shares that the slate offers up to 14.6 hours of online video playback. When it comes to online browsing, the tablet has 10.7 hours of battery life.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus is equipped with a 10090 mAh battery. It’s rated for up to 14 hours of video playback and 8 hours of Internet usage. Both Lenovo and Samsung tablets offer fast-charging up to 45W.
In terms of accessories, the best you can get for these slates is their respective keyboard covers. For the P12 Pro, Lenovo offers a Keyboard Pack, which combines a keyboard and a stand cover. The keyboard has 16 function keys and a trackpad. It also connects to the tablet via Bluetooth and charges through pin connectors.
For the Tab S7 Plus, Samsung has the Book Cover Keyboard. It boasts 16 function keys, including dedicated Android and Samsung Dex keys. There’s also a trackpad, and the accompanying cover has a free-stop hinge up to an angle of 165º.
While the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is a capable tablet, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus is a more complete and refined device.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro specs describe an Android tablet that can potentially rival other flagships. In reality, the device is capable but limited by its software. Yes, it runs on a powerful chipset, and its full-sized stylus is responsive enough. You also get great cameras and better battery life. However, the stock Android it comes with makes the tablet interface feel like an oversized smartphone.
In comparison, Samsung has taken the effort to develop a more tablet-friendly platform with its Android-based One UI. The S Pen is also one of the best styluses for mobile devices. Meanwhile, Samsung Dex provides a better desktop environment than Lenovo’s productivity mode. While it costs more than the Tab P12 Pro, the Samsung Tab S7 Plus is the closest Android tablet you can get to rival Apple’s iPads.
The Lenovo Tab P12 Pro starts at $599.99.
Yes. Out of the box, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro comes with Instant Memo, Amazon Prime Music, and Entertainment Space. It also has several Google apps pre-installed, including Playstore, Assistant, and Maps.
Yes. You can get the Samsung Tab S7 Plus in Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver, and Phantom Navy.
Users can unlock the Samsung Tab S7 Plus via face recognition or through the under-display fingerprint sensor.