Lenovo Xiaoxin 2023 Pad Pro 12.7 Brief Review

First, let’s talk about the price. The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant costs $240, but I think 8GB RAM + 128GB storage should suffice for most users since many files are stored in the cloud these days. With 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, it should be around $250, saving about $20.

Additionally, you can get a basic stand case and an expansion dock for an extra $11.

I didn’t buy the keyboard and pen because the store where I purchased the device was out of stock, and I didn’t feel like looking for them elsewhere at the moment. I’ll consider them later.

The following user experiences are based on my specific needs:

  • Office-related tasks: Simple text and spreadsheet editing, email, video conferences.
  • Social media: WeChat, Xiaohongshu, etc.
  • Entertainment: YouTube, YouTube Music, Netflix, Disney+, local video playback, comics.
  • Multimedia: Video editing, audio and video recording.

User Experience:

Office-related tasks:

I haven’t used the pre-installed WPS office; I’m not sure about the experience. I immediately switched to Office 365 and the full suite of Google office apps. For tasks like word processing and simple spreadsheet editing, this machine performs well. It also handles local Office 365 without issues.

For email, Outlook has a simpler interface compared to the desktop version, but it’s adequate for basic tasks like sending and receiving emails and attaching files. I try to avoid local storage for attachments and use Google Drive or OneDrive.

Video conferences: I need to mention that the camera quality is subpar on Tencent Meeting, Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet; the best video quality I’ve seen is on Xiaohongshu. I’m puzzled about the level of adaptation these software platforms have gone through.

Social Media:

WeChat’s multi-device login feature is excellent. I can see my WeChat activity on the tablet when I log in on my iPhone. You can also use WeChat on three different devices for the same account. Currently, I use it on my iPhone, this PadPro, and my MacBook.

Xiaohongshu: The adaptation is quite good. Full screen, split-screen, floating mode—all work smoothly. Surprisingly, it outperforms some conferencing software.


First, let’s talk about the best display quality: YouTube supports 4K and 2160P.

For Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime, it supports up to 1080P HD, but I suspect it’s a software limitation rather than a hardware issue.

YouTube Music: The interface works well on a large screen. The built-in speakers are decent and offer sound quality that matches the tablet’s price.

Local video/audio playback with MX Player—supports various formats with no issues. As for comics, I only have them in PDF format; you can take a look at screenshots.


For local video recording, the front camera is 1300W, and the rear camera is 800W. I tried the front camera in the system’s built-in camera app. It performs much worse than the front camera of the iPad 9th generation; it seems to have a built-in soft filter, and the image quality is poor. I haven’t tried the 800W rear camera yet, but it recognized a QR code, which meets my expectations.

As for audio recording, the built-in microphone has decent quality. It works well for sending voice messages, video calls, and voice calls.

For video editing, the built-in KineMaster app works well for 1080P editing; I haven’t tried higher formats. With this level of performance (Snapdragon 870), I think it’s less efficient than Apple’s same-year A-series chips. I’m not sure if it can reach the level of an A12.

I just updated the system to version 150440 today. The switching between display modes is smoother now, and the switch to PC mode is more convenient.


  • Affordable price
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Good speaker and microphone quality
  • Convenient for using external devices
  • Android’s flexibility


  • Camera quality is lacking
  • Software adaptation is incomplete
  • Different software settings and functions don’t align well
  • Lenovo ZUI feels somewhat rough
  • Average efficiency
  • Compared to iPad OS, there is still a significant gap.


With Microsoft Launcher and a complete suite of Microsoft and Google apps, this tablet offers exceptional value for lightweight mobile office tasks. My initial intention for purchasing it was to leave my MacBook behind for simple office work, and it can already fulfill that purpose. Other functions, such as video playback, podcast listening, and background music playing, are icing on the cake.

With an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you can choose between tablet mode or PC mode, with the latter allowing you to freely adjust window sizes, similar to the Windows interface style.

All in all, I’m quite satisfied with the user experience given the price. Additionally, the performance remains solid even with VPN software installed.

The only thing I haven’t tested yet is gaming. Gaming requirements are less stringent these days, and I haven’t tried more than a few small games like “Croc Bath” or “Skiing,” in addition to a GBA emulator. I’ll test them when I have the time.