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Lenovo unveils the Tab S8, a 64-bit 8-inch slate with Intel inside

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Lenovo unveils the Tab S8, a 64-bit 8-inch slate with Intel inside

Lenovo is no stranger to the tablet market, as it has launched a number of slates over the past year or so. Most of these were running on Android, but Lenovo proved that it's not afraid to mess with Microsoft's Windows ecosystem, as well. Well, it seems that Android has scored yet another victory, as the tablet that Lenovo just unveiled is running on Google's mobile OS. Enter the Lenovo Tab S8!

The Tab S8 is kicking and ticking thanks to a 64-bit Intel CPU (a quad-core Atom Z3745, to be exact) and is, in fact, Lenovo's first Android tablet that flaunts an Intel-made silicon inside (up until now, Lenovo has only paired Intel's SoCs with Microsoft's OS ecosystem in its tablets). The chip is coming with Burst Performance Technology, which provides processing power on demand only, thus successfully saving you some battery juice when you are using the Lenovo Tab S8 for lighter tasks, somewhat similar to ARM's big.LITTLE technology. Decent enough for a tablet, right?

"Engineered to give users the most from their mobile device without sacrificing portability, the Lenovo TAB S8 marks Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet powered by an Intel processor."

The Tab S8 is endowed with a 8” display with a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 283ppi. As a side comparison, one of Samsung's more recent 8-inch tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, comes with a pixel density of 189ppi, whereas the 7.9” Apple iPad mini 2 is well ahead with a density of 324ppi.

Under the hood of the 64-bit slate, one would also find 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, optional LTE connectivity (courtesy of Intel's homebrewed XMMTM 7160 cellular modem). The imaging department comprises of an 8MP rear shooter with a f/2.2 sensor, while a more modest 1.6MP front-facing camera will take care of your selfies. The manufacturer also boasts that the battery of the Tab S8 will keep it ticking for roughly 7 hours.

The tablet will initially ship with Android 4.4 KitKat on board, but it won't be able to make full use of the 64-bit architecture of the SoC. Fortunately, the upcoming L version of Android, probably Lemon Meringue Pie, will be able to do so and we suppose that Lenovo will try hard to update the firmware of the slate as soon as possible.

As per the pricing of the Tab S8, Lenovo says that its newest slate will retail for $199 before taxes and subsidies, making it a noteworthy rival on the tablet market. It will be immediately available "via major retailers" and Lenovo itself. The tablet will be showcased at Lenovo's IFA keynote later today.


source: Lenovo +- Press Release

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posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:17

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Not bad, could've had a higher screen res tho...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:35 8

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


1080p is more than enough for an 8" tablet, especially if it's only $200...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:54

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


It'll be (most probably) like $250++ after taxes.
Still a good buy, if you don't mind the Windows OS
Still, I Wouldn't buy it though

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:11 5

11. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Still a good deal IMO. It runs Android BTW...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:40 2

6. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


not a fan of anything Lenovo.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 04:16

25. vincelongman (Posts: 4434; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Why?
Just wondering, I haven't used a Lenovo before
But I've heard they have good business laptops (ThinkPads) and gaming laptops (Y series)

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 06:53

32. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


I'm lenovo user here. I want to say, Lenovo sucks at software department.
Don't compare their laptop to gadgets. Those are different things.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 06:13 1

30. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


OF all the laptops we have at my job the Lenovo are the best one's and most durable too. I used to think Lenovo was some cheap Chinese company until I used the laptop at my job, they are very durable and easy to handle. a little heavier than others, but I would prefer a laptop to be heavier with better quality than, crappy and light.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:18 6

2. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


TIME TO CHANGE LENOVO NAME TO LENO'SAM''SO'
ALL THEIR NEW MODELS ARE SIMILAR TO SONY AND SAMSUNG PHONES

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 03:41 2

24. edelxander (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


or we should call it LESAMSONY

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 23:08

37. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


HOWW BEAUTIFULL NAMEE

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 04:52 1

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Majority of the phones looks similar to Sony's design, square and oblong. Dam this looks really sexy slate.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:30 1

3. flexile (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


This is relevant to my interests. I'll have my eye on this tablet when it releases.

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:34 1

4. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Definitely not bad at all and a great value...

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 23:59 6

8. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Another excellent example of Apple fanboys keeping the propaganda machine rolling. Yes the iPad mini 2 324 ppi is well ahead and always mentioned compared to low class Android tablets.

Yet when the 8.4 tabs and the Nexus 10 blow the iPads ppi out of the water it is never even mentioned let alone framed to suck Apple D like the third paragraph of this article is framed.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:13 1

12. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


The iPad Mini 2 costs twice as much as this tablet, so there's no point in comparing them. Bad, PA, bad...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 02:04

18. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I'm pretty sure they were comparing the newest models from the major manufacturers in that size range. Since Apple only has one newer model in that size range, it had to be listed. If anything, it shows you how much better the Lenovo screen is going to be compared to the overpriced Tab 4 by Samsung. I would definitely look this way if I wanted a capable tablet without spending iPad money to get it. Stop being such a cynic.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 02:18

20. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I want one to try at least.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:00

9. saratew (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Hopefully It will come to Japan. I would replace Lg G Pad 8.3 by this one, I love all its features except the G Pad's terrible speakers though.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:00

10. Iodine (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


So here is your 64-bit android fans: a crapload of low end hardware.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:15 4

13. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


And apple ipad is high end?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 01:02 1

16. tigermcm (Posts: 855; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


i almost pissed in my pants laughing at your reply

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 03:34 1

23. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Well the iPad sure does not behave like high end.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 02:08

19. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Lower cost hardware is what got Android its marketshare and there is nothing wrong with making devices affordable for many wage classes. People don't need the fastest, lightest, and most expensive in this world. Most tech buyers on a world scale are more practical.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:44 2

14. Obie-Wan (Posts: 86; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Xperia Z / Z2 is that you?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 00:51 1

15. John2014 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


I think this title I wrong. Sony Xperia. Please change it.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 01:20

17. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


7 hour battery life is way too short.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 02:19

21. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I hope Lenovo literally invests into making Motorola tablets and doesn't just rebrand their own designs. That acquisition really scares me and this new release post has me thinking about it even more as time goes on.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 03:10

22. xfire99 (Posts: 833; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Nice, too bad not 10.1" or definitely a buy. Since mine woman has occupied mine 7" tablet. >_

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 04:53

27. Looser99 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


Where is the picture of the back side of the tablet ?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 05:00

28. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Please PA, it isn't a 64-bit *product* without a 64-bit OS installed. Thus, it isn't a 64-bit *tablet*, but a tablet with a 64-bit *chip*.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 07:29

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And when it gets updated?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 11:38

36. xfire99 (Posts: 833; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


STFU, no one wants to hear u opinions. Go back to u iCave.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 05:25

29. i.cent90 (Posts: 26; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


For apple u used ipad mini2 den samsung u used tab4 why not tab S 8.0 u racist to samsung

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 06:23

31. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1546; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Lenovo Please put Windows 9 on this 8 inch tablet next year and sell it in the Microsoft online store so Americans can buy one as well as folks from other lands can but one from there too. Folks this if the Microsoft Mini Surface People want. it use's an Atom processor
so it can run Windows 8.1 0r new Windows 9 full desktop software. WOW Folks
if microsoft made an atom CPU 8 inch surface Mini with the Surface Pro's Pen with Windows 9 WOW they will sell lots of them to Business People and Students and regular folks like YOU and ME. Bring it on Microsoft! sell it under 350 dollars and you have a sure Winner Microsoft you need to sell a cheaper full windows 8.1 / Windows 9 tablet than your Surface Pro 3's they are great devices for sure but some folks can not afford to buy them

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 07:05

33. NotAGeek (Posts: 279; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


"Up until now, Lenovo only paired Intel's SoCs with Microsoft's operating systems, either Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1"

WP 8.1?? Lenovo haven't even produce a single windows phone,do anyone else noticed this?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 07:24

34. PeterK. (Posts: 296; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


That's right, but we are talking about tablets here. As you can see =>http://www.phonearena.com/phones/full#/phones/full/manufacturer/Lenovo/?f[53]=1612&f[120][]=1292 , all of Lenovo's Android-powered tablets until the Tab S8 have relied on Qualcomm, MediaTek, NVIDIA, or TI for the SoC on board.

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