Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 Review
We’ll admit, we’re smitten by the affordable cost attached to the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 – more so when it proves to give us one of the longest lasting battery life on a tablet. Well, if that’s too much tablet for you to handle, there’s always its smaller sized sibling in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8. Sporting the same unconventional design and specs, it’s setting its eyes on attracting consumers who have a penchant for good things in small packages.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
In a world of flat slates, it continues to be refreshing to see a tablet that takes an unconventional approach with its design. When it comes down to it, the Yoga Tablet 8 is simply a smaller sized version of its 10-inch sibling – so there’s nothing that separates them except for size and weight. Constructed out of polycarbonate plastic and aluminum alloy combination, it has an appealing visual contrast, seeing that the materials give it a clean finish. Additionally, it’s one solid thing to hold in the hand – despite being heavy towards the edge with its cylindrical handle. Out of everything, it’s just the compact size of the tablet that we adore so much, which makes it super easy to handle with a single hand.
Around its svelte edges, we find its volume control, microphone, microUSB port – while the ends of its cylindrical handle accommodate its 3.5mm headset jack and power button. Beneath the display, there are left/right speakers that feature Dolby Digital Plus enhancement. It’s in an odd position no doubt, but we have to constantly remind ourselves to not cover up the 5-megapixel auto-focus camera that’s built into one side of the cylindrical handle.
A rarity amongst tablets in general, there’s a sturdy and adjustable kickstand in the rear, which is constructed from aluminum alloy. Obviously, it gives the tablet its yoga-like abilities, seeing that it’s used to prop it up in a variety of ways. Even though there are rub feet on them, they only come in contact with the surface when it’s in “stand mode” – whereas with “tilt mode,” it slides around as we try to type.
Keeping within budget, it’s packing along an 8-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display that’s effective enough for most things, but hardly the sharpest thing around the block with its 189 ppi pixel density. Despite that, it exhibits most of the pleasant qualities we’re familiar with IPS LCD displays – like its neutral color reproduction, average viewing angles, and a modest brightness output. However, it’s something that requires some shielding when it’s used outdoors with the sun presents. Like we said, for what it’s worth, it gets the job done, but it isn’t the most prevalent or astounding display we’ve seen.
1. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1046; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Lenovo should modify this device to run Windows 8.l with the new Intel quad core Atom CPU and make sure it has an HDMI output port. it would be like a min Surface because it has abuilt in kick stand
2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 203; Member since: 18 May 2013)
If only it had Snapdragon chip...x.x not a fan of Mediatek and PowerVR544. I am not a huge fan of Cortex-A7 either. I wouldn't even mind if the price would be higher with Snapdragon.
5. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
PowerVR is the GPU that Apple's devices use, and they tend to be in the upper echelon of performance compared to most.
4. RussianLondoner (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
my tablet (HTC FLYER) is 3 years old and has same screen resolution, Lenovo (didn't) make it work for those who live in 2014...+)))
Back to the Future - from Lenovo
7. PassingBy (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)
A 30-year mainly-Mac very occasional-Win user, the instant I saw the 8" Yoga all my bells went off. Not only is it the most beautiful piece of industrial design that I have seen since S. Job blew a lot of us away with the Mac Cube (there's a copy in the US Museum Of Modern Art), it is the perfect size for almost every handbag I have. Couple this with the flexibility that the fold-down flap offers, and I was in! A total Android baby, I'm back at the bottom of a new learning curve, and can only compare it MacBook Pros, but it works for me, well. To see it estimate it's battery life at 55 hours is stunning. Both my Macs folded just one day after the Yoga came home, & it has saved my (email & browsing) skin! Maybe the Macs are sulking? (The old one has decided to get back to work, but the young one is still sulking.)