Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 Review
Without question, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8, much like its 10-inch sibling, is a champ when it comes to battery life. There’s just no comparison, as it blows away most of the 8-inch and under offerings that are out on the market right now. Specifically, its hefty sized 6000 mAh battery is able to pull out an impressive 13 hours, 23 minutes running our custom battery benchmark test. Putting it into a real-world situation, we’re able to achieve an amazing 2.5 days of normal usage – a tally that makes it a road warrior. All told, the Lenovo Yoga 8 has the reputation of having the best battery life in the sub 8-inch tablet category.
It’s not the most grandiose thing, nor is it specs heavy either, but despite that, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 has a wonderful mixture that easily appeases consumers who want something decent to use on the road – and without spending a fortune! Blessed with a retail price point of $249.99, it easily undercuts many of its rivals in the affordable Android tablet space. Heck, it even gives the Google Nexus 7 a good run for its money.
However, power users might feel as though that the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 isn’t ample enough to handle their needs, which we tend to agree with. Certainly, the design is different and unique, a refreshing thing to see in a world of slates, but as we look into the software experience, we find some of its biggest opportunities. Unlike the stock and most up-to-date Android experience that’s running on the Google Nexus 7, Lenovo’s customized Android experience follows a similar premise by simplifying things – though, the result isn’t quite as transparent from a user’s standpoint.
Regardless of that, the low price point alone lends to give the tablet a huge amount of value. And we can’t forget to mention that it literally blows away the competition when it comes to battery life. When it all comes down to it, consumers can grow to appreciate the tablet, as long as they can tolerate and make use of its bland software experience.
Software version of reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.2.2
Build number: B8000_A422_026_130919_WW-WIFI
Kernel version: 3.4.5
- Very affordable
- Long-lasting battery life
- Interesting design, solid construction
- Hardware is not first-class
- Disorganized homescreen layout
- Poor camera performance
1. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1119; 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: 247; 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: 2378; 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.)