Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus hands-on



By now, it seems that the majority of Android-powered tablets released throughout the year have been largely cost-conscious, just because it doesn't seem as though there is much of a market anymore for high-end, premium ones. Now, if you're looking for one that manages to strike a balance with its design, specs, and price point, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus might be worth considering.

Yes, the model name can be a little bit confusing, but what we're dealing here is an 8-inch Android tablet that's in its 4th generation. Out of the box, the most intriguing thing about the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is the design. For something priced modestly at $229.99, it features a svelte chassis consisting of a front glass panel and a soft touch back cover. Surprisingly, the construction feels solid in the hand, assuring us that this thing will hold up long-term.

Next up, the 8-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display looks reasonably sharp and offers exquisite clarity at all angles. If you're into watching videos, you'll be satisfied by the experience here with the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus. And the experience is complemented by the fact that it features dual front-firing speakers that are backed by Dolby Atmos technology. Trust us, this thing doesn't disappoint in the audio department.

As for the rest of the tablet, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C connection, 5MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, fingerprint sensor, 4850 mAh battery, and it's running Lenovo's custom skin on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Interestingly enough, Lenovo is touting the tablet's appeal to kids, just because you can pick up the optional Kids' Package that includes a shock-resistant bumper case, screen filter for sensitive eyes, and fun stickers.

All told, the $229.99 doesn't seem impractical given its better-than-expected design and specs. Sure, this isn't necessarily the first thing on your list if you're looking for something to potentially replace your laptop for every day mobile computing, but when it comes to content consumption and quick productivity tasks, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is worth the look if you're on a budget.

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Tab 4 8 Plus
  • Display 8.0" 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4850 mAh

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12 Comments

1. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Android 7.1.Like Really Lenovo ?. It's 2018 for god sake. If there that lazy to update it than they should not even make it.Either they won't update it at all or wait for a very long time for 1 update. By that time it will be have 2 OS behind.

4. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

This tablet has been out awhile now,maybe that's why it's still on 7.1.

2. dirtydarko

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Wasn't this supposed to have dual glass construction? When I first saw these pictures I thought they were wrong and got the regular tab 8.

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Had my lenovo tab 2 a10 for 2 or three years now, at one point it was super bugy, it looked like it was doomed and out of nowhere it was updated and works perfect

5. cheetah2k

Posts: 2149; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

There's a few different versions of these depending on region - some with the SD425 CPU and 2gb ram, and others with SD625 and 2 - 4gb ram and max 64gb onboard. I bought 2 of the highest spec'd tablets for my kids. Both Hong Kong English versions (black and white), with 4G/LTE, 4gb ram and 64gb onboard. Did a lot of research on these before buying - and I'm glad I went with Lenovo as they are a cracking tablet - probably about the best spec'd 2017 tablet available since Nvidia dropped their Shield line.. The lower spec'd versions got really bad reviews (slow and laggy) but these ones with 4gb ram have zero lag, and the screens are very very nice. If you're in the market for one of these, I would recommend paying more for the higher spec'd ones. Lenovo updates the tablet really quick with security updates too - both of mine are on the Jan 2018 security update (feb is coming next week). Android 8 will be coming soon too - But in saying that I wouldn't be complaining about being on 7.1 considering most of the big player tablets like Samsung are still on Android 6.0 or 7.0 - none of these are on 8 either! and 7.1 works really well with great battery life. They come with a Lenovo Kids mode - something every tablet should have IMO, and it works seamlessly and very polished. The build quality is impeccable - the best I've seen to date in an android tablet. The 4G is fast, screen is bright, and my kids get 6hrs SOT playing Minecraft and other GPU intensive games. My only gripe is the lack of kids bumper cases for the 8704 version I have, even Lenovo doesn't have a case for them yet (the 8504 is all good though and there are plenty).. I managed to pick up a few Silicone cases on ebay, which work really good for the time being. The tablet also supports USB C and fast charging - charge time for me was around an hour from 20% up. Definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a handy 8" tablet. I highly recommend!

7. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 273; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Hhmmm, I might get one replacing the tab 2 7 my daughter has, I have to give credits to Lenovo for it's a pretty solid built tablet for its price. And the tablet is still working despite having cracks and damages as my daughter is quite a butterfinger.

8. 3379jcgue

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2018

Hello I, who is your provider for 4g LTE, do have one 8704x and couldn't connect with Vetizon, did go to AT &T and am having lots of issues to connect to 4G I can only connect to 3G

10. Bart46

Posts: 2; Member since: May 26, 2018

cheetah2k, where in Hong Kong did you buy the 4Gb-version?

6. mahima

Posts: 711; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Just bought Lenovo Tab 4 10 plus (10 inch version) Really good device. Glass back, Snapdragon 625 and 3GB ram

9. 3379jcgue

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2018

Has anyone been able to connect the 8704X LTE with any of the us providers, I couldn't connect with Vetizon now connected to AT&T but I can only connect to 3G, anyone please

12. FoFefe

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

I am thinking of buying the 8 plus so I contacted the support (being an old SONY user)and I was told that they have no info whatsoever about automatic upgrade of ANDROID 7.1. Any idea where i can find the answer??Moreover as the one i am interested is the PLUSX (i.e the tablet LTE operating as phone too)i read some posts indicating manufacturing defects such as the display indicating 3g only !! Any info on that?? Kind Regards and THX

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