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?
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

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Tab S8-50
  • Display 8.0" 1200 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 1860 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 4290 mAh

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37 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 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

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

6. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

not a fan of anything Lenovo.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

32. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 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.

30. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

2. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

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

24. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

or we should call it LESAMSONY

37. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

HOWW BEAUTIFULL NAMEE

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

3. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

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

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

18. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

20. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I want one to try at least.

9. saratew

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

10. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

13. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And apple ipad is high end?

16. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

i almost pissed in my pants laughing at your reply

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well the iPad sure does not behave like high end.

19. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

14. Obie-Wan

Posts: 110; Member since: May 24, 2012

Xperia Z / Z2 is that you?

15. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

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

17. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

7 hour battery life is way too short.

21. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

22. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

27. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

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

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