Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review

Introduction


Android tablets as a whole have been seeing a tremendous slowdown over the last couple of years, nowhere close to the feverish levels of what they were a few years back with the segment’s genesis. Lenovo’s Yoga tablet series, surprisingly enough, has been on a consistent release over the last few years spawning a series of models since its introduction. With this latest 3rd generation model, some folks will be leery about the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch’s specs reduction over its predecessors, but its significantly lower starting cost might make them think otherwise.

The package contains:

  • Lenovo Yoga Tab
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Users guide
  • Warranty information

Design

The price is cheap, but the design makes it feel like it costs more.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch replicates the same signature design of the series, but it mixes things up a bit because the chassis is now covered in a matte finish. The tablet’s weight has also increased, for better or worse.

Changes to its design include a new spring activated system for locking its kickstand in place. It’s a small new feature we know, but something that indicates refinement to its design. Another notable shakeup is the fact that there’s now a single, rotatable camera placed on its hinge, which is useful in not only positioning it precisely for a shot, but also knowing that you’re not getting an inferior camera for selfies as well. Aside from that, it still offers the same myriad of ‘yoga’ poses with its kickstand, to better have it propped for particular occasions – whether it’s typing something up, or merely kicking back and watching a video.


Display

Sporting a lower resolution screen, everything about it screams subpar.

In reaching its inexpensive cost, Lenovo had to reduce the display’s resolution over last year’s model, matching that of the first-generation Yoga tablet. What we have here is an 8-inch 800 x 1200 IPS-LCD display that seriously sores the eyes with its fuzzier looks – it’s just nowhere as sharp as the 1920 x 1200 resolution of the Yoga Tablet 2’s screen.

Looking at the display alone with our eyes, we can tell it’s attempting to divert our attention towards its overblown colors. Some might take fancy in that, but it doesn’t really produce realistic, real-world colors.

Diving deeper, its cold ~8100K color temperature, 1.99 gamma value, and peak brightness of 345 nits reflect the screen's unsatisfying characteristics. Throw in its weak viewing angles, it’s something that washes out and is nearly impossible to see on bright sunny days. Quite frankly, your eyes are going to need to work just a bit harder using this screen.

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20 Comments

3. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Well PA, what did you expect from a 170 dollar tablet? I think you kinda lost your vision. It's not all about raw performance and user experience. The price also takes a big part (by your review logic, a 1 milion dollar price tag on the best device ever made would get 10/10 if it also had an apple on it.)

5. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

It actually shouldn't. If the tablet sucks, it sucks. No matter the price.

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It offers what you pay for it in the tablet market so it doesn't really "suck" if you ask me. It's "cheap" and it's cheap.

12. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

That's implying a Nexus 7 also sucks just because it's cheap. You don't always get what you pay for.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yes but sucks should be defined partly based on the price. A phone like the Moto G for instance is often praised, partly due to its great performance and features for the price, but it will still lag behind an HTC M9 or Galaxy S6 class phone. Such a phone can get a lower review score than a Moto G, but it doesn't mean they are a worse phone. Also we have to keep in mind certain things like the quality of rear camera performance or minor aspects like color temperature, they may be bothersome to techies, but the average joe may not really care much about camera quality (Because who ACTUALLY uses their tablet as their camera) or screen color temps (some people just want something that's "good enough").

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Fyi: I am not saying this tab deserves better score (don't have it can't tell that), but I'm talking about how PA has been undercutting every review especially asian products.

8. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Snapdragon 210?? LOL put an intel chip in there and watch it fly.

10. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Im disappointed with this tablet too. Pretty much downgrade comparing to Yoga 2,which had Intel Atom,and that one was more serious than 210....

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It is ugly design with bad LCD and one of the worst camera I ever seen recently. Some more with unbelievable low end processor and 1GB RAM. I give it 4 star out of 10.

20. Felixkin

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Sucks. Poor design

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YOGA Tab 3 8-inch
  • Display 8.0" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 212, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6200 mAh

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