Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review

Interface and Functionality

Bye-bye customizations, hello to a more stock-like approach.

In a stunning change, Lenovo has scaled back the experience on the Yoga Tab 3 by offering a simple, more straightforward interface – one that definitely has more stock-like qualities than before. What’s more surprising is that they’ve brought back the apps panel, which was eliminated entirely with the previous efforts. Naturally, this brings back some sort of order to the homescreen, seeing that it makes for a less cluttered organization.

Functionally, most of the native apps are ones we all know and love from stock Android, so they sport the same Material Design traits with their presentations. In addition, they’ve also relaxed on the experience’s multi-tasking experience. Gone is the multi-window pane from last year’s interface, providing us with pop-up views with some of the core apps, replaced instead by Android’s tried and true Recent Apps menu.

From the looks of it, Lenovo has opted to go with a more stock-like approach with its Android 5.1.1 Lollipop experience. This makes perfect sense in unifying the tablet’s approach to offering a simple, hassle-free experience that anyone can quickly pick up on.

Processor and Memory

Stick with the easy and light operations, seeing that it strains with intensive ones.

There’s nothing pretty about the processing hardware in tow with the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3, since we all know its intentions of being an entry-level tablet. With that in mind, its quad-core 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 304 GPU suffices for light operations, but quickly crumbles under the pressure of more intensive stuff. Case in point, gaming – just don’t even bother!

Boasting 16GB of internal storage, it’s a tally that can be supplemented by slipping in a microSD card into the available slot just behind its kickstand.

Internet and Connectivity


The screen’s resolution makes it incredibly tough to make out fine details when web sites are viewed in their entirety, but that’s something that can be quickly remedied by pinch zooming. For the most part, the web browsing experience suffices, even though it’s a bit jerky at times with its navigational controls and page rendering on the fly.

As it currently stands, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch is only being offered as a Wi-Fi-only variant, with no indication of carrying cellular-connected models. Much like all entry-level things, it features aGPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

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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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