Lenovo Yoga TAB 3 8-inch Review

Battery

It goes the distance more than most tablets.

Lenovo has taken pride in the battery life of its Yoga tablet series, so it’s wonderful to know that there’s still a focus on it here with the 3rd generation model. Packing a 6200 mAh battery, down from its predecessor’s 6400 mAh capacity, it actually doesn’t impact its longevity, but rather, delivers even longer lasting results.

In our real-world usage, its battery can easily yield almost a couple of days before being completely tapped out. Under our custom battery benchmark tests, it beats its predecessor handsomely by nearly a couple of hours, as it reaches 12 hours and 22 minutes in our testing.

Conclusion


Stacking it up against its direct predecessor from last year, there are some unsavory decisions that would make almost anyone suspicious about the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch. For starters, its specs sheet indicates that certain areas have been scaled back, indicating that it’s inferiorly spec’d to what they’ve produced previously.

Clearly, this is the kind of tablet for those who want don’t want to be burdened with a high learning curve, or just don’t want to spend a fortune. To that degree, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8-inch does right by sporting a starting cost of $169.99 from the get-go, which is a bargain in the world of 8-inch tablets. If price clearly dictates your judgment, this is something that should be on your radar – just know that there are compromises in settling with it. However, if you’re able to spend just a little more, say $200, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 would be a more attractive option.

Software version of the review unit: Android Version: 5.1.1 | Software Version: YT3-850F_150819



Pros

  • Inexpensive starting cost
  • Software is more stock Android than ever before
  • Extra-long battery life

Cons

  • Subpar qualities with its lower-resolution display
  • Sluggish performance
  • Disappointing camera performance

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

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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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