December 23, 2013
- Aluminum design with kickstand
- Wide viewing angles
- Good battery life
- Lower resolution display
- Sub-par performance
- Battery takes forever to charge
The Lenovo Yoga 8 tablet tries to compete with the huge market of Google Android-powered tablets and it does an overall decent job. It does have some downsides though, like sub-par performance and a lower-resolution display, but we did like the aluminum design.
Lenovo previously released the Yoga 10, which is a 10.1-inch version of this Yoga 8, which features an 8-inch display. Both of these Yoga tablets have the same design, processor and display resolution. Pretty much the only difference is the smaller form.
The dimensions of the Yoga 8 measure 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.3-inches (wdh) and weighs 0.9-pounds. Overall we really like the design of the tablet, although we could see how some users might not. At the bottom of the tablet, there is a metallic tube that doubles as the speaker, rear camera and stand. On the side of this tube structure is the 3.5mm headphone jack and on the other end is the power button. The metal stand folds out from the back and props up the tablet while on a flat surface. The rest of the tablet's back is plastic and not metal, which makes the back feel a little less 'premium'.
While we understand where Lenovo was going here (and we don't particularly mind the design), some people we asked didn't like the tube design. Some complained it make the tablet awkward to hold while others thought it made it too heavy on one side.
The 8-inch display on the Yoga 8 has a resolution of 1280 x 800-pixels, which is rather low in comparison to other tablets on the market. We are seeing more and more tablets with resolutions so high that the human eye cannot see individual pixels. This tablet's display, in comparison, has pixels that are easily seen and of noticeably lower quality when compared side by side to a tablet of higher resolution. Despite the lower resolution, the screen isn't that bad. It was bright and had wide viewing angles.
This tablet is running Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but the interface has some tweaks implemented by Lenovo. Users familiar with Android will notice things are little difference, like the missing app drawer and different pre-loaded applications. (Is Norton Mobile Security really necessary?)
The specifications of the Lenovo Yoga 8 include a MediaTek MT8125 Quad-Core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. There is also a slot for a microSD card to boost storage up to another 64GB. There is a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera. There is also a micro USB port on the tablet's left side for charging and syncing.
We also noticed a space for a microSIM card slot for WWAN data access, but this has been sealed off on the United States model. International models will, however, have this SIM card slot available for use with a mobile data wireless plan.
Overall the performance of this tablet is average or slightly sub-par when compared to the other major tablets on the market. The tablet lacks graphics power, so 3D gaming is left with much to be desired and it does lag when switching orientations and, at times, switching between apps. Anyone who is used to a speedier tablet device will most likely not be satisfied but for a first-time tablet user, they won't notice the performance flaws.
Lenovo claims you can get up to 21 hours of battery life with the Yoga 8, but in our tests we got out around 9-hours of life, which is more realistic. One note about the battery: it takes forever to charge. At one point, the tablet was completely out of power and was completely dead. It took around 10 hours to fully charge.