During the fall season of 2013, Lenovo added two new tablets to the convertible Yoga range of products. While they were far from being similar in terms of their aesthetics, the Yoga 8 and Yoga 10 were similar in that they featured a kickstand and rounded spine. A heavily-modified OS, mediocre screens, and identical internal specs are, however, features that make these two tablets extremely similar and unexciting to work with.
At the core of the Lenovo 8 Yoga Tablet is a quad-core processor, the MediaTek MT8389 that is capable of clocking impressive speeds of 1.2GHz. However, considering the premium aspirations for the product that Lenovo so proudly held, there were expectations that the critical processor component would be made a little more sturdier. It may be considered as a minor chink in an otherwise shiny armour put forth by Lenovo in the form of their latest Yoga tablet.
In order to provide sufficient support for the processor, the device is fitted with 1GB worth of DDR2 RAM. It runs on the Android 4.4.2 operating system. Built-in storage amounts to a sufficient 16GB but there are provisions for a microSD slot that allows expansion up to a respectable 64GB. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi take care of all its connectivity needs.
Battery life of the Lenovo 8 Yoga Tablet proved to be good enough but falls short of expectations considering Lenovo marketed it as a device with 6000 mAh battery capacity on its specs sheet. While charge drains out of it pretty rapidly, it has been observed that the Tablet device seemingly takes forever to regain full charge.
– Supports 3G cellular data, making surfing a better experience
– Expandable storage so that you can store all your favorite music and video files
– A unique look, mainly due to the rear flipstand
– The battery life is decent
– The overall performance of the tablet is really poor, especially the level of graphic details
– The camera quality is a big disappointment
Final verdict: While the Lenovo Yoga 8 Tablet has a well-built feel about it and also features a handy kickstand, its relatively poor performance makes it difficult to find any form of justification for the use of the device though the market price is considerably less compared to other tablets of a similar specification. For those who feel the minor shortcomings and highly unusual design of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet are too small to take into account will find $380 to be a decent price for the device.