7.4/10
Informr score
The Lenovo Thinkpad 8 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Crisp, vibrant display
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Micro-HDMI port
  • Great build quality

What's bad

  • Below-average battery life
  • Lack of stylus
  • No gaming or heavy multitasking capabilitie
  • Camera concerns

The 8-inch Windows tablet market is growing by leaps and bounds. This device aims to be the flagship device for Lenovo and set a new bar for performance in the 8-inch market. Reviews of the device are superb overall with Brian Westover of PC Magazine calling it, “the perfect device to slip into your coat pocket, letting you walk away from your desk without having to step away from important work.” David Pierce of The Verge says that “it’s the perfect size for a Windows 8 tablet.”

However, some reviewers question the viability of an 8-inch tablet for any real productivity uses. Scott Stein of CNET says, “you could argue that 8 inches is a downright weird territory for an OS that really still wants to be a full computer operating system.” Peter Bright of Ars Technica notes that, “The 8-inch screen isn't big enough for any kind of comfortable extended desktop usage.”

These points are entirely about the size of the screen. Reviews agree that the clarity and color of the 8-inch IPS touchscreen is top notch. Kevin Lee of TechRadar states, “The higher-resolution screen is by far the biggest selling point that makes the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 stand above the rest of the competition.” PC Magazine praised the viewing angles of the device, stating, “The screen offers rich colors and wide viewing angles—nearly 180-degrees.”

Powered by an Intel Atom processor and Intel Graphics chipset, reviews indicate that the tablet does excellent for basic productivity tasks, web browsing and other light activities, even when multitasking. However, numerous reviews, including that of CNET mention that you should not “expect to do any serious gaming or graphics work.”

A lack of built-in keyboard or stylus support also discouraged a few reviewers. David Pierce of The Verge says, “This device is first and foremost a tablet, and really only becomes something else with the right add-ons and accessories” but also mentions that he “constantly missed having a stylus that worked.” Scott Stein of CNET mentions, “If you think of the ThinkPad 8 as a little computer in your pocket that can pair with keyboard and monitor into a full connected device back at home, you'll probably love this.”

Unfortunately, there appear to be a few other considerations as well. Many reviews noted a lack of clarity and stability with the built-in 8MP camera. Kevin Lee of TechRadar experienced numerous crashes and issues before installing an update available through Lenovo. He stated, ““Even with the update in place, though, the camera is still quite buggy.”

Another consideration is battery life. All reviews noted a lack of battery life from the device due to the increased power requirements of the Atom processor. Most sites found running times between seven and nine hours on average before needing a charge. CNET went as far as to note, “Don't pick the ThinkPad 8 if you want the best battery life.”

Overall, reviews indicate that if you are looking for a media consumption device with productivity capabilities, or a solid small-format Windows 8 tablet, this device is a sound choice. The Verge said, “For all other normal tablet things, the ThinkPad 8 is as good as any device I’ve used.” Kevin Lee sums up many reviews by saying, “the ThinkPad 8 is pricier than most tablets in its class. But if you're a Windows fan, this high-end tablet is well worth the extra cash.”


Operating system
Windows
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
8.3"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Beta News

This is hands down, the best small Windows tablet created thus far. The screen quality, audio quality -- heck, the overall build quality, are simply amazing. The cameras are above average for a tablet and take passable photos in a pinch.

- Brian Fagioli, Beta News
What Mobile

It’s a shame that overall the ThinkPad 8 is about the have-nots rather than the haves.

- Saqib Shah, What Mobile
Engadget

With a high price and worst-in-class battery life, the ThinkPad 8 should be the first 8-inch Windows tablet you cross off your shopping list.

- Dana Wollman, Engadget
PhoneArena

We can’t stress enough how the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 has more flexibility than other prized tablets in the space. Giving us that desktop-like experience thanks to Windows 8.1, it has an advantage in the productivity side over other Android tablets and the iPad. Add in its base price point of $400,...

- John V., PhoneArena
SlashGear

Lenovo has a winner with the ThinkPad 8 -- it's designed in such a way that it feels very portable, yet the quality display and use of Windows 8.1 means it can be used for business tasks that your average Android slate might not be up for. The Quickshot cover is a nice feature, even if it does have...

- Brittany Hillen, SlashGear


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Screen Size
8.3"

The Lenovo Thinkpad 8's screen size is 8.3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a Intel Z3770 Quad core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32/64/128 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
20WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 20 WHr battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Thinkpad 8 Specs

Overview
Release date January 31, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel Z3770 Quad core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64/128 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 20 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 22.4 x 13.2 x 0.9 cm (8.8 x 5.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 431 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 273 pixels
Size 8.3 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity No
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, SYNC, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Support, Lenovo Tap to Display, Lenovo Tap to Share, Lenovo Solution Center
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Additional comments Variations:

3G/LTE model
Weight: 440 grams (15.5 ounces)
MicroSIM card slot
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