- JR Raphael , Computerworld
An innovative form with a built-in stand, but its functionality may not live up to its form.
- Sarah Mitroff , Cnet
Though it feels well-built and has a handy kickstand, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet's poor performance makes it hard to justify even at its low cost.
- Impressive battery life
- Slim, modern design
- Innovative kickstand
- Underwhelming display
- Heavily modified user interface
- Sub-par overall performance
Lenovo’s Yoga 8 tablet, which shares identical internal specs with the Yoga 10, has a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory - expandable to 64GB via microSD. It features a unique, built-in kickstand which allows for up to 133 degrees of movement and three distinct modes - Stand, Tilt and Read.
The Yoga 8 has a 1280 x 800 IPS, 10-point touch screen display, which many reviewers found average to underwhelming. In reviewing the Yoga 8 (and Yoga 10), The Verge said, “they wash out colors, display jagged edges and pixelated text everywhere you look, and flicker as you do things as simple as swipe between home screens.” Reviewers generally found the it fine for reading text however.
Cameras include a front-facing 1.6 megapixel camera, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. “The five-megapixel camera on the back has autofocus but not much else in the way of frills” said Wired. “It's okay, but we've seen better quality on similarly specced snappers from LG and Sony”. Other reviewers similarly found the main camera to be merely adequate.
One feature that reviewers were uniformly impressed by was battery life. “The Tablet 8 lasted 10 hours, 50 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, which is in range of the longest-lasting tablets on the market,” said The Verge. The 6,000 mAh battery is housed inside the cylindrical spine of the kickstand.
Additionally there's Dolby-enhanced front-facing speakers, and a Dolby app that allows you to change audio profiles and set up two custom equalizer modes. CNET said despite all this, "the sound quality isn’t impressive.”
Overall most reviewers liked the innovative kickstand and battery life, but found the display and processor only average. PC Mag summed up by saying the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is "better than its 10-inch counterpart, but it isn't the best small-screen Android tablet out there, and it's more expensive than many competitors.”
Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)
If looks are more important to you than gaming performance, you should probably give this tablet a chance
The internals and screen are a little under-spec for the price
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is an excellently designed piece of out-of-the-box thinking. There is no other tablet like it on the market (apart from the two 10-inch versions) and, rather than being a quirky bit of tat that’s different for the sake of being different, it’s been well thought out and well executed.
The heavy skinning on the UI is dreadful, in my opinion, but the main issues I’ve highlighted can be overcome by using a third party launcher, such as Nova. Other than that, the bundled software is very useful and will get a first time Android user off to a... Full review
Packs a lot into a smaller tablet size at a very affordable price
Long-lasting battery life and interesting design with very affordable
It’s not the most grandiose thing, nor is it specs heavy either, but despite that, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 has a wonderful mixture that easily appeases consumers who want something decent to use on the road – and without spending a fortune! Blessed with a retail price point of $249.99, it easily undercuts many of its rivals in the affordable Android tablet space. Heck, it even gives the Google Nexus 7 a good run for its money.
However, power users might feel as though that the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 isn’t ample enough to handle their needs, which we tend to agree... Full review
Its innovative shape is combined with average hardware specs and average performance
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is more than capable of standing its ground when compared to other small (Android) tablets. Its innovative shape is combined with average hardware specs and average performance. Still, the integrated kickstand is such a great detail that it more than offsets the rather high weight of the device, especially when combined with the good ergonomics of the tablet and its phenomenal battery life. Another edge: Its bright, high-contrast 8-inch IPS display, which comes with great viewing angles and decent image quality and the stereo speakers (placed at the front) which are... Full review
The most interesting tablet seen in a while
The Yoga Tablet 8 is the best tablet prototype I've seen in a long time. Of course, it's not supposed to be a prototype; it's supposed to be a fully-formed product that a major manufacturer is selling throughout the world. The problem is that the device doesn't feel like one ready for mass consumption. The Yoga Tablet is instead the first step towards a great product that took a wrong turn and never found its way back.
Lenovo's integrated kickstand is an innovative design case and the battery is phenomenal, but corners were cut in too many important areas. With better software, a... Full review
A cool concept that comes up short
Lenovo took a risk with the Yoga Tablet's form -- and in terms of form alone, the risk paid off. The Yoga Tablet's stand-holding cylinder design is interesting and practical; like many innovative products, it fills a void in the market many of us never knew existed.
While focusing on the form, however, Lenovo failed to grasp the basics. The Yoga Tablet has a lackluster display, poor performance, and one of the oddest and most confusing user interfaces I've ever seen on an Android device. Even with its standout design and admirable battery life, those foundational failures take a... Full review
Bad in any position
Lenovo got the hinge right, and everything else wrong
Poor performance makes it hard to justify even at its low cost
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
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