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05 May 2014

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

It  gives you the one thing you always wanted, but sacrifices the one thing you need...

Gagan Gupta
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It’s surprising that no one’s thought of integrating a nifty kickstand into the tablet body itself. But it’s not just the stand that’s the clever bit in the Lenovo Yoga Tablet.

The additional space that comes with a rotary stand is utilised to integrate stereo front-facing speakers, a headphone jack and even the most comfortable Sleep/Power button we’ve ever seen in a tablet.

And the extra girth is nice for a firm grip when using the device, though you will find yourself covering the rear camera a lot of times in the process. But build quality is great overall, and there’s no physical part of it that feels cheap or even like a compromise.

With an 8-inch display of 1280x800 pixel resolution, the screen doesn’t really impress. And it’s not just the resolution, but the overall dull contrast clubbed with a 189ppi pixel density that makes everything on the screen appear quite flat. The display is definitely the weakest area of the Yoga Tablet 8, which is a bit of a shame considering how great its first impression is.

Lenovo’s UI is quite similar to its mobile devices in certain ways – one example being the lack of an app drawer. All your apps are located on the screen, which makes it friendly for new users.

The Mediatek MT8125 chipset it bears makes it an adequate performer for most tasks and keeps the interface flowing smoothly. The quad-core processor does however, hiccup when put under a bit of stress, like when you’re gaming. But at no point did I think the device had choked due to overload. To give you a more precise idea, on the AnTuTu benchmark, its performance was a little short of Nexus 4’s, so it should be more than adequate for casual users.

It’s too bad a dull screen has to come in the way of a great tablet experience, but unfortunately, it’s something you just can’t ignore in the Yoga Tablet 8. If you think you can get past that one thing, then you’ll have a pretty good device in your hands that sets itself apart with its unique design.

The numbers
Dimensions: 213x144x7.3 mm
Weight: 401g (WiFi) / 404 g (3G)
Display: 8-inches, 1280x800 pixels, IPS LCD, 189 ppi
Chipset: Mediatek MT8125
CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: PowerVR SGX544
Storage: 16/32 GB Internal, microSD, up to 64 GB
Camera: 5MP (rear), 1.6MP (front)
Battery: Non-removable, Li-Ion 6000 mAh battery
Price: Rs 23,499

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