- 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.”