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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8 review
Lenovo has as many tablets on the market as any company, and this latest entry in the ThinkPad line is as good as any. The ThinkPad Tablet 8 brings the quality typical of the product line to the smaller format. The high-resolution display (1,920x1,200) on the 8.3-inch screen is a good choice by Lenovo.
Hardware specs as reviewed
Processor Intel Z3770 Quad Core (2MB Cache, up to 2.39GHz) Memory 2GB Display 8.3-inch, 1,920x1,200 OS version Windows 8.1 Pro ($100 option) Camera Front: 2MP; Rear: 8MP Storage 64 — 128GB Ports USB 3.0 Micro-B, microHDMI, MicroSD Slot Connectivity Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 Battery 8 hours Dimensions 5.19" x 8.83" x 0.35" Weight 0.95lbs
The Tablet 8 is black and the casing looks like typical ThinkPad fare. It is slightly heavy for its size, and at 0.95lbs it is almost as heavy as the larger iPad Air. It still feels good and solid in the hand, and the durable construction is tangible.
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The Bay Trail processor in the ThinkPad Tablet 8 is a snappy performer, and no matter what I've thrown at it the tablet has run smoothly. The display is bright and vivid and the resolution makes Windows 8.1 look very nice. The two cameras are of decent resolution and both produce images of good quality. The rear camera comes into play with the unique QuickShot Cover which is covered later.
There is no keyboard accessory available for the Tablet 8 at publication time, and Lenovo is not expected to make one available. The special microUSB port (USB 3.0 Micro-B) is an odd style that looks like two ports in one. This could indicate there might be a dock accessory at some point. The USB charging cable has a special end that plugs into both ports for charging.
The placement of the Windows button and front webcam indicates that Lenovo believes that portrait orientation is the way most will use it. The Tablet 8 supports all four orientations as is common with tablets. The ThinkPad Tablet 8 is very comfortable to use in portrait mode given its small size.
The battery life of the Tablet 8 is listed at 8 hours, and this seems accurate in our testing. Aggressive power management could probably eke more run time out of the battery but was not tested. The special charging cable mentioned earlier does provide fast charging of the tablet.
Lenovo offers the ThinkPad Tablet 8 with two Windows options, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Tablets with the former come with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, while the latter does not.
The ThinkPad Tablet 8 is a good Windows tablet that is aimed more at the enterprise than the consumer. From the conservative black casing to the Lenovo utility apps included, the Tablet 8 will be right at home in the enterprise.
Slightly heavy for the size
Reviewer rating: 9 out of 10
The ThinkPad Tablet 8 is available from Lenovo starting at $399 and should be shipping soon at the time of this publication.
Click through the gallery to see the ThinkPad Tablet 8 in detail, and the unique QuickShot Cover.
Bright, high-resolution display
The 1,920x1,200 display is a nice touch on the ThinkPad Tablet 8. It is bright and vivid, and the Metro side of Windows 8.1 looks really sharp.
The high resolution makes items on the desktop appear tiny. I had to scale the desktop display settings up to 200 percent to make them usable.