Lenovo ThinkPad 8 £299
7th Jan 2014 | 19:08
Lenovo hits the business market with its latest Windows 8.1 tablet
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 was just announced on January 6, and we were able to get our hands on one during CES Unveiled at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
It's a far cry from the Yoga Android tablets we reviewed recently, and it's what we hope to see more of from Lenovo as far as tablets go.
The ThinkPad 8 runs Windows 8.1, and packs a powerful 2.4 GHz Intel Atom processor (Bay Trail processor) along with eight hours of battery life.
Lenovo also crammed a 1980 x 1200, 8.3-inch display into this new ThinkPad tablet, so images and text look sharp.
One of the many nice features include a USB 3.0 port that allows you to dock with Lenovo's accessories that allow you to use the tablet as a secondary or even third display in your computer set up.
You'll also get the option of buying a magnetic cover, or QuickShot cover, as Lenovo calls it. Like the Smart Covers for the iPad, it will wake the device or put it to sleep when you open and close the cover.
If you have the cover flipped open, you can pull down the corner where the rear camera is set and it will automatically initiate the camera app, which is a neat trick.
Speaking of cameras, the rear unit is an 8MP shooter, while the front-facing camera is a 2MP unit.
Moreover, the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 will come in 3G/LTE variants with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options. We wish that 64GB and 128GB storage options would become standard for most mobile devices, actually, so this is great.
If you're used to using Windows 8.1 with a stylus, you'll have to find your own because you won't get one on the ThinkPad 8.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 measures 8.8mm thick, so it doesn't feel too fat, but it also weighs in at 0.92 pounds, which makes it feel like it has some serious substance. It's also curved in all the right places, giving it good in-hand feel.
For fans of the Windows 8.1 operating system, the ThinkPad 8 seems like a good tablet to go with. One thing that did catch us a little off guard was how long some apps or functions took before opening.
Trying to load Settings or opening apps like Evernote took surprisingly long. In fact, in shooting video, we had to skip those parts because it simply took much longer than we expected, which was well over several seconds.
Perhaps it was the unit we had to demo, or something else causing the hiccup, but given our very brief time with the device we felt that it was worth mentioning.
Otherwise, the ThinkPad 8 is a solid piece of hardware with great customization options.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 will launch later this month and will start at $399.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is a solid Windows 8.1 tablet, so business users who prefer this operating system will have a solid device on their hands. It would've been nice to hear quoted battery times of 10 hours or more instead of 8, but we'll see how it performs in the real world. The QuickShot cover is also nice, but we're waiting to see how much that accessory costs. Otherwise, Lenovo did quite well here.