Pros: 3 highly usable modes—Hold, Tilt, & Stand, Great battery backup, On the go 3G and expandable memory, Solid build and good quality metallic finish
Cons: Expensive for an 8-inch tablet
Bottomline: Battery life on the Yoga 8 is a stunner, and looks are highly appealing. It delivers decent overall performance. Targeted specifically at the tech-savvy young working consumers
We have become accustomed to top quality products from the company in terms of build, looks and design without compromising on the value-for-money factor. Yoga 8 is no exception and comes built under a tough metallic body and is backed up by laser-etched back panel that resists scratches and makes it comfortable to hold even at 404 grams. It sports an 8-inch 1280x800 pixels display, running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, and packs the 1.2 GHz quad-core chipset from Mediatek. Also included with the Yoga 8 are 5 MP rear and 1.6 MP front cameras, a microSD slot, microSIM slot and a 6000 mAh battery.
The tablet comes with a cylinderical base which houses the mega-sized battery and also acts as a kickstand for the tablet. Lenovo seems to have followed the ‘hold, tilt and stand' mantra with the Yoga 8 tablet and we can imagine why; since it's meant to be a truly multi-purpose device. The device is equipped with all basic features like 3G/SIM support, Wi-Fi, USB OTG, dual-Dolby digital speakers that are placed on the front right below the display offer decent sound output which is enough for watching movies in a small or isolated room.
Talking about the cameras, Yoga 8 comes with a 5 MP rear camera which is rather strangely placed at the back right hand bottom, while the front snapper is good enough for video calling. The display quality betrays the actual pixel count and looks more brighter and crisper than the usual 1280x800 display found on most tablets. A look at Yoga 8 benchmark scores (Fig. 1) highlights the deficiencies of the device, making it strictly average in terms of raw performance.
Long lasting battery
Last but not the least, the big battery unit on the Yoga 8 was expected to deliver 18 hours of life as per Lenovo's claims and the device did not dissapoint. During our battery test (HD videos at full brightness on Wi-Fi till the device juices out) the Yoga 8 lasted for more an 19 hours with heavy to moderate usage being the pattern. One can easily see that Canvas Tab is a better performing 8 inch calling device. That said, Yoga 8 comes with better looks and build quality, and design ergonomics.