A few days ago, Lenovo’s IdeaTab S8 tablet leaked out, first in images and then with specs. After which we still had some question marks related to a few details, but the principle was pretty evident. Lenovo is giving the budget slate market another shot with a new Android model.So today we get to finally meet the new IdeaTab S8 tablet. It’s quite a worthy little champ, arriving with an 8-inch full HD display (which translates into 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution) and drawing life from an Intel Atom Z3745 processor (Bay Trail) fitted with 2GB of RAM.
The tablet is also outfitted with 16GB of internal storage, dual front speakers, optional LTE and two cameras (8MP on the back and 1.6MP in front).
Keeping everything alive onboard is a 4290 mAh battery that should give users plenty of run time. The default operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat, so you're off the hook with updates, well until Android L arrives to the party, anyway.
Anyhow, we should mention that Lenovo’s tab is quite sleek. It weighs just 299 g / 0.65 lbs and its dimensions are 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.9mm / 8.1 x 4.8 x 0.31 inches.
At a thickness of 7.9mm / 0.31 inches, the new Lenovo slate can be comparable with products such as the iPad Air, which comes in at 7.5mm / 0.29 inches.
Now, the information you have probably been waiting for. The tablet will sell for $199 / €151 for the Wi-Fi only version, while the LTE model is bound to cost more. Given the specs, this is quite affordable.
The tablet will be available for pickup later this month, so if you have your eyes set on an Android 4.4 KitKat tablet, the Tab S8 seems like a worthy choice to us.
Since we're on the topic of Android tabs, it would be interesting to see whether Lenovo will roll out its next-gen Yoga tablets in both 8-inch and 10-inch flavors at the event in Berlin.
Back in August we saw the first indications that Lenovo is already prepping such models. The original Yoga models arrived with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and drew life from a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 quad-core processor (or MT8389 quad-core one if we’re talking about the 3G models) fitted with 1GB of RAM.
It’s high time for Lenovo to offer something better Yoga-wise, but with the IdeaTab S8 out is there a point? After all, we already have an affordable Android 4.4 KitKat tablet with full HD display and Intel processor. Could it be possible that the next-gen Yoga tablets will be limited only to the 10-inch garden? We’ll keep an eye out for any new Yogas while in Berlin.