The 8-inch Full HD 1080p screen, premium aluminum body and USB 3.0 connectivity make the ThinkPad 8 a truly different tablet from its peers.
– Slim design, sturdy.
– Brilliant Full HD screen.
– High quality 8MP camera.
– USB 3.0 offers many dock options.
– Smart case.
– Low battery life.
– Loudspeaker volume is not loud enough.
– High selling price.
As a business tablet product specifically designed for users who need to work on tablets, the ThinkPad 8 is completely different from other Windows 8 tablet products. Starting at $ 399 ($ 8.4 million; the original price in the US), the ThinkPad 8 comes with an 8.3-inch Full HD screen, an aluminum body design and high-speed USB 3.0 connection. The case of QuickShot allows users to take photos from the camera of the ThinkPad 8 just by … opening or closing the case. Even the ThinkPad 8 has a dock option to act as a normal desktop.
With all these outstanding features, does the ThinkPad 8 really deserve a much higher price than other Windows 8 tablet products? Let’s LaptopMag test version 499 USD (10.5 million; original price in the US) to get the answer.
The ThinkPad 8 has a simple, sophisticated design that is familiar to users through Lenovo’s business laptops. The body is made of a smooth black aluminum material, the ThinkPad logo is located in the upper right corner. Lenovo has added an interesting design detail: the dot above the “i” in “ThinkPad” will light up when used. On the right is an 8MP camera, while the speaker is located on the bottom of the body.
On the right side of the body is a power button, a volume rocker and a microUSB 3.0 slot. The buttons are designed to be a bit too deep, but still very solid.
The microSIM and microSD slots are on the left side of the device, just above the microHDMI slot. The headset port is located at the bottom of the device.
Measuring 22.3 x 13.2 x 0.89 cm and weighing just 408 grams, the ThinkPad 8 is thinner and lighter than the Toshiba Encore (21.3 x 13.7 x 1 cm; weighs 433 grams) but heavier than Dell’s Venue 8 Pro (21.6 x 13 x 0.89 cm) as well as Lenovo’s Mixx 2 entertainment tablet (21.6 x 13.2 x 0.76 cm). However, it should be noted that competing products use 8-inch screens, while the ThinkPad 8 has 8.3-inch screens.
With vibrant colors and high definition, the ThinkPad 8 now has the “top” screen quality on the Windows 8. tablet market. Instead of using 1280 x 800 pixels resolution like other tablet models, ThinkPad 8 resolution up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. Text is displayed very sharp on both the Live Tile and on the articles in Bing News (News) application of Windows 8. However, the resolution measurement is too high, so the text on some websites such as YouTube may become too small.
In the Godzilla movie trailer, the ruined face and the severed arm of the Statue of Liberty are detailed. The warm colors on the actors’ faces also create a very natural feel.
With a maximum brightness of 320 lux, the ThinkPad 8 has a darker screen than the Venue 8 Pro (377 lux) and Encore (331 lux). The Mixx 2 even has brightness of up to 534 lux.
In the test of LaptopMag, ThinkPad 8 creates sound quality at an acceptable level. The vocalist of Imagine Dragons’ Demons song has great transmission power, but when mixed with the drums and guitar, the voice becomes harsh and shrill.
The maximum volume of the ThinkPad 8 is 74 decibels, far below the 88 decibels of the Venue 8 Pro and 79 decibels of Encore. Mixx 2 has a volume of only 72 decibels.
The ThinkPad 8’s speakers provide the best volume when placed on a table, but if you’re holding this tablet in your hand to play games or watch movies, you can easily cover the ThinkPad 8’s speakers.
With Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, the ThinkPad 8 has a familiar Start Screen screen with Live Tile boxes that can update notifications (messages from Facebook, email, etc.). You can easily move Live Tiles and resize them.
You can access the Windows 8 application change screen by swiping from the left edge of the screen. With the Snap multitasking interface, you can enjoy the split-screen experience as 2 Modern UI apps – a feature that neither iOS nor regular Android has. This way, you can open Skype on the right half of the screen and open the Mail app on the left.
Charms menu (activated by sliding the finger from the right edge of the screen). The Search tool from the Charms menu is quite useful: you can search for applications, search data stored on the device and search the web in a very attractive interface.
You can access the traditional desktop interface easily, but because the ThinkPad 8’s screen is both small and high-resolution, using menus with text that is too small will be difficult.
Lenovo has installed on ThinkPad 8 a total of 13 applications developed by the company as well as from other developers. The Lenovo’s Companion application is almost useless, as this is just an advertising program for other applications.
With Lenovo’s Settings app, you can check battery status, also enable Cool Mode (speed up) and customize the camera and sound on the device. The Lenovo Reach app is a cloud service that allows users to access files from both Windows, Android and iOS. You can save photos and digital content and regular files to Reach.
On the desktop interface, the Lenovo Solution Center application allows you to monitor hardware status and security. You can also register your device via this application for online support and warranty status check.
Third-party applications include Skitch Touch, Evernote Touch, Accuweather, Kindle, Zinio, Norton Security and Rara online music service. The rather strange Hightail application allows you to access files from multiple devices, send files and track the download process.
The Windows Store app market now has more than 100,000 Modern UI interface apps, including Facebook, Photoshop Express and games like Halo: Spartan Assault. Compared to the iPad 475,000, the Windows Store is still quite remote and still lacks official Google applications.
With a 1.46Ghz quad-core Atom Z3770 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory, the ThinkPad 8 has slightly better performance than its competitors.
In the PCMark7 benchmark test, the ThinkPad 8 scored 2,554, higher than the Venue 8 Pro (2,263), Encore (2,496) and Mixx 2 (2,384).
Test of pairing 20,000 names to the address on OpenOffice Spreadsheet completed by ThinkPad 8 in 16 minutes and 32 seconds. Although this time is still too slow compared to laptop products, but ThinkPad 8 has surpassed both the Venue 8 Pro (20 minutes 36 seconds), Mixx 2 (20 minutes 22 seconds) and Encore (21 minutes 02 seconds).
The graphics power of the ThinkPad 8 is almost identical to the Venue 8, but much less than the Encore and Mixx 2. In the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, the ThinkPad 8 scored 8,884, the Venue 8 scored 8,830, while both Encore and Mixx 2 scored above 9,700.
The ThinkPad 8 is not powerful enough to provide a smooth, everyday user experience as expected. Application switching is very fast; Getting back to the Start screen from applications takes less than a second. However, launching the camera application takes up to 3 seconds and the process of screen navigation (from horizontal to vertical) is also very slow. This is the general condition of the tablet running Windows 8.1.
After updating the Lenovo Settings app, the editor of LaptopMag was unable to log in to the device. However, resetting the device (using a small reset hole between the power button and the volume rocker) helped eliminate this problem.
In the web surfing test on Wi-Fi at 40% screen brightness, the ThinkPad 8 reached a battery life of 7 hours 4 minutes. This level is not only lower than the 7:42 minute average but is also outdone by competing products: the Venue 8 Pro reaches 8 hours and 18 minutes, Mixx 2 reaches 8:26 and Encore reaches 8:35.
The ThinkPad 8 has an 8MP camera with flash support, which is much higher than the 5MP camera found on other Windows 8 tablets. When taking a photo of a stone house, the ThinkPad 8 captured a lot of detail, even in the dark areas. The blue sky and leaf tops on the branches are also detailed.
The photos taken indoors also have very good results. 1080p video due LaptopMag Back has clear and smooth picture.
The 2MP front-facing camera also brings very satisfactory results. In the “selfie” photos of Laptopmag, The ThinkPad 8 was able to capture the tie bands and gray shirt. However, some parts of the image are a bit noisy.
The ThinkPad 8 comes with a QuickShot folding case for $ 35 (VND 7.5 million; original price in the US). This folding case will be mounted from the ThinkPad 8. When you fold and open the top cover, the camera application will be activated automatically. This is a pretty unique feature, but remember to make protection a top priority when choosing a folding case.
QuickShot can also be converted into a stand for you to watch movies or PowerPoint presentations. When in this mode, the QuickShot folding case does not seem to be durable.
You can also buy Lenovo’s USB 3.0 dock for $ 139. With this dock you can connect the ThinkPad 8 with 2 external displays, 5 USB devices and a LAN port.
The ThinkPad 8 has an Atom Z3770 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory. Starting version costs $ 399 (VND 8.4 million) using Windows 8.1 regular version and comes with Office 2013 Home & Student. If you need to use Windows 8.1 Pro, you will have to spend an additional $ 99 (2.1 million), but the Pro version will not come with Office. These prices are the original price of the product in the US market.
It can be said that the ThinkPad 8 is the best choice for users who need a Windows 8 tablet that can serve both work and play. Full HD screen and USB 3.0 connectivity and premium aluminum design help the ThinkPad 8 stand out from the tablet models for ordinary users. With 8MP camera, ThinkPad 8 is also capable of taking pictures quite well.
However, the ThinkPad 8 has a big drawback: its battery life is too poor. The speakers of this business tablet aren’t big enough either. Therefore, those who want to own Windows 8 tablet with a bright screen and better battery life can choose Lenovo’s Mixx 2. Conversely, if you want a tablet with a sharp screen, can “transform” into a fully functional desktop when docking, ThinkPad 8 is your choice.
According to LaptopMag