8-inch Full HD 1080p screen, high-quality aluminum body and USB 3.0 connectivity make the ThinkPad 8 a truly different tablet compared to similar products.
– Slim, sturdy design.
– Brilliant Full HD screen.
– High quality 8MP camera.
– USB 3.0 offers many dock options.
– Smart cover case.
– Low battery life.
– Speaker volume is not large enough.
– High selling price.
As a business tablet product designed specifically for users who need to work on a tablet, ThinkPad 8 is completely different from other Windows 8 tablet products. With a starting price of 399 USD (8.4 million; original price in the US), ThinkPad 8 carries in its 8.3 inch screen Full HD resolution, durable aluminum body design and high-speed USB 3.0 connection. The QuickShot panel cover allows users to take photos from ThinkPad 8 camera just by … opening or closing the cover. Even the ThinkPad 8 has a dock option that acts like a regular desktop.
With all these outstanding features, is ThinkPad 8 really worthy of a much higher price than other Windows 8 tablet products? Let's LaptopMag test version $ 499 (10.5 million; original price in the US) to get the answer.
ThinkPad 8 has a simple, sophisticated design that is already familiar to users through Lenovo's business laptops. The body is made of 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" lights up when used. The right side is the 8MP camera, while the speaker is located at the bottom of the camera body.
To the right of the camera body is the power button, volume rocker and microUSB 3.0 slot. The buttons are designed to sink too much, but still very solid.
The microSIM and microSD slot is located on the left side of the device, just above the microHDMI slot. The headphone port is located at the bottom of the device.
At 22.3 x 13.2 x 0.89 cm and weighing only 408 grams, the ThinkPad 8 is thinner and lighter than the Toshiba Encore (21.3 x 13.7 x 1 cm; 433 grams weight) 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 an 8-inch screen, while the ThinkPad 8 has an 8.3-inch screen.
With vivid colors and high definition, ThinkPad 8 currently possesses the "top" screen quality on the Windows 8 tablet market. Instead of using 1280 x 800 pixel resolution like other tablet models, ThinkPad 8 has a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. Text is displayed very sharply on both Live Tile and on articles in the Bing News application in Windows 8. However, measuring the resolution is too high, so the writing on some websites like YouTube may become too small.
In the trailer of the movie Godzilla, the face is devastated and the severed arm of the Statue of Liberty is reproduced in great detail. The warm colors on the actors' faces also create a very natural feeling.
With a maximum brightness of 320 lux, ThinkPad 8 has a darker screen than Venue 8 Pro (377 lux) and Encore (331 lux). The Mixx 2 even has a brightness of 534 lux.
In test of LaptopMag, ThinkPad 8 creates sound quality at an acceptable level. The vocalist's vocals in Imagine Dragons' Demons music have a great transmission, but when mixed with drum and guitar, the vocals become harsh and shrill.
The ThinkPad 8's maximum volume is 74 decibels, less than the Venue 8 Pro's 88 decibel volume and 79's deccore. Mixx 2 has a volume of only 72 decibels.
ThinkPad 8's speakers will deliver the best volume when placed on a table, but if you're holding this tablet on your hand to play games or watch movies, you can easily cover up ThinkPad 8 speakers.
With Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, ThinkPad 8 owns a familiar Start Screen screen with Live Tile boxes that can update the notification itself (messages from Facebook, email, etc.). You can easily move Live Tiles and change their sizes.
You can access the Windows 8 application change screen when sliding from the left edge of the screen. With Snap multitasking interface, you can enjoy screen sharing experience as two Modern UI applications – a feature that neither iOS nor Android normally has. This way, you can open Skype in the right half of the screen and open the Mail app on the left.
Menu Charms (activated by sliding your hand from the right side of the screen). Search tools from the Charms menu are quite useful: you can search for applications, search for data stored on the computer and search the web on a very attractive interface.
You can access the traditional desktop interface easily, but since ThinkPad 8's screen is both small and high-resolution, it is difficult to use menus with text too small.
Lenovo has installed on ThinkPad 8 a total of 13 applications developed by the company as well as from other developers. Lenovo's Companion application is almost useless, since this is just an advertising program for other applications.
With Lenovo's Settings app, you can check the battery status, and also enable Cool Mode and customize the camera and sound on the device. Lenovo Reach application is a cloud service that allows users to access files from both Windows, Android and iOS. You can save photos and digital content as well as regular files to Reach.
On the desktop interface, the Lenovo Solution Center application allows you to monitor hardware and security status. You can also register your device via this application for online support and check the warranty status.
Third-party applications include Skitch Touch, Evernote Touch, Accuweather, Kindle, Zinio, Norton Security and Rara online music service. The Hightail application is quite strange, allowing you to access files from multiple devices, send files and monitor downloads.
The Windows Store application market currently has more than 100,000 Modern UI interface applications, including Facebook, Photoshop Express and games like Halo: Spartan Assault. Compared to the 475,000 figure of the iPad, the Windows Store is still quite "remote" and lacks the official Google applications.
With the Atom Z3770 quad-core 1.46GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC memory, the ThinkPad 8 has slightly better performance than its competitors.
In PCMark7 benchmark test, ThinkPad 8 scored 2,554, higher than Venue 8 Pro (2,263), Encore (2,496) and Mixx 2 (2,384).
Tested to match 20,000 names to addresses on OpenOffice Spreadsheet completed by ThinkPad 8 within 16 minutes 32 seconds. Although this time is still too slow compared to other laptops, ThinkPad 8 also surpassed Venue 8 Pro (20 minutes 36 seconds), Mixx 2 (20 minutes 22 seconds) and Encore (21 minutes 02 seconds).
ThinkPad 8's graphics power is almost identical to Venue 8 but is much worse than Encore and Mixx 2. In the 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme benchmark, ThinkPad 8 scored 8,884, the Venue 8 reached 8,830, while both Encore and Mixx 2 scored above 9,700.
The ThinkPad 8 is not powerful enough to deliver the smooth, everyday use experience. Application switching is done very quickly; Going back to the Start screen from the application takes less than 1 second. However, starting the camera application takes 3 seconds and the screen navigation (from horizontal to vertical) is also very slow. This is the general status of tablets 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 volume rocker) helped eliminate this problem.
In Wi-Fi web surfing testing at 40% screen brightness, ThinkPad 8 reached 7 hours and 4 minutes of battery life. This level is not only lower than the average of 7 hours and 42 minutes but also is far ahead of competing products: the Venue 8 Pro reached 8 hours 18 minutes, Mixx 2 reached 8 hours 26 minutes and Encore reached 8 hours 35 minutes.
ThinkPad 8 has an 8MP camera that supports flash, much higher than the 5MP camera commonly found on other Windows 8 tablet models. When taking a photo of a stone house, ThinkPad 8 captured a lot of details, even in dark areas. The blue sky and the leaves on the tree branches were also reproduced in great detail.
Indoor photos also have very good results. 1080p video due LaptopMag The back has a clear and smooth image.
The front 2MP camera also offers very good results. In the "selfie" photos of Laptopmag, ThinkPad 8 was able to capture color bands on the neckties and gray shirts. However, some parts of the image are slightly noisy.
ThinkPad 8 is sold with QuickShot folding case for $ 35 (7.5 million; original price in the US). This folding case will be mounted from ThinkPad 8. When folding and opening the upper cover, the camera application will be activated automatically. This is a rather unique feature, but remember to set the protection feature as a top priority when selecting the folded shell.
QuickShot can also be converted into a rack for you to watch movies or PowerPoint presentations. When in this mode, the QuickShot folding cover does not seem durable.
You can also buy Lenovo's USB 3.0 dock for $ 139 (VND 2.9 million). With this dock you can connect ThinkPad 8 with 2 external monitors, 5 USB devices and LAN port connection.
ThinkPad 8 has Atom Z3770 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC memory. The starting version is priced at US $ 399 (8.4 million) using the regular Windows 8.1 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 USD (2.1 million), but the Pro version will not come with Office. These prices are the original prices of products in the US market.
It can be said that ThinkPad 8 is the best choice for users who need a Windows 8 tablet that can serve both work and entertainment. Full HD screen and USB 3.0 connection with high-end aluminum design make ThinkPad 8 stand out from other tablet models for ordinary users. With an 8MP camera, the ThinkPad 8 is also capable of taking good photos.
However, ThinkPad 8 has a pretty big minus point: its battery life is too poor. The speaker of this business tablet is not big enough. Therefore, those who want to own Windows 8 tablet with a bright screen and better battery life can choose Lenovo's Mixx 2 as well. Conversely, if you want a tablet with a sharp screen, can "transform" into a fully functional desktop when docking, the ThinkPad 8 is your choice.
According to LaptopMag