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Last Updated: September 19th, 2014

Some companies like to make a show of their appearances at big tech conferences like IFA. Some of them just like to announce everything all at once, and Lenovo is squarely in the latter category. The company's only Android addition in Berlin is the Tab S8, but thanks to an interesting collection of specs and price tag, it's worth your attention. The 8-inch tablet is a decent mid-range device on paper, but the interesting part is that Lenovo has set the suggested retail price at $199.

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As you might guess, the Tab 8 uses an 8-inch screen. This will be a full 1920x1200 16:10 IPS panel - not bad, not bad at all. Lenovo has opted for an Intel SoC, specifically the quad-core Z3745, which tops out at 1.86Ghz, paired to a respectable 2GB of RAM. The base model will include 16GB of storage, which is standard but disappointing, given the lack of a MicroSD card slot. [Update: We've been informed that the Tab S8 does have a MicroSD card slot, despite the omission from the initial tech specifications.] The front panel holds two stereo speakers and a 1.6MP camera, and around back you'll find an 8 megapixel camera with an F2.2 lens. The tablet uses Android 4.4, almost certainly with the manufacturer's skin on top. Bezels are in line with similar models, though the body is notably thin at 7.9mm.

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Lenovo says it will start selling the Tab S8 later this month at major retailers. The low price is impressive considering its capabilities, and might be worth a look for anyone wanting a mid-sized tablet on a budget. Colors will be black, white, blue, and yellow, though you may not see them all in every location. The spec sheet and press release also mention a 3G/LTE version of the Tab S8, but I doubt that will be widely distributed in the American market - Lenovo doesn't have strong ties to any US carriers.

Source: Lenovo

BERLIN, GERMANY – September 3, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin an expanded portfolio of tablets and PCs that gives consumers more options for tablets that fit their mobile lifestyle as well as choices of dedicated gaming PCs. The new lineup kicks off with the TAB S8, Lenovo’s first Intel-powered Android tablet. Lenovo also announced two new high-performance gaming PCs: the Y70 Touch, Lenovo’s first 17-inch touch laptop with the latest processor and graphics technology for HD gaming, and the ERAZER X315, Lenovo’s latest affordable desktop gaming PCs.

TAB S8: Combines Android Experience with Intel Performance

Lenovo created the TAB S8 for consumers who are looking for a stylish, slim and affordable Android tablet starting at just $199. At 8-inches, the TAB S8’s 1920x1200 infinity screen is sharper than FHD, while the One Glass Solution touch-panel technology provides a crystal clear viewing experience. The tablet’s ultra-slim bezel seamlessly merges the screen with the dark front panel, giving the TAB S8 a sleek, clean look. The front panel also features a 1.6-megapixel HD camera for easy video chatting. Turn the TAB S8 around to reveal an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The wide aperture f2.2 lens snaps sharp photos, even in low light. Pre-installed apps, like SHAREit, allow for easy and safe photo and file sharing.
Engineered to give users the most from their mobile device without sacrificing portability, the Lenovo TAB S8 marks Lenovo’s first 8-inch Android tablet powered by an Intel processor. Available with the Intel Atom Z3745 Processor with Intel® Burst Performance Technology, the TAB S8 dynamically matches processing power to the task at hand in order to maximize battery life without compromising speed in a thin and light design. The TAB S8 is just 0.65 pounds and 0.31 inches thin, nearly as thin as a standard pencil.
Additional features include optional high-speed LTE (4G) connectivity (based on Intel® XMMTM 7160) and Wi-Fi for data connectivity, up to seven hours of battery life to keep users cord-free, and 64-bit technology compatibility. The TAB S8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and Dolby®-enhanced dual front speakers.

Y70 Touch: Extreme Performance for HD Gaming

The Lenovo Y70 Touch comes with an up to 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics, making it ideal for heavy entertainment use and HD gaming. At 17 inches, the Y70 Touch is Lenovo’s largest touchscreen laptop, opening up a whole new level of interaction for video editing, social sharing and gaming.
The Y70 delivers a fantastic audio and visual experience, with a FHD display that brings movies and games to life with enhanced color, clarity and resolution. Its JBL®-designed stereo speakers and subwoofer paired with Dolby® Advanced Audio provide a totally immersive audio experience rarely found on a laptop. The backlit keyboard glows in dimly lit environments, adding to the overall visual experience.
At under 7.5 pounds, the Y70 Touch is thinner and lighter than most other laptops in its class thanks to the included external optical disc drive that supports both DVD and Blu-ray. The Y70 Touch also features up to five hours of battery life and customizable memory and storage options, with up to 16GB DDR3L and 1TB of SSHD storage or 256GB SSD storage.

ERAZER X315: Smooth, Immersive Gaming with Design Flare

The Lenovo ERAZER X315 is the latest addition to Lenovo’s line of affordable gaming desktop PCs. To keep users in the action, the ERAZER X315 features AMD Radeon™ R9 series graphics, a quad-core processor and up to 2TB of SSHD. The combined power and speed allows users to play the most intense games seamlessly without lag. The ERAZER X315 boosts the gaming experience with immersive audio featuring 7.1 channel sound support and Dolby® enhancements.
The newly designed chassis features front LED lighting and a futuristic profile that mimics the smooth lines of a knight’s armor. The front panel also features a one-touch port cover for easy access and a hidden air vent that keeps the device cool when the gaming heats up.
Other features include up to 12GB of memory, four USB 3.0 ports and always-on USB charging port for enhanced connectivity.

Pricing and Availability1
The Lenovo TAB S8 will be available beginning in September with models starting at $199 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch will be available beginning in October 2014 with models starting at $1,299 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
The Lenovo ERAZER X315 will be available in North America beginning in November 2014 with models starting at $599 via major retailers and www.lenovo.com.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Steven Code

    Damn that's not bad

    • Gaurav Arora

      Dat battery tho..

      • Andrei

        What's wrong with it? The N7 has a 3950-mAh battery and it gets good enough battery life. I'm sure this will do the same, and you can't really complain at this price tag.

        • Felix

          Yes, but N7 hasn't that shit Intel CPU..
          Well, lets see how good it will be :P

          • ssj4Gogeta

            That "shit" Intel CPU is a 64-bit Silvermont Atom built on 22nm. It should at least equal Snapdragon 800.

          • Felix

            64-Bit by 2GB RAM - oh yeah great.
            Especially Android L isn't released yet it makes no difference.
            And S800 isn't up to date.

          • ssj4Gogeta

            Addressable RAM isn't the only thing that 64-bit brings. Many registers are twice the size and some applications can take advantage of that. You're right that that doesn't matter right now as Android versions before L aren't 64-bit. My point was that it's not the same as old Atoms, it's a new microarchitecture and performs twice better than the older Atoms at the same frequency and core counts.

            You can check the figures here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7314/intel-baytrail-preview-intel-atom-z3770-tested/3
            Silvermont is listed in the graphs as "Baytrail FFRD" which is a bit faster than the processor used in this tablet.

          • Felix

            Okay, I see you're right the CPU doesn't seem as bad as I thought.
            Average as the S800, sometimes worse, sometimes better.
            Seems I'm dazzled by my Nvidia Shield Tablet^^

        • Gaurav Arora

          But N7 has a smaller screen, with a lower resolution, this on the other hand has an awesome screen!

          GIMMMEE MOAR SINGLE DAY BATTERY LIFE!!

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            The screen resolution and panel type are the same between this and the N7 (2013)(1920x1200 IPS), only the size is different. Power draw differences will be backlight-related as far as the screen goes. As for the overall efficiency, this should be more efficient than a SD800, as it is a smaller fabrication process and lower clock speed.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Nexus 7 2013 has the exact same resolution

          • WhoaManWtF

            Yep 1200 x 1920 pixels, 7.0 inches (~323 ppi pixel density)

          • Gaurav Arora

            Oh yeah Just realized that, still though, SINGLE DAY BATTERY LIFE YAY :'D !! (or maybe I'm a heavy user..)

  • shamatuu

    the Intel processor isn't that great. NO wonder its cheap.

    • rstat1

      Having actually used a device with a very similar processor in it, I can say you couldn't be any further from being right that you currently are right now.

      There's such a significant performance difference between the Atom Z37xx series and the previous generation Atoms that Intel really should've named them differently.

      • david

        Do you have any experiences regarding the efficiency of the processor?
        Looking at the spec sheet, my main concern would be lackluster battery life.

        • rstat1

          Depending on what I do, I can get upwards of 3-4 days out of a single charge. But this device has a smaller battery in it than mine does (4290mAh vs 4830mAh) so it might be slightly less depending on the work load.

          Or it may be more with this one, since mine runs Windows 8.1 and not Android.

          • david

            Ah well, I guess we'll have to see for ourselves.
            Anyway, thanks for the info.

          • rstat1

            No problem :)

  • Vignesh

    Battery life is poor.. :(

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      It hasn't been released. How would you know?

      • Vignesh

        well... the estimated usage time in specsheet is just 7 hours. that is bad...

        • AuroraFlux

          7 hours of screen on time is most certainly not bad.

  • chinna_rao

    @Michael Crider
    typo or wrong spec?

    description says "Bezels are in line with similar models, though the body is notably thin at 7.9mm"

    but the title is different...
    had to take out my calculator to convert 0.31 inches to mm

  • Pootis Man

    Intel processor=lack of support/updates. Not saying that the processor itself is bad though.

    • h4rr4r

      Uh, considering they put their drivers in mainline for damn near everything my guess is the blame does not fall on intel.

    • darkNiGHTS

      Uh, what are you talking about?

      - Sent from my Dell Venue 8 running 4.4.2

      • Pootis Man

        That tablet was released with 4.4 so...

        • darkNiGHTS

          It's not a phone, and it was released with 4.2.2. It's not even possible for it to have been released with 4.4 because the tablet came out before 4.4.

          • Pootis Man

            Then I'll admit I'm surprised. Intel processors aren't very common though.

  • Bjbm

    Got excited until I saw NO MICROSD and only 16gb. Fail.

    • Arsal Ansari

      Mate there is a SD Card slot available on the tablet. Check out the GSMarena website, they are showing the SD slot too.And even on Android Authority they mentioned the SD card slot. I think Android Police should review there article as well.

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    Does this use the standard microUSB to charge?
    My old Asus tablet's charging pin is bent and it's become such a pain to plug it in.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Well this is actually quite a decent device. Except for the storage and CPU. But still, Well done, Lenovo!

    • Andrei

      As other people mention it below, the CPU is actually really good.

  • Craig M

    Will Amazon carry this? If not them, then where do you guys think it will become available?

    • Mathias Kenting

      Maybe Negrielectronics?

      • Techngro

        Negri Electronics...ugh.

        If it's anything like their Note 3 release last year, you'll pre-order and then be waiting 3 weeks with no ship date in sight.

  • http://android.bswireless.hr/ Dražen Klisurić

    I always wander (too lazy to google it) is it possible to install Windows on this Atom based Android tablets? Since Atom is x86 processor.

    • Andrei

      I guess it theoretically should be, assuming you had drivers for everything.

  • gadgety

    I like the narrow bezel because it makes it pocketable. Without Samsung's S-pen, though, it's still pretty much uninteresting.

  • steelew

    When will they make the lowest acceptable internal (only) storage be 32GB. Tablets have been around since 2009 or so and 8 to 16GB is still standard? WTF!?!? Maybe stop putting heart rate sensors and curved screens and whatever other garbage @$$ bull$#it and add what we really want, removable storage and a decent amount of internal storage. !@$#$#%!

    • h4rr4r

      Most people still are not filling them.
      I never fill a 16GB one and I keep nandroids on them.

      • someone755

        I had to keep it as low as possible on my Grouper N7 because filling the flash meant giving up on the device being usable, so I'm used to it, but I'm still skeptical.

        • h4rr4r

          My wife has a 32GB grouper, I doubt she has 4GB used. Some games are pretty large, but that is about all I can see needing this kind of room. For her use she could do with 8GB and be fine. Music, netflix, kindle books, etc.

      • Yeah but….

        I know a lot people that are happy with 16GB on a phone and never fill it up but this is a tablet. Some people store things on tablets that they wouldn't on a phone just because the larger screen size makes them more enjoyable to view: magazines, books, comics, movies....just to name a few. My phone is too small for reading comics but I have 12.7GB of comics (and that's with me deleting them as I read) on my tablet while my Nexus 5 still has 20GB left of the available 27GB.

        • h4rr4r

          Magazines, books and comics are tiny. Movies are either streamed or can be transcoded to h264 making them much smaller.
          12.7GB of comics has to be more than you can ever read in a lifetime or they are being stored in some really excessive format.

      • steelew

        So you must not store any movies or music or have any large games?

        • h4rr4r

          I rip movies to h264 or more likely just stream them. MP3s go about 100 MB per hour, if you go very high bit rate. Do you really need to carry around more music than you can listen to in a month?
          As far as I can tell there are not enough large good android games to justify that. Mind you I refuse to install anything with IAP.

    • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

      And add more thickness and give me at least 12 hrs of screen time.

  • Felix

    Haha, no chance against my NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with K1! :)

    • Charles

      Er, it's 2/3rds the price - that's a pretty good chance. There will be plenty who won't want to spend another $100 just so they can run fancy games.

      • Felix

        I didn't say NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet ist cheapest Tablet - Its the most powerfull and in my oppinion the best Tablet.
        "Fancy Games" - er.. such as Portal, Half-Life, etc?!
        99 €/$ more for nice features and a good brand with quick updates??
        Yes, better take shit Lenovo instead..

        • Charles

          Yeah, I should have said, 'Eight-year-old games you've already played through several times' ....

          The Shield's a great tablet if you want to play games. Not everyone wants to pay an extra 50% for that priviledge.

  • Sgrattia

    Intel i7? That is not bad for 200 bucks. Anybody saw a hands-on of this tablet?

    • h4rr4r

      It is an atom not an i7. Those two families are very far apart. The Y70 is a laptop, which is not what we are discussing.

      • Sgrattia

        Oh, guess i was wrong. Thank you!

        • Charles

          They were going to put an i7 in it, but people kept burning themselves on the heatsink sticking 3 inches out the back.

    • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

      If this was real, it would not be just not bad it would be crazy :P

  • David

    No SD slot = No sale. Bye-bye Lenovo.

  • h4rr4r

    Is the GPU intel or PowerVR?
    If intel I will take two, if PowerVR they can keep it.