Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 8 Review: A Budget-Friendly Android Slate

Performance Summary & Conclusion

Lenovo deserves some kudos for the innovative design and features in the Yoga Tab series. The versatile kickstand helps the tablet stand out from other systems in this price range, especially for people who plan to watch a lot of streaming video on their tablets. And the additional volume afforded by the design allowed Lenovo to cram a relatively large battery and nice speakers into the device.

concludeAs handy as the kickstand is, though, the Yoga Tab’s internal hardware makes it an entry-level tablet. The Qualcomm APQ8009 processor and Adreno 304 graphics provide an acceptable experience for day-to-day tasks, but if you plan to and heavy gaming or run processor / graphics intensive apps, you’ll probably wish you had gone for a more expensive, more powerful tablet.

Lenovo designed the Yoga Pad 3 8 for entertainment consumption at a tolerable price point and the tablet succeeds in that regard. Although the display won’t knock your socks off, it’s reasonably bright and crisp – and we enjoyed watching video on it. We also really like the speakers, which provide relatively rich sound and clear tones.

A flash would be a nice addition to the Yoga Tab 3 8’s camera, but it handles well-lit environments relatively easily and we like the built-in composition tools that let you add special effects to your photos. The auto-focus works well most of time and the ability to quickly flip the camera from front to back is  quite handy.

In the end, the Yoga Tab 3 8 is the sort of tablet that makes for a good gift. If you’re a tech savvy, HotHardware regular, you’ll probably want more power than any tablet in this price range is going to give you. But as a gift or secondary device for someone looking for a basic tablet for media consumption, the Yoga Tab 3 8 is a solid choice.
approved hh

 hot not
  • Rotating 8MP camera
  • Solid video-streaming performance
  • Versatile, built-in kickstand
  • Entry Level SoC
  • Lacks 802.11ac
  • No camera flash

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