Lenovo Yoga Tablets Review



Posted: November 19, 2013

When it comes to tablets, Lenovo has had a bit of a rough time recently. The release of the critically successful ThinkPad Tablet 2 was followed up by several subpar offerings, and the manufacturer hopes to change that with the Yoga Tablet line. It's a nice effort, but ultimately not a significant improvement over the rest of the Lenovo tablet range.

The Yoga Line

The Yoga Tablet line, according to Lenovo, is all about versatility. Thanks to a cylindrical edge that vaguely resembles the binding of a folded book, the Yoga Tablets are designed to be used in three "modes." These modes include holding the device by the cylindrical edge, lying the tablet flat on a surface so that it's tilted toward you, and using the integrated kickstand. It looks a bit goofy on first glance compared to tablets with more traditional design, but it all works pretty well. Even better, the larger edge is used to house a massive battery.

Yoga Tablet 8

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is constructed from a textured polycarbonate material that feels pretty good compared to tablets in the budget range. The 8.4-by-5.7 inch device ranges from about 0.1 to 0.3 inches in thickness and weighs 0.88 pounds. It's heavier than many other tablets in its range, but not unbearably so. The 1,280-by-800 pixel display performs decently, delivering acceptable color and contrast. The 1.2-gigahertz quad-core MTK 8125 processor and one gigabyte of RAM aren't going to blow anyone away, but the Yoga can handle basic tasks reasonably well. The biggest inclusion is the 6,000 mAh battery, which provides fantastic battery life in comparison to tablets with smaller batteries.

The Competition

A natural comparison for the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 is Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and the devices are largely similar. Both feature 1,280-by-800 displays, though the Galaxy panel is noticeably brighter and more vivid. The Galaxy Tab also offers a svelte, premium design, and it's very well-constructed for an entry-level tablet. The Yoga gets an edge in performance, as it delivers a somewhat smoother experience than the surprisingly laggy 1.5-gigahertz dual-core Samsung Exynos 4 found in the Galaxy Tab. Samsung did leave the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system mostly untouched, which is very welcome compared to the poorly designed and executed iOS clone Lenovo attempted to implement. Of course, the Yoga's huge battery delivers longevity far beyond what the Galaxy can muster.

Yoga Tablet 10

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 uses the same basic design as the eight-inch version, though it feels a bit strange to hold a ten-inch tablet in portrait mode. The polycarbonate and aluminum construction feels just as good as the Yoga 8, and the 10.28-by-7.09 inch body tapers from 0.32 to 0.12 inches. At 1.33 pounds, it's only moderately heavy compared to tablets like the 1.1-pound Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. The 1,280-by-800 IPS display looks pretty good, producing pleasant color and contrast and offering just enough sharpness. It's also extremely bright, so outside use should be no problem. The 1.2-gigahertz MTK 8125 processor is, again, thoroughly mediocre. Basic tasks are no problem, though switching orientation can be laggy and playing hardware-intensive games is all but hopeless.

The Competition

Comparing tablets with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, both offer pros and cons. The Galaxy Tab isn't as well-built as the Lenovo, though it is a bit lighter and thinner. The Galaxy's glossy plastic backing is also a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. The Lenovo also offers a marginally better display. The Galaxy's 1,280-by-800 display isn't as crisp as the Yoga 10, and it can't hold a candle to its exceptional brightness. The color and contrast are decent, but the TFT LCD panel doesn't quite match the Yoga's wide viewing angles. The Galaxy Tab's dual-core 1.6-gigahertz Intel Z2560 chip seems even more dated than Lenovo's MTK 8125, and the result is performance that's even choppier. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 also features a massive 8,000 mAh battery, which delivers longevity that blows the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 away in a tablet comparison.


Side by side comparison

Lenovo Yoga 8 Lenovo Yoga 10
Yoga 8 tablet   Yoga 10 tablet
 Tablet  Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Android 4.2
 CPU  MediaTek 8125 - 1.20 GHz
 Storage  16 GB
 RAM  1.00 MB
 Display  LCD - 8.0 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 189 ppi
 Camera  Front 1.6 / Back 5.0 MP
 Weight  0.40 kg / 0.88 lbs
 Battery life  10.0 hours
 Released  2013-10
 Tablet  Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Android 4.2
 CPU  MediaTek 8125 - 1.20 GHz
 Storage  16,32 GB
 RAM  1.00 MB
 Display  LCD - 10.1 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 149 ppi
 Camera  Front 1.6 / Back 5.0 MP
 Weight  0.60 kg / 1.33 lbs
 Battery life  10.0 hours
 Released  2013-10


Battery life comparison

Battery life of selected tablet

 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 810.0Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 tablet autonomy comparison
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 1010.0Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 tablet autonomy comparison

Compared to 5 tablets with largest battery life

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 1018.0Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro 10 tablet autonomy comparison
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.115.0Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet autonomy comparison
Sony Xperia Z415.0Sony Xperia Z4 tablet autonomy comparison
Microsoft Surface 214.0Microsoft Surface 2 tablet autonomy comparison
Apple iPad Air13.5Apple iPad Air tablet autonomy comparison


Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 80.400.88Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 weight comparison
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 100.601.33Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 weight comparison

Compared to 5 lightest tablets - 8 and 9 inch

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 weight comparison
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact0.270.59Sony Xperia Z3 Compact weight comparison
Samsung Galaxy Tab S Galaxy Tab S 8.4 weight comparison
Dell Venue 80.290.64Dell Venue 8 weight comparison
Asus ZenPad S 8.00.300.65Asus ZenPad S 8.0 weight comparison

Lenovo Yoga 10