Display and design
Breaking the chain of blacks and whites, the Lenovo A8-50 comes in the elegant Midnight Blue color, it is a landscape model equipped with several multimedia features such as front-facing stereo speakers. The tablet reveals a slight rubbery casing which is not really impressive but decent enough repelling the finger prints. This portrait styled device also comes with Dolby sound enhancements that will provide the user with thumbs up audio experience. It does stand up in the league of other competitor laptops but it certainly has to come up with something better to stand out.
Talking about the display, it comes with a typical LCD having a resolution of 1280 x 800. The display is good enough to provide the user with solid color depth and vivid picture quality. The pixel density is also boosted up to 188 PPI which is quite adequate for an 8-inch tablet enabling you to read the stuff easily. However, the screen can obviously not compete with the ones that come with expensive devices such as Samsung Galaxy Tab S but its great IPS display and wide viewing angles pays back more than it costs you.
The Lenovo A8 is packed with 1.3-GHz quad core MTK 8121 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory, it performs decently but not as great as one wants. If you are a gaming freak, then this tablet won’t serve you nicely as Gameplay appeared to be sluggish with low frame rates hindering the gamer to enjoy the best of gaming experience. Its multicore performance was however better than what we experienced in others. The video editing test revealed good results as it was found streaming the video at faster speed than other competitor laptops such as Asus Ironica and Dell Venue 8.
Moreover, the model comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest OS version offering Google apps. Access Web and email, and perform other productivity tasks with ease and perfection.
Equipped with 5 MP camera, the IdeaTab A8-50 maintains a good image of creating decent images. Day light shots appear relatively great than the ones taken in average or dim light. Well, this is not something very disappointing as most of the smart phones and other gadgets lack points at this side.
Another added feature of Lenovo A8 is its ‘multi-view’ mode. This is an amazing spec enabling you capture a 360 degree view of any object. It also has a 2 MP front camera for Skype conversations and video-conferencing.
Well how can we end before assessing the battery life of this tablet? Coming with the 4200-mAh battery, A8 manages to remain alive for total 8 hours and 47 minutes which is quite a good score in the galaxy of tablets. It managed to defeat Acer Ironica by going on for 3 hours longer and 40 minutes ahead in comparison with Dell Venue 8. If you make use of power saving app then it works for even longer time periods.
A8 is pre-installed with several useful apps including Norton Mobile Security, SHAREit, King soft Office, Accuwaether, Skype, etc. SHAREit app was found to be amazing as it allows the user to create a hotspot which works wireless. With this app, you can share music, videos and photos with other devices.
The Lenovo A8 wins at being a decent tablet providing essential features for any user. The 8-ich HD display delivers impressive images. This elegantly designed tablet is also good for reading. However, the slow processor and average performance takes a bit of the limelight away from this machine. But on the bright side, we would like to recommend it to those who have tight budget and seeking an economical tablet, Lenovo ThinkTab A8 is surely worth considering.