Again, I would like to thank Starhub for allowing me to try out the new Lenova Thinkpad 8. Let me begin.
Lenova Thinkpad 8
Currently I do owned a tablet but it is a 7 inches andriod tablet and when I hold this 8 inches Lenova Thinkpad 8, it doesn’t feel any different at.
The only difference is now I am reviewing a Windows Tablet, the feel is that everything I see on the screen is now “zoom in”. If you have a normal say 14 inches notebook and suddenly you try to use a 8 inches tablet. It doesn’t blend in yet until maybe you try it out for at least 8 hrs, then you will get the hang of it.
The tablet version of Windows is exactly of what you see on the windows 8 on the notebook. You have the familiar start button at the left corner of the tablet and Lenova has actually put back the task bar on the bottom of the screen for fast and easy access for all your commonly used accessories like you internet explorer button, you can continue to add more buttons to this task bar by a “continuous press” action, it will pop up the familiar listings of “Toolbars”, “Task Manager”, “Lock the taskbar”, “Properties” and etc..
The “Home” button is still located in the bottom the tablet, the “Power” button is still located on the right side at the top, coming down after that will be your “Volume” button and the next will be the charging port which is a micro USB3.0 design. Charging takes about 5 to 7 hours to fully charge the tablet.
Some other buttons that comes with this model are as follows:-
At the rear of the tablet we have the rear-facing camera with a flash (8 mega-pixel), “System-status indicator” & “Speakers”.
CPU : Intel® Atom™ CPU Z3795 @ 1.60 Ghz
RAM : 2.00 GB (1.89 usable)
System type : 32-bit Operating System x64 based processor
Pen & Touch : Full Windows Touch Support with 10 Touch Points
Size : 210.82 mm(8.3 inches)
Screen resolution : 1200 x 1920 pixels
Automatic brightness control (Ambient light sensor)
I have tried out this feature, it is great, once you are outside under the sun, the document you are reading will auto dim down the lightings for you and if it detect that the lightings around you is not enough, it will brightened up for you.
Bluetooth 4.0 (on some models)
Wireless LAN (802.11a/g/n)
Wireless WAN(on some model)
Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite receiver (on models with wireless WAN)
Width : 224.3mm (8.83inches)
Depth : 132mm (5.20 inches)
Height : 8.8mm (0.35 inche)
20.5 Wh Li-Polymer battery
Power Source(ac power adapter)
Sine-wave input at 50 to 60 Hz
Input rating of the ac power adaptor: 100 V ac to 240 V ac
ThinkPad8 Quickshot Cover
It is something that you should get if you purchase this tablet
It is easy to use, just bring the cover edge close to the left side of the tablet and immediately the magnetised portion will be instantly stick to the tablet (I am afraid I not able to review this part as I only have visual contacts)
If you need to use the camera, the cover allow the camera portion to be folded allowing the camera to take picture, very ingenious design.
It also allow you to put the tablet in a standing position, again just bend the cover in the lower portion and perfect for watching youtube.
Thinkpad dock keyboard
This is another accessory you might want to consider buying. If you want full office mobility, it is worth getting this for easy and fast typing to manage your office work more efficiently.
You must really try out this apps, it actually comprises of the apps created by Lenovo under “One Roof”.
You get know Lenovo better here as all the feautures you want are located here examples:-
Camera – I tried using the build in camera for some shots and surprisingly it produce very good photos.
Below are some of the shots taken under normal lightings.
* This picture is edited using Lenova picture editing tools, the picture looks good.
* The night shoot is a little underperform as I believe the camera is not build to take shots like this.
Another feature I like about the camera section is the the wide angle function where you can take pictures in 3 parts and then the apps will help to join them to become one, so that you can capture a wider angle, very good for scenery takings.
I tried one of the more cpu demanding games “Asphalt 7: Heat” , the graphic is quite amazing, the game went on smoothly without any hitch. I am no gamer but comparing it with my old tablet, it is much much faster in terms of cpu.
There are 2 speakers build behind the tablet which makes the sound effect super.
I really love to use it to watch youtube movies, playing it in HD mode is really fantastic, I love the sound quality and there is no lack in speed. So far, the screen is just nice for me where I can watch it on the go.
Finally, I think investing in Lenova Thinkpad 8 is well worth it, if you have a window 8 notebook, then most likely all your apps can easily be synchronize with each other. Your documents, pictures and videos will be available on both equipments which make your life easier. With the tablet, your work can be at home and at work. I find it very productive.
I hope more developers can jump into the windows platform, currently, android market has more apps than windows, hopefully, in 1 or 2 years time, we can see more interesting apps than windows will definitely play a important role in the tablet/notebook/mobile worlds.
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