Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Lenovo A8's screen is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a MediaTek MTK8121 Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4200 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 20 days standby time.



A fantastic media-consumption companion for those on a tight budget

- Bailey Stein , Android Authority 

A low-cost tablet that offers an adequate screen and decent performance packaged in a somewhat lack-luster design.

- Adama D. Brown , TabletPCReview 



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Android Authority

Great sound on a tight budget

from Android Authority

The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 is available for $130 for the 16 GB model, and currently, the only color option available is navy blue. That is an extremely impressive price tag, and there’s not a lot of devices at this price range of a similar caliber.

So there you have it for this closer look at the Lenovo Tab 2 A8! Lenovo has undoubtedly built a very solid tablet that goes beyond what its very budget-friendly price point would suggest. While not without its flaws, with its slower processor, the availability of just 1 GB of RAM, mediocre display, and bad camera, the Tab 2 does deliver in the area it was meant to, and that is in the audio experience. You’ll be hard-pressed to find such an excellent speaker setup with even a twice as expensive tablet, and to be able to have that with a device that is priced at just $130 is amazing. If media-consumption is the primary objective, and you are on a budget, the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 should be under consideration. 

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The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 is available for $130 for the 16 GB model, and currently, the only color option available is navy blue. That is an extremely impressive price tag, and there’s not a lot of devices at this price range of a similar caliber.

So there you have it for this closer look at the Lenovo Tab 2 A8! Lenovo has undoubtedly built a very solid tablet that goes beyond what its very budget-friendly price point would suggest. While not without its flaws, with its slower processor, the availability of just 1 GB of RAM, mediocre display, and bad camera, the Tab 2 does deliver in the area it was meant to, and that is in the audio experience. You’ll be hard-pressed to find such an excellent speaker setup with even a twice as expensive tablet, and to be able to have that with a device that is priced at just $130 is amazing. If media-consumption is the primary objective, and you are on a budget, the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 should be under consideration. 

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TabletPCReview

Good performance, decent price

from TabletPCReview

There’s nothing really wrong or bad about the Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50, but there’s also very little that distinguishes it from the pack. Its stand-out feature is its low price.

Asus’ MeMO Pad 8 boasts the same screen size with better performance and design, but generally sells for about $180. The A8, on the other hand, despite its $180 list price, is widely available for about $150.

And so the Lenovo A8-50 finds a bit of a middling place in the large repertoire of tablets under $200: It’s decent, and most people who would buy it are probably going to be quite happy with it. But there are other models for just a touch more money that are a little bit better, sexier, and will age more gracefully. 

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There’s nothing really wrong or bad about the Lenovo IdeaTab A8-50, but there’s also very little that distinguishes it from the pack. Its stand-out feature is its low price.

Asus’ MeMO Pad 8 boasts the same screen size with better performance and design, but generally sells for about $180. The A8, on the other hand, despite its $180 list price, is widely available for about $150.

And so the Lenovo A8-50 finds a bit of a middling place in the large repertoire of tablets under $200: It’s decent, and most people who would buy it are probably going to be quite happy with it. But there are other models for just a touch more money that are a little bit better, sexier, and will age more gracefully. 

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Digital Trends

Good for reading with nice, simple design at a low price point

from Digital Trends

The Lenovo A8 has a decent, 8-inch HD display and a nice, simple design. The extra inch of screen real estate makes the A8 more appealing, but its slow processor and mediocre performance detracts from that good first impression.

If you are looking for a cheap tablet that can handle Web browsing, ebook reading, and other simple tasks, the A8’s $180 price is worth it. However, if you hate waiting for videos to load and need something zippy, you’d best look elsewhere.

Although Lenovo is marketing the A8 as a great bargain for buyers with a tight budget, it doesn’t live up to expectations. You can buy a 2013 Nexus 7 from Google for only $50 more. Given the huge difference in quality between the two tablets, we recommend you pay the extra money. 

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The Lenovo A8 has a decent, 8-inch HD display and a nice, simple design. The extra inch of screen real estate makes the A8 more appealing, but its slow processor and mediocre performance detracts from that good first impression.

If you are looking for a cheap tablet that can handle Web browsing, ebook reading, and other simple tasks, the A8’s $180 price is worth it. However, if you hate waiting for videos to load and need something zippy, you’d best look elsewhere.

Although Lenovo is marketing the A8 as a great bargain for buyers with a tight budget, it doesn’t live up to expectations. You can buy a 2013 Nexus 7 from Google for only $50 more. Given the huge difference in quality between the two tablets, we recommend you pay the extra money. 

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GottaBeMobile

Affordable Android tablet with a nice display, long battery life and design

from GottaBeMobile

At $150 the Lenovo A8 offers a lot of value in a package that feels like it should be on a more expensive tablet. It is not perfect, but it is leaps and bounds better than many other cheap Android tablets on the market.

Lenovo offers double or quadruple the storage and a larger, higher resolution screen than we see on most $100 and $200 Android tablets at most retailers.

There are better Android tablets available on the market, but the Lenovo A8 is a standout value for shoppers on a budget. 

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At $150 the Lenovo A8 offers a lot of value in a package that feels like it should be on a more expensive tablet. It is not perfect, but it is leaps and bounds better than many other cheap Android tablets on the market.

Lenovo offers double or quadruple the storage and a larger, higher resolution screen than we see on most $100 and $200 Android tablets at most retailers.

There are better Android tablets available on the market, but the Lenovo A8 is a standout value for shoppers on a budget. 

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Notebookcheck

Good display and decent system performance

from Notebookcheck

The Lenovo Tab A8 is an attractive choice for the budget-conscious buyer. Everyday performance is more than adequate and the battery life sufficient for a full day. The tablet is certainly not very exciting to look at, but the build quality is decent and the 8-inch IPS display with its vivid colors and good contrast is easy on the eyes. Sure, both the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Apple iPad Mini Retina will outperform the Tab A8 on nearly every level - but both carry a price tag to match. The Google Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution display and a class-leading brightness, but lacks the microSD card slot so many users wish for. Lenovo's own Yoga Tablet 8 sells for $20 more and offers the best battery life - but the unusual design might not appeal to everyone.

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The Lenovo Tab A8 is an attractive choice for the budget-conscious buyer. Everyday performance is more than adequate and the battery life sufficient for a full day. The tablet is certainly not very exciting to look at, but the build quality is decent and the 8-inch IPS display with its vivid colors and good contrast is easy on the eyes. Sure, both the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Apple iPad Mini Retina will outperform the Tab A8 on nearly every level - but both carry a price tag to match. The Google Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution display and a class-leading brightness, but lacks the microSD card slot so many users wish for. Lenovo's own Yoga Tablet 8 sells for $20 more and offers the best battery life - but the unusual design might not appeal to everyone.

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Laptop Magazine

A solid inexpensive and portable Android tablet

from Laptop Magazine

At $179, the Lenovo A8 stacks up well against other 8-inch Android tablets, as it offers longer battery life and a richer and more accurate (albeit dimmer) screen. With any budget tablet, you have to temper your expectations, as the A8 had trouble on more demanding activities, such as 3D games. But if you're looking for an inexpensive and portable Android tablet, the Lenovo A8 is a solid option.

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At $179, the Lenovo A8 stacks up well against other 8-inch Android tablets, as it offers longer battery life and a richer and more accurate (albeit dimmer) screen. With any budget tablet, you have to temper your expectations, as the A8 had trouble on more demanding activities, such as 3D games. But if you're looking for an inexpensive and portable Android tablet, the Lenovo A8 is a solid option.

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Cnet

Sacrifices sleek for cheap

from Cnet

The Lenovo A8 is a simple and affordable portable tablet that will work fine for those with basic needs. Its consistently smooth performance for basic tasks and audio-enhancing Dolby Digital app make it a good deal, but the lack of app tray is an awful oversight that makes the menu pages a messy bother to constantly organize.

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The Lenovo A8 is a simple and affordable portable tablet that will work fine for those with basic needs. Its consistently smooth performance for basic tasks and audio-enhancing Dolby Digital app make it a good deal, but the lack of app tray is an awful oversight that makes the menu pages a messy bother to constantly organize.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 29, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek MTK8121 Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 11 hours
3G Surfing Time 11 hours
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time No
Standby Time 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Midnight Blue, Flamenco Red, Canary Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.7 x 13.6 x 0.9 cm (8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 358 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Lenovo Tab A8-50, A5500

SIM card slot, Proximity and Light sensor only available in 3G version.
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