Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8")

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Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8")'s screen is 8 inches with 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.86 GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3745 Quad core 1.86 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6400 mAh battery. Lenovo's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time.



Offers a unique design, a great screen, and a decent gaming experience

- Kevin Nether , Android Authority 



Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


Notebookcheck

The cylinder-shaped battery/grip makes the tablet a little thick, but it looks stylish and is handy

from Notebookcheck

Of course, one can simply use the Yoga Tablet 2 8 as a digital picture frame, but it would be a shame to employ the tablet in this manner, as it has a lot to offer. Its practical cylindrical grip and integrated kickstand are nice, ergonomical features. The tablet has good workmanship and decent sturdiness. However, if pressure is applied to the case, distortions are visible on the screen. We find it especially annoying that despite such a great design, the tablet has some serious flaws, like high power consumption, and the odd colors of the panel....

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Of course, one can simply use the Yoga Tablet 2 8 as a digital picture frame, but it would be a shame to employ the tablet in this manner, as it has a lot to offer. Its practical cylindrical grip and integrated kickstand are nice, ergonomical features. The tablet has good workmanship and decent sturdiness. However, if pressure is applied to the case, distortions are visible on the screen. We find it especially annoying that despite such a great design, the tablet has some serious flaws, like high power consumption, and the odd colors of the panel.

In terms of practical use, the Yoga Tablet 2 8 is definitely good, but it is not the slimmest tablet available - the grip requires a lot of room.

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GottaBeMobile

The internals and sturdiness outweigh the minuses

from GottaBeMobile

I recommend the $299 Yoga tablet 2 with Windows 8-inch to anyone looking for a high-end entertainment tablet. The processor, storage and display lend themselves very well to what Lenovo was trying to build: an iPad Mini competitor with a unique design and Windows on-board. I don’t even mind that there’s a single microUSB port for connecting to devices and charging. Here it just makes sense....

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I recommend the $299 Yoga tablet 2 with Windows 8-inch to anyone looking for a high-end entertainment tablet. The processor, storage and display lend themselves very well to what Lenovo was trying to build: an iPad Mini competitor with a unique design and Windows on-board. I don’t even mind that there’s a single microUSB port for connecting to devices and charging. Here it just makes sense.

Like others in its family, there are some design issues that keep it from being perfect. Those buttons are in a strange place. It’d have been smarter to use a touch-sensitive Windows button beside the display than add a physical one on the right edge. The giant round power button is still awkward. You will, at some point accidentally turn this thing off trying to read or browse the internet.

The internals and sturdiness outweigh the minuses though.

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Laptop Magazine

Versatile design with strong overall performance

from Laptop Magazine

Yes, it's heavier than other 8-inch tablets, but the $229 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 makes the most of its bulbous design. The handy kickstand design let me use this slate more often and in more places, and its battery outlasts all of its competitors. I also like the powerful speakers.

There are cheaper Android options with the same size screen. For example, the Asus MeMO Pad 8 offers more than 9 hours of endurance and costs $45 less with comparable performance. However, it has a lower-res 1280 x 800 display and weaker speakers. The Dell Venue 8 3000 is a great value because it gives you a full HD screen for just $199, but it doesn't last as long on a charge as the Lenovo and isn't as speedy.

If you're looking for a tablet that has what it takes to get you through a day of work and play, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is a very compelling and versatile choice.

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Yes, it's heavier than other 8-inch tablets, but the $229 Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 makes the most of its bulbous design. The handy kickstand design let me use this slate more often and in more places, and its battery outlasts all of its competitors. I also like the powerful speakers.

There are cheaper Android options with the same size screen. For example, the Asus MeMO Pad 8 offers more than 9 hours of endurance and costs $45 less with comparable performance. However, it has a lower-res 1280 x 800 display and weaker speakers. The Dell Venue 8 3000 is a great value because it gives you a full HD screen for just $199, but it doesn't last as long on a charge as the Lenovo and isn't as speedy.

If you're looking for a tablet that has what it takes to get you through a day of work and play, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 is a very compelling and versatile choice.

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Digital Trends

Offer incomparable battery and design

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet 2 line may feature decent mid-range specs, incomparable battery life, and an intriguing design, but we can’t help but wish it were more high-end. These tablets could easily be great – but instead, they’re average. Had Lenovo bumped up the screen resolution, amped up that processor, and cleaned up the look of its Android OS, the new Yoga Tablet 2s would have had much more impact. Instead, the final impression you get is of decent, mid-range tablets that you can buy on the cheap, if you’re on a budget.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, you could argue that Lenovo easily wins the mid-range tablet category, though that’s mainly because most tablet makers either try to out-do Apple’s iPads or hawk the cheapest, most terrible tablets possible. Powerful mid-range tablets are a rarity, so it’s good that Lenovo’s in that position with its Yoga Tablet 2 line.

Still, a Lenovo Yoga Tablet with a banging screen and zippy processor would be an amazing sight to see, wouldn’t it? ...

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Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet 2 line may feature decent mid-range specs, incomparable battery life, and an intriguing design, but we can’t help but wish it were more high-end. These tablets could easily be great – but instead, they’re average. Had Lenovo bumped up the screen resolution, amped up that processor, and cleaned up the look of its Android OS, the new Yoga Tablet 2s would have had much more impact. Instead, the final impression you get is of decent, mid-range tablets that you can buy on the cheap, if you’re on a budget.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, you could argue that Lenovo easily wins the mid-range tablet category, though that’s mainly because most tablet makers either try to out-do Apple’s iPads or hawk the cheapest, most terrible tablets possible. Powerful mid-range tablets are a rarity, so it’s good that Lenovo’s in that position with its Yoga Tablet 2 line.

Still, a Lenovo Yoga Tablet with a banging screen and zippy processor would be an amazing sight to see, wouldn’t it? 

 

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Cnet

Affordable Android with a uniquely useful design

from Cnet

Lenovo's function-over-fashion approach effectively helps its models stand out (pun not intended) in a crowded room of tablets. Though people who know their way around Android will be disappointed by its stripped-down features, the Yoga 2 is one of the best budget options.

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Lenovo's function-over-fashion approach effectively helps its models stand out (pun not intended) in a crowded room of tablets. Though people who know their way around Android will be disappointed by its stripped-down features, the Yoga 2 is one of the best budget options.

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Android Authority

Offers a low price, powerful specs and an innovative design

from Android Authority

The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch is a tablet that has flaws, but also has features that make us love it. The design of the device is both beautiful and functional, while also remaining unique in a market of increasingly similar designs. When it comes to media consumption, the display and Dolby stereo speakers of the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch make it an obvious choice. And when it comes to battery, Lenovo has you covered with enough juice to keep you binge watching for a good long while.

Lenovo’s software is far from perfect, though, and holds the tablet back from being even better. It slows down performance and drastically hinders the UX by creating software that doesn’t look good or function well. It’s also likely that it’s a major factor in the lack of an update to Android 5.0 for the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch.

Even with those problems, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch still shines as one of the best mid-range tablets on the market. It’s priced competitively, with Lenovo selling it for just $229 through its website. With all its features paired with a low price, we’re left to wonder, why aren’t more people talking about this? 

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch is a tablet that has flaws, but also has features that make us love it. The design of the device is both beautiful and functional, while also remaining unique in a market of increasingly similar designs. When it comes to media consumption, the display and Dolby stereo speakers of the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch make it an obvious choice. And when it comes to battery, Lenovo has you covered with enough juice to keep you binge watching for a good long while.

Lenovo’s software is far from perfect, though, and holds the tablet back from being even better. It slows down performance and drastically hinders the UX by creating software that doesn’t look good or function well. It’s also likely that it’s a major factor in the lack of an update to Android 5.0 for the Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch.

Even with those problems, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch still shines as one of the best mid-range tablets on the market. It’s priced competitively, with Lenovo selling it for just $229 through its website. With all its features paired with a low price, we’re left to wonder, why aren’t more people talking about this? 

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Android Authority

Unique design that stands out (literally) from the crowd

from Android Authority

With the tablet market being entirely over-congested, building a tablet that stands out among the competition is extremely important. The Tablet 2 8-inch doesn’t offer the best specifications, build quality or software experience on the market, but for the price, this tablet offers a unique design, a great screen, and a gaming experience that can rival some of the best tablets on the market. If you can get past all of the negatives this tablet has, you may want to consider picking one up. Looking for a bigger screen size? The Yoga Tablet 2 10.1-inch can be purchased for only $20 more.

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With the tablet market being entirely over-congested, building a tablet that stands out among the competition is extremely important. The Tablet 2 8-inch doesn’t offer the best specifications, build quality or software experience on the market, but for the price, this tablet offers a unique design, a great screen, and a gaming experience that can rival some of the best tablets on the market. If you can get past all of the negatives this tablet has, you may want to consider picking one up. Looking for a bigger screen size? The Yoga Tablet 2 10.1-inch can be purchased for only $20 more.

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Fone Arena

Quality hardware with a polished build of Android on board

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 gets a lot of things right. The interesting hardware design isn’t just a gimmick. It definitely adds a new dimension to usability and allows for interesting use cases. We certainly grew to like hanging the tablet off a wall to use while in the kitchen. Add to that excellent battery life and general build quality and there’s a lot to like here.

The software however is something that definitely needs to be worked on. Optimization is lacking and results in stutters and lags in general operation. The skin while functional, doesn’t do any favors to the aesthetics. A stock or near stock build of Android would’ve certainly helped in this respect. We do like the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 especially at a price point of Rs. 20,990. It can be a bit hard to recommend given its current software build but we’re confident that the software issues will get ironed out. The Yoga Tablet 2 certainly has the potential to be in the running for our favorite Android running tablet. 

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The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 gets a lot of things right. The interesting hardware design isn’t just a gimmick. It definitely adds a new dimension to usability and allows for interesting use cases. We certainly grew to like hanging the tablet off a wall to use while in the kitchen. Add to that excellent battery life and general build quality and there’s a lot to like here.

The software however is something that definitely needs to be worked on. Optimization is lacking and results in stutters and lags in general operation. The skin while functional, doesn’t do any favors to the aesthetics. A stock or near stock build of Android would’ve certainly helped in this respect. We do like the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 especially at a price point of Rs. 20,990. It can be a bit hard to recommend given its current software build but we’re confident that the software issues will get ironed out. The Yoga Tablet 2 certainly has the potential to be in the running for our favorite Android running tablet. 

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PhoneArena

Can’t complain about the display, it has enough of the elements to make it attractive

from PhoneArena

For a brand new 10-inch tablet, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 isn’t that bad of an option when we look at its $299.99 cost. Certainly, there are several other notable tablets that have better specs, or offer a deeper experience, but its price point is undoubtedly hard to look away from. Frankly, it undercuts several of its main rivals. There aren’t as many profound changes with this year’s model, but at the end of the day, if you’re looking for a decent tablet that won’t break the bank, and has a subtle productivity element attached to it, you’ll be thoroughly surprised by what the Yoga Tablet 2 offers.

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For a brand new 10-inch tablet, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 isn’t that bad of an option when we look at its $299.99 cost. Certainly, there are several other notable tablets that have better specs, or offer a deeper experience, but its price point is undoubtedly hard to look away from. Frankly, it undercuts several of its main rivals. There aren’t as many profound changes with this year’s model, but at the end of the day, if you’re looking for a decent tablet that won’t break the bank, and has a subtle productivity element attached to it, you’ll be thoroughly surprised by what the Yoga Tablet 2 offers.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 9, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3745 Quad core 1.86 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
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-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time 13.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Platinum
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 21.0 x 0.7 cm (5.9 x 8.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 419 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1200 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 283 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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 No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
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
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8-inch

Variations

LTE Model
- Uses SIM cards
- Portable hotspot capability
- Phone capabilities (SMS, MMS, Call)
- Weight: 429 grams
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