What is the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus?

Fans of the iconic Nexus 7 tablet have been calling on Google for years lớn resurrect the miniature slate. But until we finally see a new version of arguably the single-most ‘fantastic’ tablet running Android, we’ll have khổng lồ accept the alternatives.

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One of the better choices is Lenovo’s Tab 4 8 Plus. It’s a compact tablet that’s perfect for throwing into a bag for your daily commute or a flight, & at £200, it won’t break the bank.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus – Design

Like its larger sibling, the Tab 4 10 Plus, the 8 Plus design isn’t based on an iPad. Instead, it features a full glass-covered front and rear, with a metallic rim running between the two.

My đánh giá unit was a silver/white bộ combo and it seems to lớn be the only readily available option currently.

I’m a fan of the glass back, but I’m not sure it’s always the best fit for tablets. One drop on a hard floor could easily result in a shattered panel. For a device I often just slip in my bag without thinking twice, it possibly isn’t the best.

If this tablet it likely to lớn be used by a child, or even if you’re a clumsy adult, you’d be wise khổng lồ invest in a case or sleeve.

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Around the edges of the device are a headphone jack (yes, Huawei, these still need khổng lồ be on tablets), a flap for a microSD card và a USB-C port for charging.

There’s also a lock button with an integrated fingerprint scanner. This button is very similar to lớn those used by Sony on its Xperia devices, with a very flat surface. Combining the lock & fingerprint into one button is smart: one press unlocks the device và takes you lớn directly to lớn the homescreen.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus – Screen

As the name suggests, this Lenovo tablet has an 8-inch display. The 1920 x 1200 resolution isn’t the highest out there and can’t match the ipad Mini. Still, it’s a decent IPS LCD panel offering up bright colours & good contrast.

If you go looking, you’ll be able khổng lồ spot the individual pixels in the panel. From further away, though, it’s fine. Watching movies from Netflix is a good experience, and even when I used the tablet outside for reading, there was enough brightness lớn combat the rays.

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There’s no tư vấn for fancy new standards such as HDR – you’ll still need khổng lồ pay đứng top dollar for this.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus – Performance & camera

Cheap tablets are often letdown as a result of poor performance. The use of low-end sản phẩm điện thoại chips paired with a bigger screens can lead to lớn lag & a poor experience overall. Amazon’s Fire tablets – albeit much cheaper – are constantly plagued by such issues.

Inside the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, và this full bộ makes for a smooth & mostly quick tablet. It’s on a par with a lower-end phone in my opinion, so you’ll have no problem with the majority of tasks.

Watching Netflix videos, knocking out emails in Gmail và web-browsing are all done with ease. It’s sufficient for gaming, too, with titles such as Asphalt 8 playing with only a couple of dropped frames. Loading times are noticeably slower than higher-end tablets such as the ipad Mini, however.

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Dolby has helped tune the speakers & there’s a good hit of volume if you’re watching music without plugging in a pair of headphones.

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I’m far from the biggest fan of tablet photography, even on smaller tablets such as this 8-inch version. In an ideal world, Lenovo would have ditched the camera và replaced it with more storage. This is probably never going lớn happen, though.

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The rear-facing 8-megapixel takes average snaps in bright sunlight, but very little else. There’s a 5-megapixel camera around the front, too, and this is fine for clip chats.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus – Software

The tweaked version of game android 7 running on the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is very much like a super-sized phone UI. Lenovo hasn’t made too many alterations to stock game android aside from adding a few new icons and, of course, a bunch of its own apps.

Apps themselves display just lượt thích phone apps, even if they do have a tablet version available & it often doesn’t feel lượt thích they’re making proper use of the 8-inch display. Game android just doesn’t fit tablets as well as ios does.

Lenovo has installed the Microsoft Office suite for you, which is fine since it’s actually rather good, along with some more useless apps. Thankfully, there isn’t a load of bloatware here. Also, unlike on Amazon’s Fire tablets, there’s proper access to lớn the Google Play Store.

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My biggest issue with the software is updates. This tablet is still running android 7, which has already been superseded by game android 8 Oreo. To lớn makes things worse, apk 9 phường is arriving in only a few months. Whether Oreo or p will come to the Tab 4 8 Plus remains khổng lồ be seen.

Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus – Battery life

Tablets, unlike phones, are devices that are meant khổng lồ last days rather than requiring a charge every night.

During my time with the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus, I found the battery life lớn be pretty much as I’d expect of a smaller tablet. The 8 Plus isn’t an endurance king; it’s probably more comparable to lớn a large phone rather than a large tablet. The 5000mAh battery is a bigger unit than you’d see in a phone, but you also have that larger screen to lớn take into account.

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If you use the tablet khổng lồ read a book on your commute, maybe to watch an episode of Netflix in bed and for a bit of browsing, you should comfortably get a few days of use before having khổng lồ reach for the charger. Lượt thích most tablets, standby time is decent. Leave the device in your bag for a week và it will still have juice when you come back to it.

There’s a USB-C port along the bottom edge for charging, which doesn’t seem to lớn integrate any size of fast-charging.

Why buy the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus?

For £199, the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus is a good choice if your Nexus 7 has finally gone to tablet heaven. It’s compact enough khổng lồ throw in your bag, but still offers strong performance and a decent screen. A higher-resolution panel would have been nice, though.

If you’re not keen on the ipad tablet Mini, find Amazon’s tablets too restrictive, or aren’t prepared khổng lồ pay for Huawei’s more luxurious MediaPad, then the Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus should happily fit the bill.