The 8-inch budget tablet Lenovo Tab 2 A8 started taking orders today, ahead of the release in June. The price begins at $129 for this Android tablet: http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-ZA030046US-8-Inch
Lenovo Tab 2 A8 was unveiled on March 1, together with some other Lenovo Tab 2 tablets, such as the very impressive 10.1-inch Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 Full HD tablet that was released on May 8 for just $199.
The Lenovo Tab 2 A8 meanwhile has a HD screen and not FHD though.
Amazon have managed jot down the wrong specifications for this tablet on their order page, so we’ll list the specifications anew.
This model that is called ZA030046US, is the Wi-Fi only model of Lenovo Tab 2 A8, with Android 5.0, an 8-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and 5-point/finger multitouch support, a 64-bit 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 16GB of storage (with only 32GB of microSD card support!).
Surprisingly for a tablet of this price, it actually has dual-band Wi-Fi with 802.11 a/b/g/n support but not ac. The Bluetooth version is 4.0.
It has two good front speakers with Dolby Atmos, which must be considered one of its highlights. Then there’s a 2MP front camera and a 5MP rear camera there too.
The battery life is 8 hours long, which is the average for 8-inch Android tablets in this price range. The thickness is 8.9 mm, while the weight is 360 grams. There will be several colors to chose from eventually, but the tablet that is taking orders today is the midnight blue model.
I don’t think this is a bad recipe for a budget tablet, with a decent quality display and decent speakers, but as we can see by the specs, it’s not a complete tablet in every way either. So it really depends on a persons needs.
The newest 8-inch Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet on the market is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0, but it costs more and has a different screen ratio.
– Tom Bowen