Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Overview
For a full overview of the ThinkPad 8 tablet, but sure to check out our video below.
When you first take the ThinkPad 8 out of its packaging you will notice its size. I think it is a great size, the actual dimensions are 5.19″ x 8.83 x 0.35″. I can easily hold the ThinkPad 8 in one hand or two. The unit is pretty light, but does hold a little weight to it at 0.89 lbs.
One of the things that really sets the ThinkPad 8 apart from other Windows 8.1 tablets is its screen size. It features an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display, which can also be viewed in sunlight. Having this large of screen real estate enables you to actually be able to use desktop mode on the tablet pretty well. The screen also had 10-point touch, which means navigating the metro interface is extremely easy.
At the top of the unit is a ThinkPad logo and at the center is the front facing camera. This is a 2-megapixel camera that supports 720p video. There is also small indication LED below it to let you know that the camera is active.
Moving down to the bottom of the unit there is a single Windows or Home touch-sensitive button. This will always bring you back to the Start menu in Windows 8.1.
On the left side of the device there is a mini HDMI port, which means you can easily connect this tablet to a full-sized display. There is also a compartment that when opened reveals a microSD card slot.
On the opposite side starting at the top you have the power button, volume up / down rocker and a USB 3.0 connection. This will mainly be used to power the device, but has other applications as well like Lenovo’s own USB 3.0 dock.
Flipping the ThinkPad 8 over you will notice that the back of the device is made of aluminum. This not only protects the unit, but also gives it a great feel when you are using it. On the top left you have another camera and flash. This camera is an 8-megapixel camera that has auto-focus and a flash. To the right is another ThinkPad logo. The dot on the “i” will light up red when the tablet is powered on.
Towards the bottom are two stereo speakers and your headphone connection. Not sure how I feel about the placement of the headphone connection on the bottom of the tablet.