Lenovo announces first Intel Atom-powered Android Tab S8

BERLIN : Lenovo, one of the largest laptop computer makers in the world, announced the company’s first Intel Atom-powered Android tablet, S8.

It was announced during its press conference at IFA 2014 in Berlin on Wednesday.

Lenovo has a good relationship with Intel. So it’s not surprising that Lenovo is one of the leaders trying to take Intel-powered Android tablets mainstream in the United States .

The Tab S8 will be available beginning in September starting at $200. It will also be available through “major retailers” and Lenovo’s online store.

Running on Android 4.4 KitKat, the Tab S8 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3745 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. As for the tablet’s 8-inch 1920 x 1200 pixel display, Lenovo utilizes the company’s One Glass Solution. Much like Acer’s Zero Air Gap technology, One Glass Solution cuts the distance between the touch and LCD layers. This allows for increased touchscreen sensitivity, as well as improved outdoor visibility and minimized reflections.

The front panel is equipped with a 1.6-megapixel camera, and an 8-megapixel camera graces the rear of the Tab S8. Also on the front panel are Dolby-enhanced dual speakers for your music-listening and movie-watching needs.

The company claims the Tab S8 will get up to seven hours of battery life. According to Lenovo, the 4290mAh battery in the Tab S8 will only muster “up to seven hours of battery life,” a disappointment when Lenovo’s Yoga tablets boast up to 18 hours of battery life.

Lenovo is better known in the United States for notebook computers running Windows, but it could become a real force in tablet sales with more aggressively-priced Android tablets like the Tab S8.

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