Design and performance
The ThinkPad 8 has an 8.3-inch multi-touch IPS display with a 1920×1200 resolution, and 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by Intel's "Bay Trail" quad-core mobile Atom Z3770 CPU, has 2 gigabytes of RAM, and comes with up to 128 gigabytes of internal flash storage. Micro-HDMI and USB ports allow use with an external display, and a keyboard or mouse. A microSD card slot allows for upgrading storage. Models with Wi-Fi only and units with 4G cellular data connectivity are both available. Stereo sound is delivered through speakers with Dolby Home Theater. The ThinkPad 8 runs Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system and comes standard with Microsoft Office.
The ThinkPad 8 weighs 439 g (0.968 lb), and it is 8.8 mm (0.35 in) thick. Its back is made from machine-cut aluminium and the front is all black. The rear 8-megapixel camera is surrounded by a red accent, while the 2-megapixel front-facing camera blends into the face. An optional Quickshot Cover magnetically attaches to the device and wakes it upon opening, and it also has a small flap covering the rear camera that automatically starts the camera application when lifted.
In a review for The Verge, Tom Warren wrote, "Lenovo's second 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet might just be the best one yet. While Lenovo only unveiled its 8-inch Miix 2 tablet back in October, the company is launching the 8.3-inch ThinkPad 8 today with a focus on power. Alongside the slight increase to the tablet's display size, Lenovo has opted for a 1920×1200 resolution. That makes it the first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet with a higher resolution than the standard 1280×800 that most OEMs, including Lenovo, originally opted for. It doesn't come close to the iPad mini Retina display resolution, but the ThinkPad 8 still has great viewing angles and good color reproduction."
In a review for Time, Jared Newman wrote, "I was sitting in bed one evening, doing some writing, when I remembered that Windows 8 had an app for March Madness. Within minutes, I was watching the game on one half of the screen, while working in a text editor on the other half. It was glorious." Newman also wrote, "The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 didn't soar to those heights all the time. Reviewing it over the course of a month, I found myself reaching for it more out of obligation than necessity. Like other 8-inch Windows tablets, it's too small for long stretches of work, and it lacks a vast selection of apps for play. It also has too many weird software issues that can add up to frustration. But it does have its moments."
In a review for Business Insider, Kyle Russell wrote, "The key to getting the most out of the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 *is* compromise. If you're looking for a nice tablet, it's a fantastic device as long as you can stick to apps from the Windows Store. If you need a desktop replacement, buy the cords and dongles needed to plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. If you want something in between, the experience simply isn't seamless enough."
- Xiomara Blanco (January 5, 2014). "Lenovo ThinkPad 8 - Tablets". CNET. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Tom Warren (January 5, 2014). "Lenovo's new ThinkPad 8 is the best Windows alternative to the iPad mini Retina". The Verge. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Jared Newman (April 7, 2014). "Review: Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Is a Classy Windows Tablet, with Quirks". TIME. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
- Kyle Rusell (April 1, 2014). "Why I Won't Switch To Lenovo's ThinkPad 8". Business Insider. Retrieved April 8, 2014.