Lenovo S8-50 Intel® Z3745 Quad Core 1.86GHz Processor, 2Gb RAM, 16Gb Storage, 8 inch Full HD Tablet £104 after code @ Very
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Lenovo S8-50 Intel® Z3745 Quad Core 1.86GHz Processor, 2Gb RAM, 16Gb Storage, 8 inch Full HD Tablet £104 after code @ Very

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Found 16th Feb 2015
Been on the look out for a budget tablet and came across this. It seems to be £129 across many retailers but being a new customer with very and using code 4XDWJ it took £25 off so got it for £104. Just thought I would share it in case anyone else is looking for one. Looks a decent tablet for the price and specs can be found below. Also note the very code can be used on any item over 50 quid as long as your a new customer and open a very account. You can then pay it off as quickly as you want.

Tablet Spec

Intel® Atom™ Z3745 quad core processor 1.86 GHz
8 inch Full HD (1920 x 1200) display
Android KitKat 4.4
2Gb RAM
16Gb storage
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 4.0
2 x front-facing speakers with Dolby Audio/3.5mm jack
8 Mp AF camera with f2.2 wide aperture glass lens
1.6 Mp HD fixed-focus rear camera
GPS: Satellite, A-GPS, GLONASS
Dimensions: 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 299g
Lenovo S8-50 8 inch tablet

Please be very careful using discount codes with them: news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm - they did back down, but only after months of worry & stress - basically if they decide (without time limit?) that you were not eligible, they can look to claw back the discount, opening a credit account in your name to hold the debit & adding late fees to it if you do not pay. If you google "littlewoods reclaim £25 voucher code" you will find results everywhere inc. MSE, bitterwallet & HUKD.
- jnm21

117 Comments

great spec. been waiting for a price drop. I'll give it a whirl

Great device, lovely screen and pretty much unbeatable for the price, including the Hudl 2.

I was going to post the same deal yesterday! Hah. I decided this is probably the best brand new tablet at this price for all the spec. Better than getting a second hand nexus too because of the memory card slot.

Looks good, thanks OP.

Be very very careful when purchasing this tablet. The tablet has no light sensor which is perfectly fine as you should be able to adjust the brightness yourself which most people do anyway. That's what you'd think. Lenovo implemented a software version of a light sensor which they fail to mention anywhere and it is extremely faulty. The screen brightness will flicker from full brightness to dim whenever it feels like. You have no control over it whatsoever. There is a fix for this though which is very hit and miss but it is quite tricky for people who aren't comfortable with stuff like installing CWM and the likes. Don't take my word for it. Go read it over on XDA and Lenovo don't give a toss. Poor support. Automated responses. Even their Twitter rep is reading from a script. There was a recent update also which failed to fix this so you're stuck with it unless you are willing to live with it or fix it yourself. This will particularly annoy those who want to watch movies on it. Especially XBMC where the brightness just fades to dark whilst watching a movie.

swedishfireball

Cashback from Lenovo … Cashback from Lenovo also.....https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying


It says Tab8. Does it qualify?

Sir_Didymus

Be very very careful when purchasing this tablet. The tablet has no light … Be very very careful when purchasing this tablet. The tablet has no light sensor which is perfectly fine as you should be able to adjust the brightness yourself which most people do anyway. That's what you'd think. Lenovo implemented a software version of a light sensor which they fail to mention anywhere and it is extremely faulty. The screen brightness will flicker from full brightness to dim whenever it feels like. You have no control over it whatsoever. There is a fix for this though which is very hit and miss but it is quite tricky for people who aren't comfortable with stuff like installing CWM and the likes. Don't take my word for it. Go read it over on XDA and Lenovo don't give a toss. Poor support. Automated responses. Even their Twitter rep is reading from a script. There was a recent update also which failed to fix this so you're stuck with it unless you are willing to live with it or fix it yourself. This will particularly annoy those who want to watch movies on it. Especially XBMC where the brightness just fades to dark whilst watching a movie.


That sounds like a pretty horrible flaw.

swedishfireball

Cashback from Lenovo … Cashback from Lenovo also.....https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying


It seems like £30 cashback..effectively bringing this tablet price to £70 ?? So you get FULL HD,8" ,2GB RAM. Simply the best tablet deal at the moment on HUKD i suppose.

battery life ???

No cash back until u buy from there store...

dt_matthews

That sounds like a pretty horrible flaw.



It is extremely annoying and the majority of the Lenovo Tab S8 suffer from it. The screen itself is beautiful but what good is that if you can't watch a movie in peace without it flickering between brightness settings? Tut. Anyway if you read through the forum I gave people a fix for it which worked for some but not for others. Good thing I didn't buy mine. I won it directly from an Intel competition. Lol.

prisat

battery life ???



Very poor. It also heats up a lot. Too much infact.

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JeanDeLaFontaine

It seems like £30 cashback..effectively bringing this tablet price to £70 … It seems like £30 cashback..effectively bringing this tablet price to £70 ?? So you get FULL HD,8" ,2GB RAM. Simply the best tablet deal at the moment on HUKD i suppose.


Seems like you work for Lenovo...

Purchase must be made from the UK or ROI Lenovo.com web store. Excludes Lenovo Outlet store and other territories.

In regards to the Cashback

relicpower

It says Tab8. Does it qualify?



Sorry my bad..

"Purchase must be made from the UK or ROI Lenovo.com web store. Excludes Lenovo Outlet store and other territories."

TrollForce

CommentSeems like you work for Lenovo...


Look at all my posts..if i worked for Lenovo i would not own a Samsung Tab 3, an HP Laptop, Samsung S3 mobile. Are you on benefits ?

JeanDeLaFontaine

Look at all my posts..if i worked for Lenovo i would not own a Samsung … Look at all my posts..if i worked for Lenovo i would not own a Samsung Tab 3, an HP Laptop, Samsung S3 mobile. Are you on benefits ?



Also if you worked for Lenovo you'd be reading from a script which you're obviously not. Ignore that idiot.

I have been using this tablet for the last 4 months and have to say I am more than happy with it.
I have had no issues with the light sensor or with it heating up, battery life could be better but I would by no means call it very poor.
Overall a great little tablet and great price.

Am out

TrollForce

Anything less then 10 inch is useless



Its not the only thing........:p

RoganWarrior

I have been using this tablet for the last 4 months and have to say I am … I have been using this tablet for the last 4 months and have to say I am more than happy with it.I have had no issues with the light sensor or with it heating up, battery life could be better but I would by no means call it very poor.Overall a great little tablet and great price.



You've had no issues with the light sensor? There is no light sensor. Also if you've not noticed any gradual changing of brightness or sudden changing of brightness then you sir are one of the lucky ones. Also try playing a 1080p video or an graphically intense game for more than 30 minutes and if it doesn't heat up I'll eat my hat because I own this device and a friend (since I wrongfully suggested he buy one by just reading the up the specs) and both heat up intensely. If you're going to test that make sure your battery dips below 40% and leave the Intel HD video settings on. Common fault with Intel based tabs. Both suffer from the screen flicker issue also.

Sir_Didymus

You've had no issues with the light sensor? There is no light sensor. … You've had no issues with the light sensor? There is no light sensor. Also if you've not noticed any gradual changing of brightness or sudden changing of brightness then you sir are one of the lucky ones. Also try playing a 1080p video or an graphically intense game for more than 30 minutes and if it doesn't heat up I'll eat my hat because I own this device and a friend (since I wrongfully suggested he buy one by just reading the up the specs) and both heat up intensely. If you're going to test that make sure your battery dips below 40% and leave the Intel HD video settings on. Common fault with Intel based tabs. Both suffer from the screen flicker issue also.


I must be one of the lucky ones then...Great little tablet.

RoganWarrior

I must be one of the lucky ones then...Great little tablet.



It is...if you encounter the common screen flickering issues and fix it. Or if you don't encounter the issues at all. As you said, battery life could be better and I doubt anyone in the know will deny that it heats up intensely if you make the CPU/GPU work on full load.

swedishfireball

Cashback from Lenovo … Cashback from Lenovo also.....https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying



I think you can only claim this cashback if you purchase the tablet from Lenovo's UK or ROI website.

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TrollForce

Anything less then 10 inch is useless


That's like saying the iPad Minis are useless when the iPad Mini 2 was one of the best tablets when it released

swedishfireball

Cashback from Lenovo … Cashback from Lenovo also.....https://lenovo-offers.com/pages/business/qualifying



I'm afraid not. T&C's for sales in Feb 15 states that it applies to lenovo.com store only. i.e. "Purchase must be made from the UK or ROI Lenovo.com web store. Excludes Lenovo Outlet store and other territories".

Rooted mine and tweaked it to fix the brightness issue. Have a 64GB microSD installed with films, music and games/date totalling about 40GB, and only 1GB out of 16 used from internal memory and everything is smooth. If you're not too bothered about voiding the warranty, I highly recommend you root it, it's really simple and takes a minute. You can of course then remove bloatware and reduce RAM consumption, which makes the tablet buttery smooth. When playing graphically intensive games for over half an hour, the tablet does heat up quite a bit and I doubt that a software update will be able to fix that. Also, although there isn't much support for this tablet so far, I'm pretty certain it will receive the Lollipop upgrade, in time of course.

Edited by: "korunama" 16th Feb 2015

SilenceOfTheBirds

Rooted mine and tweaked it to fix the brightness issue. Have a 64GB … Rooted mine and tweaked it to fix the brightness issue. Have a 64GB microSD installed with films, music and games/date totalling about 40GB, and only 1GB out of 16 used from internal memory and everything is smooth. If you're not too bothered about voiding the warranty, I highly recommend you root it, it's really simple and takes a minute. You can of course then remove bloatware and reduce RAM consumption, which makes the tablet buttery smooth. When playing graphically intensive games for over half an hour, the tablet does heat up quite a bit and I doubt that a software update will be able to fix that. Also, although there isn't much support for this tablet so far, I'm pretty certain it will receive the Lollipop upgrade, in time of course.


Any instructions for rooting and would rooting the 10" A10 be as easy?
Thanks

I've read horror stories about this tablet and the terrible battery life, I almost got one last week but decided against it and got the Galaxy tab pro 8.4 from John Lewis it's excellent.

Looks like a rolled out Xperia Z3 lol.

dtorbett

Any instructions for rooting and would rooting the 10" A10 be as … Any instructions for rooting and would rooting the 10" A10 be as easy?Thanks


Here's a quick guide for the S8, if you struggle with anything, send me a message and I'll help you out:
forum.xda-developers.com/and…375

As for the A10, I'm not so sure sorry, I have seen a few people posting that they've had success with this website:
kingoapp.com/and…htm
But I'm not too sure about it, hope I helped

Banned

That's an incredible spec for the price. For comparison, the Hudl 2 might seem like a steal at £130 for intel and 2GB but it uses the low end Bay Trail so bandwidth is dirt slow (and so affects multi-functionality, like stuttering when opening multiple apps). This, however, uses a top end Bay Trail with a 17GB/s bandwidth, so not only do you have plenty of RAM that RAM also runs at a quick pace.

Sorry to sound dim but, can this tether from a mbl for 4g or just 3g

Sorry to sound dim but, can this tether from a mbl for 4g or just 3g

I like the look, spec, size of this. In fact I was thinking about taking a Tab S back and swapping, but those blue and yellow colours make this thing look like a kiddies toy for under 5s!!!
Edited by: "justanotherpunter" 16th Feb 2015

I bought this a few months ago in the Currys deal which after cashback was a similar price. It is a great tablet for the price but there are some drawbacks, most of which have been outlined above.

The software is the main problem, in terms of the flickering problem, the battery life and some frustrating UI elements. The battery life was the main issue for me as when I first got it I was getting 3.5 hours screen time which was not good enough and I intended to return it. The standby time was not great either, maybe 2 days as it seems to have a problem with how it handles Wi-Fi when sleeping.

After a software update a couple of weeks later the battery life improved to about 5 hours which was just about acceptable to me. Yes, there are tablets that have double this battery life but not with these specs in this price range. I invested in a portable charger as a compromise as the tablet is quite light and very fast.

The update seemed to change the dpi and therefore not fully take advantage of the high resolution screen but it made me hopeful that an official Lollipop or custom rom could make this a great all-around tablet. I am generally happy with it but the standby time is still not great unless you remember to switch off Wi-Fi. However if I was looking for an 8 inch tablet now, some of the windows 8.1 tabs look great for the price and something like the Linx 8 (if it had 2gb of RAM) would be tempting.

If you want Android then the new updated Yoga 2 8 seems to now have the advantages of this tablet coupled with an excellent battery life and built in stand at the cost of being a bit heavier and a fair bit more expensive.

Finally while I would fully recommended this tablet at the price I can't recommended buying from Very to anyone. I love a deal as much as anyone but it's just not worth the hassle you have to go through with them a lot of the time.

See. Now you're having other owners coming forward with the same claims of the flickering issue and a few have even suggested going down the rooting road which again is not the easiest thing to do for someone who just wants to purchase a tablet and not mess with it or a technophobe. You expect to buy a fully working device no matter what it is you purchase. Not something you have to bring home and hope it doesn't suffer from the flickering/battery issues which you have to fix yourself. Just be wary people that this purchase would be more of a gamble than others.
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