Lenovo Thinkpad 8 VS Apple iPad Mini Retina

Lenovo Thinkpad 8 was released earlier this year at the CES, and since then it became quite popular. But not as popular as Apple’s iPad Mini Retina, a great tablet considered the best device money can buy. So let’s take a closer look at the two tablets and see what makes Lenovo’s Thinkpad 8 a worthy competitor to the iPad Mini.

Lenovo Thinkpad 8

The first thing you should know is that Thinkpad 8 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro, which is quite a big deal lately. Aside from this, the tablet has a pleasant appearance, it’s 8.3 IPS LCD display has a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels and a pixel density of 273ppi, providing sharp and bright colors, plus it’s also great for reading or watching a movie. The display is very responsive to touch, so even if the tablet doesn’t feature a stylus working with it is quite easy and comfortable. The devise feature a very useful accessory, namely the Quickshot Cover, which is a magnetized cover that turns on the device when opened up.

Its pleasing appearance is also given by the well proportionate dimensions of the tablet, 224.3x132x8.8mm (8.83×5.20×0.35 inches), and the fact that its weight is below average, 439g, is also a big plus for the Thinkpad 8. Aside from the pleasing aspect, Lenovo Thinkpad 8 has pretty good hardware. The tablet comes with Intel Atom Z3770 system chip, a Quad core 2400 MHz, Bay Trail processor and an Intel HD Graphics processor. The Thinkpad 8 has 2GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage, plus storage expansion options through microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC.

Thinkpad 8 features a 8MP main camera with a resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p HD),  that comes with Flash, Autofocus and Geo tagging, and a front facing secondary camera of 2.2 megapixels.

When it comes to the bad “stuff”, unfortunately the Thinkpad 8 has a few. One, and the most important, is the battery life of the tablet, which is quite mediocre, meaning the Thinkpad stays on for eight or nine hours (if you’re lucky). Another flaw is the tablet’s desktop mode, which is practically unusable on a screen this small. But the device also has some good stuff to brag with, for instance its great display and its well-build body and the premium design that’s very attractive to the eye. But its most attractive feature is the fact that it’s, all in all, a multifunctional device that allows you to do a lot of things.

Apple iPad Mini Retina

The iPad Mini surpasses many of the Thinkpad’s features. Even if has a smaller display, it successfully fills the size gap with quality. The iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch IPS LED display with a 2048×1536 display resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi.

The iPad Mini is smaller than its rival, measuring 200×134.7×7.5mm (7.87×5.30×0.30 inches) and weighing only 341g, also less than the average and less than the Thinkpad 8. It has a beautiful aluminum body, feature that gives it a premium feel, which hosts a Dual core 1300 MHz processor, Apple A7 system chip with 64-bit architecture and PowerVR G6430 graphics processor. The tablet comes with only 1GB RAM, with three built-in storage options 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and with storage expansion that reaches up to 128GB of storage. Its battery is not better than Thinkpad’s, a 3950 mAh that lasts up to ten hours. Regarding the software, the iPad Mini runs Apple’s iOS 7.

The iPad Mini features a 5MP main camera with 1920×1080 (1080p HD) resolution, F2.4 aperture size, digital image stabilization, 1280×720 video capture and a 1.2 MP front-facing secondary camera.

The iPad Mini also has good and bad sides. One of the good things about the iPad Mini is its beautiful display which provides great colors and details. Also, its design is truly remarkable, all in all a well-build tablet made of aluminum which gives it a premium look. Its battery life is also pretty good considering its fast performance and the fact that is has one of the best application and service support. Probably the worst thing about the iPad Mini with Retina is its price, the tablet is expensive compared to the Thinkpad or other competitors, and it has no Thouch ID home button, as expected from an Apple device.


Of course, the iPad Mini Retina is an outstanding tablet with great specs and premium design, but the Lenovo Thinkpad 8 truly deserves to be called a worthy competitor. The Thinkpad 8 also has an attractive design and a well-build body, plus, it has a very important feature that the iPad Mini doesn’t have, to be more accurate, its low price, making it an “available for everyone” device. What do you think?