Deal DetailsLast Edited by tails1030 January 13, 2015 at 04:25 PM
Lenovo S8-50 8" Tablet:
CPU: Intel Atom Z3745
Operating System: Android™ v4.4 KitKat
Display: 8" IPS FHD (1920x1200); Capacitive, 10-point multitouch
Sound: Two front-facing speakers for superior Dolby audio; with 3.5 mm audio jack.
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB eMMC; Support MicroSD, including microSDXC (64GB, 128GB, etc).
Connectivity: Bluetooth® 4.0; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n; microUSB (USB 2.0).
Camera: 1.6 MP Front Camera; 8 MP Rear Camera with Auto Focus, Flash, 1080p FHD video recording
Dimensions (W x T x H) : 4.87" x 0.31" x 8.26"
Weight: 0.66 lbs
Sale price@bestbuy: $149.99
1) Method 1 (local purchase):
--Mover's coupon (get it from your local US Postal Office): 10% off
--Cashback offered by citi credit cards: 5% (sign up with your citi card for holiday purchase@BestBuy, valid until 12-31-2014.)
Final price: $128.24, plus tax, local purchase
Some Notes regarding the spec:
1. CPU: Z3745 is one of the top end CPUs used in 2014 generation of 7" or 8" tablets (Android or Windows). Z3745 is weaker than Nvidia K1 (used in 8" Nvidia Shield Tablet), but competitive against or superior to all other CPUs currently used in 8" Android tablets.
2: Speakers: If you don't want to rely entirely on your headphones, you will need a pair of quality front-facing stereo speakers to watch movies on your tablet. The only other 7" or 8" tablets (Android, Windows, or iOS) that offer quality front-facing speakers are: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8" (Android); Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 8" (Windows), and Nvidia Shield Tablet.
3. Support for microSD: For best storage options, you should only buy tablets that support microSDXC (for 64GB, 128GB, and upcoming 256GB, 512GB cards that conform to microSDXC standard). Don't buy tablets that don't support microSD (including all iPads, and all Nexus tablets), and tablets that only support microSDHC (up to 32GB) (such as many of the 2014 Acer tablets).
4. Camera: The rear-camera on this tablet is 8 MP, with auto focus and flash, capable of 1080p video recording. A typical on-tablet rear-camera in this price range is 5MP, with no flash, only capable of 720p video recording.
8" Tablet vs 7" Tablet:
8" tablets are almost as compact as 7" tablets, but that extra inch of screen size has a dramatic impact on dealing with text intensive tasks, especially if you intend to use your tablet for reading ebooks. If you only read Kindle books and NOOK books, you can do that very well on a 7" screen. But if you want to read "real" books (in pdf format, from major publishers), you will immediately recognize how meaningfully larger that an 8" screen is. Since an 8" screen is so meaningfully and usefully larger than a 7" screen, 8" tablet has a special place in our heart as tablet users.