On a previous article, we mentioned that the newly unveiled Lenovo ThinkPad 8 can easily go head-to-head with the Apple iPad Mini and and is also a great competitor of the latest Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display. Well, we figured that it is just right them head-to-head, specs wise. Check out our spec sheet comparison after the break!
Size wise, I think it’s a hands down win for the iPad mini siblings, as they are smaller and lighter than the ThinkPad 8. It’s also a win for the iPad mini 2 (with retina) when it comes to the display with its higher resolution and higher pixel per inch rate. It’s a different story though if you compare Lenovo’s display with the 1st generation iPad mini.
The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 packs a set of better cameras in terms of the megapixels and the main camera’s flash, compared to the two iPad minis.
With regards to the OS, I don’t think this matters as people have different preferences. Personally, I’d love playing and working around iOS7 and Windows 8.1. Although the Apple App Store has a vast amount of compatible apps for the iPad minis, the latest Windows 8.1 is just amazing as well.
I won’t go into a very detailed comparison between the CPU and RAM of the 3 devices, but judging by the numbers, yes, the ThinkPad 8 has a better CPU and RAM. iOS devices though have different CPU/RAM requirements compared to Windows 8.1 (and other mobile platform) to ensure a smooth sailing ride—whether it be gaming, multimedia etc. We’ll credit that to Apple for designing both hardware and software, in-house! For this comparison’s sake, I’d bet my card it is safe to say that between the iPad mini (1st generation) and the Lenovo ThinkPad 8, the latter is more powerful. Period!