Hands on: Lenovo IdeaTab S5000 review

Nexus 7 rival shown off at IFA 2013

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Lenovo IdeaTab S5000
Light tablet that is light on specs

Early Verdict


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    Thinner than most of its rivals

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    lighter than most of its rivals

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    cheap price point


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    Uninspiring specs

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    uninspiring OS overlay

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Since Lenovo created a dedicated tablet division back in 2011, the computing company has been releasing mid-range devices with much success.

Back in January, it revealed that its IdeaPad and ThinkPad ranges had contributed to an 80 per cent growth spurt - something that was much needed considering computing sales as a whole have been on a downward trend.

At IFA 2013, Lenovo showed off its latest Android tablet, the 7-inch Lenovo IdeaTab S5000. The standout feature of this tablet is definitely its weight, or lack of it. The S5000 is a mere 244g, which makes it significantly lighter than the new Nexus 7 (340g) and the iPad mini (308g).

Lenovo IdeaTab S5000

So, it's light then but it is it also light on features? Well, frankly, yes. There is a 1,280 x 800 resolution display , which is certainly sharp but not as sharp as its main rivals in this sector.

The pixels per inch on the S5000 are 215, while the new Nexus 7 boasts 323ppi. Both beat the iPad mini, though, which has been lumbered with just 163ppi.

Lenovo IdeaTab S5000

The S5000 been given a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek 8389 CPU, which does mean that multi-processing on the S5000 is half decent, and this is backed by 2GB of RAM. But none of this processing grunt has the wow factor.

We didn't notice much lag when playing with the device, though - the model we got hands on with had Android 4.2.2 and it also had Lenovo's own sheen on top of the operating system, and both worked well.

We could flick between web and camera smoothly and the pinch to see multiple homescreens worked well. We would prefer a stock Android device, however, as the HS5000 suffers from the same childlike look as the worst parts of Samsung's TouchWiz overlay.

Lenovo IdeaTab S5000

We did like the look of the actual device - although the chrome lip at the bottom of the tablet could disappear, the silver look does raise the tablet above the design of other cheaper tablets.

The S5000 has been equipped with a 3,450mAh battery, so you should get around eight hours' web browsing out of the device, or six hours' HD video watching. This figure is decent enough, and matches that of most of its rivals.

Also on board is some 3G functionality for the UK, 16GB of storage and a 5MP rear camera and 1.6MP front-facing camera.

Lenovo IdeaTab S5000

Light, functional and not much more in between, the Lenovo S5000 on first impressions is a competent 7-inch tablet but not one you will be rushing out to pre-order.

But if you want to, the Lenovo IdeaTab release date is November and it will cost around 200 Euros.

Marc Chacksfield

Marc Chacksfield is the Editor In Chief, Shortlist.com at DC Thomson. He started out life as a movie writer for numerous (now defunct) magazines and soon found himself online - editing a gaggle of gadget sites, including TechRadar, Digital Camera World and Tom's Guide UK. At Shortlist you'll find him mostly writing about movies and tech, so no change there then.

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