Everything done right: solid hardware, tried-and-tested software and accessories. The Medion tablet’s test victory is well-deserved.
The angular Lifetab S8311 is much more robust than the other two candidates in the test and weighs quite a lot in general at 356 grams. The mix of aluminum and plastic is more successful with the Medion than the Honor: the transitions are smooth and the bronzed plastic is also attractive. Only the unprotected memory card slot gives cause for criticism. While the internal memory, like with the others, is 16 gigabytes, 11.5 of which are freely available to the user, the S8311 offers the most abundant expansion variant by micro SD with up to 128 gigabytes. On top of that, Medion is generous with the delivery contents and includes a USB OTG adapter for easy data exchange via USB stick. Also in the box in addition to the tablet, power cord and plug: a stereo headset.
Medion has decided to go without a second speaker; however, this also rather unusual for Lenovo at this size. The contrast diagram of the two displays is almost identical (see box on page 104). With a brightness of 381 cd/m² and an average contrast ratio of 1:279, the Lifetab is slightly behind the Tab from Lenovo. There is also great similarity in the two data centers, where the ongoing processes can work with 2 gigabytes of RAM. The Octacore chip from Mediatek in the Lifetab also proves itself to be quite efficient in the Silvermont architecture, as does the Intel Atom chip, although it does not come close to the excellent endurance of the Honor T1; with seven hours almost to the minute, the endurance of both models is at a good level.
The Lifetab S9311 also has a GPS module on board, which unlike that of the test competitors, can also be used on the go through a mobile network, thanks to the UMTS modem with up to 21 Mbit/s in downloading.
While Honor takes the interface and software from its parent company, Lenovo and Medion have their own approaches – which is probably because Medion is an acquired company with its own roots. Using the launcher, users can therefore find the familiar app overview on the Lifetab, thanks to which the home screen can remain as free as you want. In addition to the SoftMaker Office suite, Medion has its own well-known developments for media management and presentation, which include transmission via DLNA and a remote control app for the built-in infrared transmitter, to name a few examples. Also, a larger number of third-party apps are included, but these can be uninstalled if you do not like them.
At the end, the Medion S8311 got the best result in the current comparison with 402 points. The weaknesses in display quality and weight compared to the Lenovo Tab are made up for by the better options for memory and connection. The modem must be mentioned here, which you can also add to the Lenovo for a surcharge, while Honor customers are deprived of this opportunity.
The display of the Lifetab has a nearly identical view stability to the Lenovo Tab S8. The average contrast of 1:279 is weaker than the Lenovo; so is the brightness. But the Lifetab wins with the lowest reflection.