HP Launches the HP8 1401 Budget Android Tablet – $170

hp 8 1401Having long since run out of good names for their tablets, HP has launched a tablet that merely has a model number in place of a name.

The HP 8 1401 is an iPad Mini sized tablet which is just launching today in the US. HP is listing the retail at $169, which is a rather steep price given the unimpressive screen resolution, underwhelming CPU, and generally meh specs.

This tablet is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on an Allwinner Quad-Core A31s CPU. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, and 2 cameras. At 7.85″, the screen is about the same size as on the iPad Mini, but at 1024 x 768 the resolution is only that of the original iPad Mini.


This tablet has an accelerometer, gyro, stereo speakers, and a VGA camera on the front and a 2MP camera on the back. It weighs in at 11 ounces and comes equipped with a 3.8Ah battery which is projected to offer 7 hours of runtime before needing to be recharged.

All in all, this tablet offers little to justify its price – not even the CPU. I’ve encountered the Allwinner A31s chip before, and it offered about the same performance as dual-core CPUs. If you’re lucky, the cameras will be better than average but I would not bet on it.



Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Elaine6 March, 2014

    I think you might want to fix your title.

    1. Nate Hoffelder6 March, 2014

      I might want to fix that, yes. Thanks!

  2. khomsan16 September, 2014

    After I use it. It’s ok for play.
    But The next gen for HP 1401. Please improve battery and chip processor for quick response.
    Thank you.

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