Hisense stunned and thrilled tablet owners everywhere with the launch of a pair of budget Android tablets last Summer. Now the Chinese gadget maker is turning their attention to the slightly less crowded 8″ tablet space with the Hisense Sero 8.
The new tablet has not yet been announced, but it is up for pre-order in the UK. Retail price is £90, or about $151, and it is expected to arrive by the end of the month.
The Hisense Sero 8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188T quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM, 16GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, Bluetooth, and a pair of unimpressive cameras.
The 8″ screen is based on an IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, and it has a cheaper 5 point capacitive touchscreen.
So far as I can tell no one has put their hands on it yet so it’s not possible to draw any conclusions about the tablet, but if I were to hazard a guess I think the Sero 8 is probably going to have a cheaper build quality than the Sero 7 Pro.
The Sero 7 Pro had a more expensive CPU and better cameras than the Sero 8, suggesting that Hisense is going for a cheaper market segment. The VGA and 2MP cameras on the Sero 8 make me think of the bottom of the market tablets found at $99 price point last year, and not the better quality Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which retailed for $149.
In any case, I am expecting to see this tablet released in the US in the next couple months. I am looking forward to the reviews.