Many industry watchers have been wondering when Hisense would launch a Sero 8 Pro tablet to compliment the Sero 8 tablet released this spring, and that premium tablet made its first public appearance at IFA Berlin this week.
Hisense’s successor to the Sero 7 Pro sports an 8″ IPS display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip CPU with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
This tablet has two cameras (5MP on the rear, 2MP on the front), and there’s no sign of a flash like on the Sero 7 Pro. Measuring a mere 6.4mm thick, this is reportedly the thinnest tablet at IFA Berlin, but Hisense still managed to cram in a 4.5Ah battery into the metal shell.
The Sero 8 Pro has not yet been formally announced by Hisense, but according to MobileGeeks this tablet will ship in Europe in November, with a retail price of 199 euros.
The US price will likely be $199, if not less.
To be perfectly honest, with that price tag I’m not sure that this is a successor to the Sero 7 Pro. While that 7″ tablet had great hardware, it also had a rock-bottom price that set a new standard. The Sero 8 Pro, on the other hand, is priced higher than some name brand Android tablets.
That is a different from the Sero 8, the budget priced complement to the Sero 8 Pro. I wasn’t exactly in love with the Sero 8 when I reviewed it in July, but I found it to be a decent value.