One of the more anticipated tablets of 2014, the Hisense Sero 8 Pro is also one of the more illusive. It's only shown up in public once, at IFA Berlin last month, and now it is beginning to show up on Chinese gadget blogs.
Mike Cane caught sight of the Sero 8 Pro, which Hisense will be selling in China as the Vidaa. The Chinese sources that the Sero 8 Pro will be running Android 4.4 KitKat on a 1.8GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3288 CPU with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
It will also have a pair of cameras (2MP front and 5MP rear), Wifi, Bluetooth, and a Retina resolution 8" display with a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536.
Measuring just just 6.35mm thin, the Sero 8 Pro won't be the thinnest tablet on the market but it is close. It's only slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 and Dell's new Venue tablet, each of which measure 6.1mm thick.
There's no word yet on when the tablet will ship in China or the US, but the European launch is scheduled for November. The retail price will be 199 euros, which leads me to speculate that the US price will likely be $199.
That is going to be a rather pricy tablet when it ships, and it will in fact cost more than some name brand Android tablets.
That is a break with Hisense's last several tablets, including 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.