This 8″ tablet runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat on a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 CPU (the same CPU used in Hisense’s new Chromebook) with 2GB RAM and a Mali-400 GPU.
The tablet packs in Wifi, Bluetooth, 16GB internal storage, and a pair of cameras (5MP and 2MP). Reportedly measuring a mere 6.4mm thick, the Sero 8 Pro has a 4.5Ah battery which is specced as offering up to 10 hours of video playback. Its 8″ display has a screen resolution of 2048 × 1536.
According to Notebook Italia, the Sero 8 Pro is now available in Italy with a retail price of 199 euros.
In 2013 Hisense was the budget tablet maker who could do no wrong. The Sero 7 Pro set the standard for the budget tablet market that year, but Hisense never followed up their success with a better tablet in 2014.
They did release the Hisense Sero 8, but while it was an okay tablet it wasn’t an amazing wunder-tablet like the Sero 7 Pro.
And now it’s clear that the Sero 8 Pro won’t be a breakout success on the scale of the Sero 7 Pro either. With a price tag of 199 euros it’s not a budget tablet anymore, and the early user reviews coming out of China are disappointing.
Mike Cane has been following Chinese tablet news with a hawk’s eye, and last week he found a user review (in Chinese) which criticized the tablet’s build quality, cameras, and battery life. Mike also noted that the benchmark test results should be higher than what the Chinese reviewer report, and he concluded that Hisense had not optimized the software yet.
Given the price tag and early review, I don’t know that I’ll buy this tablet – not even to post a review on the blog. I really don’t think it’s worth getting.