Hisense Launches the Sero 8 Android Tablet in the UK
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 $149.
In any case, I am expecting to see this tablet released in the US in the next couple months. I am looking forward to the reviews.
jjj April 15, 2014 um 11:17 am
The Sero 7 Pro uses a Tegra 3 at 1.3 GHz, so a quad A9 on 40nm clocked pretty low while the 3188 is quad A9 on 28nm and clocked a bit higher because of the smaller process so no Tegra 3 is not better than this Rockchip, in most situations anyway since perf is not just about the cores. Anyway, for the specs there are plenty of similarly priced tablets in EU.
Nate Hoffelder April 15, 2014 um 11:37 am
You’re right; I doubt anyone will be able to tell the difference. I should have mentioned the difference in cost, not quality. The Rockchip CPU is probably a cheaper chip, right?
jjj April 15, 2014 um 12:12 pm
Doubt Nvidia is still selling Tegra 3 so right now no idea how much each costs, as for price at launch of the device yeah ofc. Tegra 3 was some 80mm2 and most likely sold at 10-15$. The Rockchip is also pretty old already and very small , according to Chipworks it’s just 25mm2 so maybe it’s selling for 3 to 5$ now. http://www.chipworks.com/en/technical-competitive-analysis/resources/blog/qualcomm-snapdragon-800-and-rockchip-rk3188-battle-of-the-foundries/
android_advance April 15, 2014 um 10:36 pm
Perhaps Hisense will release two models, similar to last year, and this is the cheaper of the two?
Nate Hoffelder June 15, 2014 um 2:19 pm
That is what I thought, but so far there hasn’t been a sign of the Sero 8 Pro.
Manny June 10, 2014 um 12:09 pm
I have the zero 8 and I love ,it’s built with kitkat.the body is better build it’s faster than the zero 7 and you can connect it to your printer,the only thing I didn’t like about it that back camera did not come with a flash other than that is still better than the 7 pro,my wife loves her 7pro better but oh well when it comes to Wi-Fi my 8 is better Cuzco is faster.
vicdigital June 26, 2014 um 4:11 pm
I just picked up a sero 8 2 days ago and so far it is great
does not feel cheap the battery life is good 2 days just now charging it
I have been using it on a regular basis
the only thin is the USA ver has a 1.4 ghz proc no hdmi
real fun device I like it just as much if not more then my SERO 7 pro
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