Chinese tablet maker Hisense made a little splash by launching the Sero 7 line of low-cost tablets with Nexus 7-like specs in 2013. Now the company’s tackling the 8 inch tablet space with the Hisense Sero 8.

The new tablet’s already available for pre-order in the UK for about £90, which is $150 US… although the Hisense Sero 8 would likely be even cheaper if and when it comes to America.

hisense sero 8

The Hisense Sero 8 features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with 5-point multitouch, a 1.6 GHz Rockchip RK3188T quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

The tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat software, features a 4000mAh battery, and supports 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0. It has a 2MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera.

While those specs aren’t particularly impressive, they should be good enough to handle most common Android tablet tasks… and they aren’t bad at all for an 8 inch, $150ish tablet.

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21 replies on “Hisense launches Sero 8 budget Android tablet”

  1. Dont go by the specs. my sero 7 pro starts giving problems after 15 days. Wifi used to go off and on. So its no fun without wifi and the battery takes tooo long a time to get charged… 🙁 . I feel i have made a mistake by falling for the specs of this tab…

  2. Well Hisense doesn’t sell their tablets in Canada anyhow so whoop-de-do. I tried for a long time to get a Sero 7 Pro and eventually, I gave up. The specs for the Sero 8 aren’t too appealing I’m afraid, even for the $150’ish price point. I’d have paid an additional $50 for a microSD slot and 2GB of internal RAM.

    1. The Rockchip SOC is a good one but they went for the cheaper slightly wimpier “T” variant.
      The rest is yawnsville, daddy-o.
      Note to Hisense: Garner more success before attempting to cash in on it.

      1. Any idea what the battery life is like? My experience with Rockchip chips is that they’re fast but burn through batteries very fast. I’ve rarely got more than 3 hours of use from the three Rockchip Tablets I’ve had, both dual and quad core. Mediatek chips are generally somewhat slower, but I get 9h of use from the Asus Memopad hd7 with one of their quad core chips.

        1. I watched 3 movies during a plane trip and got around 6.5 hours of use in total…internet browsing and mails getting at least 9 hours

      1. You are relevant captain! 😉 Thanks to you I looked up the specs…and indeed there is one:

        Hisense Sero 8 Tablet PC Product Description
        Processor

        Rockchip RK3188T, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Quad Core
        Memory

        1 GB RAM
        16 GB Flash
        Software

        Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
        Language Support: English, Chinese Simplified, French, Spanish, etc.
        Play Store, YouTube, Chrome, Google+, Google Search, Maps,
        Play Music, Play Games, Clock, Email, Gmail, Calculator, Calendar, Voice
        Search, Play Newsstand, Downloads, Gallery, Settings, People, Google
        Settings, Camera, Movie studio, Drive, Play Movies, Play books,
        Hangouts, Video, Photo
        Display

        8” TFT HD, IPS Capacitive Touch,
        Supports 5 point multi-touch
        Resolution: 1280 x 800
        Audio / Video

        Video Formats: AVI(H.264, DIVX, DIVX), MKV(H.264, DIVX, DIVX), MOV, MP4(H.264, MPEG, DIVX), MPEG, MPG, FLV(H.263, H.264)
        Audio Formats: MP3,WMA,MP2,OGG,M4A,FLAC,APE
        Image Formats: JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
        Networking

        Wifi: 802.11b/g/n (2.4G)
        Bluetooth 3.0
        Power Supply

        Battery Capacity: 4000mAh
        Charge Time 3 to 4 hours
        Standby Time 170 hours
        More than 4Standby current 10mA
        Battery voltage 3.7V
        Minimum voltage 3.5V
        Operating voltage 3.5-4.2V
        Maximum voltage 4.2V
        Rated voltage 3.7V
        Power supply voltage 110-240V
        Charger parameters DC
        Charge voltage 5V
        Charge current 2A hours HD Video Playing, up to 7 hours web viewing using Wi-Fi
        Dimensions

        Length 208.5 mm
        Width 129.5 mm
        Thickness 10.5 mm
        Weight approx. 450 g
        Interfaces

        Micro USB, charging/data transmitting
        3.5mm earphone Jack
        Micro SD(up to 32G, support hot plug)
        Camera

        2MP Rear Camera
        0.3MP Front Camera
        Warranty / Miscellaneous

        1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
        G Sensor Support

  3. Hisense sells in the US. I suspect this will be available in the US in the next few months.

    1. True. Last I checked the Hisense 7″ Android tablets were in stock at my local Walmart.

    2. According to an e-mail i got from Hisense sales, the Sero 8 is due out “thjis quarter” – which gives them slightly under two months.

      1. I bought the Sero 8 yesterday from a Walmart store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  4. cool, something else we cant buy here…but at least we can read about it..

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