Chinese phone maker Honor’s latest Android device isn’t a phone at all, but a mid-range tablet with a few unusual features… like way more speakers than you’d expect to find in a tablet.

The Honor Tablet 8 is up for pre-order in China today and should begin shipping in about a week. It has a 12 inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, and support for up to 8GB of RAM. And the tablet has eight speakers.

Most modern tablets have stereo speakers. A few have four. Honor’s tablet doubles that, with four speakers designed to deliver bass and four focused on treble frequencies.

Why do you need eight speakers in a tablet? It’s not clear you do, but Honor says the tablet supports Huawei’s Histen sound effects as well as DTS:X Ultra sound so, as far as I can tell, the bonus speakers help deliver some sort of virtual surround sound experience. According to Honor’s product page for the tablet, it can also also “intelligently identify the current audio scene and switch the sound effect mode for a better listening experience.”

Aside from the speaker system, the Honor Tablet 8 has the specs of a pretty solidly mid-range device:

Honor Tablet 8 specs
Display12 inches
2000 x 1200 pixels
195 ppi
IPS LCD
350 nits
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 680
RAM4GB / 6GB / 8GB
Storage128GB
PortsUSB Type-C
microSD card reader (up to 512GB)
Cameras5MP (rear)
5MP (front)
Battery7250 mAh
Charging22.5W
WirelessWiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS / Beidou / Galileo / GLONASS
Dimensions279 x 174 x 7mm
11″ x 6.9″ x 0.3″
Weight420 grams
15 ounces
Price4GB / 128GB for 1499 CNY
6GB / 128GB for 1799 CNY
8GB / 128GB for 1999 CNY

There’s no word on if or when the Honor Tablet 8 will be available outside of China.

via GamingSym, IT168, and MobileTelefon

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  1. Screen resolution too low (195dpi) and a bit too heavy (15oz) for my taste in a Tablet. I prefer at least 264dpi and under 14oz.