HP’s latest attempt in the Android tablet market is one without showy announcement or publicity, given that the company favored a silent website launch for it instead. Along with ho-hum hardware for $170, the company’s choice for the device’s name also lack excitement: the new HP 8 tablet.

First, the specs: the HP 8 uses the Allwinner A31, which is based on ARM Cortex A7 and more popular among Chinese makers. Accompanying that are the 7.85-inch IPS display with a measly XGA resolution, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. All in all, these specs are hardly an improvement over what the HP Slate 7 HD and Extreme have.

HP 8 Specs

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 7.85-inch IPS multi-touch LCD (1024×768 XGA), ~163ppi
  • 1GHz quad-core Allwinner A31 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support
  • 2-megapixel main camera, fixed focus and without LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 200.3 x 136.3 x 7.95mm
  • Weight: 313g
  • Li-Po 3800mAh battery

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Amidst the army of cheap Android tablet, the HP 8 is a simple device for the basic tablet functionalities. It has enough juice to get on with web surfing, gaming, and video and music playback. Just don’t expect it to do exceptionally well against resource-heavy apps.

Speaking of apps, the HP 8 comes with preinstalled software for office productivity (Kingsoft Office), photo and file syncing to the computer (HP Connected Photo by Snapfish), cloud storage (Box), and printing (HP ePrint). And of course, the usual Google apps are also available.

It’s not clear if we’ll ever get to see the HP 8 tablet in the Philippines. If you want a close substitute, the Evo Litepad 8 offers pretty much the same hardware specs, along with an iPad Mini-esque exterior and a cheaper price at Php5,999.

[Source: HP]

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  1. So disappointed with the Slate 7 Extreme, it turned out to be expensive (Php14k wtfff). I thought HP released a winner there.