Seemingly under cover of night, Hewlett-Packard, once the world's once mightiest PC maker, unleashed its latest budget Android tablet in the U.S. Similar to the Slate 7 Android tablet that shipped last April, the new HP 8 is priced at $170 and boy do the specs match the price.
Chinese company Allwinner powers the HP 8 with its A31s 1.6GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor. The slate also has 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, and a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB. The budget tablet has a full complement of cameras, with a 0.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera, and a 2MP rear-facing.
The HP 8 comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and, it appears, no Bluetooth. You're also missing wireless broadband, but at $170 that's a feature you can't expect.
The screen measures 7.85-inches with a usable, but ho-hum resolution of 1024-by-768. The HP 8's power pack is a 3,800 mAh battery promising up to 7 hours, but we all know the rule about not trusting manufacturer battery life claims, don't we?
The HP 8 is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is quite a ways distant from the latest version of Android current available, 4.4 KitKat. As with many new tablets coming out these days, HP is also loading its new slate with an app freebie. In this case, it's 25GB of lifetime free storage from Box.
Overall, for $170 you get a tablet that's not particularly exciting, but one that would fit the bill for basic tasks. Someone giving up an aging Windows XP PC for a tablet and doesn't want to invest a lot of money could be happy with this slat—as long as all they want to do is watch a little YouTube, send email, check Facebook, and maybe play a few rounds of Candy Crush.
The HP 8 follows a bigger tablet release from the company in December, when HP introduced three new tablets including the Slate 7 Extreme, Slate 8 Pro, and the Slate 10 HD. With so little fanfare introducing the device, it's not clear when HP rolled out this 8-inch tablet. It was first reported by phoneArena.