The Honor Pad 8 is slated for release in the US, but is the budget tablet worth buying? Let’s take a look at the latest tablet release from the Chinese budget brand.
Honor was previously owned by the Chinese technology corporation Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. before being sold to a consortium that included the government of Shenzhen in 2021. The company is primarily known as a smartphone brand and in 2021, the company achieved a market share of 15% in the Chinese cell phone market. But Honor has also become a major player in the budget tablet market.
No stranger to the US market
In 2017, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company announced the worldwide launch of the Honor 6x smartphone in 13 markets, including the United States and big European markets such as Great Britain, Germany, and Spain.
Now as the company aims to become a global mobile device brand, the Honor Pad 8 will be available in the US and will cost around $215.00. The tablet is a clear upgrade on the Honor Tab 7 in terms of CPU, GPU, and battery longevity. The new Honor tablet also features eight speakers for immersive audio and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor.
But how does it compare to more expensive brands? The most expensive tablet brand, Apple, sells the iPad for $329, the iPad mini for around $499, the iPad Air for $599, and the iPad Pro for $799. But Apple customers are known for their loyalty and the Honor Pad 8 will be marketed at budget users.
The Honor Pad versus the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
As the Honor pads use the Android operating system, a comparison with brands such as Samsung is more helpful. Samsung’s budget Android tablets such as the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite cost around $129, while the Tab A7 is priced at around $279 with the Tab A8 costing around the same price.
However, as tablets are increasingly used for a wide variety of purposes, it is also important to compare the Honor Pad 8 with Samsung Android offerings most suitable for tasks such as playing online games on tablets. The screen size of 12 inches is a major plus; as we have pointed out here at The Gone App in the past, the importance of screen size. However, the comparable Galaxy Tab S7 FE 12.4″ costs $499.99.
The resolution of the Honor Pad 8 is 1200 x 2000 pixels, compared with the 2560 x 1600 pixels of the Galaxy Tab S7. The Honor Pad 8 features Android 12, while the Galaxy Tab S7 operates on Android 11. The Honour Pad 8 has the following CPU: Octa-core 4×2.4 GHz, compared with the Octa-core 1×3.09 GHz of the Galaxy Tab S7.
The GPU of the Honor Pad 8 is Adreno 610, while the Galaxy Tab S7 is Adreno 650, while the Honor Pad 8 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor, and the Galaxy Tab S7, features the Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865.
Clearly, you are getting more with the Galaxy, but you are paying a lot more for the privilege.
Satisfying a range of entertainment uses
All of these attributes influence the performance of tablets for entertainment purposes. Alongside watching movies and playing online games, the use of mobile devices for online gambling is also becoming increasingly important to tablet users in the US — and this requires devices that are able to showcase online casino sites at their best when using sites optimized for mobile use. With apps available for iOS and Android, the Honor Pad 8 is compatible with casino apps, as well many tablet-friendly games can be found on top online slots lists.
Many sites also give players the opportunity to test the quality of the mobile casino games on their devices as demo versions. Online casinos certainly require tablets that can ensure casino games run smoothly and load quickly, particularly for live dealer games such as blackjack and roulette, and the Honor Tab 8 should have more than enough to fulfill this requirement, while the eight speakers create an immersive audio experience for players of live casinos. Tablets at the budget end of the market can still offer users a good experience for their entertainment requirements.
The Honor Pad 8 is set to hit the stores in the US and is a welcome addition to the budget tablet market. There are likely to be plenty of buyers in this competitive cell phone market segment. It remains to be seen how the tablet will perform during gaming, but the signs are positive and it will certainly be able to handle less-demanding tasks such as online casino games.