The market just go more competitive with the release of the new HiSense Sero 8 Pro at under R3000-00.
The Sero 8 Pro features a full metal jacket, a better than HD 7.9” screen and build quality that is not far off it much more expensive competition. Steven Ambrose checks out the HiSense Sero 8 Pro and sees if you can get high end bang for budget bucks.
Low cost 8″ Android tablets are not a new phenomenon. They are dime a dozen, and can be had from R599 to R5999. The trick is to find one with the balance of performance and build, along with critically, support, at a price that you are prepared to pay.
The HiSense Sero 8 may just be the one you will want. The Sero 8 features a full aluminium body with the exception of the glass front. A slim 6.35mm profile along with chamfered edges and a fetching gold colour set the Sero 8 Pro apart from the competition. The internal specification are distinctly midrange, with a Quad core 1.6 processor 2 gig of ram and 16 gig of internal memory, a Micro SD slot allows additional memory to be added. The standout feature, apart from the all-aluminium body is the high resolution screen.
The Sero 8 Pro features a sharp clear screen with a resolution of 2048X 1536 and a pixel density of 326. This is better than HD and one of the highest resolution in this market segment. The colours are nicely presented with good contrast and brightness. The display is an IPS LCD panel which offers good off centre visibility and very good colour accuracy. Overall very impressive at this price point. An 8 Megapixel rear camera and 2 Mega Pixel front or selfie camera round out a competitive specification set. A large 4,500 mAh battery gave me a good week of casual usage and should last at least two days with heavy use.
HiSense have lightly skinned Android 4.4.4 and added some clever touches such as the ability to switch views with a HiSense TV. In actual use the tablet performed well, handling most day to day tasks with smooth ease. When too many apps were open and you try to play a game or two the tablet takes some strain with noticeable lag when switching apps and performing some tasks.
The weight size and resolution make this tablet perfect for casual browsing of the web, social networking , reading your mail and of course watching the odd YouTube video or reading a book on the Kindle app. Android tablet apps are getting better by the month and with this size even the few that are not optimised for tablets work well.
If you are looking for a well built, well balanced, tablet with a better than average screen at a competitive price the HiSense Sero 8 Pro should be on your shortlist. The fact that it is available in a number of good looking colours makes it even more appealing.
For Stockists and all the specification go to http://www.hisense.co.za/tablets/sero8