The Hisense Sero 8 is a budget tablet that runs on Android juice. It’s manufactured by a Chinese company called Hisense, which is quite popular in Australia, but basically unknown in the US or Europe.
The Hisense Sero 8 was launched along with the company’s Sero 5 – a low-cost smartphone that attempts to breach the overcrowded cheap mobile phones sector. It costs $100 and is considered to be one of the best entry-level tablets. Check our Hisense Sero 8 Review to find out if that’s true or not.
Hisense Sero 8 Review
The Hisense tablet is sturdy and reliable, with a pretty great screen for the price you pay. It comes with pure Android, and that always gets major props in my book.
However, you should expect some stutters here and there. Performance isn’t exceptional, given the fact that it has low-end hardware specs. Battery life is its huge flaw.
Hisense Sero 8 Specs
- 1,280 x 720 screen
- Runs Android 4.4.2
- 16 gigs of internal storage
- microSD slot up to 32 gigs
- Rockchip RK3188T 1.4GHz quad-core chipset
- 4.000mAh battery
Hisense Sero 8 Price – $100
Hisense Sero 8 Display, Design
It’s made entirely out of plastic, but not that cheap and nasty kind. It’s quite solid and it doesn’t feature that tacky shine. It doesn’t crack, nor creak when you put a little bit more pressure on it.
It has a textured back panel that a) gives a little bit of snazz, and b) helps improve grip even when your hands are sweaty.
All of the tablet’s buttons can be found at the top edge. Except for the volume rocker, which is located on the right side of the device – from a portrait perspective, mind you. It has the usual buttons – a 3.5mm headphone slot, micro-USB port and the microSD card slot, which can go up to 32 gigs.
The rim that wraps around the screen is rather large, and it makes the Sero 8 tablet quite wide when compared to other, much smaller Android tablets in its price range. Considering this, it’s a little bit hard to hold it in one hand if you are a proud owner of small paws.
The screen stands at 1,280 x 800 pixels res, which makes icons and text chunky and sharp – as in, you can see pixels dancing around. On the other hand, the display manages to decently reproduce colour. It’s bright and viewing angles are impressive – again, for the tier it’s in.
The image remains rock steady despite turning and twisting the tablet on all of its sides.
The only downside is that blacks, deep blacks are too bright.
Hisense Sero 8 Software, Features
Finally, manufactures have understood that by building pure Android into their devices is more advantageous, rather than offering bloatware. This means that the Android is butt-naked, with little to none third-party apps installed.
Big companies like LG, Sony and Samsung usually do a complete interface makeover and plaster their devices with unnecessary apps that cannot be removed, regardless of how hard you try.
Those devices are usually put on a waiting list when it comes to updates.
I’m quite liking that the Hisense Sero 8 doesn’t come with any annoying apps. Out of the box, however, you’ll notice just three out-of-the-ordinary apps – a Hisense TV remote app that works only with TVs that are WiFi capable, a home-grown custom video player and Kingsoft Office. The last can be uninstalled if you choose so.
They aren’t the tiniest bit annoying, and I found the custom video player to stay out of my way and not remind me every time that it exists. Unlike other custom video players that have all sorts of daddy and mommy issues.
Hisense Sero 8 Camera, Performance
The Hisense Sero 8 can jump in the ring with other more expensive Android tablets. However, the Chinese manufacturer has clearly cut more than one corner to bring this amount of power for $100. It uses the cheap Rockchip RK3118T quad-core 1.4GHz chipset, which isn’t known for reliability and lag free. Quite the opposite.
If you just stick to one task at a time, you shouldn’t have any problems. However, when multitasking arises, and I’m most certainly it will, the tablet becomes a snail. Even the home screen becomes sluggish. It’s definitely not as smooth as any Nexus tablet, but by no means is this a deal breaker.
The experience is decent.
Games run smooth, with only small fidgeting here and there. Ridge Racer Sliptream had its moments of wandering frame rates, and RoboCop made it squeak Lovecraftian noises on occasion. Monument Valley runs smooth as butter.
Cameras on tablets are definitely not my jam, and I try to stay away from them as much as I can. Mainly because I don’t see their point – sure, for the occasional Skype call and selfie they can be quite useful, but nothing more.
The Hisense Sero 8 comes with a rear facing snapper that boasts a 2-megapixel unit. The front-facing camera is just a plain VGA. Both produce low quality, but you can still use them for social media shares, and the random video call.
Hisense Sero 8 Memory and Battery Life
The Hisense Sero 8 has a 4.000mAh power unit, which, the manufacturer claims, can live for about 7 hours if you only surf the web, or 4 hours filled with full HD videos – on a single charge.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t reach that mark. The tablet’s battery drained in less than five hours, which is worrisome. If you love tablets as much as I do, then you’ll probably use it heavily on a day to day basis. Expect to charge Hisense Sero 8 daily.
The Sero 8 comes with 16 gigs of built-in storage. Only 12.55 gigs are available to the owner – that is because the OS takes some space.
Fortunately, you can add a microSD card up to 32 gigs – they aren’t expensive at all, and you can avoid the problem of running out of space for your movies and games.
Hisense Sero 8 Verdict
Should you acquire the Hisense Sero 8? It’s really worth considering a look and a buy if you can get passed the poor battery life. However, if you don’t fancy the Hinsese Sero 8, take a look at our Tesco Hudl 2 review – it’s a little bit pricier, but it’s far better.