Launched without much fanfare, the HP 8(1401) takes up a gap between the 7-and 10-inch tablets typically found on the market. Featuring features of an input model, the device does not hide its inspiration from Apple -which has earned it the nickname “the iPad mini from HP .”
But is the bet on a familiar design and a 7.85-inch screen enough to arouse the audience’s attention(and money)? The answer you give in our analysis, which explains in detail everything you need to know about the device.
Anyone who has previous experiences with any tablet available in the market knows what to expect from the HP 8, which presents no revolution in its design. Perhaps the point that most catches your eye on the device is its resemblance to the iPad Mini, especially on its front panel.
The placement of the cameras is exactly the same as Apple’s, and even the aluminum back cover seems inspired by the company’s solutions from Cupertino. The impression remains that we are dealing with a product that, in an attempt to find a place in the market, has adopted a look that is considered quite familiar with the intention of catching the attention of consumers.
While the front camera of the device is located in the center of its upper area, the rear lens can be found in the upper right corner of the device. The sound outputs are located in the lower corner of the product in an area that is hardly blocked by the user’s hands.
What sets the HP 8 apart is its buttons, which are located at an intermediate point between the right side and the back of the device. At the top of the device you will find a micro USB connection for recharging and connecting to computers, a micro SD card slot and a headphone jack.
The device has a solid construction design, which results in a good tactile feel when dealing with the device. Although the product is lightweight(372 grams), it can convey a sense of resistance even though most of its body is made of plastic.
Although the 7.85-inch size of the HP 8 is not the most common choice among tablet makers, it is a good midpoint between 7- and 10-inch displays. The resolution of 1024×768 pixels is adequate for the product, although a closer look may reveal some elements with pixelated edges.
The device has a satisfactory brightness control, able to show elements clearly even at light levels considered medium. The viewing angle of the screen has proved quite pleasant, as does its reflectivity-even if the tablet is exposed directly to a light source, there is no difficulty in working with it.
HP Interface and Applications
By choosing to work with the pure version of Android , HP offers in its tablet a fluid system that does not suffer from changes in performance caused by a custom interface. On the other hand, this results in a product without unique visuals that will compel you to manually configure the shortcuts and widgets that appear on each of your screens.
The differential of the device is due to the inclusion of six applications pre-installed, three of them developed by the manufacturer itself. These are HP ePrint remote printing software, the HP Connected Photo image editor, and the HP File Manager file manager. In addition, the handset already comes with the Skype communicator, the Kingsoft Office suite of applications and the cloud storage application Box.
In general, these programs prove to be very useful, although not all work as expected. During our tests, the HP photo editor proved unstable and stopped working several times during the process of modifying the images present in the tablet’s memory.
During our review, the HP 8 showed a competent performance, even more when one considers that it is an input model. Although the transition between screens “chokes” from time to time, in general the process of using the device was quick and responsive.
Although it is geared more towards web browsing and simple tasks than games, the device has proven to be efficient in that regard. Titles like Thor: Dead World , Dead Trigger 2 and Real Racing 3 could be executed normally, although the time of loading has been shown a little slow-in comparison, titles like Asphault 8 presented some slowness, remaining playable.
The gadget has a quad-core processor Cortex A7 that, although far from being the best option of the category, behaves well in most situations. The only notable problem with the device is that it takes some time to load some content, something that can be attributed to its limited amount of RAM(only 1GB).
Even with weaker hardware than some 7-inch screen input tablets, the HP 8 will not let you down while performing everyday tasks.
Although photo cameras are not considered important points in a tablet, the relatively weak lenses included by HP play well, taking their limitations into account. Far from being able to capture professional-quality images, the device proves sufficient to record photos in well-lit environments-as long as your goal is to share them on social networks or display them directly on your tablet screen.
Likewise, the front camera of the device is suitable for making video calls, featuring a focus system that captures the details of the user’s face. In both cases, the configuration tools provided by the manufacturer are subject to adjustments related to ambient lighting.
Next to HP 8, we received the official product cover(sold separately), whose main purpose was to make it clear that we were dealing with the “iPad mini from HP.” The accessory is very similar to the Apple Smart Case, including the polyurethane finish and the curved shield to serve as a tablet stand.
While protecting the device relatively well, the case has more problems than qualities. In addition to making it difficult to access the side control buttons, the product can not attach to the product screen. In this case, the problem lies with the tablet: although the accessory has a magnetic closure, the gadget simply does not take advantage of this feature.
This will continue to depend on the on / off button to shut down or restart the activities of the gadget-to complete, the display protection hardly stands in its place, which does little to keep the HP 8 safe.
AnTuTu Benchmark 4
One of the most reputable benchmark software on the market, AnTuTu performs interface, CPU, GPU and RAM tests. The results are automatically added by the application and result in a final score-the higher the number obtained, the better the device performance.
Aimed at measuring graphics quality, GFX Benchmark analyzes items such as performance stability, rendering, and power consumption. The results are computed in average frames per second(fps), and the higher the score obtained, the better the performance of the analyzed product-in this case, we used the T-Rex HD(Onscreen) test as the basis for the tests.
Focused on testing the performance of a device with three-dimensional elements, 3D Mark is one of the most respected software in its area. The Ice Storm Unlimited test makes direct comparisons between processors and GPUs, taking into account factors such as screen resolution when defining your results. The higher the score you get, the higher the overall performance of the tested gadget.
The HP 8,800 mAh battery is sufficient for one day of use, as long as you do not bet on performing tasks that are considered cumbersome. During our tests, the device was able to seamlessly reproduce 5.5 hours of videos hosted on the internet with the brightness of the screen set to an intermediate value-amount of time less than the 7 hours promised by the manufacturer.
However, the device proved unsuitable for long hours of disconnected game play. After a little more than half an hour playing Real Racing 3, almost 50% of the battery of the device has been consumed, proof that the device has some power management problems when we demand the maximum of your hardware.
Despite this, in practice the HP 8 is a device well adapted to browsing the internet and accessing social networks. However, if you are a fan of video games, we recommend that you always carry the device charger with you when you decide to leave the house.
Before we give the verdict on the HP 8, it is necessary to consider that the device has a position in the Brazilian market different from that seen abroad. While outside the product is considered a simple model of entry, being sold for the suggested price of $ 169.99, here the device already has a sale value more suitable to intermediate models, being found for $ 799 in the official store Of the manufacturer.
As it is impossible not to associate the price of the device with what it has to offer in terms of hardware and content, it is difficult not to establish a direct comparison with other devices sold by similar values, such as ASUS Fonepad 7 , Gradiente Tegra 7 and LG G Pad-despite the fact that they have screens that are smaller in size, these devices outperform the HP product.
That does not mean that the HP 8 is a bad product, far from it. Even without top-of-the-line hardware, the device is great for everyday tasks and can handle many relatively heavy-duty games. The only real complaint we have regarding the product is the duration of its battery life, which shows little resistance to the use of applications that require a greater amount of processing.
In summary, the HP device suffers more from its bad positioning in the market than from defects in its manufacture. If the manufacturer adopted a posture similar to that presented in the United States, the device could be considered a good model of entry. However, taking into consideration the domestic market, it is difficult to recommend investing $ 800 in the device, especially when you take into account the characteristics of competitors who have similar price.