Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review
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Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review

The Honor Pad 8 is an affordable entry-level tablet that is well-suited for media consumption, thanks to its gorgeous display and decent battery life.

The Honor Pad 8 is an Android 12 tablet that offers mid-range performance with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor and 4GB or 8GB of RAM. It also has 128GB of internal storage, an Adreno 610 GPU, and a 12-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200. The device is powered by a 7,250 mAh battery. It is designed as an mid-range tablet from Honor.

Specifications

Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
CPU:Octa-core 4x A73 2.4GHz+4x A53 1.9GHz
GPU:Adreno 610
Storage and RAM:128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
Display:12 inches IPS LCD 2000 x 1200
1B colours
350 nits
Camera:Main Camera
5 MP(f/2.2 aperture, AF)
[email protected] video
LED flash
Front Camera
5 MP, f/2.2 aperture [email protected] video
SpeakersStereo speakers (8 speakers) HONOR Histen, DTS:X®Ultra
OS:Android 12 + MagicUI 6.1
Connectivity:LTE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C 2.0
Battery:Li-Po 7250 mAh (non-removable)
22.5W charging
Dimensions:278.5 x 174.1 x 6.9 mm
Weight:520 g

Specifications

The packaging comes in a white, Honor branded box. The box includes the below:

  • Tablet
  • Battery (built-in)
  • Quick Guide
  • Charger
  • Type-C data cable
  • Service Warranty Card
  • CPE bag

Design & Build

The Honor Pad 8 boasts a sleek, premium design with a Dark Blue metal unibody aluminum frame that is well-constructed and features neatly rounded corners. It is thin and light, weighing just 520 grams and measuring 6.9 mm thick, and has a matte finish that feels great to the touch. However, it should be noted that the tablet does not have any IP certifications for water or dust resistance.

Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review
Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review

On the device, you’ll find a USB Type-C port at the bottom and four speaker grills on either side, a volume rocker, and a power button. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and face unlock within the top bezel. The tablet also supports face scan for biometric identification, although it lacks a fingerprint sensor. On the back, there is a 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus and an LED flash.

Display

The Honor Pad 8 features a 12-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2,000 x 1,200 pixels and a 5:3 aspect ratio. The display has a maximum brightness of 350 nits and an impressive 87% screen-to-body ratio. It offers sharp, vibrant visuals indoors, but may not be as visible outdoors. There is no information about whether the display is protected by Gorilla Glass, but it appears to be scratch-resistant based our usage.

One notable feature of the Honor Pad 8 is its TÜV Rheinland certification, which helps to reduce harmful blue light and minimize annoying flickers. This can help to prevent eye strain and discomfort from long periods of use.

Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review
Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review

Camera

The Honor Pad 8 has a 5-megapixel selfie camera with a fixed focus and an f/2.2 aperture that performs well for face unlocking and HD video conferencing, as well as taking decent selfies in good lighting conditions.

The device also has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and an LED flash. While the camera is able to capture decent photos in well-lit conditions, the image quality is average and lacks detail. In terms of video recording, the camera can capture footage at 1080p resolution at 30 FPS.

OS

The Honor Pad 8 is powered by Android 12 with Magic UI 6.1, which is similar to Huawei’s EMUI. The user interface runs smoothly without any lag or stuttering. However, it should be noted that Android apps are not optimized for use on tablets, which can result in stretched or distorted display on the device. The operating system does offer additional features like multi-window mode, which allows users to have up to four windows open at once, and split-screen mode.

Performance

The Honor Pad 8 is equipped with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. It also has an Adreno 610 GPU and a 12-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200. The device is powered by a 7,250 mAh battery.

In terms of performance, the tablet is capable of handling most everyday tasks and providing entertainment. Its octa-core CPU and Adreno 610 GPU are suitable for gaming, but you may need to lower the settings to medium or low for optimal performance. The 4GB of RAM allows for smooth app switching and split-screen multitasking. Overall, the Honor Pad 8 offers solid performance for its price range.

Audio

The Honor Pad 8 does not have a headphone jack, just like many newer tablets from companies like Apple and Samsung. The device offers an 8-speaker audio system (consisting of 4 treble and 4 bass speakers) with support for DTS:X Ultra. The speakers are located on either side of the tablet and produce clear, loud audio with good quality for everyday use.

Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review
Honor Pad 8 Hands-on Review

Battery

The Honor Pad 8 has a battery capacity of 7,250 mAh, and according to Honor, it can last up to 14 hours on a single charge. In testing, the tablet was able to last around 9-10 hours of real-life use with a mix of web browsing, gaming, and video playback.

The device comes with a 22.5 watt USB-C power adapter that supports fast charging. During testing, it took about five hours to recharge the tablet from 0% to 100%.

Conclusion

The Honor Pad 8 is an affordable mid-range tablet that is well-suited for media consumption, thanks to its gorgeous display and decent battery life. It also offers dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1, and comes in two memory configurations with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. However, it should be noted that the device does not have a Micro SD card slot for expandable storage and is limited to 128GB of internal storage.

If you are in need of faster performance for productivity or require high-quality cameras, active pen, and keyboard accessories, you may want to consider other tablets on the market.

8.5

Honor Pad 8

The Honor Pad 8 is an affordable entry-level tablet that is well-suited for media consumption, thanks to its gorgeous display and decent battery life. It also offers dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1, and comes in two memory configurations with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. However, it should be noted that the device does not have a Micro SD card slot for expandable storage and is limited to 128GB of internal storage.

THE GOOD
  • Affordable
  • Unibody aluminum chassis, slim profile
  • Good performance
  • Good display & build quality
  • Good battery life
THE BAD
  • No SD card support
  • No IP rating
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
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