Android tablets get a pretty bad rap these days, but Honor’s latest slate is not only affordable, it also has the premium quality that Honor is known for these days, and that 2K screen is amazing for all kinds of entertainment.
- A brand: Respect
- Storage: 128 GB
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680
- Memory: 4/6 GB
- Operating system: Magic UI 6.1 (Android S)
- Battery: 7250 mAh
- Ports: USB Type-C
- Camera (rear, front): Both are 5MP
- Display (size, resolution): 12 inch, 2000 x 1200px LCD
- The price is: £249 (approx $230)
- The amount: 278.5 x 174.1 x 6.9 mm (10.96 x 6.85 x 0.27 in)
- Big screen
- Beautiful 2K resolution
- Great for productivity and entertainment
- 5MP cameras are disappointing
Honor continues to churn out powerful devices with the launch of its stunning new slate; Honor board 8.
Officially unveiled at IFA 2022, the £249 tablet offers plenty of screen real estate thanks to its 12-inch configuration, and it looks good too. In addition, you can now purchase from the HiHonor Store or Amazon.
However, Android tablets have gained a bit of a reputation as a dying breed over the past few years, so has Honor done enough to make the Pad 8 a phoenix from the ashes? Let’s take a look…
What’s in the box?
The Honor Pad 8 comes in a sleek white box with a high-gloss image of the Pad 8 on the front. Then you get:
- One Honor Pad 8 tablet.
- One USB Type C charging cable and charger.
And this is your lot!
Tour around the honor board 8…
Like most tablets, when you pick up the Honor Pad 8, you’re faced with a rectangular device that measures 10.96 x 6.85 x 0.27 inches overall. The Pad 8 weighs 1.15 pounds, so some may find it a little heavy on the wrist. If so, I recommend purchasing a tablet pad that sits on your lap while you sit or lie down.
The device we tested comes in a Blue Hour color scheme with an attractive dusky blue finish on the aluminum bezel and back. You can also get the tablet in metallic gold and in some regions mint green.
The bezel surrounds the 12-inch, glass-encased screen, giving the tablet an 87% screen-to-body ratio. Being glass, it’s a magnet for fingerprints (though you won’t notice them when the Pad 8 is on). If you look at the tablet in landscape orientation, you’ll also notice a 5MP selfie camera in the center. Flipping the Pad 8 over reveals the camera housing on the top right, which houses another 5-megapixel sensor.
On the edge of the Pad 8, you’ll find a smartphone-like button configuration, so I’ll describe the button layout in portrait orientation to give it a sense of familiarity. On the right edge, the volume rocker is at the top, and the power button is at the bottom. You’ll also find the microphone hole here.
The bottom edge has two dual speaker grilles flanking the USB Type-C port, while the top edge features the same twin speaker grilles. The left side is empty, the aluminum frame is only available here.
According to Specs
So you know what you’ll see when you open the box and unpack your Pad 8, but what’s inside?
Yes, the Pad 8 lacks cellular capabilities, which some might consider a downgrade from its predecessor, the Honor Pad 6, launched in 2020. But this absence may be because I mentioned that there is no SIM tray on the SIM card. above the promenade. I don’t see this as a problem; I have a nice Honor Magic4 Pro for calling, thank you very much.
Of course, the tablet runs on Android and ships with Android 12 overlaid with Honor’s proprietary Magic UI 6.1 skin. Hopefully it will get OS updates over time and we will see new versions of Android/Magic UI.
From memory, you are looking at two versions; In both cases, 128 GB of storage and 4 or 6 GB of RAM. Our test unit is the latest. There’s also no micro SIM tray, so you can’t expand the storage if needed.
The chipset is Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC. The octa-core CPU features four 2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex A73) and four 1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver (Cortex A53). The GPU is Adreno 610.
For the imaging system, you have a 5MP sensor on the front and back. You can shoot videos at 1080p and 30fps with both cameras.
The Pad 8 also loses the 3.5mm headphone jack found on the Pad 6. However, you can play through Bluetooth headphones or headsets.
The tablet also has eight speakers, which means it can also play outside. These are Hi-Res Audio certified. Audio is provided by DTS:X Ultra software, designed with gaming in mind, and Honor’s Histen 3D spatial sound technology.
It’s the display and the Pad 8 that really shines in this department. It has an LCD IPS display which is 2K. It comes with comfort protection for your eyes, TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification and TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free certification.
The battery is a large 7850 mAh cell and it is advertised for a full day of continuous use. It also supports On-the-Go (OTG) charging. This means that if your phone runs out of juice and you need a little extra power, you can charge back from the Pad 8.
Anyway, enough of those internal gubbins; How does the Pad 8 work?
In terms of performance, I love the Honor Pad 8. I didn’t experience any issues with the device during testing, and it serves many needs like any tablet.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 680 chip, the device can’t swallow all the productivity tasks you throw at it. Plus, Google recently optimized 20 of its apps for tablets, so things like Drive, Docs, and Sheets all look a lot better when you tackle them on your tablet, and the extra screen real estate the 12-inch Pad 8 provides boosts productivity. duties are even more joyful.
The tablet can run multiple apps simultaneously without showing signs of lag, which further enhances the device’s productivity. Scrolling through menus with multiple background apps running doesn’t show any sign of stuttering or hanging either.
Another productivity piece, the tablet works well for video calling, so Google Meet, Zoom, and Teams should all work well for you. I tested the Meet and the front-facing camera was capable of showing my face and the clutter in the office behind me, so it’s also a great productivity partner for the Pad 8 when working away from the desk.
In terms of media streaming, the Pad 8 does well here as well. I use Prime Video, Now TV and Netflix and everything I watched was streaming flawlessly. Plus, everything looks amazing on the 2K screen. However, keep in mind that this is an LCD display, so you won’t get deep blacks like you would with OLED.
LCD screens tend to consume more battery than their OLED equivalent, but I found the 7850mAh battery capable of providing enough juice for 2-3 days of continuous use, during which time several types of apps were running. So, great battery performance even when the battery is running that LCD screen.
The Pad 8 is also capable when it comes to playing some games, but don’t expect to play resource-intensive games like procedurally generated No Man’s Sky. While Xbox’s cloud gaming service and PlayStation’s Remote Play function worked well on the Pad 8, I found the device struggled graphically when playing Chorus on Xbox Cloud Gaming.
I also use Kindle Unlimited because it has a good selection of graphic novels for me to read. These look simply beautiful on the Pad 8’s display, and I’ve been working with Jodorowsky and Giminez’s Metabarons omnibus 540 beautifully illustrated pages.
On the audio side, I was very impressed with the quality of the speakers on the tablet. These are often superficial additions, like the manufacturer remembered to throw a few speakers into the chassis, and as a result, they’re often a hideous, tiny mess.
But the Honor Pad 8 exceeded my expectations for speaker audio and set the bar high for tablet speaker quality. My Kindle Fire HD 10 sounds as good as the Pad 8 in comparison. Firing up Fear-E’s latest release, Tales of the Clydesdale , the sound definition blew me away even through the speakers.
Of course, Bluetooth headphones sound great too, and the Pad 8 has Honor’s instant pairing tool, so when I open my Honor Earbuds 3 Pro case, I get an instant pairing request from the Pad 8. I don’t get annoyed with stupid bluetooth menus for me!
The Pad 8 cameras are good for practical use. They’ll never be used to take “proper” photos, but they work well for Google Meet calls (front-facing camera) and for scanning documents or taking quick photos while writing on a tablet with a rear-facing sensor.
Finally, storage space. I must admit that a little bit Disappointing is the Pad 8’s lack of a micro-SD tray for storage expansion. However, I’ll admit that I don’t really make a big deal out of the device. That is, unless I decide to pair the Pad 8 with my Pioneer DDJ-200 controller for some impromptu musical shenanigans at parties or in the park. So is 128GB enough? Probably enough for a few hours of repetitive beats and thunderous bass, so yeah, I’m happy with that. Maybe I don’t need a card slot…
Honor Roll Comparison 8
Of course, there’s no point trying the Pad 8 without putting it through a bit of a wringer. So without further ado, I ran Benchmark’s PCMark for Android with the following results:
- Work 3.0 performance tests returned a total of 6562 points.
- The Storage 2.0 benchmarks returned a total of 19,031 points.
I also ran Benchmark’s 3DMark for Android and got the following results:
- The Slingshot test returned a total of 2,094 points.
- The Wild Life test returned a total of 448 points.
So it’s not bad in terms of performance and storage performance, but it leaves a little to be desired, explaining that the Slingshot and Wild Life tests performed a bit poorly with Xbox Cloud Gaming. To that end, as I said above, you’ll get great productivity out of this tablet, but probably not the best gaming experience, if that’s what you want to use it for.
Would I recommend the Honor Pad 8?
It depends on what you want to use it for. Are you looking for a gaming tablet? Well, you’ll find that mobile games run well on the Pad 8, so if Call of Duty Mobile is your bag, you’ll get along well with the Pad 8.
If you’re on a productivity drive, the Pad 8 is a fantastic option, especially considering its low price. With its larger screen, you can work on this tablet, which makes it great if you’re traveling and need to get some work done on a plane or train.
All in all, the Honor Pad 8 is an attractive slate, with a responsive screen, stunning display, and incredible battery life that can see through even the heaviest of layoffs for two days and then more.