With each test of a new tablet, we have now been humming practically the same tune for a year and a half. The slate market has taken advantage of successive confinements to regain some color. After realme in 2021, this fall two other Chinese manufacturers are getting into the race.
Oppo, with its Pad Air, and Honor, our challenger of the day, with its Pad 8. These first incursions are made from below, in other words into the entry-level sector. A logical choice of positioning, since the more premium slates are the pre-square of a handful of manufacturers who are already well established. Hello, Apple, Lenovo and Samsung.
Officially presented at the IFA, alongside the Honor 70, this Pad 8 displays an interesting technical sheet with in particular a little madness, an audio system composed of 8 speakers. Is this enough to succeed in standing out in a very competitive entry-level sector? The answer in this test.
Design without false note
With its anodized aluminum casing, the Pad 8 offers a design that is certainly agreed, but rather well done. Despite its size, 278.5 cm x 174 cm, it is rather thin and light (6.9 mm thick for 520 grams). In this little game, it even does better than the recent Xiaomi Pad 5 which weighs 511 grams and is 6.8 mm thick for a slightly smaller format, 11 inches.
Adorned with rounded edges and rather discreet borders, it is pleasant to hold and use both in portrait and landscape mode. On the other hand, in terms of connectivity, it is rather austere. On its edges, we only find the aforementioned speakers, the USB-C socket and the power and volume buttons.
The mini-jack socket, the SIM card slot and the microSD port have all been dropped. To use it, it will therefore be necessary to be satisfied with Wifi ac and Bluetooth 5.1.
Screen and audio: ready for entertainment
Slightly larger than its direct competitors, the Pad 8 offers a 12-inch panel with a screen occupancy rate of up to 85%. With this format, the reading comfort is really optimal. Thanks to its 2K definition (1200 x 2000 pixels), the LCD screen displays a resolution of 194 dpi and a relatively good contrast ratio. To make the most of this screen, we still recommend that you set the colorimetry to “Warm” rather than “Default” in the settings.
The colors will then be more faithful and natural and will not pull towards blue. Its maximum brightness allows it to enjoy all your content indoors, even in the dark, without any problem. Outdoors and in full sun, it will be weaker. Nothing very disturbing since this tablet is intended mainly, in our opinion, for sedentary use.
Once this little detail is settled, the Pad 8 will be a delight to consume your video content and to enjoy your most basic tasks. With its fixed refresh rate of 60 Hz, it offers smooth navigation even with many applications in the background.
Above all, sound audio system consisting of 8 speakers with stereo effect, half for the bass and the other for the treble, is a real success. The dynamic range is balanced and the sound does not suffer from any distortion even at full volume. Result, during a series or a film, the sound immersion is really present and the lowest frequencies reach the ear without the impression of an echo.
It’s very simple, at this price, no tablet had impressed us so much in terms of sound.
Performance: it does what is expected of it
Not surprisingly, we find in the Pad 8 a SoC generally used in this price segment, this good old Snapdragon 680. To accompany it, Honor has made good choices: 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Especially since with the Honor Turbo option, the Pad 8 can expand its memory with 2 new GB of virtual RAM. This feature won’t turn this tablet into an iPad, but it’s still handy for intensive multitasking.
For everyday multimedia (social networks, SVOD, YouTube, audio streaming, Internet browsing and email), the Pad 8 will live up to all your expectations. In terms of gaming, it even surprised us. She manages to run many 3D games without flinching. We were able to embark on long sessions of Ronin: The Last Samuraiof Life is Strange or even of Rayman Adventurewithout any slowdown or particular overheating.
Of course, with the most resource-intensive games, the Pad 8 will have a lot more trouble. The freezes and graphic bugs will be too recurrent for you to be able to fully enjoy your games. In this case, nothing serious, this tablet does not aim to catch the eye of the most assiduous gamers.
On the interface side, the tablet runs Android 12 with the house Magic UI 6 overlay. -Windows. Too bad the manufacturer does not provide any keyboard support or official stylus to complete the use of its product.
Autonomy in the average
In order to limit the weight of its tablet, Honor had to resolve to be less greedy than the competition in terms of battery (7250 mAh). We could have feared the worst, especially given its wide diagonal, but in the end the Tab 8 is doing well. According to our calculations, it was able to last around 17 hours with often maximum brightness and activity clearly oriented towards video streaming and gaming.
A good average, without touching the summits. Comes with a 22.5 W charger, it goes from 5 to 90% in about 2 hours. Here too, it is placed in the standards of the entry-level sector.
Our opinion on the Honor Tab 8
For its first foray into the world of tablets, Honor is trying to stand out by offering a lightweight large-format product that is resolutely oriented towards multimedia. Thanks to its unique audio system and its correct performance, the Tab 8 is an ideal auxiliary slate for entertainment in the evenings and on weekends. These are its main strengths. In terms of design, autonomy and charging, it does neither better nor worse than the competition.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a product to take everywhere or to use more regularly during the day for greedy 3D games or office automation, it may disappoint you. Its limited connectivity, its disappointing photo part and its insufficient maximum brightness outdoors are indeed its main faults. A good choice for homebodies, a questionable plus for travelers.
Design and ergonomics
Autonomy and charging
photo and video section
- a high-performance audio system
- A comfortable 12-inch slab
- A light and thin design
- Average battery life and charging
We love less
- A poor connection
- Weak light
- A disappointing photo part