HP has been promoting its line of tablets with the slogan “One size does not fit all.” To that end, they have added a 7.85″ unit to compliment their 7″ and 8″ offerings. The HP 8 1401US is an Android powered quad-core tablet that rings in at just $170.
There is little doubt that this is simply a rebranded US launch of the Compaq 8 that was launched in China last year. The HP 8 is a WiFi only tablet sporting a 7.85″ LCD display with 1024 x 768 resolution, Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Additional storage can be had with microSDHC support and lifetime 25GB of free Box cloud storage. Front and rear cameras measure in at 0.3MP and 2MP. There is battery enough to get you up to 7 hours of usage running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean.
Oddly enough, the HP 8 is the only tablet available for sale on the HP website that does not have a Bluetooth radio installed.
With the $170 price tag, the HP 8 would best be described as a budget tablet. It is almost half the cost of HP’s other 8″ slate, and is certainly one of the least expensive 8″ size-range tablets on the market. On the flip side, many of the specs of the HP 8 fall below what is available in most 7″ tablets on the market, including their own offerings.
If this sounds like it might be the right tablet for you, check it out on the HP website and enjoy free shipping within the US. Are you in the market for a budget 8″ tablet, or do you prefer the 7″ or 10″ form factors?