HONOR Pad 8 Review: Performance and Value Combined

September 26, 2022

We take a look at HONOR’s latest Android tablet.

Since it split from Huawei, HONOR has been churning out many great devices, from mobile phones to tablets. They have access to Google services, unlike Huawei, which opens a plethora of apps and services that would benefit any user.

The general look of the HONOR Pad 8 is excellent – from its glossy screen and the matte finish covering the exterior of its back. It’s rock solid and never felt flimsy with almost no flex when holding it with both hands. Surrounding the sides are the power button, volume rockers, and speakers. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone, which could be a bummer for those looking to use it.

The screen measures 12-inches with a 2000-by-1200-pixel resolution and supports over 1 billion colours, offering impressive detail even for an LCD screen. HONOR also puts its design technologies like Low Blue Light and Flicker Free features to ensure that your eyes don’t get fatigued from using it for long periods.

For its price, the HONOR Pad 8 performs excellent as an everyday tablet. The Snapdragon 680 processor, along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, is more than capable of efficiently handling daily tasks from browsing emails to watching streaming content. Other specifications include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.1. The large 7250mAh battery inside the HONOR Pad 8 gives more than two days’ worth of usage and can extend longer with its various battery-saving modes.

The HONOR Pad 8 runs its own Magic UI 6.1 on top of Android 12. Magic UI basically still has the inner workings of Huawei’s HarmonyOS, but it does have the advantage of being able to integrate Google services. You can access the Play Store and native apps like Gmail, Chrome, Drive, etc. Using the tablet for everyday tasks was a breeze. We specifically enjoyed using the multi-window viewing that worked flawlessly and brought a better experience akin to using a desktop computer.

The tablet houses a camera at the back and its front, both coming in at 5 megapixels. It’s pretty decent in quality and looks better than some more expensive tablets. While you’d probably use it to take everyday images, the HONOR Pad 8’s cameras are more than capable of delivering great images, especially when used for video calls.

Overall, the HONOR Pad 8’s decent feature set and great performance make it a reasonable purchase at AED 1,199. It’s a good all-around Android tablet that works if you’re on a budget.

We Like:

+ Great large display

+ Good performance

+ Decent camera

We Didn’t Like:

– No 3.5mm jack

– No storage expansion option

Final Verdict: The Honor Pad 8 brings decent performance for an Android tablet, made even better by its reasonably affordable price.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.