what we think of entry-level tablets

It’s like reliving a treasure hunt years ago, when Apple unveiled its iPad. The manufacturer has had fun in recent months releasing new Android tablets that are available in many price segments, but with all the same special attention paid to the entry level. But why did it come back like that, even though Android 13 isn’t there to really optimize usage yet? We have to prepare the ground well, which seems ready enough to do this Honor Pad 8, the last to enter the arena.

HonorPad 8Technical sheet

Model HonorPad 8
OS version

Android 12

Manufacturer interface

Magical UI

screen size

12 inches


2000×1200 pixels

Pixel density





Snapdragon 680

Memory (RAM)


Internal memory (flash)


Camera (rear)

Sensor 1: 5 MP

Front camera)

5 MP

Video recording



Wi-Fi 5 (ac)




Wi-Fi 5 (ac)






174.1 x 278.5 x 6.9mm


520 grams


Gold, Blue, Green



Product sheet See test

This test was conducted with a model lent by Honor.

HonorPad 8designing

Tablets tend to always want to be forgotten in a corner of our living room, or not far from our bedside table, so they’re usually not high-tech products that most people pay attention to. This is again the case here, where the Honor Pad 8 is just the rectangular block with the rounded aluminum frame you picture in your head when we talk about tablets.

Honor Pad 8 // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

But without saying that this design was not successful. Knowing that we are talking here about a 12-inch diagonal, quite large for a tablet, the Honor Pad 8 can still be forgotten with a weight of 520 grams and a thickness of only 7 millimeters. We’d also note the very thin border around the screen, at least as thin as it gets by leaving a bit of resting room for fingers. The Honor Pad 8 is intended to be a tablet used primarily in portrait mode, as indicated by the orientation of its photo sensor, but places all of its buttons on the same edge, in the purest smartphone tradition.

Honor Pad 8 // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

Two orientations, portrait and landscape, therefore both are still very comfortable. Around the edges, we’ll especially note the large grille to accommodate the stereo speakers which we hope are naturally powerful. So while the Honor Pad 8 isn’t the most innovative product of design, it integrates visually everything we really want to find in this product category.

HonorPad 8Screen

The Honor Pad 8 incorporates an 11.97-inch LCD panel that supports a maximum definition of 2000 x 1200 pixels and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The manufacturer does not offer sRGB or DCI P3 type settings in its interface, but it is sufficient to fix the color temperature. However, you do have an interesting mode called “eBook” which will change the screen to black and white, to avoid eye strain.

Based on our investigations and with DisplayCal software, we see that the tablet covers 98.3% of the sRGB space for 69.6% of the DCI P3 space. It offers an excellent contrast ratio of 1640:1 for a very cool average color temperature of 7323K and a maximum brightness of 410 cd/m² which makes it perfect for indoors, but won’t read as well in a sunny garden.

The average Delta E00 is measured here at 3.33, which is far from making it a colorimetric champion, but good enough for its intended use. And here’s a real lesson we took from our tests: it’s not the best result in the world, but for a panel this diagonal at the type of product placed at this price, it’s very good .

HonorPad 8Software

Here we find the usual Android 12 with the manufacturer’s exclusive MagicOS 6.1 interface. The biggest disappointment mainly comes from the integrated security patch, which is very late from its date of June 2022, which does not give credence to the software monitoring of this product. At least we are convinced to see that the Widevine L1 is well integrated, in order to guarantee the reading of HD content on this Honor Pad 8.

It seems that all Android tablets this generation are taking exactly the same direction, namely integrating a taskbar into macOS where you can find the usual shortcuts, but also the latest apps launched. But it’s a shame, unlike other manufacturers, Honor doesn’t specifically optimize it for multitasking use, like Oppo did on the Pad Air. For example, it’s impossible to find this bar outside the home page, to swipe apps next to each other and start multitasking.

What really manages this use is the little pill at the top of the interface, which when clicked offers you to move the app right or left. You also have the option of launching two other apps in flyout mode, and that’s about it. The rest of the experience is more or less like the regular Android Honor experience, which we won’t get into. So it’s efficient, yes, but not very well optimized.

HonorPad 8audios

The Honor Pad 8 seems to put a special emphasis on the audio experience it offers, as it incorporates no less than eight speakers and features DTS:X Ultra certification. And nothing: this speaker makes itself heard.

So of course, we’re still at the entry-level product. Sound doesn’t have the best definition in the world. However, it cannot be denied that when compared to its other competitors, Redmi or Oppo, it has the best sound. The highs are clean, the mids are slightly behind, but very present, and bass is kept to a minimum despite the device’s physical limitations in this context. Most importantly, it is able to develop an astounding volume without distortion. You can easily enjoy movies without feeling deprived on this tablet, which is a very good point for that.

Honor Pad 8 // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

On the other hand, manufacturers neglect even the slightest jack integration. You will only have the choice of a USB-C or a Bluetooth headset, knowing that it supports the Bluetooth 5.1 standard. It’s a little disappointing considering that many very frequent entry-level buyers are also waiting for jack support.

HonorPad 8Photo

How about a photo of an entry-level Android tablet? They’re more or less comparable to the experience offered by a laptop webcam, simply put.

Honor Pad 8 // Source: Chloé Pertuis – Frandroid

Front and back, the Honor Pad 8’s 5-megapixel sensor is above all else to ensure a decent video calling experience.

If you use it as a camera, you’ll quickly notice the pathetic quality, no digital processing, and bland colors, front and back. But hey, for videos? It runs.

HonorPad 8Show

The Honor Pad 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 which is paired with 6GB of RAM. It also includes a default storage space of 128 GB.

Model HonorPad 8 Oppo Pad Air (2022) Apple iPad 10 (2022)
AnTuTu 9 276727 N/A 734058
AnTuTu CPUs 80185 N/A 196402
AnTuTu GPUs 51366 N/A 279992
AnTuTu MEM 72007 N/A 124846
AnTuTu UX 73169 N/A 132818
PC 3.0 sign 6780 N/A N/A
Wild Life 3DMark 447 N/A N/A
3DMark Wild Life average frame rate 3 FPS N/A N/A
3DMark Extreme Wildlife N/A N/A 2272
3DMark Wild Life Extreme average framerate N/A N/A 14 FPS
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (on screen / off screen) 5/3 FPS N/A 34 / 32FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (on screen/off screen) 7/8FPS N/A 39/72FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (on screen/off screen) 19/22 FPS N/A 60/173 FPS
Geekbench 5 Single core N/A N/A 1576
Geekbench 5 Multi-core N/A N/A 3987
Geekbench 5 Count N/A N/A 12588
Sequential Read/Write 839 / 711MB/s N/A N/A
Random read/write 50/47 IOP N/A N/A

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