HP 8 tablet officially announced, another Apple iPad mini clone has appeared
If you can't beat them, then join them seems to be the saying many tablet makers are going for as they strive to overtake the Apple iPad tablets. Following that, HP have announced the HP 8, which is a 7.85-inch display tablet that looks exactly like the first Apple iPad mini. Having bought one of these clones myself already I can't help but wonder if everyone is getting the same aluminum unibody shell from the same supplier as the Apple iPad mini because everything looks nearly the same. Perhaps the iPad mini may have a bit more chrome trim but the design is nearly identical. Tech specs are the same in some aspects as well including the aforementioned 7.85-inch IPS display, which has a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
Other tech specs include a quad-core Allwinner ARM-based processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage + up to 32GB microSD, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 3800 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2. Pricing for the HP 8 is just $169.99 (RM558) but there is a lot of other competition in that price range. Acer's own iPad mini clone, the A1-830 is also around that price point but packs an Intel Atom processor. The amount of choices will be great for users, as regardless of which brand or tech specs you choose, you'll still end up with a good-looking aluminum unibody tablet.