Continuing its tradition of providing budget devices with budget specs in the US, Hisense has announced its latest tablet. The Hisense Sero 8 builds on its Sero 7 predecessor by stretching the display up to 8 inches and upgrading the hardware just a tiny bit without stretching the price tag as well.

The Sero 8 will not probably win any awards and will probably have a tough time competing in the budget tablet market. Needless to say, it is still a viable option when budget is a bit tight. The 8-inch screen does come a tad close to Apple’s preferred sweet spot, but definitely don’t expect any retina treatment hear. As for raw power, the tablet will not be racing with the top end but probably won’t leave you in the dust either, with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a decent 1 GB serving of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable with an SD card but sadly only up to 32 GB.

Hisense bills the tablet as a multimedia device, though the 1280×800 HD resolution might leave some a bit wanting in today’s Full HD age. The manufacturer is, however, touting its PureColor Reproduction technology that is advertised to show off vibrant colors. Speaker grills seem to be located not at the front, which again calls into question this device’s supposed media character. The 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front shooter do make for a decent tag team. For wireless connectivity, the tablet makes use of WiFI and Bluetooth, the latter of which sadly only supports version 3.0 of the standard. Fortunately, not only does it run Android 4.4, it is also Google-certified so you have Google Play Store and its app selection here. Hisense has also added a custom remote control app that makes this tablet a perfect partner for one of those new Hisense H6 TVs launched last May.

As to the price, Hisense will not disappoint. For all those rather standard features, you can get a Hisense Sero 6 for only $129. If this device has in any way gotten you interested, you can head over to Walmart outlets, as the tablet will only be available for purchase from there.

SOURCE: Hisense (1), (2)