During the launch event in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Honor also announces the Waterplay 8 Tablet, alongside with the Honor Magic 2, Watch Magic Smartwatch, and FlyPods Earbuds. Which is their first truly wireless earbuds.
Although, Apple has also announced their first bezel-less tablet, which is the iPad Pro (2018) but the newly launched Honor Waterplay 8 tablet still arrives with those large and big bezels surrounding the display.
Honor Waterplay 8 tablet Specs
*. Display: 8-inch display full-HD (1200×1920 pixels) display with PPI of 283 pixels per inch and 74.13 percent screen-to-body ratio
*. OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0
*. Processor: Kirin 659 processor
*. GPU: Mali T830-MP2 GPU
*. RAM: 4GB
– Back camera: dual rear camera setup with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors
– Front camera: 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and fixed focal length.
*. Storage: 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
*. Network and connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 with BLE, GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C port, NFC support, and OTG support
*. Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Gravity sensor, and Proximity sensor
*. Battery: 5100mAh battery with 9V/2A fast charging support
Design and Display
Honor Waterplay 8 is coming after one huge year of introducing Waterplay water-resistant tablet with IP67 ratings, it was the company’s first tablet to come with a water-resistant rating. The successor also follows suit.
Coming with a reputable IP67 ratings for water-resistant, the Honor Waterplay 8 was placed at a depth of 1 m in clear water, and it was still used normally after 30 minutes. So, you can take the tablet to your bathroom, kitchen, swimming but be very cautious.
You have a well dignified and moderated 8-inch WUXGA screen, with bigger bezels and borders surrounding the screen display. Which is big enough to hold a physical home button, that doubles as a fingerprint sensor, as it is embedded into the home button.
The Honor WaterPlay 8 tablet boasts of 74.13% screen to body ratio, at the front panel, and it is relatively big for a 2018 tablet. Display HD+ contents on its 1920 × 1200 pixels density of 283 PPI. The power and volume buttons are located on the right side of the case.
It arrives with two stereo speakers with Huawei Histen 5.0 3D audio technology. The new tablet is made of a gorgeous unibody metal design and currently available in Gold and Silver colors option. Dimension is 248 × 173 × 7.8mm and weighs 465g.
Camera and connectivity
The Honor WaterPlay 8 arrives with a dual camera setup, which consists of a primary 13-megapixel camera + a 2-megapixel secondary camera. However, the 12-megapixels serves as the main and standard camera shots.
While the other secondary camera, 2-megapixels is for awesome portrait shots. At the front, you have the 8-megapixel selfie camera and it comes with a Face unlock feature, and other features.
Comes wit the following network and connectivity, 4G LTE (Optional), WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, USB Type-C. Thanks for ditching the old-fashioned and traditional USB 3.0.
Performance and Battery
The Honor Waterplay 8 tablet is powered by a eight-core Kirin 659 SoC clocked at Octa-core (4 xA53 at 2.36GHz + 4 x A53 at 1.7GHz) processor. While the graphic performance is enhanced with a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU processor.
The tablet also supports proprietary GPU Turbo technology, thanks to which the performance of the graphics accelerator rises to 60 percent. And it runs on Android 8.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 8.0 on top.
The Honor WaterPlay 8 is available in three different configurations, there is the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage with Wi-Fi, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage with LTE, and 4GB RAM + 128GB storage with Wi-Fi.
Under the hood, it packs a 5100mAh battery with support for 9V-2A fast charging. It also comes in 4G version with support for voice calling. And it is currently available for pre-order in its launched country: China.
Price of Honor Waterplay 8 tablet
The Honor Waterplay 8 tablet 64GB WiFi version is priced at 1499 yuan / US$ 217, while the 128GB WiFi version costs 1899 yuan / US$ 275 and the 64GB 4G LTE version goes for 1799 yuan / US$ 261.
Honor Waterplay 8 tablet will go on sale starting November 6 and you can purchase the device via Vmall, JD.com, Tmall, and Suning. Looking for a portable, moderate tablet for a considerable price, don’t forget to add the Waterplay 8 tablet to your list.