It was back in December that the Hisense Vidaa Pad was spotted at the FCC for clearance to sell in America.
It was back in January that we learned it would be sold at Walmart in America under the name Hisense Sero 8 Pro.
Here it is nearly April — but where’s the Sero 8 Pro?
A cursory Google finds it on sale in Germany, for €199,00. A brief pricing error allowed a few people to get a certain color model for just €99,00 [Microsoft Translator].
Aside from Germany, it’s on sale in South Africa, at a price that roughly translates to US$249 (about what we’ve expected, but US$199 sure would be nice!).
There’s a review from South Africa that is mixed and rages against bloatware installed by Hisense:
What is a problem, is the three whole screens that Hisense dedicates to pre-installed nonsense. One for recommended apps, one for Viewster (a movie streaming app showcasing uninteresting b-grade movies, luckily for free since I wouldn’t pay for any of them), and one for MyApp (which you can sign into Instagram with as far as I can tell and displays photos from there). These pages cannot be removed, and the apps cannot be uninstalled, only deactivated, which still displays the pages.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
This is the first (only?) Rockchip 3288 tablet to be sold in America. I’m still curious about it and would actually take a burdensome trip to a Walmart for a fondle.
I’ve used Hisense’s general contact form to ask about the American release date and will update if there’s any news.
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