New HP 8, with iPad Mini (right)

New HP 8, with iPad Mini (right)

HP’s new tablet – simply called the HP 8 – not only bears more than a passing resemblance to the non-Retina version of Apple’s iPad mini, it appears to use an almost identical 7.85-inch IPS 1024×768 display.

It looks like a reasonable if unexciting buy for the money, with an Allwinner quad-core ARM chip, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, a microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB cards) and running Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) …¬†

It’s the same price as the HP Slate 7 launched last April, and considerably cheaper than the Slate 8 Pro, which offers an ¬†NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and higher-res 1600×1200 display for $330.

HP re-entered the Android market last year after spending four years in the wilderness of WebOS.