Realme Pad X review: an all-in-one budget tablet - Future News

Realme Pad X review: an all-in-one budget tablet – Future News

Chinese smartphone giant Realme entered the tablet space with the wallet-friendly Realme Pad last year. Recently, the company announced a successor to the device in the form of Realme Pad X which is being sold at a starting price of Rs 19,999 in India. The 5G tablet packs in a Snapdragon 695 SoC, a 10.5-inch WUXGA+ panel, a quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support, and more. Suffice to say, the unit checks a lot of boxes and offers an attractive spec sheet. So, should you spend your hard-earned dollars on Pad X? Or, should you choose the Xiaomi Pad 5 (review) instead? Read on to find out.

Inside information

Just like the Realme Pad, the Pad X is also designed like a tank and offers the device a sturdy body. Despite this, the unit measures just 7.1mm and weighs just under 500g, ensuring the device gets top marks in the portability department as well. However, the keyboard case makes the whole set a bit heavy at around 900g. An icy blue color has been submitted for review which looks delightfully unique due to the matte finish affixed to the back of the tablet. However, the keyboard case covers all the aesthetic aspects of the unit, which is a big problem. As for the I/O ports, the device comes with two speaker grilles located on either side of the tablet frame. The volume rocker and power button are positioned next to each other, with the former taking up space on the right spine of the tablet, while the latter finding a top spot, next to the speaker grille.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

When moving, the device’s camera module rests flush with the chassis, neutralizing any wobble when using the device on a flat surface. Separate accessories can be purchased for the Pad X including Realme Keyboard and Realme Pencil case. The former fits perfectly on a tablet and can be connected via Bluetooth while the stylus is magnetically attached to the unit’s frame. I am completely satisfied with the overall build quality of the tablet and can easily see it standing the test of time.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

As mentioned earlier, the Pad X comes with a 10.5-inch WUXGA+ panel that offers a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. While the panel is reasonably sharp, the icing on the cake is that the edges around the display are also very neat. Put it all together and Pad X will give you an immersive media consumption experience with plenty of screen real estate. The 60Hz panel, on the other hand, doesn’t make animations and the browsing experience feel all that smooth. In fact, buyers looking to tweak the 5G version of the Pad X will have plenty to trade in, especially since the Xiaomi Pad 5 – which sells for roughly the same price – offers a much smoother, pixel-dense 120Hz panel.

When moving, the tablet’s screen delivers a peak brightness of 400 nits, which isn’t particularly bright for outdoor scenarios although it’s sufficient for indoor use. The LCD panel doesn’t have great viewing angles and the colors have a touch of extra saturation but for the price, I couldn’t ask for more. For some strange reason, Netflix is ​​not compatible with the current version of Realme UI 3.0 on the Pad X. However, you can migrate HD streams from Amazon Prime on the device.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

The Realme Keyboard case is designed to fit snugly over the Pad X and requires special effort to keep it away from the body. Once installed, the case allows you to keep the screen supported at a stable angle. The keyboard itself must be connected via Bluetooth which is enabled via a small toggle switch on the bottom of the case. And if the accessory runs out of juice, you can use the unit’s Type-C connector to quickly charge it. The typing experience is also very enjoyable, as the keys have a wide travel (1.3 mm), as well as deliver tactile and responsive feedback.

I must add that the keyboard does not come with backlit LEDs, and therefore, it is very difficult to type accurately in dimly lit environments. Apart from that, the Fn key guesses with many other keys to perform different functions, including volume control, brightness adjustments, screen capture, navigation and more.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

For the Realme Pencil, the stylus touts a variety of features and supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, 240Hz touch sampling, and more. While the overall construction of the pencil is beautiful, using it is not a very pleasant experience. In fact, during my review period, I tried my hand at doodling on the X-pad, but much to my chagrin, the pencil didn’t respond to swipes in such a responsive fashion. There was always a slight input lag which did not inspire any confidence to venture into creative tasks with the device.

On the plus side, the tablet won’t leave you wanting more in the performance department. To get smart, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-tier Snapdragon 695 SoC which we’ve already seen on a few more affordable Android phones. It’s important to note that the base variant only gets 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. However, you can allocate up to 6GB of memory if you choose the 5G model sent to me for review. It is understood that you will have to pay a premium for the unit and your cost will come to Rs 27,999 for the model.

Whatever the case, the tablet is more than adept at handling a user’s daily workload. I mostly watched YouTube and Amazon Prime videos and movies for the duration of my review cycle, while also browsing the web/Reddit on the device. Unsurprisingly, the tablet did the above tasks without breaking a sweat. If anything, the auto-rotate feature was slow to flip the screen orientation. To give you a better picture, I ran some benchmarks on the unit, which are attached below. As evidenced by modular tests, the tablet offers a chipset capable of performing exceptionally well under constant load.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

The Realme Pad X comes with a 13MP camera on the back, which takes swipeable photos at best. However, the 8MP front camera has a very neat feature called Limelight which is supported in Google Meet, Zoom and Google Duo. The utility works similarly to Apple’s Center Stage and automatically tracks the user’s face and cuts it in and out as it moves around the frame. The function works well even with five people in the frame. Unfortunately, the Pad X does not ship with a headphone jack. However, the device comes with a quad-speaker setup that is compatible with Dolby Atmos as well. To no one’s surprise, the speakers sound great and set the stage for an enjoyable movie-watching experience.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

On the software side, the device comes with Realme UI 3.0 which, according to the brand, has been modified to match well with the tablet. There are many features borrowed from the smartphone interface such as Split screen, Smart Sidebar, Flexible Windows, and Text Scanner, and they all look better on the larger tablet screen. You can also use the Pad X as a mirroring device with other compatible Realme phones. Not to mention that Realme has done a good job integrating its ecosystem of products into the Realme Link app and the Pad X can be used to take advantage of this service effectively.

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

In terms of battery life, the Realme Pad X features a 8,340mAh battery, providing the unit with a generous battery backup. In fact, I haven’t had to charge the tablet in two days and after about 7 hours of turning on the screen I still have about 20 percent in the tank. You also get a 33W charger inside the box that takes about 3 hours to fully charge the tablet.

Final verdict

Realme Pad X review: An all-in-one budget tablet

Realme Pad X has a lot to do, and a starting price of just Rs 18,999 will undoubtedly attract a lot of buyers. However, the top variant costs Rs 27,999 and competes with the recently launched Xiaomi Pad 5 (Review), which, incidentally, offers a smoother 120Hz panel and faster SoC as well. Thus, buyers looking to get maximum performance from their upcoming Android tablet will be better off with Xiaomi’s offering. On the other hand, if you need a device that can make the most of the upcoming 5G infrastructure, the Pad X is also a good choice.

Editor’s Rating: 3.5 / 5

Positives:

  • smooth performance
  • amplifiers capable
  • Decent battery life
  • Optimum Software Experience

Negatives:

  • It is missing a 3.5mm headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner
  • A higher refresh rate panel can be used
  • Pencil support can be improved

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