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TCL Tab 10s Review: Budget Android Tablet

Tablets are mostly used to watch videos or as preschool education tools for children. The current demand for Work From Home has made tablets a good helper for many students to study at home and use video!

The tablet market in 2021 still feels a bit like a battle between Apple and the rest, and many Android manufacturers are trying to take Apple to the throne. TCL seems to cherish these ambitions less and focuses with its tablets mainly on the segment of consumers who need an extra screen at home but do not want to pay a high price for it. We went to work with the Tab 10S, TCL’s entry-level model.

The Tab 10s from TCL is a budget-friendly tablet without too many frills and many compromises. The Android tablet range has been given a good option.

It not only has a 10.1-inch large screen and four sets of stereo speakers but it can also be used with an exclusive stylus T-Pen to draw pictures, Note writing to bring multiple applications and creativity beyond audio and video to life and its overall specifications? How about the performance? Let’s take a look at sharing and experience!

· Processor: MediaTek 8 core processor (MT8768)
· Screen: 10.1 inches, FHD (1920 x 1200), 16.7MP screen color
· RAM: 4GB
· Storage space: 64GB (supports up to 256GB microSD expansion)
· Camera: 5MP before Lens, 8MP main lens with flash light
· Video: 1920 x 1080 30FPS
· Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ ac (support Wi-Fi Direct)
· Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
· Sensor: Gravity sensing , Distance sensing, light sensing, Hall magnetoelectric sensor, GPS
· Transmission port: USB Type-C (USB 2.0) supports USB OTG
· Microphone: Dual microphones
· Speaker: Stereo speakers with four sound holes
· Battery: 8000mAh support 18W fast charge(9V2A)
· Dimensions and weight: 241 x 158.6 x 8.3mm, 488g
· Color:Super matte Gray

Display

TCL TAB 10s uses a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display screen, with MediaTek’s MT8768 processor for tablet devices, with 4GB memory and 64GB storage capacity, plus micro SD memory. The card expands the storage capacity of 256GB, and the battery is equipped with 8000mAh capacity and 18W fast charging specifications, which can correspond to the full-day use time, and even supports the T Pen handwriting function to facilitate users to interact with content through writing and graffiti.

The T Pen stylus is made of aluminum alloy and can be used without additional batteries. It uses smart writing technology. When the stylus touches the screen, it will also turn off the touch recognition function of fingers, palms, and abdomen to avoid Affect handwriting.

That’s about the standard size for budget tablets, and it’s just big enough to stream well with your tablet. The tablet fits well in your hands and doesn’t take up much space in a backpack if you want to take it with you. Although the screen should certainly not be smaller for me, otherwise, there is no longer any distinction for me with a smartphone. 

The display specifications are not unique and in line with what you can expect from this tablet type. You should not expect a refresh rate of 120 Hz. TCL does have a clever trick up its sleeve called NXTVISION that you can turn on via the settings. The display will then automatically adjust the contrast, color, and brightness according to the ambient light. This way, the display will always be legible whether you’re inside or outside. A few games of Fruit Ninja We learned that the display’s responsiveness is also okay, whether you use your fingers or the T-Pen (needed neatly in the box, thank you for that!). As a television manufacturer, TCL knows how to make a good screen. The only compromise you have to make is that there is no HD support for Netflix.

Specifications & Performance

Under the hood is a Mediatek MT8768 processor. This is certainly not the most high-end processor on the market, and you will soon notice that. Basic tasks can still be performed well, but the tablet has already hit its limits even with fair games, and booting is not very fast either. The limited RAM (3GB) does not help with that. TCL Tab 10s is, therefore, a tablet that you should use for simple applications such as social media, video calling, and Netflix/ Disney + streaming. In terms of storage capacity, you get 32GB available. That in itself is more than decent, significantly because you can expand the memory up to 256GB with a Micro SD card. So you certainly don’t have to worry about storage.

It is worth mentioning that the processor of TCL Tab 10s cannot offer 5G support. That is not yet a problem in Belgium, but it does not make the tablet future-proof. You can count on excellent WiFi support and, if you have a SIM card, you can also use 4G networks.

Features

T-Pen: The T Pen stylus is made of aluminum alloy, with an easy-to-grip edge surface and a 55:45 center of gravity design, making the writing experience more stable and comfortable.

  • High-strength aluminum alloy material, 55:45 counterweight design.
  • Dustproof, waterproof and no power design, conductive carbon fiber high-resistant pen point material 
  • Screen corresponding to provide high-density sensing layer
  • 88 writing signal transmission circuit can identify 2mm touchpoint pitch

Child mode: As for children’s use, parents can also use the “growth space” app to create a more suitable mode for children. By setting the usable app, browsing the web, and tablet usage time, they can regulate the way children use the tablet to become a child. A powerful tool for learning and growth. In addition, it can also restrict the use of apps or open web pages through a whitelist to prevent children from downloading other apps arbitrarily or viewing inappropriate web content through the browser.

  • Parent password management,
  • Child-friendly interface
  • SGS eye protection certification
  • APP/web whitelist charging / vision / time protection settings

Camera

At the back is an 8MP camera lens that is good for a quick picture on the go, but nothing more than that. The 5MP front camera is more than adequate for video calling.

Software

TCL has yet to jump to Android 11, while Android 12 is already right around the corner. So you still have to make do with Android 10, but you get a clean version without excessive bloatware apps. For the parents among us, there is a Kids Mode that you can activate with a Google account. Children then receive a protected interface with a limited number of child-friendly and educational apps.

Battery

The battery is equipped with 8000mAh capacity and 18W fast charging specifications, corresponding to the full-day use time. It even supports the T Pen handwriting function to facilitate users interacting with content through writing and graffiti.

With regular use, the battery can last more than one day. The binge-watchers among us will also be able to watch a sloppy 8 hours before having to recharge. So the battery life is good. The tablet is not a genuine fast charger. You can use any USB-C charger, and there is also a strip for magnetic charging, but a charging capacity of 18W takes a while before the battery is fully charged again.

Conclusion!

TCL Tab 10s tablet cannot compete with the heavyweights such as the iPad, iPad Pro, and Galaxy Tab. You get an excellent and well-functioning basic package for a fantastic price. TCL can undoubtedly rival the tablets from Lenovo, Huawei, and other manufacturers that remain in the shadow of Samsung and Apple. If you want to boost certain specifications, it may be worth looking at the TCL 10 Tab Max. It sticks to the same formula but has more storage and RAM and better cameras.

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Tablet For Kids: Learn, Play & Have Fun

Devices with a display are an integral part of our everyday lives, whether a smartphone, TV, laptop, or tablet. Even our refrigerator can be equipped with a screen or touchscreen. So it makes sense if you introduce your child to digital media at an early stage. Children’s tablets are best suited for this, even if every tablet has a children’s mode.

The difference to standard tablet PCs is that children’s tablets are child-friendly to use and only offer age-appropriate access to learning apps, games, and media such as audiobooks, videos, and books.

On the one hand, apps are available with age-dependent filtered content, and on the other hand, you can customize the children’s tablet to your child in a password-protected parent account. You can use pre-settings to specify which content your child can use and when. For example, you can authorize the use of games and videos for screen time in the midday hours and only e-books and audiobooks for the evening hours. Or you only allow your child to play videos after using a learning app for 10 minutes. Otherwise, you can control the entire screen time per day with a timer function. You can adapt everything as you want and see fit for your child.

Light and sound conditions are also often adapted to the sensitive eyes and ears of children. Meanwhile, a colorful silicone cover protects the device from damage caused by falls or the like.

Children’s tablets are available for all age groups between 3 and 10 years. You can familiarize your child with the digital world even as a toddler. You enable them to deal with modern technologies and media in a barrier-free manner. It becomes a so-called digital native – a person who grows up with digital technology and uses it as a matter of course.

Children’s tablets also cost only a fraction of regular tablet PCs.

To keep track of this jungle of offers and decide which device is the right one for your child, you will find below our 3 most popular children’s tablets, which we will present to you in detail.

The range of children’s tablets is large and varied. Even if that is a reason to be happy, it can also seem overwhelming to deal with many different models. To make it easier for you to find something suitable for your child, we will introduce you to our 3 most popular children’s tablets in detail.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids 2021

The Amazon Fire HD 10 from the 2019 series is available in the Kids Edition from just under 170 USD and is a true all-rounder. The children’s tablet is suitable for children between 3 and 12 years of age. It provides your child with tons of activities: playing, learning, reading, listening to audiobooks, watching videos, or surfing the Internet. There are only the limits that you set for your child.

The selection of available apps is not limited to Amazon products. In addition to Audible, Prime, and Co., you can also provide your child with videos from Disney Plus, YouTube, or learning content from Anton, for example. You can deactivate in-app purchases within the games. The browser is deactivated at the factory and otherwise only displays pages that have been filtered for children.

The content available for the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition can be obtained from the Amazon Kids + store. With the purchase of the children’s tablet, you automatically receive a 1-year membership. After 12 months, you have the option to continue your membership for a fee. You then pay $5 per month for one child, with an existing Prime membership of $3. If you have several children, you can take out a membership with up to 4 children for 10 USD or a Prime subscription for 7 USD per month.

The device’s impressive battery life of 12 hours ensures that you don’t have to watch the charging bar and have the charger at hand. So your child’s tablet is always available on a weekend trip – provided it is not in constant use.

The children’s tablet has a robust casing that protects the device from falls and hits. The silicone case is available in purple, pink, and blue. So every child can choose their color.

The children’s version is only a little inferior to the parents’ Fire tablet from Amazon in terms of hardware. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has a sufficiently large storage space with a selection of apps, 5-6 short audiobooks, and two films. In the meantime, films can be viewed on the 10-inch LCD screen in a full HD image resolution inappropriately sharp quality without being pixelated. Otherwise, a powerful processor ensures that games can be played smoothly and do not irritate the children. The Amazon children’s tablet meanwhile has the Fire OS operating system. Similar to Android operating systems, it is open source and therefore very easy to use.

Compared to the competition, the children’s tablet is doing quite well. Only the weight of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Version is a bit heavy, which can be a bit tiring on small children’s arms in the long run. Light and sound are also not reduced in a way that is suitable for children.

A newer version of the Amazon children’s tablet has been on the market since April 2021. Compared to its predecessor, this scores a tidy user interface that should be more pleasant to use for older children. Otherwise, the devices only differ slightly in the following: The successor model has a slightly larger RAM for more powerful tablet use, a higher rear camera resolution for sharper images, and a lower weight for better handling.

Pebble Gear Disney Tablet

The children’s tablet Pebble Gear is available for 90 USD and suitable for children between 3 and 8 years. It comes in a unique design and with amazing content that is sure to inspire your offspring.

Pebble has cooperation with Disney. This means that unique games, learning apps, audio books and films with Disney characters are available on the tablet. Your child can play, learn and read with their favorite Disney character. In addition, the protective bumper cover of the children’s tablet bears the inscription from the Disney films Frozen II, Cars, Toy Story 4, or Mickey and Friends. The protective cover is also designed in color typical of the film.

The enormous range of games, videos, e-books, or learning apps is available via a pre-installed GameStore app that you can use free of charge for 12 months. After this time, the content will still be available to you via prepaid. You then have the choice between the following price options: for one month you pay $5, for the quarter 13 USD and one year 40 USD.

The use of the content is free of advertising and in-app purchases. However, Pebble only prevents external apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Anton, and Co.

In terms of hardware, the Pebble Gear children’s tablet gives you a solid entry-level basis. With the available storage space, you can provide your children with 5–8 apps, 2–3 audiobooks, or a 90-minute film in children’s mode. The display resolution is small. The front camera also shoots sharper images from the competition. Only the rear camera can keep up with the comparison.

A blue filter protects your child’s sensitive eyes. The brightness of the display is also reduced to protect children’s eyes.

Otherwise, the children’s tablet with the Android operating system is absolute lightweight. So your child can hold it for a long time without any problems and has it safely in hand when jumping from room to room or on the move. With 9 hours of battery life, the latter is possible without worrying if the device is not running in continuous mode.

Kurio TAB Lite

The Kurio Tab Lite 7 children’s tablet, which you can buy for $80, offers your child the opportunity to combine digital play and active movement with its Kurio Motion app. Your offspring can control a character by moving in front of the front camera of the children’s tablet. For example, your child competes in competitions such as swimming or skiing. This is how you motivate them to jump through the living room in the digital environment too.

Kurio Tab Lite 7 is suitable for children between 3 and 6 years of age and offers an overall package with its app selection: Videos, games, audiobooks, learning apps and the like are fully available via Google Play. There are no membership fees, only for paid apps – if desired.

Thanks to a cooperation with Toggo, your child will also have access to content from their favorite TV series, such as Dragons or NINJAGO.

It is also interesting here: There is a children’s store that you can activate. Here your child can manage their apps independently thanks to a virtual pocket money function. It can delete apps in its account that it does not need and download those it finds interesting and would like to test via the children’s store. Your child only has access to age-related apps in the Children’s Store.

The lightweight is handy and manageable with its small widescreen. The display’s brightness is reduced in a child-friendly manner and is easy on your child’s eyes. However, the screen resolution of the Kurio Tab Lite 7 is below the recommended minimum for the sharp game and video playback. This is sufficient for more minor children, but the competition offers more.

The pastel-colored protective cover is available in blue, pink, and green. So your child can choose their preferred color.

You can find an overview of the most important features below.

Amazon Fire HD 10Pebble Gear DisneyKurio TAB Lite
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE CHECK PRICE
Screen10 inch7 inch7 inch
Storage32 GB16 GB16 GB
ExpandableYesYesYes
RAM2 GB 2 GB1 GB 
Battery pack6,300 mAh2,700 mAh2,580 mAh
Battery lifeUp to 12hUp to 9h Up to 8h
CameraFront 2 MP
Rear 2 MP
0.3 MP
2 MP
0.3 MP
2 MP
Processor2GHz octa-coreQuad-coreQuad-Core (4)
OSFire OSAndroidAndroid
Weight778 g280 g303 g
Age bar3 to 12 years3 to 8 years3 to 6 years

Conclusion!

The features and functions of children’s tablets are very different. Which tablet you choose for your child depends on what needs and wishes you have for your child.

If you plan to entertain your children primarily on the go with the children’s tablet, weight and battery play a significant role. Like the Pebble Gear or the Kurio Tab Lite 7, a light device can hold your child safely and securely in their hands in the stroller or car. On the other hand, the battery should last as long as possible on the go because a charging option is not always available. A short, fast charging time has also proven its worth.

For a child who uses a large selection of content, a children’s tablet needs, among other things, a lot of storage capacity or at least the option of expanding this with a microSD card. All of the children’s tablets presented here have this expansion option. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition has the most significant internal storage space.

If your child uses games and videos more and more, it makes sense if the children’s tablet has at least 4 processors with a decent clock frequency. A high image resolution is pleasant for children’s eyes. At least HD quality with 1,280 x 720 pixels is recommended here. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition and the Pebble Gear keep up well here.

Do you prefer solid hardware and a large, unrestricted selection of apps? Then you are well served with the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. You get exclusive access to Disney content such as games, audiobooks, films and a child-friendly screen with the Pebble Gear. If membership-free, available content and the connection between games and sports are essential, the Kurio Tab Lite 7 is interesting for you.

One thing is sure: All children’s tablets allow your child to have the ultimate play and to learn fun under maximum parental control. Your child will spend educational, fun, and entertaining time with every available children’s tablet. So let’s go: choose one.

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Apple iPad Mini 6 2021 Review: Small in Size Max in Performance

The iPad Mini 6 is finally out after months of waiting and speculation. After the iPad Pro then Air, there is a small format tablet that adopts the design of other Apple tablets. The device has a larger screen, a better screen, rounded edges and no longer square, and good performance.

PROSCONS
A15 Bionic processorNo FaceID facial recognition
Strong battery life60Hz screen
Wi-Fi 6 and USB-CMedium storage option
iPadOS 15 improvements
USB-C charging

Key Specification

Apple IPad Mini 6
Released2021, Sept 24
ProcessorApple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
Display8.3 inches
Memory64GB 4GB RAM
256GB 4GB RAM
Camera12 MP

Design

Dimensions195.4 x 134.8 x 6.3 mm
Weight293 g (Wi-Fi) / 297 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Screen Size8.3 inches, (~77.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1488 x 2266 pixels
ColourSpace Gray, Pink, Purple, Starlight
TypeLiquid Retina IPS LCD, 500 nits
MaterialAluminium

The iPad Mini had retained its original aesthetic for years. However, Apple has radically changed the aesthetic appearance of its tablet in recent years. First, the Pro versions, then the Air version and finally the Mini; it was about time. There is a slightly thicker tablet, but for a good reason, this model is very uniform, as are the higher-end models.

The screen has grown from 7.9 inches to 8.3 inches on the front side, which is larger and more suited to this new format. The edges are uniform, each the same size, making the iPad very pleasant to use. We find the front camera on the upper part of the screen, but no Face ID, unfortunately. For the price, Apple could have put this technology.

On the upper edge, there are two speakers, allowing you to broadcast stereo sound with the two speakers below as well. The volume adjustment buttons are also present at the top, with two separate controls for the volume and a large button enclosing the fingerprint sensor on the right for locking/unlocking.

On the left edge, there is nothing in the version, namely the Wi-Fi version only. On the right edge is the magnetic part for the Apple Pencil; the Pencil is, however, not sold with the iPad and remains marketed for more than a hundred USD on the Apple site.

The underside of the iPad Mini indeed includes the other two speakers, as well as the USB-C port. Apple is adopting USB-C little by little on the iPad. Therefore, we are delighted that this iPad is switching to USB-C for more connectivity and convenience.

On the back, as usual, the apple is present, with the mention of the product “iPad” and some legal notices. The iPad Mini 6 does not have a 3-point connection for keyboards or recharging devices on the back; it’s a shame. The camera also adopts a flash, a big change on this small tablet devoid of it before.

However, the sensor extend quite a bit from the surface of the device, as on the iPad Pro 2018. It’s a shame because the mini version of the tablet was still the only version without a camera that extend, but it is, so now, a shell will be required to protect it if necessary. Along with this, a microphone is present on the back.

Display

This small-format tablet by Apple adopts a fairly classic IPS LCD panel, Apple is not yet at AMOLED on the iPad, unfortunately, and it shows. Faced with an iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPad Mini has difficulty standing out with its screen. Also, we note that it uses a 60 Hz panel and not a 120 Hz panel. Faced with a 2018 iPad Pro, this is noticeable, and the difference is striking.

The screen adopts a resolution of 2266 x 1488 pixels, the bare minimum for a pixel density of 326 DPI. On this iPad Mini 6, Apple did not go overboard, that’s for sure.

However, we can congratulate ourselves on a size of 8.3 inches against size of 7.9 inches previously. Indeed, this larger screen is also much more pleasant to use with more harmonious edges. There is indeed a difference between the two generations, the 5 and this iPad Mini 6. However, there are rounded corners with a much wider rounding on the outer edges than the inner corners of the screen.

The brightness is 500 nits, which is not bad however, if the Colorimetry is DCI-P3.

Apple has its TrueTone display habit; this feature allows the iPad to adapt to the ambient light to offer colour temperatures. However, more preferences for a default display with a fairly cool colour temperature give a much better visual result. It is possible to deactivate the TrueTone easily.

The screen is compatible with Apple Pencil, and the iPad Mini 6 has support for the latter on its right edge. However, we note that the oleophobic coating supposedly resistant to fingerprints does not resist very long and not as much as hoped. However, this is the case with many tablets, which are pretty sensitive to fingerprints on the screen.

As usual, Apple does not offer tempered glass protection or protective film on the iPad Mini. It is not the only one. However, Apple never protects its devices, access to the user if necessary.

Performance

GPUApple GPU (5-core)
RAM4GB
Storage64GB, 256GB
ExpansionNo
OSiPadOS 15

The iPad Mini 6 has an Apple A15 Bionic chip, a 6-core processor. However, the device is a bit lower than what is found in the iPhone 13 Pro Max. With this, we find 4 GB of RAM and the 5-core GPU found in the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but the frame rates are a little lower and the performance as well. After all, we are on a “Mini” version; Apple would not offer the same performance as the iPad Air or Pro.

GeekBench

On GeekBench, the iPad Mini 6 is doing well. It must say that it is perhaps less good than the iPhone 12 Pro Max but much better than many or even many Android smartphones, of course. The Huawei MatePad 11 is struggling to keep up on that side. Indeed, the GeekBench score of the iPad Mini 6 is 4360 points.

The processor clocked at 2.93 GHz, and if we appreciate its performance, it is far from extreme. However, we will agree that this version is not made for extreme tasks either, like video editing, for example).

Antutu score

iOS and iPad OS let us download Antutu Benchmark as we wish, which is also a big positive point when we benchmark against Android. The Antutu score for the iPad Mini 6 is 755,302 points. 

This is a good score, which beats many Android smartphones, with the GPU and processor advertised as the best performing. Indeed, the latter is powerful, despite being restricted in this version of the iPad.

Performance Test

We can see read and write performance, among other things, of the storage chip and the RAM of the iPad Mini 6. The performance of the RAM with more than 20 000MB / read and nearly 22,000MB / s write, with just 18.9ns of latency. No other device on the market does better; Apple has a habit of hitting hard on RAM if it isn’t present in huge amounts.

We ended up with only 494MB / s read and 218MB /  this contrasts significantly with the very efficient RAM.

3DMark

The performance is good, but also in the game, even though it is only 60 frames per second and that sometimes, we fall to less depending on the game.

iPadOS 15

iPad Mini 6 equipped with iPad OS 15; Apple’s software adapted for tablets appeared a few years ago and left room for different functionalities and organization from what classic iOS offers. However, iPad OS has its flaws, and its integration on this iPad Mini is a bit risky, especially at the edges.

However, we find all the features we already love on the iPhone, plus real multitasking, allowing you to use two applications simultaneously. Continuity is required with the possibility of receiving and sending messages from the iPad when it is close to the iPhone and on the same Wi-Fi network, whether they are iMessages or SMS!

Overall, iPad OS 15 does not change much compared to iPad OS 14; the interface is still an absolute pleasure to use.

Camera

Rear12 MP, f/1.8, (wide), AF
Front12 MP, f/2.4, 122˚ (ultrawide)
Video recording[email protected]/30/60fps, gyro-EIS

Apple IPad Mini 6 has a single back-mounted photosensor and a front-facing photosensor, both 12 MP. However, no ultra-wide angle on this iPad Mini 6 but a zoom that can go up to x5 on the back camera. On the other hand, there is a microphone on the back and a flash with 4 LEDs. At the rear, the photosensor has an f / 1.8 aperture, which is very practical for taking photos while capturing a lot of light.

The photos taken with the iPad Mini 6 are quite correct, provided good ambient light conditions. In night photography, it’s not terrible; the photos are not exceptional, far from it. 

On the front camera side, we appreciate its angle of 122 °, which is very wide and pleasant. This allows you to take pictures in good quality and remains ideal for video conferences via FaceTime in particular.

Multimedia

Headphone jackNo
LoudspeakerStereo speakers
MicrophonesNo
FM RadioNo

With 4 speakers, the iPad Mini 6 offers the good sound quality, powerful and pleasant. We especially appreciate the fact of finding four sound outputs on a small iPad like this one! The sound power isn’t extraordinary either, however, it’s enough for such a small tablet. The bass is present and pleasant, the midrange and treble are also well balanced.

Battery Life

Capacity5078 mAh
TypeLi-Ion
LifeUp to 10 h
WirelessYes
Power Supply19.3 Wh
User-ReplaceableNo

5078 mAh battery, the iPad Mini 6 has a good battery that lasts the day without too much hassle. After about 10 hours, the battery showed signs of weakness, which is still really good for this tiny tablet. However, do not go too hard on the use; we used the tablet with the brightness at about 1/3 and in web browsing in Wi-Fi only.

It should not be counted on to work miracles in terms of autonomy in more intensive use. Even if Apple has worked well with its A15 chip, after 4 or 5 hours in play, it will give its first signs of weakness. However, Apple screwed up the charger and the cable with this iPad, fortunately! But the battery is still recharged in 20 Watts, which is a small revolution on the apple side.

Connectivity

SIMNano-SIM, eSIM
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
NFCNo
GPSYes
ConnectorsUSB Type-C 3.1, DisplayPort
SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted),
accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer

The iPad Mini 6 goes to USB-C, finally! It is thus much more practical to read external storage media, it is also efficient to recharge the iPad with the charger of the Mac. In short, Apple has put the new universal connector on its small-format iPad, and that’s a perfect thing, to the detriment of lightning.

In terms of wireless connectivity, we have Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6, which is good, but We would have appreciated a more recent version of Bluetooth! That would have been the least of things for an

The iPad Mini 6 is also available in the 5G version. Connection sharing from an iPhone is so easy and quick to perform that I didn’t have to take the cellular version.

No Face ID for the iPad Mini 6. On the other hand, Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor, is in the game. It’s a shame not to have the facial recognition sensor here, as it is present on the higher-end versions. Admittedly, it is an iPad “Mini”, but Apple sells it sufficiently expensive like that!

Fortunately, we are at a point where the fingerprint sensor is excellent; just during the configuration, removing and putting your finger on the lock / unlock button very quickly is no problem. Likewise, unlocking the iPad daily is not a problem; it is speedy. However, we can regret the positioning of the locking/unlocking button at the top of the device.

Conclusion!

The iPad Mini 6 is undeniably a good tablet, excelling many other Android tablets without a doubt. However, it is a product that is marketed as too expensive for what it is. However, we can welcome the improvements which are indeed numerous and notable, such as the change of format, the switch to USB-C and the camera flash, among others.

From a technical point of view, Apple has not struck hard if we looked at the iPad Pro a few years ago, but if we look at the evolution of the iPad Mini, the changes are numerous, for our greatest happiness.

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2021 Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6: Tablet For Your Daily Needs

In 2021, Huawei released three tablets at once in different price categories: MatePad T10 – a device for children, MatePad 11 – a gadget with a 120 Hz screen matrix, MatePad Pro (10.8 inches) – a device on a chip from Qualcomm for $ 700 and, finally, MatePad Pro with a screen diagonal of 12.6 inches for under $1000.

Today we will talk about the largest tablet from Huawei – MatePad Pro 12.6. It is positioned as a device for comfortable consumption of information, a kind of replacement for laptops: a large OLED matrix by the standards of tablets, a keyboard and a stylus as a gift, the device has as many as eight speakers and four microphones, it is capable of not only charging wirelessly but also feeding others gadgets using reverse wireless charging technology.

The Tablet includes:

  • A clip for removing from the SIM card tray
  • USB-C cable
  • 40 W AC adapter
  • USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card
PROSCONS
Large, colour-accurate screenSoftware offering is still lacking
Amazing battery lifeNo Google services
Excellent speakers
Premium build quality
12.6 inches tall OLED screen

Key Specification

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6
ReleasedJune 25, 2021
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 9000e chipset, 5nm, 8 cores:
1x [email protected] GHz
3x [email protected] GHz
4x [email protected] GHz
Display12.6 inches
Memory128GB 8GB RAM,
256GB 4GB RAM,
256GB 8GB RAM
CameraMain 13 MP, f / 1.8, autofocus
Wide-angle 8 MP, f / 2.4, no autofocus
Front 8 MP, f / 2.0, no autofocus

Design

Dimensions286 х 184 х 7 mm
Weight616 grams
Screen Size12.6 inches
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels, 16:10 ratio
ColourMatte Gray, Green
Display TypeOLED
Build Material

The tablet is comes in two colours: gray and green. The device looks exactly like any other similar gadget: a thin profile rectangle with narrow screen bezels and rounded edges.

The dimensions of the MatePad are impressive – 286 х 184 х 7 mm, and it weighs just over 600 grams. On the front side, there is glass; the frame is metal, although it looks and feels plastic, the back cover is plastic, matte, slightly slippery.

It is not very convenient to use one hand on the weight: the size and weight affect everything. However, this is already a personal matter for each person. Some individuals even manage to work on the subway with large Windows laptops.

The MatePad build quality is sturdy. It is possible to bend or break in half, but it is necessary to apply a reasonably decent force especially. It does not crunch when squeezed; no parts play.

Fingerprints remain on the back of the device, but they can easily erase. The screen has an oleophobic coating, medium or even below average: prints cover the entire surface, forming a bold translucent layer. It is not so easy to rub off. In addition, due to the mediocre quality of the “oleophobic” finger on the display slides.

Display

The matrix has a PenTile structure with a two-fold reduction of the red and blue subpixels. In simple words: the picture will not be as straightforward as it could be on the IPS matrix. Therefore, if you look closely, then, for example, red stripes are noticeable on the edges.

The maximum brightness of the white point is 550 cd / m2 when manual brightness is selected. 

The screen refresh rate is only 60 Hz. It seems to me that this is one of Huawei’s biggest mistakes: a tablet with a large diagonal, best suited for information consumption, very expensive and without 120 Hz or at least 90 Hz.

The ripple coefficient (PWM) is low here and, on average, falls within the range of 5 – 10%. This means that if you do not reduce the brightness to 15%, then the strain on the eyes will be minimal. At low brightness, PWM is present but does not exceed 13%, which is good.

When plotting the CIE diagram, you will notice that the colour gamut is almost 100% DCI-P3. The DeltaE is in the range of 4-8, which is not very good.

Total: good brightness, more or less standard calibration, support for DCI-P3 colour space, almost no PWM, but with a low refresh rate of 60 Hz.

Performance

GPUMali-G78, 22 cores
RAM8 GB
Internal256 GB
ExpansionUp to 1 TB
OSHarmonyOS 2

The RAM speed is about 20,000 MB / s, and the speed of the built-in memory is about 1800/650 MB / s; these are very high memory speeds. For comparison, a typical average tablet or smartphone delivers 600/400 MB / s at best.

Huawei released the chip last year. And at the moment, only two devices work on it: the MatePad Pro 12.6 tablet and the Huawei Mate 40 smartphone.

Camera

Rear13 MP (f/1.8 aperture, AF)
8 MP (wide-angle length, f/2.4 aperture, FF)
3D Depth Sensing Camera;
Front8 MP, f / 2.0, no autofocus
Video recordingUp to 3840 x 2160 pixels

The device can record video in 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 60 fps. A camera with a wide-angle lens is only capable of delivering 1080p at 30 fps. The image is good, but only during the day, in bright light.

There is also a ToF camera. It is needed to blur the background (and who needs it?).

The selfie camera is ordinary. In all conditions, photographs are tolerable. Suitable for video chats.

Multimedia

Headphone jackNo
Loudspeaker8
Microphones4
FM RadioHUAWEI Histen 7.0 Sound Effect

The manufacturer claims that the Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 has eight speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.

The loudspeaker volume is generally very high; the sound is clear and quite rich. On the other hand, with a case thickness of less than 7 mm, it isn’t easy to make significant phase inverter chambers.

The funny thing is that there was no room for a 3.5 mm jack. There is an adapter for connecting headphones.

Battery Life

Capacity10050 mAh
TypeLi-Po
Wireless15W wireless charging
Power Supply40W adapter
User-ReplaceableNo

Together with the OLED-matrix of the screen, we get a pretty decent battery life: when playing YouTube videos at maximum brightness, you get about 12 hours, lowering the brightness to 20-30 per cent, you can squeeze out of the tablet up to 20 hours.

The MatePad Pro lasts approximately 10 hours in mixed mode. No gaming load, just a browser, watching a movie, using applications, Wi-Fi. The manufacturer included a 40 W adapter in the package. Quite good.

The tablet supports wireless charging up to 27W, and it can power any  gadget. So, for example, you can charge a Watch 3 or FreeBuds 3 headphones.

Connectivity

SIMNano-SIM
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2 (BLE, SBC and AAC)
WifiWi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac / ax DualBand, 2×2 MIMO,
NFCNo
GPSGPS / GLONASS / BD / Galileo / QZSS
ConnectorsUSB 3.1 Gen 1, OTG 5V / 1.5A
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Compass
Gravity sensor
Gyroscope
Hall sensor

On the left side of the case, you will find the power button with a red notch. The volume rocker is located on the top left. There are also three speakers, and the fourth is near the camera block. On the right is USB-C. The NM memory card slot extends from the bottom.

On the backside, on the right, you can see a large block with lenses. It is not very clear why there is such a noticeable block in the tablet. And they put both a flash and a useless ToF module there. Two lenses would fit under the body without any problems. All the same, the quality of the cameras leaves much to be desired. Thus, the tablet would have turned out smooth and even from all sides. On the front panel, there is a camera and sensors.

Conclusion!

Huawei MatePad Pro 12.6 perfectly fits the definition of a bedside device. There is a large screen diagonal, an OLED matrix for better-displaying colours and black depth, excellent stereo speakers, a thin body.

By connecting a keyboard, you can expand the functions of this model, turn the tablet into something like an ultrabook. Pen support makes it possible to draw, draw – in general, create any sketches or drawings. And now both the keyboard and the pen are presented as a gift.

The obvious disadvantages are the lack of Google services and the inability to install some APK files.

The leading competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE. It has a 12.4-inch screen diagonal, a TFT matrix; it runs Google Android version 11 with all services, a system on a Qualcomm chip, a 10,000 mAh battery. It also supports the pen. There is a higher screen resolution, a more powerful processor, more memory and a keyboard.

Therefore, it seems that Huawei should have reduced the cost of the MatePad Pro 12.6 to at least $1000 because it is almost impossible to compete with Samsung.

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