Realme launched the realme Pad X, the company’s third tablet in India, last month, shortly after the launch of the realme Pad mini. It has a large 10.95-inch WUXGA+ display, an elegant 7.1 mm body, four speakers and a battery with a capacity of 8340 mAh. The Helio G80 SoC from the first realme Pad is replaced by the Snapdragon 695, so there is also a 5G model. Is it the best tablet in this price range? Let’s dive into the review to find out.
Display, hardware and design
Starting with the display, the tablet sports a 10.95-inch (2000 x 1200 pixels) WUXGA+ (Widescreen Ultra eXtended Graphics Array Plus) display with a pixel density of 213 PPI and a screen-to-body ratio of 84.6%. The display is bright for indoor viewing as it has a brightness of 450 nits in sunlight mode. Viewing angles are also good, but the screen is glossy and prone to fingerprints. There is a reading mode that switches the display between black and white, which is useful when reading books. Eye comfort mode turns off blue light.
The tablet is only 7.1mm thick and weighs 499 grams for the Wi-Fi version and 506 grams for the 5G version, despite packing a huge 8340 mAh battery and sporting a large 10.95-inch screen.
The volume rockers are on the top along with the microphone. The Hybrid SIM expansion slot (nano + nano / microSD) is on the opposite side. On the right side, you can see the USB Type-C port in the middle along with the speakers on either side. On the left side is the power button, speakers and microphone. The sides feel like they have a metal finish.
Compared to the aluminum back on the realme Pad and Pad mini, the Pad X has a plastic back, but this one has a sparkling sand texture and concave UV lens texture that are layered for a shimmering astral effect. This includes several rounds of color processing, the company said. It looks premium and doesn’t attract fingerprints easily.
There is a 13-megapixel camera on the corner along with AI branding. You can also see the small realme brand. It feels solid, offers good grip and doesn’t slip easily. Also available in Glacier Blue.
realme also sells realme Pencil and realme Smart Keyboard separately. The stylus supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 360° hidden button and has magnetic charging. The keyboard can be paired with a tablet via Bluetooth, has 1.3mm of key travel, comes with multi-function hotkeys, and is made of skin-friendly, eco-friendly leather.
As for the camera, the tablet has a 13-megapixel rear camera on the back without flash. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera that has a wide viewing angle of 105°. Both cameras can record videos up to 1080p 30 fps, which is decent. The front camera is good for video calling and the rear camera takes decent pictures.
It comes with a new reflector function that offers intelligent motion tracking to keep the person in the center of the frame, and an auto-framing function that simulates the change in focal length as the camera moves. It works for Zoom, Google Meet, and Google Duo, and the company said it will be available on others soon.
The camera user interface is just basic with the ability to take 1X, 2X, 5X and up to 6X pictures, switch forward and reverse, video mode, time lapse, text scanner and slow motion.
Software, User Interface and Applications
In terms of software, the tablet runs on Android 12 with realme UI 3.0 for Pad. It has Android security for May 2022. There are options like multi-window mode that lets you run two apps side by side. You also get Google Kids Space, which has a variety of kid-friendly apps, videos, and books. Parents can set a screen usage limit and select apps
The Multi-Screen Collaboration feature comes with the realme Pad, which allows smartphone users to transfer their phone screens to the Pad X to copy text and transfer files. It works for realme GT 2 Pro, GT Neo 2, GT Neo 3, GT Neo 3T and GT Master Edition, but the company will add support for more phones in the future.
The user interface looks similar to the realme phones but has been improved a lot compared to the first generation realme tablet user interface. Apart from Google apps, only Facebook has it.
From the 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM, you get 5.4GB of usable RAM and around 2.3GB of RAM is free when the default apps are running in the background. Out of 128GB, you get about 105GB of free storage. The phone uses UFS 2.2 storage, but achieved a sequential read speed of about 486.18 MB/s.
The tablet doesn’t have a fingerprint reader, so you have to rely on face unlock to unlock the device quickly. realme also says you can use your wristband/watch to instantly unlock the realme Pad via bluetooth.
YouTube Music is the default music player and there is Dolby Atmos. It does not support FM radio. The sound through the four speakers is brilliant without any distortion even at full volume. The sound through the headphones is decent.
It has Widevine L1 so you can play HD content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other apps. Although the DRM info app shows that it has HDR support, it doesn’t work for Netflix or YouTube. Since it has a 5:3 aspect ratio, you get a small black bar on the top and bottom, but it’s barely noticeable. You can zoom in with your fingers.
Dual SIM and connectivity
The Realme Pad X comes in both Wi-Fi and 5G models. The 5G version we have has hybrid dual SIM support, so you can use two SIM cards or a SIM and a microSD card. It has support for n1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78 and 66 5G bands. There is also 4G VoLTE with support for operator aggregation.
Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz) is available. Wi-Fi range is decent but not the best. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, GLONASS, and there is also USB OTG support for connecting external drives. Call quality is good, we didn’t experience any call drops and the volume from the speaker and when using the headset is good.
The actual Pad X’s body SAR is 1.15W/kg, which is slightly high compared to some phones, but well below India’s limit of 1.6W/kg (over 1g).
It is one of the first tablets powered by the 6nm SoC Snapdragon 695. It has 2.2 x A78 CPUs clocked up to 2.2GHz, 6 x A55 CPUs clocked up to 1.8GHz. It has an Adreno 618 GPU that promises up to 30% increase in GPU performance compared to its predecessor. The tablet has up to 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
We didn’t experience any issues or frame drops in graphically demanding games. It gets a little warm when playing intensively for a long time, but it doesn’t get too hot.
In terms of battery life, the tablet packs an 8340mAh (typical) battery that promises up to 19 hours of video playback. Based on my usage, I got over 15 hours of video streaming on Netflix, YouTube, and moderate gaming. This may vary if you set the brightness to high. The tablet has support for 33W Dart Chart fast charging compared to 18W for the older model. It takes about an hour to charge to 50% and over 2 hours to 100%. This is much better compared to older models that take 3 hours to fully charge.