Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review Tuesday: TECLAST X80 PLUS


Teclast X80 Plus Tablet PC Windows 10 + Android 5.1 - INTEL CHERRY TRAIL X5-Z8300 WHITE 169327601
Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 64bit Quad Core 1.44GHz 8 inch WXGA IPS Screen 2GB RAM 32GB ROM Cameras OTG Bluetooth 4.0

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I bought this tablet because MKX mobile was no longer being supported on the Kindle Fire. I had done pretty well in the game and had a load of fun with it so I wasn't ready to give up on it. I saved my account and picked up this Android tablet to transfer it to.

The specs:
Brand: Teclast
Type: Tablet PC
OS: Windows 10 + Android 5.1
CPU Brand: Intel
CPU: Cherry Trail Z8300
Core: 1.44GHz, Quad Core
GPU: Intel HD Graphic (Gen8)
External Memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Support Network: WIFI: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Bluetooth: Yes
Screen type: Capacitive (5-Point),IPS
Screen size: 8 inch
Screen resolution: 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: 2.0MP
Front camera: 2.0MP
Video recording: Yes
TF card slot: Yes
Micro USB Slot: Yes
Micro HDMI: Yes
3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
My hope was that this would be similar to the ONDA V820w (reviewed HERE) but faster. In that way, I was rewarded. It's virtually identical to my previous tablet. The change between the  dual operating systems works more easily on this Teclast than on the Onda. The Bluetooth works very well. Screen looks good and works well.

However, there were several drawbacks on this device.
  • It seems to get stuck on reboot, where it goes into a worrying yet brief reboot cycle. 
  • The battery life is curiously short. I imagine the CPU eats it at rapidly. 
  • The WiFi is tempermental, requiring frequent reboots of the WiFi hub and/or tablet. 
  • The Android partition is surprisingly small. 
  • The cameras are disappointing.
For what it is, it's not bad. It's just not great either. You only have around 2 gigs to play with on the Android side which isn't very much at all. It gets the job done as long as you don't have heavy demands for the Android side of things. The Windows partition is a fully functional Win 10, so you can carry around a mini laptop that can also do some Android tricks, like play MKX Mobile (but nothing else). Yep, not great, but not bad either.