Realme Pad Review: Made to Entertain

After releasing the realme Book just a month ago, we’re not all too surprised to see realme adding a tablet to its already diverse portfolio. Officially launched in the Philippines today, the Realme Pad is an entertainment must-have. The brand has kept it beautifully simple with a clear design purpose which you can see from its physical form to its user interface and features.  

Specifications:


OS
Android 11 with realme UI for Pad
Processor
Helio G80 Octa-Core Processor
Display
10.4″ 2000 x 1200 WUXGA+ LCD, supports sunlight mode
Wireless Connections
4G (optional), Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 + 5gHz, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU
Memory
3+32GB / 4+64GB / 6+128GB
Connectors
Type-C USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Cameras
Rear: 8MO HD Camera Front: 8MP HD Camera, 105°Wide-angle
Security
Face Unlock
SIM Card Slots
Dual Hybrid: 1x Nano, 1x Micro SIM/MicroSD
Battery
7,100 mAh
SRP3+32GB (P10,990), 4+64GB (P14,990), and 6+128GB (P16,990)

Easy on the Eyes

realme pad

We’ve said it on our first impressions and unboxing  (which you should read if you haven’t yet) and we’ll say it again—the realme Pad is classy piece. Ditching their usual eye-popping color palette, realme opted for a minimalistic white box decorated with only the essentials. Inside the box, you’ll find the realme Pad, an 18W power adaptor, a USB-C cable, and a SIM ejector pin.

The tablet shines at being a head-turner without being flashy and our real grey unit with its silky aluminum-alloy body surely catches eyes but not prints. There’s also a real gold colorway that’s equally stunning. You wouldn’t expect a fairly-budget tablet to sport such good looks as this one does.

There is clever design at work on the realme Pad. This is a tablet designed to be used primarily in landscape orientation, but its power and volume buttons are situated in such a way that makes it easy to access at whichever orientation you hold it. Its Dolby Atmos enhanced quad speakers can be found on both sides of the tablet with a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port on the right. Up top, you can find the SIM tray. On the Wi-Fi only model, you get a single Micro-SD card slot. There’s also an LTE-capable model available, if you need it.

realme Pad

At the rear, it’s a smooth panel of matte metal with the exception of a small realme logo to one side and its 8MP rear camera that juts out from the upper left corner. The look is finished by a thin metal band that is slightly indented into the metal that runs along the side and over the top and bottom edges. Up front, there’s quite a bit of bezel that hugs the display. The bezel also holds the realme Pad’s 8MP ultra-wide selfie camera—situated on the horizontal—that’s great for group video calls or catching more of the scenery when snapping selfies. The ultra-wide front camera is also a great plus for those taking online classes or people working from home who jump from meeting after meeting. Additionally, the tablet supports dual mic noise cancellation during calls to minimize background distractions

Camera Ready

Equipped with two 8MP shooters, the cameras of the Realme Pad are as basic as you can get them—but they get the job done quite well, sometimes even better than some entry-level smartphones we’ve tested. Photos and selfies taken in good lighting are bright, crisp, and well-balanced while images shot in low light are admittedly not the best they can be, they are usable.  

The camera interface also comes with only the essentials: regular mode, expert mode, and video mode. There’s no night mode or other fancy settings here.   

Here are some sample shots taken on the realme Pad:

Binge-Watch Buddy

The realme Pad carries its 10.4-inch display with a 2K resolution on a surprisingly light and compact footprint. Its slim design makes it ultra-portable while not skimping out on the good stuff. Watching (or should we say, binge-watching) our favorite shows on it are a treat—offering sharp details and vivid, life-like colors. Pair this with its quad-speakers with surround sound and you get a solid entertainment set-up in your hands.

Call us impressed when it comes to the sound on the realme Pad. The speakers produce delightfully crisp highs and lush mids. Although we’d prefer a touch more bass, the overall sound is well-balanced. It’s also loud enough to fill the whole room but stays full-bodied.

All Around, Easy to Use

Inside the realme Pad is a Helio G80 chipset–obviously not the best chipset out there but then again this is a budget tablet. It is designed for multimedia and realme advertises the chipset for gaming, which you can do, but it’s not the most thrilling experience.

Aside from that, the realme Pad can handle video streaming in 1440p, online meetings, and everyday tasks with ease and maintains a stable temperature even when used for hours. Speaking for using it for hours, the realme Pad’s 7,100 mAh cell can handle all your media tasks for a day and a little more. We’d like to see a faster charger as it takes quite while to take it back to 100% with the 18W quick charger, but then again, it also takes a while to drain it so you don’t need to recharge that often.

The tablet runs on Android 11 with realme’s new Pad UI. It’s all Google-run here—from the system apps to a dedicated Kid’s Space and Youtube Kids. You also get a built-in ebook reader with the Play Books app. Overall, the interface is clean and functional. If you’re not too particular about certain settings, then it would suit you just fine.

Verdict

The realme Pad can do a little of everything for you and you can choose the configuration you need, too. It’s not pretentious and is good at what it’s built for: entertainment. Plus, all this comes at a modest price point.

The Realme Pad comes in Real Grey and Real Gold and is available in three configurations: 3+32GB (P10,990), 4+64GB (P14,990), and 6+128GB (P16,990).

Get the 3+32GB Realme Pad at only P8,990 (P2,000 off) at the official realme store on Shopee, starting October 22. The same will also be available in realme stores and partner dealers nationwide for only P9,990 (P1,000 off) from October 21-31.

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