Vivo is an OEM that just finished the first generation foldable Android device; but perhaps for those who want a bigger screen at a regular price, the Pad offers it. The company’s long-awaited entry into this new market comes as stiff competition for similarly named devices from the likes of OPPO and Realme.
By these marks, it’s clear that Vivo has designed its CNC-machined unibody tablet along the same slim and light lines as those brands (which is no mere coincidence, since they’re all under the BBK Electronics umbrella). However, this Pad takes a step forward with dual 13 + 8 MP rear cameras found in a round module on the rear panel (in blue or black).
More to note, there is an 8 MP front camera, but it is only capable of recording 1080p / 30 fps, while the main rear shooter is capable of up to 4K / 30 fps. In any case, its 16:10 display has a diagonal length of 11 inches and a resolution of 2560×1600, as expected from many leaks.
Unlike the new X Fold and X Note, it is LCD; on the other hand, it refreshes up to 120 Hz, includes DCI-P3 color gamut, supports HDR10 and has 10-bit color. That screen is powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC as expected (but without 5G connectivity), which runs a version of Android called OriginOS HD.
So, this new tablet-optimized version of Vivo’s software is packed with first-party tweaks and additions, the most notable of which is PC Connect, compatibility with an additional tablet stylus and keyboard, and screencasting. compatible smartphone screen to tablet display. There are also preloaded productivity-oriented apps like WPS Office.
The Vivo Pad also boasts four speakers with Dolby Atmos, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, NFC, and an 8,040mAh battery with 44W charging. This kind of speed could be the USP for Vivo’s inaugural tablet: other tablets, with a few exceptions like the 67W Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro, will find it hard to beat.
This first-generation slate is priced at RMB 2,299 for the 8GB RAM / 128GB base model (so the OPPO Pad drops in the process) or RMB 2,499 for the top 8/256GB SKU. The Vivo Pad is available for pre-order now from sites like JD.com.
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