Oppo Pad Air review | GadgetMasti

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The Oppo Pad Air Tablet PC is an exciting new entry into the cheap Android Tablet PC market in India. Unlike other products on the market, this debutant from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is an odd one out in the market. Oppo’s Realme sub-brand has had an edge in the industry and it may have been a litmus test all along.

The Oppo Pad Air is only available in a single gray color variant. That doesn’t stop me from admiring the design and build quality of the tablet, though. The desert sand dune-inspired texture on the back of the tablet adds to the already impressive metal chassis of the Oppo Pad Air.

The tablet PC has a 10.36-inch 2K IPS display that is bright indoors. While testing the Oppo Pad Air, I did not find any reason to be disappointed with the display. The colors are vibrant and the resolution of 2,000 x 1,200 pixels makes up for the lack of HDR support. With the addition of Dolby Atmos support via quad speakers, the Oppo Pad Air is a well-packaged entertainment tablet for travel.

The Oppo Pad Air runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset clubbed with 4GB of RAM and a choice of 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage via a microSD card, but only up to 512GB. In terms of performance, the tablet PC can handle simple multitasking between web browsing and social media scrolling. Games like Candy Crush, Subway Surfer, and other low graphics-intensive games run smoothly. However, action-packed titles like Apex Legends Mobile are best avoided if you’re not a fan of pixelation. While you can virtually increase RAM, it does mean sacrificing storage space. It runs on Oppo’s ColorOS 12.1 based on Android 12.

In terms of battery life, the Oppo Pad Air offers a great battery life of up to 2-3 days with its 7,100 mAh battery. However, the 18W SuperVOOC fast charger will take some time to charge the tablet if you do empty it completely.

Overall, the Oppo Pad Air is a budget tablet pc that is for users who want to surf the web, stay connected on social media, check emails and watch movies and shows without the premium features. At Rs. 16,999 for the base model, the Oppo Pad Air is a better alternative to the Realme Pad. The tablet PC is not suitable for extreme multitasking, but it will help you through the week.

Prices and availability

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Oppo has priced its first budget Android tablet PC in India at Rs. 16,999 for the base model with 64GB storage. The 128 GB model retails for Rs. 19,999. The tablet PC has 4 GB of RAM on both models, and these are available for purchase from Flipkart and the company’s online and app store, as well as offline retail partners.

When it comes to accessories for the Oppo Pad Air, you can buy the Oppo Life Smart Stylus Pen for Rs. 3,999 through the company’s online store. While the company does not sell a cover or cover for the Oppo Pad Air, you have to rely on third-party manufacturers.

Design

If you look closely, the Oppo Pad Air does take some inspiration from the Realme Pad. But the company has given the tablet PC a personal touch with the 3D dune texture on the back. The tablet PC comes with a metal chassis with chamfered edges, making it easy to hold.

If you’re holding it in landscape mode with the screen facing up, the power button is on the left, just above two of the four speaker grilles on the Oppo Pad Air. You’ll also notice the Dolby Atmos trademark near the speakers. At the top are the volume buttons along with two microphones and the slot for the microSD card. On the right side of the tablet PC, you will find two speaker grilles and a Type-C Port for charging.

Just above the screen is the 5MP front camera for video calls. This is also surrounded by black uniform borders around the screen. It’s an all-too-familiar design and isn’t a deal breaker. The primary 8MP camera is on the back and comes with a prominent camera body.

While the overall design of the Oppo Pad Air is also similar to the company’s sub-brand portfolio, the former is a better choice in terms of design solely because of its mesmerizing dune texture. The build quality is great and you will be happy with it. The tablet is also lightweight at just 440 grams.

However, I wish the company would add an LTE version by using a hybrid SIM slot. And just like with smartphones, you also bundle a plastic case with the product.

Display

Oppo Pad Air with the screen unlocked and the icons are visible

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The 10.36-inch display of the Oppo Pad Air comes with a 2K IPS panel with a resolution of 2,000 x 1,200 pixels. The screen is bright and vibrant for watching movies and TV shows. For the price the tablet is selling, it performs well if not better when compared to competing products at this price.

You can adjust the color temperature of the display for warmer or cooler tones. Furthermore, there are no extra features that make the display unique. You also miss out on HDR and high refresh rates.

None of this seems like a problem once you’ve delved deep into the online library of content you regularly enjoy. Most movies and shows run perfectly in full screen on Netflix and other OTT platforms. The lightweight design also means you can comfortably get on with your binge-watching sessions.

The performance of the screen is below par in outdoor conditions. The display is reflective and forces you to increase the brightness to the maximum. To improve visibility, I even went for the light theme.

I also recommend that you always have a cleaning cloth with you. The screen tends to pick up a lot of fingerprints and smudges.

Performance

Oppo Pad Air launched in India

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The tablet PC runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset found in many budget smartphones on the market under Rs. 15,000. And the performance is great considering the price.

The Oppo Pad Air is capable of handling any daily task. Organize your calendar, send your emails, spreadsheets or presentations, surf the web, and scroll through social media apps.

Multitasking is possible, but the Oppo Pad Air will not be able to meet the demands of power users. The limited 4 GB of RAM is sufficient for most tasks, but there are a few drawbacks. While the experience with ColorOS 12.1 is smooth, you will notice the occasional lag. This is due to the bottleneck caused by the limited RAM. However, I’ve noticed that the tablet PC will enable virtual RAM expansion by default once it’s set up for the first time. The RAM has been expanded by 1 GB in the settings, increasing the total RAM to 5 GB.

ColorOS is the same familiar user interface as the one you’ve seen on Oppo’s smartphones. But there are useful multitasking features like split screen, flexible windows or dual windows. The sidebar also allows you to add apps of your choice to a shortcut menu.

If you plan on gaming on the Oppo Pad Air, it can handle low graphics games as well. Bigger titles will struggle and I’ve seen pixelated graphics when playing Apex Legends on the default settings.

The speaker performance is more tuned to the highs and mids. While it lacks strong bass, the quad speakers offer Dolby Atmos spatial surround. Pairing the tablet with a TWS earbud, such as the OnePlus Nord Buttonssupporting the feature will add to the entertainment experience

Battery life

Oppo Pad Air front view in landscape in outdoor conditions

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The 7,100 mAh battery pack in the Oppo Pad Air is enough for users for 2-3 days. This is when the tablet is used for hours of watching movies and using productive apps like Gmail or Google Workspace apps. It tends to take a dip in battery life when the screen brightness is set to full.

When it comes to charging the Oppo Pad Air, you get an 18W SuperVOOC fast charger in the box. If the tablet is completely empty, it is best to charge the tablet for 2-3 hours before going to bed. This tablet doesn’t beat any of the competitors but shares the same performance and battery expectations as the others.

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Oppo Pad Air in Gray Color