Teclast P80 Pro – Review
For many purposes, a tablet is preferable to a computer. It’s lighter and easier to carry, as well as being more comfortable and convenient to use than a fixed or portable computer. If you are looking for a low-priced tablet, then you might want to consider the Teclast P80 Pro. It’s an inexpensive tablet, with well-made materials and a good level of portability.
The packaging is white, rigid cardboard. There isn’t a great deal to say; the contents are quite bare, as there is only a usb / microUSB cable. The cable is not premium, but is still durable.
|CPU||MTK8163, Quad Core 1.3 GHz|
|ROM||16/32 GB eMMC|
|Display||8″ 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)|
|Front Camera||0.3 MP|
|Rear Camera||2 MP|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11b/g/n Dual Band, 2.4/5 GHz, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0,|
|Ports||mini HDMI, microUSB, microSD, jack.|
|Dimensions and Weight||21.20 x 12.40 x 0.99 cm, 360 gr|
The features are average for the price. The most notable are the GPS module and the dual WiFi band. It’s probably better to go with the 32gb rather than the 16gb if you’re not intending to use a microSD. The RAM is sufficient; perhaps a slight increase in price so that the 4GB module could have been installed, would have benefited overall everyday performance though. The front and rear camera resolutions are fairly standard – enough for a few shots and the odd video call.
The 8″ display comes with slightly larger edges than I would have preferred. However, you can hold it comfortably in one hand, leaving your other hand completely free. The display has a white border and is in vertical. The camera is in the centre and there are no physical buttons or keys.
The left side is also keyless, with only the microSD slot. On the other hand, the right side holds the power button and the volume control. At the bottom of the right side, you can find the microphone input.
The top part has the microUSB input, the microHDMI and the headphone jack input. At the bottom, there are two speakers on both sides.
The back shell, in metal, is champagne-coloured. It’s completely bare, other than the silk-screened lettering and the rear camera in the upper left corner.
The general build quality is good. As I already said, it fits in one hand without any problem. Prolonged use with one hand, however, is difficult due to its weight: 360g.
The 8″ screen offers a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels; IPS with OGS technology. But how does it behave during everyday use?
Well, the resolution is excellent, allowing for good definition. Unfortunately, the colours are washed out though, so under direct sunlight you can’t see anything, even if you have set the brightness of the display to its maximum. The distance between the LCD display and the display glass is noticeable, which translates into difficult viewing at an angle, and several reflections.
The front and back camera are low-def, but it’s not fair to expect smartphone performance on tablet cameras, especially in this price range. Let’s be clear; the photos with the rear camera in excellent light conditions are good, but with a little brightness, the quality drops dramatically.
On tablets, the purpose of cameras is for making video calls. For this purpose, these cameras are perfect, as they allow us to see what is happening well enough.
The speakers are very powerful and positioned so that they aren’t obstructed if you lay the tablet on a surface. This means you always have a great sound. There are two speakers and they are amazingly powerful. I actually found myself having to turn down the volume for notifications – a rarity with tablets. In general, the quality is decent, with the speakers suffering from a bit of rumble, perhaps due to being overpowered. You certainly won’t have problems with audio power, but of course if you’re an audiophile, you aren’t going to be particularly satisfied.
With a 5300mAh battery, the device stands up well to prolonged use. During my sessions of mixed use, I got between 5 and 7 hours. Obviously, activating the GPS greatly lowers the overall battery life, as does watching movies that are stored on the device, or streaming movies. But generally, the performance is solid.
Software and Performance
The Teclast P80 comes with Android 7.0, and is a pretty standard setup. The system has only received a few small personalisations, to give it a few extra commands specifically for tablets. For example, the quick keys below can activate the camera on any screen and there are virtual keys to raise and lower the volume.
The device responds well and is quite fluid in everyday use. Apps like Chrome, Facebook and the like perform well without any hitches. Even games like Asphalt 8 run, albeit without great detail and on the lowest setting. It’s better for casual games who have no advanced needs.
The touch screen responds well, even if it is a bit delayed. I didn’t have any problems because of the slight lag.
The price is not bad; under €100. The product performs on a par with other products of the same price range, but excels because of the presence of GPS, the double WiFi band, the body being in metal rather than plastic (even if the colour is only available as champagne) and the possibility of using a miniHDMI. This is a product for those who don’t have massive demands on their device, but who want to pick up a real bargain.
Obviously, it will be unlikely that updates to Android Orea will be available (barring a miracle). Overall, the Teclast P80 is good for casual use and leisure.