[REVIEW] : Vivo Pad formalized: Android tablets are really back

After the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, an impressive Android tablet, or the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro, it’s Vivo’s turn to draw its tablet. The product was announced in China, at the same time as the X Fold.

A VERY NICE TECHNICAL SHEET

Chinese phone maker Vivo introduced its first tablet. The Vivo Pad is a mid-range tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and equipped with an 11-inch IPS screen, in 2560 x 1600 pixel definition with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This Qualcomm SoC is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM in both variants, with two internal memory options: 128 or 256 GB.

The battery has an 8,040mAh capacity with 44W wired fast charging, it has quad stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos sound, and it even has a front ToF 3D sensor for facial recognition. Note that it supports HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision.

Vivo Pad release date, price, specs and more

Chinese manufacturer Vivo’s April 11 event introduced us to the company’s first foldable phone, its new Note-branded phone, and its first tablet, simply called Vivo Pad.

The Vivo Pad was served as a high-end productivity device, paired with an optional keyboard cover, flip cover, and pressure-sensitive stylus. Here’s everything you need to know.

When was Vivo Pad released?

Vivo has confirmed that it will unveil the Viveo X Note, Vivo X Fold and Vivo Pad as part of its April 11 event, with the Pad going for pre-order on the same day and local Chinese availability promised for just a few days later. the April 15.

How much does the Vivo Pad cost?

As noted, at the moment the Vivo Pad appears to be a Chinese-only version and as such we only have Chinese pricing, at this time. The Vivo Pad is available in two storage versions (both with 8 GB of RAM), at the following price:

  • 128GB model = ¥2,499 (about £300/€360/USD390/INR29,775/AUD$530)
  • 256GB model = ¥2,999 (about £360/€430/USD470/INR35,735/AUD$635)

For reference, here is how much some other recent Android tablets cost:

As suspected, Vivo has priced its Pad in the same range as its recent Chinese rivals, the Xiaomi Pad 5 series (namely the Pad 5 Pro, spec-based) and the Oppo Pad range.

Vivo is selling the Vivo Pad directly from its own online store, but the tablet will also be available from local retailers like T-Mall.

What about Vivo Pad specs and features?

Like pricing, the Vivo Pad’s spec sheet sits somewhere between the hardware found on the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro, with similar specs like the former’s 13Mp primary rear camera and the latter’s Snapdragon 870 chipset, dividing the difference on charging speeds, with 44W fast charging.

Here is the complete technical sheet confirmed by Vivo:

  • 11 inch (2560×1600) 120Hz 16:10 IPS LCD with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
  • 8 GB of RAM (LPDDR4X)
  • 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage
  • Rear cameras:
  • 13Mp main sensor
  • 8Mp ultrawide
  • 8Mp front camera + 3D ToF sensor
  • Four stereo speakers
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • OriginOS HD (on Android 12)
  • WiFi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • NFC
  • USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 8040mAh battery
  • 44W fast charge
  • 253.15mm x 164.71mm x 6.55mm
  • 489 grams

The 6.55mm CNC-milled aluminum chassis has no visible break lines, thanks to Vivo’s exclusive technology that has allowed the company to hide the Pad’s antennae behind the screen.

Vivo also had to adapt its existing Origin OS user experience for the Vivo Pad’s larger display size and aspect ratio, resulting in what it’s dubbed “OriginOS HD”. This Origin OS variant offers easy split-screen multitasking and can even mirror your smartphone screen with quick pairing.

Meet the Vivo Pad, the company’s first tablet

Besides the Vivo X Note and Vivo X Fold, Vivo also introduced the Vivo Pad, the company’s first tablet. She hasan 11-inch 2.5 K LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

The tablet has an aluminum chassis that is only 6.55mm thick. It is equipped with a 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. There’s an 8-megapixel front camera on the front, and a ToF module. The Vivo Pad has built-in four-channel Dolby Atmos speakers with 0.7mm amplitude, and can automatically adjust left and right stereo depending on screen orientation.

An affordable tablet

The tablet can also attach an external magnetic keyboard. The bracket on the back can be adjusted to any angle between 0 and 155 degrees. The 64-key keyboard has 1.3mm travel, and there’s a 5,736mm² glass touchpad. Vivo Pad runs OriginOS HD with an improved user interface and interactive design for large screens.

The Vivo Pad is available in blue and black colors, at a price of 2,299 yuan (330 euros) for the 128 GB storage model, and the 256 GB model costs 2,899 yuan (420 euros). The stylus and the keyboard are offered respectively at 349 yuan (50 euros) and 599 yuan (87 euros).