Oplus Xonpad 7 first impressions: cheapest quad-core 3G calling tablet

“A sturdy, feature-rich tablet from a new brand”

Oplus announced its entry in the indian market with the launch of the Xonpad 7, 3G calling tablet. Though it comes from a new brand, the Xonpad has some good hardware features to flaunt. Oplus has priced the Xonpad 7 at Rs 9,999 and has tied up with Snapdeal as the exclusive sales partner. In the coming days, the Xonpad will be made available through other retail and online sales partners as well. During the launch of the Oplus Xonpad, we got a chance to experience the product and here’s what we have to say about the tablet. In terms of look and feel, the Oplus Xonpad is a good-looking device. The tablet uses plastic as well as metal to offer a durable product to the customers. In front, the Xonpad gets a scratch-resistant glass surface and there’s a brushed metal cover at the back. The device weighs about 300 grams at which it’s a fairly lightweight 7-inch tablet. There are no hardware keys at the front, and the same have been incorporated as a part of the user interface. In total, there are three hardware keys used on the device – two keys for the volume rocker and one for the power/standby. All the keys are placed on the left side of the device. The 7-inch display features a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which is good for most tasks. The viewing angles are average, but increasing display brightness does help slightly. The screen supports multitouch and is very responsive, offering good user experience overall. For SIM and microSD card, Xonpad 7 has slots towards the bottom of the device, located towards the left. The slots are open  and of the slide-in variety. In the long run, it might be a cause of concern as dust buildup may damage the device. The Xonpad 7 is a 3G tablet that comes with calling facility. The manufacturer has added a dedicated earpiece on the tablet, ensuring that users don’t have to use additional accessories for making calls. For imagery, the Xonpad 7 houses a 5-megapixel camera at the back and a 2-megapixel shooter at the front. While we’d like to reserve judgement till the time we can review the slate, the rear camera seems capable of churning out good pics based on preliminary testing at the event. However, the front-facing shooter seems just good enough for video calls. To power this tablet, Oplus has opted for a quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz. The chip has been supplied by Mediatek and comes with a dedicated graphics processor as well. Alongside, there is 1GB of RAM ensuring that the device will work well with most applications. The internal storage offered by the Xonpad 7 is 16GB and it can be further expanded by 32GB with the use of a microSD card. In summary, the Oplus Xonpad 7 is the cheapest 3G calling slate available in India so far, and offers a sturdy build quality along with a decent set of hardware specifications. The only downside is the relatively unknown brand name, and it may take some time before we see it getting popular among users in India.
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