Onda V989 Air – Super Fast Tablet

The Onda V989 Air, with a design similar to the iPad Air. Is the latest tablet to feature the new Allwinner A80T Octa Core Processor and boasts impressive gaming capability

SpecsOnda V989 Air
CPUAllwinner A80T @ 2.0GHz Octa Core, ARM, Big. LITTLE 28nm
GPU: Imagination PowerVR G6230
MemoryRAM: 2GB DDR3
ROM: 16/32GB
Expandable Storage up to 128GB
Display9.7 inch, Retina, IPS, Capacitive, Multitouch 10
Retina, 2048 x 1536p, 264ppi
OSAndroid 4.4.2 Jellybean with Multilingual Support
R-Camera 8.0 megapixel (OV), autofocus, HDR, panorama, 1080p Video
F-Camera2.0 megapixel
NetworkNot built-in, Supports 3G Dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750,
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 3.0, USB to OTG (on the go), Miracast (wireless display), mini HDMI (4K Video)
SensorsGravity, Gyroscope, Invensense
FeaturesPlaystore, 4K Video Playback 4096 x 2160p (HDMI), Supports H.265 VP9
codec Support
Audio3.5 mm Audio Jack, loudspeaker
Dimensions239 x 169 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 490g
Batterybuilt in 7000mAh

Onda V989 Air (Updated Jan. 6, 2016)
The Onda V989 Air retails at $136

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The new Onda V989 Air (ipad Air lookalike) is one of the first tablet to feature the new Allwinner A80 Octa Core processor. Boasting superb performance, said to achieve about 50000 plus points on Antutu Benchmark which is beyond of any other Soc available in the market can do. Furthermore, it also features a 28nm architecture and an advance Big.Little feature that allows better battery management.

Languages Supported: English, Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Bosanki, Catala, Cestina, Dansk, Deutsch, Eesti, Espanol, Filipino, French, Hrvatski, IsiZulu, Italiano, kiswahili, Latviesu, Lietuviu, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romana, Rumantsch, Slovencina, Slovenscina, Suomi, Svenska, Vietnamese, Turkish, Greek, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Urdu, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Thai, Cambodian, Bengali, Korean, Japanese, Simplified/Traditional Chinese

In terms of gaming, the new hardware also comes with a revamped PowerVR G6320 graphics processor which can easily handle even the most intensive 3D Games available in the market. It also supports 4K Video Playback via Mini HDMI Port. Other features include a 2 GB DDR3 RAM and variants of either 16/32 GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB via Micro SD Support. The tablet also runs the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat right out of the box with multilingual support, see above.

The V989 just like other predecessor tablets like the V875m, comes with a similar 9.7 inch, Retina IPS Display which is said to be comparable to the iPad Air or Ipad 4 in terms of image performance. The name itself is a clue to what the tablet is inspired.

Unfortunately, Connectivity is limited to Wi-Fi, 3G network is also made possible via 3G dongle. There is also a lack of GPS and Compass support. Other additions include Miracast or Wireless Display (allows you to broadcast or link to other capable devices via Wifi Connection), and Mini HDMI support that allows 4K or 4096 x 2160 pixel video output.

Design and Battery, the tablet comes with a decent size 7000mAh battery, however, considering the new hardware, a 10000mAh would have been a better fit. Most 9.7 inch tablets have bigger capacity batteries to accommodate the higher demands. In terms of design, Onda has been a keen follower of the iPad design, it employs a Unibody design which makes it ultra thin and the Aluminum Back shell takes close consideration to the look of iPad Air.

Overall, the new Onda V989 Air is not just fast, its also good looking tablet. Being a lookalike or a clone does have its advantage. One major gripe of the device is the lack of 4G or LTE connectivity. However, the cheap price point for a Retina Tablet does compensate this shortcoming.

onda v989 air pic 2
 Highlights/First Impressions:

  • Boast up to 50000 points on Antutu Benchmark, 48172 actual score on Antutu Benchmark
  • Cheapest Tablet with Retina Display
  • First to feature the Allwinner A80 Octa Core CPU
  • More than capable gaming tablet, equipped with PowerVR G6320
  • Runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, OTA Auto update
  • High Resolution Retina Display, wide viewing Angle, 264 pixel per inch (iPad 4)
  • 8.0 megapixel OV camera
  • Display comparable to Ipad 4 retina
  • Supports H.265 VP9 Video Codec and 4K video playback
  • Supports Miracast (1080p), Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, OTG Support
  • Unibody @ 7.9 mm thickness (aluminum Shell)


  • No built in 3G or Data Support (supports External 3G Dongle)
  • No GPS or A-GPS built in, No Compass Support
Onda V989 Air (Updated Jan. 6, 2016)
The Onda V989 Air retails at $136

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