Teclast Tbook 16 Pro – Updated to Intel X5-Z8350

Teclast’s newest 2 in 1 convertible tablet boasts of a 4.8mm thickness and All Aluminum Build.

Pros or Strength

  • Good build, Strong Frame, Real All Metal (Aluminum)
  • Solid Performance both for Android and Windows platform
  • Capable of Modest Gaming on Android Platform
  • Comes with 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC (Toshiba 064GEA Drive)
  • Supports Expandable Storage
  • Good Connectivity options (MicroUSB 2.0 and Mini HDMI Port)
  • Dual OS Support (64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition and Native Android 5.1 Lollipop)
  • Easy Switching of OS
  • Good 11.6 inch 1080p Screen, Vivid Colors, Viewing Angles , Contrast and Sunlight Legibility
  • Stable WiFi Performance (Good range, and stable performance) – Broadcom Wireless N
  • Supports Magnetic Keyboard Pogo Pin Attachment (unfortunately not tested on this review)
  • Updated to Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 with Intel HD Graphics 400

Weaknesses or CONS

  • The all metal build also means it is Heavy
  • Struggles with Mainstream Games like Dota 2, LOL (not recommended for these games)
  • No Rear Camera
  • No Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Not really thin, Chamfered design (unbalanced Weight Distribution)
  • The corners or edges are not rounded and feel sharp when you hold it
  • Loudspeakers Sound Tiny (better to use the 3.5mm Audio Port)
  • Average battery life (4.5 hours screen time)
  • No USB Type C Port or USB 3.0

The Keyboard was not tested, It wasn’t part of the package.

SPECS Teclast Tbook 16 Pro
CHIPSET
Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 1.44-1.84GHz Quad Core, 14nm
GPU: Intel HD Gen 8 12 EU
MEMORY RAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
Expansion: TF-Card support up to 128 GB
OS Dual OS: 64 bit Windows 10 Home + Android 5.1 Lollipop
DISPLAY 11.6″ IPS
1920 x 1080 pixel
Active Stylus (Precision Clear Disk )
CAMERA Front: 2.0 mp
CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Broadcom Wireless N
USB 2.0 (USB Host OTG)
SENSOR Gravity
I/O 1 x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x Micro HDMI Port (4K video output)
1x TF Card Slot
1x MicroUSB 2.0
1x DC Charging Port
1x Magnetic Docking Interface
DIMENSIONS 290 x 181 x 4.8
Weight: 774g
BATTERY DPTF Intelligent Power Management
3.7V/7200mAh (4.5 hours Battery Life)
AVAILABILITY (Updated February 28, 2017)
Teclast Tbook 16 Pro (X5-Z8350 w/Keyboard) retails at $262 – Buy here
Tbook 16 Pro Keyboard

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4.8mm Thickness and All Metal? How much of it is true? (reviewed November 5, 2016)

To start, I was expecting an Ultra thin Convertible Ultrabook which you can easily carry around and is light and portable. But the what was available for me was an All Metal Ultrabook, heavy and not really Ultra thin as I hoped.

The design continuous the Tbook Series style, and it did come with an All Aluminum build. The frame is sturdy and you can see the shiny Aluminum Shell. But I think it did come with a cost, it is heavy, even heavier than most of the tablets I’ve tested, which includes the Cube i9 and the Teclast X98 Plus 2. There is a definite weight unto it.

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Chamfered Design and sharp corners

I dunno how Teclast made the claim of a 4.8mm Ultra-thin frame, but it’s definitely not right. The tablet is obviously bulky and the Chamfered Design is doesn’t likely fit to my comfort. I mean, when you hold it on landscape mode, you can clearly feel the weight on the tablet, and it’s more focused near the keyboard attachment.

More so, the corners or edges are not rounded or curved, meaning when you hold it, you can feel the edges pressed against your palms. Unlike most tablets that have a more subtle curved design, this is a one the turn offs for me.

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Modest Performance

What more can I say, I have reviewed a lot of Atom Powered Tablets and frankly their performance is very similar. The Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 in particular, is a mainstream chip and is not really meant for Multitasking, but for efficiency.

What is more likely the real world performance?

The Tablet comes with Dual OS Support, and that means, Android 5.1 Lollipop and Windows 10. Starting with the Android Platform, it does so well and in fact, I do recommend using this platform for most multimedia use. It can handle most of the apps in the market and doesn’t show any sign of slowdowns.

On the other hand, Windows 10 offer a different experience. You can best enjoy Web Browsing using Microsoft Edge, as Google Chrome seems to struggle on the system. Also you can best use it for most light to moderate apps and most suited are those for work and perfect for the student. Photoshop will run fine on this system but will not work well with multitasking and heavy usage on Windows 10.

Gaming (Android Platform offers better experience)

On Android, games like Mortal Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 ran with minimal hitches and lags. Which I have also demonstrated on my comparison between the Teclast X98 Plus 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2.

On Windows 10, mainstream games like LOL, CS GO and Dota 2 on Windows 10 are not a good fit. The Intel HD Gen8 is really not enough for these games to run on playable frames.

Easy Switching of OS

The switching of OS was streamline, and you can do it both on fresh starts in the system itself. No issues at all when switching from one system to another.

Good 1080p Display

The display doesn’t really shine but it is good, the brightness levels are also enough and even on direct sunlight, it is still acceptable. The touch sensitivity and feedback is accurate.

WiFi is also good but I want Wireless Ac

It’s true I wanted Wireless Ac on tablets. Nevertheless, the Wireless on the Teclast Tbook 16 Pro is fine. It works great, stable and no issues with random disconnections. It uses a Broadcom Wireless N chip, which is not really Dual Band WiFi, but one of the better WiFi Chips available. The range is also good.

No USB Type C or USB 3.0

In terms of connectivity, the Tbook series is still stuck with MicroUSB 2.0. Which is quite questionable why Teclast doesn’t adapt it to their new units. Anyway, there is MiniHDMI port available.

Surprisingly average battery life

I was expecting it to get around 6 hours or more, but on my PCMark Benchmark test 2.0, I only got less than 5 hours. 4 hours and 27 minutes to be exact. But it still had 20% battery left after that. For a day of use, you will probably need to charge the tablet more especially if you need to use it often.

See my Unboxing and first impression below…

Note: You can compare this tablet here: Tablet Guide

Pros or Strength

  • Good build, Strong Frame, Real All Metal (Aluminum)
  • Solid Performance both for Android and Windows platform
  • Capable of Modest Gaming on Android Platform
  • Comes with 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB eMMC (Toshiba 064GEA Drive)
  • Supports Expandable Storage
  • Good Connectivity options (MicroUSB 2.0 and Mini HDMI Port)
  • Dual OS Support (64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition and Native Android 5.1 Lollipop)
  • Easy Switching of OS
  • Good 11.6 inch 1080p Screen, Vivid Colors, Viewing Angles , Contrast and Sunlight Legibility
  • Stable WiFi Performance (Good range, and stable performance) – Broadcom Wireless N
  • Supports Magnetic Keyboard Pogo Pin Attachment (unfortunately not tested on this review)
  • Updated to Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8350 with Intel HD Graphics 400

Weaknesses or CONS

  • The all metal build also means it is Heavy
  • Struggles with Mainstream Games like Dota 2, LOL (not recommended for these games)
  • No Rear Camera
  • No Dual Band WiFi Support
  • Not really thin, Chamfered design (unbalanced Weight Distribution)
  • The corners or edges are not rounded and feel sharp when you hold it
  • Loudspeakers Sound Tiny (better to use the 3.5mm Audio Port)
  • Average battery life (4.5 hours screen time)
  • No USB Type C Port or USB 3.0

Not really the thinnest but it is all metal

I wasn’t really expecting much in terms of performance, since I already knew of the Atom Chip underneath. But what I was excited about was the All Metal and Ultra Thin Design. Which is not really the case here. It is true that it is All Metal but it did came at a price, which is “the tablet is heavy”.  Another the tablet has a Chamfered Design, meaning looking at the sides, it is tilted, the top is thinner than the bottom part (near the keyboard attachment). But it would have helped if they rounded or curved the edges more to make it easier to hold. Also the battery life could have been better. Anyway, I also did not included the Keyboard because it wasn’t included in the package.

AVAILABILITY (Updated February 28, 2017)
Teclast Tbook 16 Pro (X5-Z8350 w/Keyboard) retails at $262 – Buy here
Tbook 16 Pro Keyboard

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About Vincent
I am 27 years old and an avid fan of Phones and tablets. Writing blogs is my hobby and i have taken a keen interest in making Tablet and Phone Reviews.

2 Comments on Teclast Tbook 16 Pro – Updated to Intel X5-Z8350

    • Hello iAn,

      The thinnest tablet for I i’ve tested personally is the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 at 6.95 followed by the 7.1mm from the Teclast X80 Power. I think it is champered with the top most area having the thinnest part at 4.8mm, all metal and the bottom area with Magnetic Docking Interface will be a bit thicker. I have not yet tested the tablet personally, it’s still quite new.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

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