Teclast X80 Power – Solid Sub$100 Budget Tablet

The Teclast X80 Power is another Affordable Tablet that offers a Premium All Metal outer Shell, Great 1200p Display and just 7.2mm overall thick.

SpecsTeclast X80 Power
ChipsetIntel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 1.84GHz Quad Core
GPU: Intel HD Gen8, 12 EU
MemoryRAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 32 GB eMMC
MicroSD support up to 128 GB Maximum
OSDual OS (Win 10 + Android 5.1)
Display8.0" IPS
1920 x 1200 pixels
CamerasRear: 2.0 mp
Front: 2.0 mp
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi 2.4GHz, WiDi (Wireless Display)
MicroUSB 2.0 (USB Host OTG)
SensorsGravity
IO1x Mini HDMI Port
1x TF Card Slot
1x Micro HDMI Port (4K Video)
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
Dimensions211 x 123.4 x 7.2 mm
Weight: 322g
Battery3.8V/ 3800mAh

AVAILABILITY (Updated March 26, 2016)
Teclast X80 Power retails at $99 (After Coupon)

Use Coupon Code: X80power4

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Teclast X80 Power Full Review (July 14, 2016)

Going in to my review of the Teclast X80 Power, I never really expected much from  a $100 Tablet. I’ve reviewed other pricier tablets before like the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 and the Teclast X98 Pro to name a few.   After using for a week now, I can say that it does have more merits than cons. Now, here is my full review of the tablet below, I have segmented them to make it easier.

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Build Quality and Design: All Metal it said, “I guess it’s true”

The Teclast X80 Power is actually the successor to the Teclast X80 Pro, it has similar specs and design but has an All Aluminium back shell similar to the Teclast X98 Pro. The tablet feels more solid and premium. It is also thin at jus 7.2mm thick, although not as thin as the Xiaomi MiPad 2 6.9mm thickness. All the ports are also located at the top of the tablet, unfortunately, it is still stuck at MicroUBS 2.0, no USB Type C included here.

The tablet’s portrait mode type design is standard to most tablet designs, quite different from the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. The bezels are a bit thick and does lessen the screen real estate. Speaking of the screen, on Android mode, I do have to complain that the navigation buttons are on the screen and takes up some screen. It is also quite small and difficult to press accurately.

Another complaint I had with the design is the placement of the loudspeakers, they are placed on the button, meaning you can easily muffle them if you hold the tablet on landscape mode.

Specs and Performance: compete with a $240 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2?

The X80 Power is powered by the modest Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 Quad Core Chipset. A mainstream chipset that you commonly see on tablets nowadays. It also comes with 2 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC Storage with support for Expandable Storage via MicroSD. I did multiple benchmark test and I compared it to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, to give you an idea in terms of theoretical performance. This tests include storage and battery performance test.

Here are my results on benchmarks using PC, I compared it to the Xiaomi MI Pad 2:

Benchmark

Teclast X80 Power

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (Android)

PCMark Performance
4623
5268
PCMark Storage
2202 3762
PC Mark Battery 5 hrs & 14 minutes
10 hrs & 6 minutes
Slingshot ES 3.1 1142
993
ANTUTU 63117 63372
Geekbench Single Core: 770
Multicore: 2193
Single Core: 980
Multicore: 3207

Analysis of Performance:

The table above shows the difference in terms of Benchmark Performance between the Teclast X80 Power and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. It clearly shows that the Mi Pad 2 is faster, but it is for good reason, it has a slightly faster clocked Intel Atom X5-Z8500, the same with the Teclast X98 Pro. RAW performance results are as expected, the storage performance, it is faster on the Mi Pad 2. What is weird is the 3D Mark Slightshot test, the Teclast X80 Power was faster on this area, maybe a fluke or optimization on the OS by MIUI, but the difference is only minimal.

In terms of theoretical performance, it gives you already an idea of how the tablet performs. As expected, it isn’t as powerful but will give you performance similar to $200 plus priced tablets in the Market. I did only test it on Android 5.1 because Windows 10 is a limited in terms of Apps and as per experience, Intel HD Gen 8 really isn’t much in terms of gaming.

On windows, you will probably use this more  as an alternative for a laptop, a worktablet, where you can plug in your projector. The performance it offers  roles better in Android Platform, as for me, I used Android more in this system anyways.

Speaking of Gaming on Windows 10, will this tablet run Dota 2?  Witcher? GTA 5? For Dota 2, barely or unplayable, LOL will probably do a bit better and also older versions of Counterstrike.

On the other hand,  Gaming on Android fairs much better, it can handle easily  light to moderate games without any issues. More 3D intensive titles like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 will probably have slowdowns and hitches especially with the 1200p screen on it.

Dual OS System: For Productivity or Multimedia,

What’s advantageous about this tablet is the Dual OS Support, a luxury unfortunately not granted by the Xiaomi MiPad 2. Every cold start, you can choose which OS you prefer and after every reboot, the tablet ask you to choose between these.

Native Android 5.1 Lollipop OS but with Bloatwares? No No No

What really irks me is the site of unnecessary bloatwares in the system, although they are non intrusive unlike the stock OS of the LeTV LeECo Le1 Pro. Fortunately, you can easily delete these annoying apps.

Anyway, overall performance is smooth, there’s nothing really special about the UI, it is native Android. Although one annoying thing is that the screen navigation keys instead of only the multitasking, home and back keys, you also have screen shot buttons, volume keys all cramped which is really distracting and can be pressed accidentally.

Windows 10 64 bit Home Edition

On Windows, it uses 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition, the same with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. All I can tell is that the performance is about the same, speaking of experience when the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 was Windows 10 before. It good especially if you have system or apps that are native on Windows itself. The tablet can handle multimedia and web browsing without any issues but I do think that Android offers better experience in this area.

Battery life, what do you expect from a 3500mAh Battery?

In terms of Battery Endurance, I tested it using PCMark’s battery benchmark test, the test starts from 100% and stops at 20%. The tablet got a 5 hours and 14 minutes, this was achieved also with about 25% brightness. This seems to be accurate, in comparison, the

Battery life, what do you expect from a 3500mAh Battery?

In terms of Battery Endurance, I tested it using PCMark’s battery benchmark test, the test starts from 100% and stops at 20%. The tablet got a 5 hours and 14 minutes, this was achieved also with about 25% brightness. This seems to be accurate, in comparison, the Xiaomi MiPad 2 with a 6190mAh battery got 10 hours plus of battery endurance. So it is basically half.

However, on real world test with WiFi on, Youtube, 25% brightness and light to moderate gaming. The tablet handled at most 3 hours of use before it reached 20%. Probably because of the high resolution screen, but the battery life is likely what you expect it to be. It is a bit frugal compared to the Mi Pad 2 but the numbers seems accurate.

with a 6190mAh battery got 10 hours plus of battery endurance. So it is basically half.

However, on real world test with WiFi on, Youtube, 25% brightness and light to moderate gaming. The tablet handled at most 3 hours of use before it reached 20%. Probably because of the high resolution screen, but the battery life is likely what you expect it to be. It is a bit frugal compared to the Mi Pad 2 but the numbers seems accurate.

Great High Definition 1200p FHD Screen

Probably the best highlights of the tablet is the 1200p HD screen, a notch higher than 1080p. At 8.0 inch size, pictures, texts and videos look great. There is also no flushing of colours especially when viewed at weird angles. The tablet’s orientation suggests Landscape mode for watching youtube or movies and Portrait mode for reading. The brightness levels are also good and quite visible even outdoors (sunlight). The contrast levels and colour reproduction are accurate and you wouldn’t expect this on a $100 tablet.

Multimedia: WiFi Performance, Web Browsing, Audio Quality and Camera

WiFi performance is overall good, I did not notice any disconnections  or any issues with signal and range. It uses a Realtek WiFi Chipset, which only supports 2.4GHz WiFi. Unfortunately, there is no support for Dual Band WiFi.

Web browsing (Android) is also good with only a few slowdowns especially on image heavy websites, it comes with Google Chrome built and touch inputs seems accurate and website loads fast without any issues. On Windows, better use Microsoft Edge, although Google still works fine, the 2 GB RAM is still enough for about 5 loaded tabs in one go.

Audio Quality of the loudspeakers isn’t really good, compared to the Xiaomi MiPad 2, it’s sounds tiny, although good enough in a small room and watching a movie, the volume is also adequate although you can’t really hear the bass. With Headphones, you can hear more clearly, however, that doesn’t mean Audio Quality is spectacular, it’s just average.

The built in 2.0 megapixel front and back camera’s  aren’t great, it’s has horrible quality and only good with absolute good lighting. Anyway, you shouldn’t be using the camera for photography anyway.

Conclusion: Overall a great value for a $100 Tablet

The Teclast X80 Power sticks to its promise, which is improve build quality from its predecessor. I praise the great screen and adequate performance. It is also best suited for those who want a cheap Dual OS Tablet. The performance delivers what you expect of it, and connectivity is also good overall. However, battery life might not win praises to everyone, the frugal battery means, you will be charging it more often. There are also some minor cons but just a few inconvenience for a $100 tablet.

 

Note: Compare this tablet to other tablets of the same category: Tablet Guide

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PROS:

  • Premium build quality (similar to the Teclast X98 Pro)
  • Great Display (best value for this price)
  • Good Performance (competes with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 on some aspects)
  • Dual OS Support
  • Comes with 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition out of the box
  • Supports Expandable storage via MicroSD up to 128 GB
  • Good WiFi performance and Web Browsing
  • HDMI Out support up to 4K video
  • USB Host OTG Support
  • 3800mAh battery

CONS:

  • Navigation buttons on the screen and takes up real estate
  • Large Bezels
  • Bloatware on Android OS
  • The loudspeaker can be easily muffled,
  • Audio quality is quite average and sounds tiny
  • Frugal Battery Life
  • No USB Type C Support
  • Only 2.4GHz WiFi Support
  • Horrible Camera
AVAILABILITY (Updated March 26, 2016)
Teclast X80 Power retails at $99 (After Coupon)

Use Coupon Code: X80power4

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Tablet Deals (updated)

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 X80 Power – Solid Sub$100 Budget Tablet

  1. I ordered it. For 90 eur(with shipping insurance) it’s just too much of a steal not to take. I’ll use my Xiaomi powerbanks to keep it unstuck from the wall and I’ll use it to stream my home pc over the lan. so in effect I’ll be getting a 6700k 8″ tablet with infinite storage 😀

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