The Teclast X98 Plus 2 is the latest successor to the tablet of the same name (Teclast X98 Plus 3G). However, it doesn’t offer a lot of changes, in fact, it is only a redesign. So, the features and specs are actually identical to the predecessor. I have been tinkering with the tablet for a couple of days now and I’m ready to make a Full Review of the Tablet. In this review, I will also be comparing this tablet to its older brother, the Teclast X98 Pro, and also a little on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2.
Modest raw Performance at best
The tablet is equipped with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 Quad Core Processor, not really a powerhouse chipset. The Intel HD Gen 8 Graphics chip is not great for gaming. But for a multimedia tablet, the Teclast X98 Plus 2 certainly excels. It is also equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB of storage, there is also support for MicroSD up to 128 GB. For casual users, the tablet will suffice, it can easily handle multitasking and modest gaming.
Here are the benchmark scores below:
PCMark Performance: 4853
Storage Performance: 3346
3DMark SlingShot 3.1 : 1006
3DMark SlingShot 3.0 : 1339
Geekbench: 774 (Single core) and 2209 (Multicore)
Antutu Benchmark 6.1.4 : 57691
I wasn’t really surprise with the benchmark scores, it is what you would expect from an Intel Atom X5 Chipset. But what I did get me interested is the Storage Score or the eMMC Disk, the scores are comparable to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. Thus, the storage performance is not really slow in this one, on closer inspection, it was revealed that it used a Hynix eMMC Drive.
Don’t expect much in Gaming
The Intel HD Gen 8 chipset is good only for low to moderate games. More 3D intensive titles, especially high FPS tend to struggle and have stuttering and periodic slowdowns. I wasn’t really surprise, as this was the same performance with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. I think, also a factor that affected gaming performance is the High Resolution Retina Screen. I tested it on 3D intensive titles like Modern Combat 5 and Mortal Combat X, the games ran fine, but clearly there is stuttering and performance issues. The FPS isn’t that smooth either and difficult to play for long periods. Also Asphalt 8 also didn’t fare better, and I am expecting other similar titles will not as well. So stick to light games, like COC, Plants versus Zombies, etc… these games run like a breeze on this tablet.
Good Retina Display
The 9.7 inch Retina Display offers good contrast levels, color reproduction and brightness. Although it is not that bright compared to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. The touch screen is also highly responsive and viewing angles are good also.
Dual OS Support
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 supports Dual OS, which you can switch at startup or via the homescreen. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, the default skin with no customization in the UI. It is basically the same with the Teclast X80 Power. There are also a couple of bloatwares installed, however, they can be uninstalled without any issues. On the positive note, Google Playstore is already preinstalled.
Switching to Windows 10, It is equipped with a 64 bit version of Windows 10 Home Edition.
Camera, nothing to be excited about
Tablet cameras aren’t really a big priority for users, and the built in 2.0 megapixel camera of the Tablet isn’t really that good. You can take good pictures only on absolute good lighting, it is fixed focus and has a bit of shutter lag on every shot, so it does come out blurry at times.
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 variants don’t support 3G yet, as opposed to its predecessor. I did dig deep to the Wireless Chipset and it is equipped with a Realtek WiFi Chipset, which is limited to 2.4GHz WiFi range. But on my test, the range was satisfactory, it wasn’t short and I did not experience any disconnections.
Great Web Browsing Experience
Either in Windows or Android, I enjoyed browsing with this tablet. Websites are comfortable to look at even at full size and I even opening multiple tabs and websites didn’t have any issue in the performance.
Ok sounding speakers
The loudspeakers have seen improvements over the Teclast X98 Pro. It is now much louder, although the quality is average at best.
Good Battery Life
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 is equipped with a 8000mAh battery, and on my test using PCMark Battery test, I was able to get a good 5 hours and 53 minutes of screen time, and in that time, the battery still has 20% of juice left in it. Although these numbers are not accurate on all situations, and will depend on user usage preference. Also, the dedicated 5V Charging Port, means that the charging is much faster.
No, Unlike the Teclast X98 Pro, the X98 Plus 2 with it’s slightly down clocked Chipset handles temps a lot better. Even though, I didn’t test it 100% Stress Load test, it only became warm on gaming, but not to the point of becoming uncomfortable. The heat is spread out at the back, so there really isn’t a heat spot.
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 isn’t really a new tablet, in fact compared to its predecessor, the only difference you will see, is that all the ports are on top of the tablet. In the plus side, it is much more convenient, however, it would have been better if it had USB Type C on board, as that was what most users were looking for.
The build quality overall is very good, the corners have a nice curved finish making it easy to hold, it has a nice premium feel to it and the tactile buttons are very responsive. The loudspeakers also have CNC crafted grills on them and actually sounds better compared to the old Teclast X98 Pro. The bezels are a bit large but doesn’t really bother me that much. It also has dedicated 5V Charging Port, which frankly charges faster than ordinary USB based charging.
Compared to the Teclast X98 Pro which has been with me for a couple of months. The Teclast X98 Plus 2 is thicker, bigger, the bezels are also bigger this time but the build quality has also improved. The slow charging of the Teclast X98 Pro was one of its biggest pain and the X98 Plus 2 manage to address this issue with the dedicated charging adapter.
Conclusion: A Minor Redesign but still a Solid Value Tablet
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 might not offer vast improvements over its predecessor, but it’s still a great value. The premium and more polish design is a big plus, as well as the great screen. The Performance will not offer you great gaming potential, but for multimedia it will suffice. The Battery life is also great and charging time has certainly improved. It is one of the best you can get below $200.