Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate – Affordable Yoga Style Ultrabook

An affordable Yoga referenced Ultrabook that offers the flexibility of both a tablet and a laptop in one package.

PROS of the Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate:

  • Small Light and Portable (easy to carry)
  • Good Overall Performance (good multitasking performance)
  • Modest Gaming Performance (low to moderate 3D games)
  • Dual OS System is a great addition
  • Good Wifi range and Performance (Broadcom WiFi N Chipset)
  • Good Quality Screen (11.6 FHD 1080p)
  • Great Battery life (over 6 hours on regular use)
  • Good keyboard layout (easy to type and accurate tactile response)
  • Comes with USB 3.0, Bluetooth
  • Supports Mini HDMI Port (4K video out)

Cons:

  • Horrible Speakers
  • Plastic build quality (be careful on rotating the hinge constantly)
  • Can get hot on gaming (don’t put on lap)
  • The stylus is more of a gimmick (no productive use)
  • The touchpad performance is not that good
  • Giant bezels on the screen
SpecsVoyo A1 Plus Ultimate
ProcessorIntel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Z8300 1.8Ghz Quad Core, 22nm
GPU: Intel HD Gen8
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 64 GB eMMC
MicroSD up to 128 GB
OSDual OS (Android 5.1 Lollipop + 64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition)
Display11.6 inch, IPS, 10 multitouch
1920 x 1080 pixels
Handwriting Stylus
CamerasRear: 2.0 MP
Front: 0.3 MP
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Mini HDMI (4K video), USB 3.0
FeaturesOffice 365, 4K video output (HDMI)
SensorsGravity
AudioStereo Speakers
Interface1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1x Mini HDMI
1x TF Card Slot
1x USB 2.0 (Standard)
1x USB 3.0 (Standard)
Dimensions290 x 196 x 16mm
Weight: 1200g
Batterybuilt-in 10,000mAh (6-8 hrs)
AVAILABILITY (Updated Sept 9, 2016)
Voyo  A1 Plus (Dual OS) retails at $235 – Buy now

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The Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate is a Yoga Style Ultrabook that boasts the flexiblity of both a tablet and a laptop at the same time. It combines the features of both Android and Windows on one package and makes it more appealing to budget users. The Yoga Style referenced design is coined by Lenovo on their laptops, basically the screen hinge can rotate a ridiculous 360 degrees, turning the device from a laptop to a tablet. On my short time using this Ultrabook It did surprise me on some instance but I also saw some things that needs improvements. So this review is comprehensive and if ever, I did miss something, please feel free to comment below  and I will answer them to the best of my abilities. Full Review August 26, 2016

Yoga Style Design and an overall Plastic Build

I am not really a fan of the design, nor am I interested at it at first. So, I tested rotating the hinge to the full 360 degrees and the device did that perfectly. However, I am a bit worried as to the reliability and the longevity of such design. Namely, the build quality is overall plastic,  so I am not really convince if I did this regularly that the hinge won’t break. So my advice is, just place extra care on rotating the shaft, or don’t put too much pressure on it, it seems to bend if you put too much on it.

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Plenty of IO’s available

As an alternative to a laptop, you would expect ports to be readily available. And thus, the Voyo A1 Plus  Ultimate has everything in order, I think the only missing is either a card reader, RJ45 LAN Port or a  Projector Port. But the device already has both an USB 3.0 and 2.0 Standard ports available, a TF Card Slot for memory expansion and a Mini HDMI Port.

Disappoint Loudspeakers

The  speakers are at the bottom, the placement really isn’t the only fault here. The Audio Quality is also an issue, it sounds tiny, the volume is very low and bass is certainly absent. I did try it watching movies, but the experience really isn’t great, it’s better to have your headphone readily available.

Good Typing Experience

I was surprised by my experience on the keyboard. First of all, it did have some flexed to it when you put pressure, but the space of keys and tactile response is overall good. I did enjoy typing on it.

Average Touchpad

The touchpad isn’t great, firstly, it is small, so you don’t have a lot of space to work. And secondly, the right and left click’s needs more pressure for proper tactile response which can get annoying. Most of the time, I was using a mouse to get things done fast.

Decorative Stylus

I don’t know what the purpose of the stylus was, but I used it just once and that’s that. The touch responsiveness when using it is very sluggish. I do think it is just a ordinary Handwriting Stylus, a replacement from your hand if you so wish. But I wasn’t really impress by it.

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Modest Raw and Gaming Performance

Intel Atom Cherry trail chipsets and Intel HD Gen8  Graphics combination really doesn’t spell gaming or blistering performance. And that’s about what you get with the Ultrabook. It is good for most medial task, light to moderate apps work fine and probably best for web browsing or wordsheet type of works. It does do well on multitasking, as the 4 GB RAM is enough to handle most tasks.

On my gaming test, I was able to get good performance on games like Dead Trigger and other titles that’s not so 3D heavy. On windows, mainstream games such as LOL and Dota 2 performance were unplayable or barely playable. FPS jumps and performance inconsistencies plague the game. You could get much better performance with other shooting titles like counterstrike  or other less demanding games.

Slower eMMC Storage Drive

The storage performance was also really surprising, It did score along a 2000 point mark which is far lower compared to the Teclast X98 Plus 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, both of which scored 3000 plus points. It was later on revealed that it made use of a Generic eMMC Drive. Crystaldisk scores also gave proof of how slow the storage drive is.

It can get hot only  on…

On my gaming test, I did notice that the Ultrabook did get hot after a while, and it was especially felt on the upper left hand corner, which I think the chip was located. Temps can go as high as 70 to 80 C, which is still  under its safe limits, but It is hot. So don’t put it on your lap just a precaution. But after a while the temps go down to the 50’s and 60 Celsius mark.

Dual OS system but annoying switching

I have to admit the Dual OS system is a big plus. However,  I don’t agree on how to switch from one system to the other. For example, if you are on Android mode and you want to switch to Windows, you can switch inside the system or via the notification menu. But once you turn off your tablet, it needs to get into a system you have previously before you can switch. So, you can’t switch quickly after each fresh start or reboot, which is annoying.

Native Android 5.1 Lollipop

On the Android side, it runs a native or default Android 5.1 Lollipop. With the native labelled, there is no customization and thus all you have are the default skins. It does have Google Playstore already preinstalled, and another good thing is that it doesn’t come with any bloatware in the system.

64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition

On the windows side, it runs a 64 bit version of Windows 10 Home. My only complaint is that from switching from Windows to Android, there were instance that it got an error, and thus I had to restart the system again before I could switch.

Good Wifi Performance

I did test the WiFi on this device, also one of my test is the Wifi Range. I was able to get a good base on how overall range and it was good. It has similar range with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. I did not  also experience any connection issues when I had used it. Digging deeper, I was able to determine that it used a Broadcom WiFi N chip instead of the standard Realtek chip.

Good Display but my those bezels are big

The device is equipped with a 11.6 inch IPS 1080p FHD Display. The overall image quality is good, the contrast levels are satisfactory. However, it isn’t as bright compared to other screens that I have tested. It is also very responsive.  My only complaint is the bezels, they are big and I think it would have benefited if it were a bit narrow and thus giving more screen real estate.

Good Web Browsing Performance

Both in Android and Windows, web browsing either via Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge didn’t have any issues. It can manage multiple tabs and even big website with ease. There is hardly no slowdown.

Great Battery Life (6 hours plus or more)

Probably the best asset of the Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate is it’s giant 10,000mAh battery, which from my test is able to last a good 6 hours plus on a single charge. That was done mostly on 50% brightness and web browsing. Gaming will probably be good up to 4 hours. However, charging  does take  a while, even with the 12V charging adapter, it will normally take 2 – 3 hours to charge from empty.

A solid Ultrabook despite the flaws

I would still consider the Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate a solid Ultrabook despite the named weaknesses. It does edge on some areas that are important to me as a laptop user. Good Battery, keyboard and good Wifi performance and screen. Even with the problems to the loudspeaker and touchpad. These are minor issues that can me mediated rather easily. It is also small, light and very portable making it a great travel companion.

Note: you can compare this tablet to other tablets here: Tablet Guide

PROS of the Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate:

  • Small Light and Portable (easy to carry)
  • Good Overall Performance (good multitasking performance)
  • Modest Gaming Performance (low to moderate 3D games)
  • Dual OS System is a great addition
  • Good Wifi range and Performance (Broadcom WiFi N Chipset)
  • Good Quality Screen (11.6 FHD 1080p)
  • Great Battery life (over 6 hours on regular use)
  • Good keyboard layout (easy to type and accurate tactile response)
  • Comes with USB 3.0, Bluetooth
  • Supports Mini HDMI Port (4K video out)

Cons:

  • Horrible Speakers
  • Plastic build quality (be careful on rotating the hinge constantly)
  • Can get hot on gaming (don’t put on lap)
  • The stylus is more of a gimmick (no productive use)
  • The touchpad performance is not that good
  • Giant bezels on the screen
AVAILABILITY (Updated Sept 9, 2016)
Voyo A1 Plus (Dual OS) retails at $235 – Buy here

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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.

22 Comments on Voyo A1 Plus Ultimate – Affordable Yoga Style Ultrabook

  1. Why is the z8300 listed as 22nm and Intel HD Gen7 when if its a proper Cherry Trail soc it will be 14nm and Intel HD Gen8? This error in the information seems to be common across all sites listing this Voyo system.

    • Hello James,

      The Cherry Trail X5 8300 (update to the Bay Trail Z3735F) and the X5 8500 (update to Z3736F Bay Trail). I think it is a typo, Gen7 is for the Bay Trail and Gen8 for Cherry Trail/.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

  2. Hi can you connect a 4G/LTE usb stick to this?
    The front camera seems incredibly bad. Is that good enough for Skype or even then will picture quality be bad? What’s the deal with the 2MP camera on the back. I don’t imagine you would want to keep any photo’s you took with that?

    • Hello Gazmania,

      Basically it is a tablet with a built in keyboard. The 2.0 MP rear camera is typical of any tablet, average at best.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

  3. I bought this device before xmas from gearbest. The sound wasnt working properly and on trying to update the drivers the system restored to original non voyo windows 10. I tried reinstalling as described in chinese on their website (english version outdated). This is impossible to follow. I am in contact with GB who return for repair and from voyo I’ve had 1 reply despite all my mails to them about fixing this. Note i am a developer and extremely technical and i couldn’t get it going. Voyo provide NO SUPPORT should u need it so the risk is up to you. Waste of money and time which i spent trying to fix it.

    • @David

      I received a stylus and have tested it. Its okay as a replacement for your finger when clicking around the screen but for drawing and taking notes it’s rather useless.

      • Hello Seb,

        The built-in stylus of the tablet isn’t really for productivity, it’s not a Wacom Stylus, and thus has limited use, aside from what you mentioned, substitute for clicking on screen.

        Best Regards,
        Vince

  4. Hi everyone!

    Just wondering If you know about any another stylus rather than the one thats included, that I could buy to change the current one. I am going to use it just for writing stuff, so I wont need anything really special. Thanks so much!

  5. I have purchased a Voyo A1. The tablet came with Microsoft Office 2013 pre-installed but apparently not activated.
    If I click on any option or item under Microsoft Office under All Apps the screens are totally in the Chinese language.
    Please guide me with steps to:-
    1. activate the pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013.
    2. advise me if the pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013 is licensed or do I need to purchase a license?
    3. Guide me with the necessary steps to change the language in the pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013 from Chinese to English.
    thanks for any help. regards, Barry

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