Reach out, stay connected

Written by S Aadeetya | Updated: Apr 3 2014, 08:14am hrs
Oplus is the latest name that is looking to grab some pie out of the market. The Taiwanese company launched its Xonpad 7 which will be vying for recognition in the budget segment at sub R10,000 pricing. The sleek and metallic finish Xonpad 7 comes with a 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen to give a pretty decent viewing experience.

Taking performance and speed to a whole new level, Xonpad 7 is powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad core processor and a DDR 3 RAM of 1 GB. Without going much into the hardware specs, the tablet possesses basic features7-inch 1280 x 800 pixels display, Android 4.2 version, quad-core processor, dual-facing cameras and voice-calling support among others. For its pricing, the tablet offers pretty everything one desires in addition to the calling/3G support that makes it a viable on-the-go calling option as well.

Design and performance

In terms of looks, the Xonpad 7 is a mixture of good with bad. The body feels sturdy while holding it and while the front side is built with average plastics, the rear panel has a more durable feeling to it with its metallic finish which has been kept non-removable due to some reasons. The display at 1280 x 800 pixels is not the brightest and after watching some videos, playing games we come to the conclusion that content looks washed out on the display. Thanks to the quad-core chipset the tablet managed to come through multi-tasking operation unscathed even though we did observe little lags here and there, which is nothing to worry about.

Powered by a 3500 mAh battery, Xonpad 7 is equipped with Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 connectivity and bluetooth connectivity as well. For a user, this means that now you can easily connect to the world and experience a fast internet browsing with its Wi-Fi connectivity. While the USB and Bluetooth connectivity allows you to share files and data with friends easily and conveniently.

The cameras on Xonpad 7 are strictly average and just come as a bonus on the tablet without really making much of an impact. The calling quality and 3G connectivity did not pose any issue and gave us good results. Storage will not be a concern for you with Xonpad 7 as the tablet comes with an internal memory of 16 GB complemented up to 32 GB with a micro SD card to meet all your space requirements.

The most obvious drawback of the Xonpad 7 is the battery, which for a calling device is not at all well-equipped to last an entire day. During our tests (HD videos at full brightness on Wi-Fi till the device juices out) the tablet lasted a mere three and half hours, dissapointing to say the least. In terms of benchmarks it scored;AnTuTu: 13270, Quadrant: 4120, 3Dmark11 Ice Storm:3108 and Vellamo HTML5: 1419.

If a calling device with good built under R10K is your need then Xonpad 7 is for you. But we would suggest you to look at a couple of more options that offer better day-to-day life.