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realme Pad X Unboxing, Review Philippines: All-Around Entertainment Buddy

by Duey Guison  August 26, 2022

Review verdict: the realme Pad X is the brand’s best tablet offering in the Philippines. Its aggressive pricing gives you a tablet that has decent overall performance and arguably one of the best speaker setups for its price range. 

Pros

  • Loud and crisp audio
  • Can handle games decently
  • Decent processor for the price

Cons

  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Plastic build

 

realme Pad X Philippines Review specs

  • Snapdragon 695 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 10.95-inch IPS display, 2000×1200 resolution
  • 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Quad speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • 33W fast charging
  • 8360mAh battery
  • Android 11, realme UI for Pad

Unboxing and Packaging contents

The Pad X has a straightforward white box with an image of the tablet itself in front. The front part of the box heavily emphasizes its speakers with its support for both Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio.

At the back, you have a quick rundown of its key features: a 5G-ready Snapdragon 695 processor, a 10.95-inch 2K display, and an 8360mAh battery with support for 33w charging.

Inside the box, you have the Pad X itself, a 33w charger, USB-C cable, documentation, and a SIM Ejector tool.

Design

realme decided to go for a polycarbonate build on the Pad X, which is disappointing considering the Pad and Pad Mini came with unibody aluminum. Despite the downgrade in the choice of materials, the Pad X feels solid to the core and you would not mind the fact that it has a polycarbonate body. The back panel has realme branding and a large camera bump that houses a 13-megapixel shooter.

The front panel has symmetrical bezels on all four sides, and the 8-megapixel selfie shooter is placed in landscape orientation.

Going through the button and port layout, you have two speakers and the power button on top, a volume rocker, a microphone, and a magnetic pin for the Smart Pencil on the right side, and two speakers and a USB-C port at the bottom. You don’t get a headphone jack or fingerprint scanner on the Pad X–with the latter meaning that you have to resort to either face unlock or PIN unlock for biometrics.

Aside from a Smart Pencil, the Pad X will also have an optional Smart keyboard that will let you maximize the Pad X’s functionality.

Display and Speakers

The Pad X comes equipped with a 10.95-inch 2K display with a conventional 60hz refresh rate. While we wished for a higher refresh rate, we have no complaints about the overall picture quality that the Pad X has to offer. Even if it’s only an IPS panel, colors are vibrant, and the display can go very bright when needed.

The speakers are one of Pad X’s main strengths. Its quad-speaker system has one of the best audio tunings we’ve encountered on a tablet, producing crisp and clear mids and highs and a decent amount of bass. The Pad X’s support for Hi-Res audio lets you enjoy listening to high-bitrate audio that’s being offered on streaming services like Apple Music.

Cameras

The Pad X has a modest set of cameras with its 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie camera. While you’d not really use a tablet for taking photos or videos, realme is nice enough to implement the same image post-processing found on its budget phones to the Pad X.

This means that the photos in general are decent in good lighting, though colors are a bit on the muted side. They’re not the best photos you can take, but they are good enough for a home or online class setup.

 

For videos, the Pad X caps at Full HD recording, which should be good enough for most use cases.

 

Internals and Battery Life

Powering the Pad X is a Snapdragon 695 processor, and the variant that’s coming to the Philippines comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. We have no question about the Snapdragon 695’s performance, as Qualcomm’s mid-range chip performs well across all benchmark metrics and with real-life tests.

The Snapdragon 695 may not be as powerful as those found in one of its rivals, but it’s decent enough for most tasks including creating illustrations and light to medium photo editing.

The Snapdragon 695, in fact, is decent enough for gaming, and the results we got from Gamebench prove this. Aside from being able to handle Asphalt 9 and Genshin Impact well, we even tried putting the Pad X to the limits by running Tower of Fantasy, and the tablet performed well.

Should you want to run Tower of Fantasy smoothly on the Pad X, we found that the ideal settings are Balanced graphics, HD resolution, and 45FPS–going beyond that gave us below-average gameplay that’s riddled with multiple frame drops.

Aside from having a close-to-stock Android 12-based realmeUI 3.0 out of the box, one of the interesting features of the Pad X is that both its SIM card slots support 5G, allowing you to use the next-generation network on the go. This makes the Pad X future-proof, being one of the few tablets sold in the Philippines to support 5G natively.

The Pad X comes with an 8360mAh battery, and our test with PCMark showed that it lasted for around 16.5 hours, which is a very good figure for a tablet. Topping up the battery is much faster than its siblings with its support for 33w wired charging.

Wrap-up and Conclusions

After two tablet launches, our review of the Pad X shows that realme is serious about the mid-range tablet market in the Philippines. It’s an interesting offering with its a good overall performance with its SoC of choice and vibrant display, along with top-notch audio quality from its speakers.

realme Pad X Review Price Philippines

The realme Pad X is priced at Php 15,999 in the Philippines and will be available on realme’s official Shopee store and will have an early bird price of Php 14,499 from August 26-28.

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    At this price, you can just buy a 2nd hand ipad, which beats most android tablets, also ipads have longer software support, meaning you are going to use the device longer. These chinese oem’s will only provide 1 os update, if you are lucky, 2. Apple provides the longest, Samsung 2nd. So if you are looking for something better than what chinese oem’s offer, look for these brands.

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