POCO Pad Review

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POCO Pad | @manilashaker

Is POCO‘s first tablet the next must-have device in your tech collection? Let’s find out.

POCO’s debut in the tablet market brings all the features you love from their smartphones to a larger screen. The POCO Pad combines good build quality, a impressive display, and a variety of useful accessories, making it a strong contender in the tablet market.

Design and Build

The design of the POCO Pad is simple, like many tablets. Tablets are often used at home or in comfortable places, so they don’t need to be flashy. The POCO Pad has a minimalist look with POCO’s logo at the bottom left and the camera at the top left. The camera sensor is large but doesn’t stick out much, so the tablet doesn’t wobble when laid flat.

The back has a matte finish that resists fingerprints. The tablet feels solid and sturdy, weighing about 571g. The back and frame are made of aluminum, making it durable. The unibody design feels high-quality and not cheap. Despite its weight, it’s comfortable to hold because of its slim design. It feels like a device that will last a long time.

Display

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People choose tablets for their large screens, which provide a better viewing experience. The POCO Pad has a 12.1-inch 1600×2560 IPS LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision, 600 nits of brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

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Even though it doesn’t have an OLED screen, the POCO Pad’s display is still very good for watching videos and working. Dolby Vision support makes it great for multimedia use. The fast refresh rate ensures a smooth experience, and stylus support is a bonus for drawing and writing.

Camera

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When it comes to its cameras, both the rear and front cameras boast the same 8MP sensor so basically the quality you get for its rear camera is pretty much the same quality you will get with its selfie shooter.

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Outputs on both sensors are decent with good sharpness and details. It also has good color distribution and a wide dynamic range. However, when photos are taken in low light scenarios results tend to have soft or grainy results. Despite that, it still delivers some nice shots with acceptable quality.

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When it comes to their video recording, both of them can shoot up to 1080P@30FPS with no stabilization feature available.

Performance

The POCO Pad is powered by a Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. It runs on Android 14 with POCO’s HyperOS.

After two weeks of daily use, the tablet performed smoothly, even with multitasking. The fast refresh rate enhances the user experience, making navigation fluid and responsive.

Connectivity

The POCO Pad is a wireless-only tablet, meaning it doesn’t support SIM cards. However, it has a slot for an SD card, allowing up to 1.5TB of expandable storage. It also includes Bluetooth 5.2 for connecting accessories like a smart pen and keyboard.

The stylus and keyboard work well with low latency, making them great for productivity. The tablet performs well for gaming, handling demanding games like Honkai Star Rail smoothly, although it can get a bit warm during extended play sessions.

Battery

The POCO Pad has a 5000mAh battery and supports 33W wired charging.

In our video loop test at 50% volume and brightness, the tablet lasted about 16 hours and 32 minutes. While this isn’t the best compared to other tablets, it’s sufficient for casual use, lasting through a day and more. Charging from 0 to 100% took about 1 hour and 53 minutes, which is acceptable given the charger provided.

Conclusion

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Priced at PHP15,999, the POCO Pad offers excellent value. It provides strong performance for gaming and productivity, a good display, and decent camera quality. Despite some shortcomings, like the lack of an OLED display and faster charging, our overall experience with the POCO Pad has been very positive. If you’re considering a tablet, the POCO Pad is a strong contender worth trying.

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POCO Pad Specs List

  • OS: Android 14, HyperOS
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 | Bluetooth 5.2
  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • Resolution: 1600 x 2560
  • Dimensions: 280.00 × 181.85 × 7.52 mm
  • Weight: 571g
  • Screen Size & Display: 12.1 IPS LCD
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno GPU
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 256GB UFS 2.2
  • Expandability: 1.5TB
  • Single Main Camera: 8MP f/2
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.28
  • Battery & Charging: 10000mAh | 33W wired
  • Colors: Grey, Blue

POCO Pad Video Review

So that is our review of the POCO Pad. What are your thoughts about this tablet? Let us know in the comments below. Additionally, for a more detailed exploration of POCO Pad’s features and performance, don’t forget to check out our video review on our YouTube Channel.