Do Android tablets still make sense? Here is the analysis of realme Pad Mini


Today realme also launched its new Number Series smartphones, realme 9 and realme 9 5G, in Italy. As we said in our first preview contact, the mix of features could also be interesting, but the prices and – in some cases – the choice of memory cuts cripple the run of the two terminals on the market a bit.

Today realme also puts on the plate a mini-tablet, the new one realme Pad Miniwhich joins the older brother and declines the diagonal of the screen to the extent of 8.7 “.

3 reasons why many tablets struggle to convince

In recent years, tablets, apart from iPad and very few other exceptions, have had a hard time. On the one hand, smartphones today represent the first access device for many people and provide wide and defined screens and intuitive interfaces: this has partly limited the need for a tablet. On the other hand, for reasons related to what has just been written, the market pressure on prices has led to a impoverishment of tablets from a technical point of view: to have an attractive price, the technical specifications are much less so. The third reason linked to the operating system: in the years of its existence, Android has never managed to present itself convincingly on tablets.

Not even on this realme Pad Mini and just turning on the display to prove it: seeing on an 8.7 “screen the numeric keypad for entering the PIN as large as that of a feature phone immediately gives the idea of ​​a very little optimized user interface up Android 11.

A market that pulls little attracts even few innovations and probably tablets have not attracted the attention of Google developers. Not even those of screen manufacturers; here the discourse returns to be linked to smartphones, which on the contrary have seen the succession of important innovations on the display front, even on the low-end, and which discount the advantage of being used at about the same distance from the eye as tablets, but with a much higher pixel density. The low volumes have instead brought few innovations on the screens, so much so that on a much larger screen size of a tablet we often find pixel resolutions lower than those of affordable mobile phones.

About 8.7, “inches of this IPS LCD of realme Pad Mini we find 800×1340 pixelswith a resultant of 179 ppi. In addition, to a low resolution screen they add quite evident frames, frames we are no longer used to even on entry level smartphones.

The choice of the hardware platform, a Unisoc Tiger T616 12nm SoC with Octa-Core processorassisted in the graphic tasks by Mali-G57 GPU. The system fails to snatch 200,000 points on Antutu. The large space made available by the body of the product allows the integration of one 6,400 mAh batterybut the processor has not proved particularly optimized in terms of consumption and the real autonomy lower than what one would expect from this capacity.

realme Pad Mini: a tablet to throw away?

To compose the opinion on a product are not mere technical specifications, but above all the relationship in which they arise with the price and here realme Pad Mini has something interesting to say. Let’s start with the three versions available on the market:

  • realme Pad Mini Wi-Fi 3GB + 32GB 179.99
  • realme Pad Mini Wi-Fi 4GB + 64GB 199.99
  • realme Pad Mini Wi-Fi + 4G LTE 4GB + 64GB 229.99

The three versions from 17 to 24 May will be on offer – respectively – a 159.99, 179.99 And 199.99.

At the low price are added the dual camera (front for video calls and rear with 8 megapixel sensor), the aluminum body and above all thestereo audio with two speakers on the sides of the tablet.

The durable body and stereo speakers are the real selling point of this tablet which is a candidate for the role of portable screen for viewing web content. Pages, but above all video, since the intelligent positioning of the speakers exploits – when held horizontally – the basin of the hands to act as an acoustic reflector and offer powerful and enveloping audio, with a clearly audible difference compared to that of normal smartphones. .

realme Pad Mini a great sofa tablet to take a look at the summaries of the matches of the day before or see the higlights of the Formula 1 grand prix. Actually the presence on the main screen of YouTube Kids And Kids Space makes it clear that the target audience of this product are families and in particular how realme Pad Mini wants to become the screen for the little ones. From this point of view, the strong compromises to which realme went down to contain the price make sense, given that on balance, higher technical specifications would not have made much difference, while the price does, and how.

The idea probably that of offer families an alternative to the plethora of Chinese tablets that invades the market, with the certification of a well-recognizable brand which, thanks to a strong presence in the Italian smartphone market, can offer a level of after-sales assistance that Chinese sellers cannot guarantee.

In summary, realme Pad Mini is certainly not a suitable tablet to watch your favorite TV series and movies in 4K on the go, but it is a candidate for tablets for the little ones and at the prices on offer in the first week of marketing it could be a temptation for many. families, especially in this period of confirmations and communions.


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