- Nov 25, 2012
Crashing into the spotlight is a new Android tablet for tech gadget lovers to desire – The Teclast P98 Air (Octa-core), the first tablet powered by the all new Allwinner A80T SoC. It is now available in China for about $195, but if you want to buy the tablet in Europe or America, then things get a little pricier with importing.
How does this processor do in the benchmark test and what else the P98 Air (Octa-core) can offer? You will find out in our review – Only here on Cngadget.info.
--Android 4.4 Kitkat
--9.7" IPS Retina Screen, 2048 x 1536 pixels
--CPU: Allwinner A80T Octa-core, 2.0GHz
--GPU: PowerVR Rogue G6230
--2GB RAM + 32GB ROM
--Dual Camera, 13MP back camera + 2MP front camera
--Li-Ion 8000mAh Battery
Design and Build
At first glance, the P98 Air looks very much like an iPad Air clone, as many have commented. But it is different, there are no physical buttons in the front panel, only a 9.7-inch IPS display and relatively small bezel.
In Portrait, all the ports and slots are located on the top edge of the slate, you will find a 3.5mm audio jack, a Micro SD card slot, a unique USB3.0 data/charging port and a micro-HDMI port.
The right side of the tablet hosts all the hardware controls – a power/standby key and a volume rocker.
In the bottom side of the tablet you will find the stereo speakers.
On the metallic back of the P98 Air (Octa-core) you will find some of Teclast's branding and the 13MP rear-facing camera and the LED flash.
Teclast claims that the P98 Air Octa-core is only 7.4mm thick, but that is nothing but a horrible lie. It is obviously thicker than the 7.5mm CUBE Talk 9X and the 7.9mm Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Although overall it is still quite slim compared to most of the Chinese tablets, lying is always unacceptable!
Display and Sound
The P98 Air sports an IPS Panel at the resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 -- the very same as the iPad Air. It's one of the most impressive displays I've seen on a tablet to date, though it isn’t the absolute best, I would give that honor to the Google Nexus 10 2 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. However, things do look fantastically sharp here. Text is rendered incredibly crisp and the UI looks better than ever. The first-party icons are all crisp and clean, though some of the third-party app icons do look like they could use a new, higher-resolution rendering. Thankfully, the apps themselves look overwhelmingly fine.
The brightness of the display is also top-notch, almost as searingly bright as the 700 nits the ASUS Transformer Pad can pump out. Colors are well-rendered and viewing angles are extremely good.
Top: CUBE Talk 9X Bottom: Teclast P98 Air
Left: Samsung P6800 (Super AMOLED Plus) Right: Teclast P98 Air
The color reproduction will also appeal to many, as it's pretty close to reality - it lacks the punch of the Super AMOLED screens seen on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S for instance, but it will depend on personal preference as to whether that's a good thing.
Teclast employs stereo speakers on the P98 Air Octa-core and they're situated at the bottom side of the tablet. This lets them create a moderately convincing stereo image, but you will possibly block the speakers with your hands while you are holding the slate in landscape.
This isn’t the last word in sound quality, though. The main positive is dialogue is very clear and crisp, and the speakers reach a decent volume without obvious distortion. But there’s very little mid or low-end here, so there’s a real lack of warmth and body to the sound. They’re good for TV dramas and documentaries, but they fall short with music and anything action packed.
System & Interface
Teclast hasn’t as drastic changes to Android in the P98 Air as, say, Xiaomi has with its MIUI, but it has managed to leave its own mark with some customized widgets and applications.
What we are talking about here are the icons, which look very much like those on the iOS and Xiaomi interface, the absence of an application drawer could be annoying to those who love the stock launcher.
The P98 Air Octa-core is, generally speaking, very smooth and slick. The kinks and jerkiness we detected in the Cube Talk 9X are mostly absent, though the P98 Air Octa-core doesn’t zip along quite as smoothly as the Snapdragon 800 powered LG Optimus G Pro2.
The processor behind this is Allwinner’s A80T, which is in eight core chip with four ARM Cortex A15 CPUs clocked at 2.0GHz, and four lower-power ARM A7 cores at 1.3GHz. It’s right up there with the most powerful processors on any Android phone or tablet, scoring 765 in Geekbench’s single-core test, and 2,235 in the multi-core. Even accounting for Chinese brands’ reputation to boosting benchmarks with high performance modes, it’s clear this is a very powerful device.
We tried a few other benchmarks, although bear in mind that these measurements are of limited use to prospective buyers. In Antutu 4X, the P98 Air was returned a score of 50,652. That compares with 41,638 for the CUBE Talk 9X - so yes, it has the potential to be almost twice as fast as the LG G Pad 8.3 (23,254) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (26,138). It's even faster than the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, which was recorded at 34810.
With the monstrous Imagination PowerVR Rogue G6230 GPU on board, the P98 Air is an even more impressive performer in the graphics department, more than powerful enough to run even demanding games smoothly. It scored 13,939 in the 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited test, and maxed out the Ice Storm standard test. It’s only a few thousand points less than the iPad Air, though, and you’re unlikely to find any games that won’t work on it. The only downside is that the 4:3 aspect ratio of the display may make some of the games designed for widescreen look a little bit too stretched. With that said, the P98 Air Octa-core, like most phones and tablets at present, has more processing power than it really needs.
Thanks to the multi-core structure and 2GB RAM, the P98 Air had little problem running several big applications simultaneously. Opening dozens of image-heavy websites in the stock browser and playing a 1080P video on top at the same time, the tablet remained extremely responsive.