Despite attempts to turn the tablet into more productive laptop-like devices, most slates still work better for media consumption than content creation. Especially for Android tablets like the Oppo Pad Neo, a sleek 11-inch device that offers a bright, vibrant display, and full-bodied sound from quad speakers at a relatively affordable price point (starts from S$369).
- 11.4-inch IPS LCD (2,408 x 1,720 pixels, 90Hz)
- MediaTek Helio G99 chip with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage (LTE); 6GB/128GB (Wi-Fi)
- 8,000mAh battery (33W charging)
Oppo has upped its game in the display department. The Pad Neo boasts an 11.4-inch IPS LCD with a crisp 2,408 x 1,720 pixel resolution. It's also relatively bright with a peak brightness of around 400 nits. That's an improvement over the last Oppo tablet that I tried, the Oppo Pad Air. While it's still not quite as sharp as the display on the more expensive Xiaomi Pad 6, I think it's plenty bright, and vibrant. However, I was slightly disappointed that the display only has a 90Hz refresh rate. It feels like Oppo cut corners here, especially when even mid-range phones nowadays are sporting 120Hz displays, and the Xiaomi Pad 6 has a 144Hz refresh rate.
I like the design of the Oppo Pad Neo. Edges and corners are rounded, and won't dig into your palms. The back has a dual-tone design that looks more premium than most budget or mid-range tablets. Build quality is good, too. The tablet feels solid, without much flex. The 8MP rear camera stands out with its raised silver bezel, though the camera itself is so-so. Photos are soft, and show a fair amount of noise. The front camera (also 8MP) is good enough for facial recognition, but it's not for secure apps. There's also only 128GB of internal storage, though you can expand the storage via its microSD card slot. But the Oppo Pad Neo doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack. You'll have to use Bluetooth headphones instead. The speakers, all four of them, carry the Dolby Atmos label. Dialogue is clear, and the sound is full-bodied.
If you're coming from a flagship smartphone, the Oppo Pad Neo with its mid-range MediaTek Helios G99 chipset (circa 2022) will feel sluggish. It's most evident while navigating the user interface. For example, the lag is noticeable while swiping right to bring up the Google Discover feed. Scrolling webpages isn't the smoothest, either. On the bright side, Oppo has done a pretty good job at enabling multi-tasking — see also Oppo Pad Air and Oppo's foldable phones. For example, swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers — with the tablet in landscape orientation — lets you open a second app in split-screen mode. Or you can pull up a second app from the taskbar or the sidebar. You can also open an app in a floating window in a number of ways, and resize them easily.
Battery life is decent enough for a tablet. The Oppo Pad Neo's 8,000mAh battery clocked 6hr 7min in PCMark's battery test. That's slightly shorter than the 11-inch Xiaomi Redmi Pad SE (6hr 36min), which has a similar-sized battery. The Oppo, though, has a faster 33W charging speed than the Redmi Pad SE's snail-like 10W charging. At S$369 for the Wi-Fi version, and S$439 for the LTE model, the Oppo Pad Neo is competitively priced. It sits in between the Xiaomi Redmi Pad SE (around S$250) and the Xiaomi Pad 6 (around S$500). If you want something closer to a laptop, I would recommend the pricier Xiaomi Pad 6, which has better performance, as well as optional keyboard and pen accessories. But if you're only looking for an affordable media consumption tablet, the Oppo Pad Neo is a good choice. Get it now from Shopee, and Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Oppo.
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