OnePlus Pad Review: Best Mid-Range Android Tablet?

 In India, OnePlus is well-known for its smartphones. Smart TVs, monitors, personal audio products, and smartwatches have all been introduced within the last three years or so. The business also produces and sells travel bags, backpacks, and smartphone accessories. The company even revealed plans for its own mechanical keyboard at a recent event, though it is not yet available in India.

OnePlus Pad price in India

Not only are OnePlus devices the fastest in the world, but they also feature distinctive designs and highly optimised software. Is there a future for tablets when OnePlus enters the market? What is it?

There is only one colour option for the OnePlus Pad, and it's called Halo Green. Fortunately, there are several configurations from which to choose. The least expensive model costs Rs. 37,999 and has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. The second configuration, which includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, can be purchased for Rs. 39,999. In my opinion, it's best to spring for the most expensive option available.

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With the possible exception of the OnePlus 10R 5G, OnePlus's smartphone designs have consistently adhered to a rounded aesthetic. The OnePlus Pad follows the same design philosophy as its predecessor, which sets it apart from competing tablets in India.

It has a high-end feel and look thanks to its metal unibody construction. The Pad is so thin (just 6.5 mm) that it makes the most recent iPad look like a brick. The tablet is surprisingly sturdy for its size, showing no signs of flex or making any creaking noises at all when pressure is applied.

OnePlus Pad design and accessories

The 552g weight of the OnePlus Pad is noticeable when using it for everyday tasks or when holding it in one hand for web browsing. Since the keyboard is an optional extra, I usually used it while sitting on the couch or laying it on a table. The finely etched texture on the reverse side gives it a distinctive appearance, but fingerprints and other marks are difficult to remove. There are two available cover accessories that can be used to hide the mess on the back.

Unlike other tablets, the OnePlus Pad's rounded corners and sides make it easy to hold and prevent any uncomfortable pinching. The OnePlus Stylo accessory's magnetic connector is located in the top's flat central area, which contrasts with the rounded bottom, left, and right sides. The keyboard's three flat pins for power and use are located at the base.

Though the tablet's edges are rounded, the display glass is flat and is integrated with the frame so that swiping near the display's edges is a pleasant experience. Smudges can be easily removed from the display glass.

The OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard is an optional accessory that can be purchased for Rs. 7,999 in India. The front and back panels have a grippy faux-leather texture, making it feel very high-end. The keyboard connects to and receives power from the tablet via its three pins, so it can't be used wirelessly as a Bluetooth keyboard unless the tablet is also connected via its three pins.

The Magnetic Keyboard's keys have a comfortable amount of travel for a keyboard of this type and provide satisfying tactile feedback, allowing for confident, error-free typing. But they're a little stiff, so my hands got tired after typing for a while. The keyboard layout is also unusually compact, but I found that I quickly adjusted to it.

The keyboard's function key, in conjunction with the arrow and number keys, allows for access to additional features like back, home, and recents navigation as well as volume control. The command key, when used in conjunction with other keys, can activate a wide variety of predefined keyboard shortcuts, such as locking the screen.

Features and applications for the OnePlus Pad

The OnePlus Pad is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC, a processor typically reserved for high-end mobile devices. Both 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage were included in the review unit I received. The tablet does not support mobile data and does not have an SD card slot for additional storage.

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and conventional satellite navigation systems are all supported. The tablet doesn't have cellular connectivity, but OnePlus' Cellular Data Sharing feature makes sharing a hotspot with a smartphone much simpler. The optimal range for this is one to five metres between the tablet and a OnePlus smartphone. OnePlus packs a 100W charger and a 9,510mAh battery into their tablet. However, the tablet's charging rate is limited to 67W.

OnePlus has slashed costs by omitting features such as a secure biometric mode for unlocking the tablet, such as a fingerprint sensor, and by eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack. Face unlock via the front camera isn't the most secure but is reliable as long as the tablet is in a well-lit area, and it's an option alongside the standard PIN for unlocking the tablet.

My WhatsApp voice and video calls went through without a hitch, and the other party could hear me just fine thanks to the OnePlus Pad's high-quality speakerphone and microphone. During video calls, the front-facing camera's Limelight feature kept my face in the centre of the screen as long as I stayed within the camera's viewing area.

OxygenOS 13.1, OnePlus Pad's operating system, is based on Android 13, with a few tablet-friendly tweaks. These modifications take the form of a dock at the bottom that, like the dock on an iPad running Apple's iPadOS, displays recently used and frequently accessed apps. The app drawer can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom.

OnePlus has improved the utility of OxygenOS on a larger screen by adding a few features to the software. One app can be opened in a resizable floating window, and with the split window option, two apps can be opened side by side. This allows for the simultaneous presentation of three different apps. Even Google's own apps, like Drive, Docs, Sheets, and more, don't always handle resizing well to fit a floating window. It looks like a bug, so here's hoping it gets fixed in a future version.

Efficiency of the OnePlus Pad

The OnePlus Pad has a 2800 x 2000 LCD screen in an 11.61-inch form factor. The screen's brightness, estimated at around 500 nits, makes it legible even in broad daylight. The default Vivid colour profile is quite good, but the colours can look a little too bright at wider viewing angles. Even though it can't compare to an AMOLED display, the blacks on this device are impressive. Netflix and YouTube videos look great on the tablet's display because it has been certified for Dolby Vision. Dolby Atmos compatibility and a powerful quad speaker setup complement the display nicely.

This screen's unique aspect ratio sets it apart from similar alternatives. The display on the OnePlus Pad has an unusual 7:5 aspect ratio. Although I agree that it provides a little more vertical screen space for things like web browsing and spreadsheet editing, I found the layout to be a little cramped when using split view or two apps side by side. Not only that, but there is no scaling option above "small" that would allow me to see even more content in the same size window (the display only supports "standard" and "small").

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