Teclast X80HD Impressions: Budget 8-inch Dual OS Tablet

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The Teclast X80HD is an 8-inch Dual OS tablet powered by the quadcore Intel Z3735F chipset. Running both Windows 8.1 with Bing and Android KitKat and costing just over $100, the X80HD appears to be a formidable entry into the budget tablet space.

I’ve had the Teclast X80HD for a little while now so I thought I’d share my intial impressions of the device ahead of my official review.

Thanks to Pandawill for providing me a sample for review. Click here for the latest price.

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Teclast X80HD Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video & Audio Output: micro HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Cameras: 0.3MP (Front), 2.0MP (Back)
  • Screen: 8-Inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Multi-Touch: 5 Points
  • Battery: 4500mAh
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing

What’s in the box?

Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x Teclast X80HD Tablet
  • 1x Micro USB Cable
  • 1x USB OTG cable

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I’m a little disappointed that Teclast didn’t include a power supply in the box. I understand that this is a budget tablet so it was clearly to cut costs. However, you can charge the tablet with a standard 5V 2A power supply so it’s not a massive issue.

Teclast X80HD Impressions

After charging the tablet overnight via the micro USB port, the Teclast X80HD was ready to go.

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The tablet does feel a little heavy, as tends to be the case with Windows tablets. However, this weight does make the tablet feel more “premium” and it’s still light enough to be comfortable after prolonged use.

The build quality feels excellent. The tablet’s frame is made of thick plastic, but it feels solid. There’s no creaking or flexing in the device and I couldn’t see any obvious issues with finishing.

A slight texture is applied to the tablet’s back to assist grip but it’s not as grippy as the rubberised coating we’re seeing on some smartphones and tablets.

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The X80HD features an 8-inch 1280×800 IPS screen which looks excellent. At full brightness, the device is reasonably bright. Whilst not the brightest tablet I’ve seen, it’s impressive given the tablet’s price. Viewing angles are good too, thanks to its IPS technology.

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Upon first boot, the tablet displays the OS selection menu. Through a touchscreen interface, you have the option of booting into either Android or Windows 8.1.  A box in the top-left allows you to set the default OS to boot. Otherwise, the tablet will allow you to select an OS every time you boot the device up.

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Booting into Windows takes 24.12 seconds. Booting into Android takes a little longer at around 34 seconds.

Like similar tablets powered by the Intel Z37435F, the Teclast X80HD has no issue running Windows. I didn’t notice any lag and everything felt smooth during use.

Android performance was excellent too. I didn’t experience any lag or slowdown when navigating through it.

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Teclast’s Android skin feels very “Apple”, with lots of bright colors and soft edges, but still remains close to stock Android. There is a fair amount of bloatware included out of the box. However, most can be uninstalled without root thankfully.

The speaker, located on the rear of the device, is on par with most tablet speakers. It’s loud enough and does the job but does lack bass, resulting in audio to sound a little “tinny”. Those wanting an immersive audio experience should reach for their headphones.

Bluetooth worked well, and I had no issue connecting my iPazzPort Mini Bluetooth keyboard to the tablet for typing and gaming.

Gaming

Gaming performance was tested using Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 and Jetpack Joyride. Jetpack Joyride was silky smooth as expected. The Teclast X80HD also handled Asphalt 8 well, only seeing some slowdown when there was a lot of action onscreen.

Battery Life

The Teclast X80HD’s battery life has been respectable so far, achieving around 4-5 hours of “standard” use such as web browsing and YouTube.

Verdict So Far

At this stage, I’m finding the Teclast X80HD to be a bargain at this price. Not only does it feel well made, but it also handles everything I’ve thrown at it so far.

Battery life has been good given the device’s compact form-factor and price.

Getting One

I received my Teclast X80HD from Pandawill. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, you can purchase one from them here.

Alternatively, it’s also available from GeekBuying, GearBest, and Banggood.

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  • mr paradox

    You forgot to mention they used a cheap eMMC that makes it very slow to boot and made even every day usages feel sluggish

    • Thanks for your comment. I’ll be running CrystalDiskMark for my full review but I’ll share my results ahead of time to compare my unit.

      I agree that its slow to boot but Windows and Android have always felt fast during my use.

      • mr paradox

        Thanks,. What I am concerned the most is not the speed of this generic eMMC, but rather the reliability of the drive. since others competing tablet uses branded eMMc like hynix/Biwin/toshiba ,thus more less likely to fail etc. Any buyers should comsider this as a major factor when buying tablet.

        Do you want a tablet that is more likely to last many years ? if the answer is Yes , then I suggest looking for other alternative.

        Sorry if this sounds harsh.

    • petrics

      Could you please tell me if there is some option, like driver update, that can help improve those speeds?

      I’m in doubt about getting the x80hd or onda v820w.

      I would go for x80hd because of the bigger battery and better community support on xda. But those disk scores push me back.. I don’t have scores for Onda though.. and at the same specs and lower price, I’m afraid they use the same cheap emmc.

      • I don’t believe so but I haven’t retested speeds after I updated it to Windows 10. In reality, it’s not as bad as it the numbers suggest.

  • How much Extra micro SD memory support? 64Gbyte possible?