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Teclast X80 Plus & Pro are Budget 8-Inch Windows 10 Cherry Trail Tablets

Teclast has released two new Windows 10 Cherry Trail tablets. Called the Teclast X80 Plus and Teclast X80 Pro, both tablets offer solid bang for your buck, with the most expensive model still coming in at under $120.

Both models run Windows 10 and feature the quadcore Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32Gb of onboard storage, b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI out.

They also pack in an 8-inch 5-point touch screen, with the Teclast X80 Plus featuring the standard 1280×800 pixel resolution whilst the Teclast X80 Pro crams in an impressive 1920×1200 pixel screen. At 8-inches, I’d expect pixels to be essentially invisible.

Inside the box, you’ll get the tablet, UTB OTG adapter, charging cable and a power adapter.

Teclast have typically made excellent hardware, with devices such as the Teclast X98 series being particularly popular. I regularly use my Teclast X80HD tablet and it’s held up well, including upgrading to Windows 10.

Getting One

The Teclast X80 Plus and Teclast X80 Pro are available from GearBest and GeekBuying for around $99 and $115 respectively. For the extra resolution, I’d probably say the extra $16 is probably worth it.

Teclast X80 Plus/Pro Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Cherry Trail processor with Intel HD graphics (Z8300)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32 GB eMMC + micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • 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 (Plus)/1920 x 1200 pixel (Plus)/ IPS Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Battery: 3800mAh
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Dimensions: 208 x 122 x 10mm
  • Weight: 327g

Teclast X80HD Impressions: Budget 8-inch Dual OS Tablet

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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