The realme Pad was released in the Philippines in October of last year. And for a firm known for making low-cost handsets, it appears that they fared so well with their initial tablet that they are following it up with a smaller version, appropriately dubbed the realme Pad mini. Is it better to acquire this one or stick with the standard Pad? In this review, we’ll discover out.

Below is our realme pad mini review.

Design

Starting with the design, the realme Pad mini, although being the smaller sister of the original realme Pad, feels remarkably premium. We were anticipating an all-plastic body, but this one has a cool-to-the-touch metal chassis.

The sides of the frame are flat, similar to what you’ll see on current tablets. If you like, you can even make it stand.
It has an 8.7-inch screen with narrow bezels on the front, while the top and bottom parts are a little bigger, which is great because we can rest our thumbs there when holding it in landscape mode. The 5MP front camera is located above the screen and is designed to be used in portrait orientation.
We can find the volume and power lock buttons on the right from this position, which is a little strange because we’re used to the power button being below the volume.

Display & Multimedia

Because it’s not high-resolution, you’ll notice the pixels if you’re used to seeing screens with greater resolutions. It has Dark Mode and Eye Comfort functions and can get rather bright, but it isn’t bright enough to handle the bright outdoors. The viewing angles aren’t perfect, as we can see when we tilt it a little. However, given the limits, it’s adequate for casual video viewing, social media surfing, and even online seminars or meetings.
Because it’s not high-resolution, you’ll notice the pixels if you’re used to seeing screens with greater resolutions. It has Dark Mode and Eye Comfort functions and can get rather bright, but it isn’t bright enough to handle the bright outdoors.

Camera

The realme Pad mini has an 8-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Obviously, this device isn’t meant to compete with smartphones, but it can take good photographs for social media. Just make sure to snap many photos or a steady one, as muddy outputs are common.

Video recording, on the other hand, is possible up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. Take a peek at one of our examples.

UI and Storage

The Pad mini runs on realme UI, which is based on Android 11. The UI is simple and straightforward, with Google apps set as the default. Facebook is the only non-Google app that came pre-installed.
The Pad mini model we have has 64GB of storage, which is now considered entry-level capacity but sufficient for storing a large number of apps. There’s also a 32GB version for those who don’t plan on installing a lot of apps or files. Users can, however, expand it with a microSD card.

Battery Life

The realme Pad small is powered by a 6,400mAh battery that supports wired reverse charging and 18W fast charging. It can last for more than a day when used primarily for perusing social media and watching videos. The battery lasted 8 hours and 36 minutes in PC Mark’s battery test, which isn’t terrible, but the actual experience is far longer.

Specs

8.7-inch WUXGA+ (1340 x 800) display, 179ppi
Unisoc T616 SoC
Mali-G57 GPU
3GB, 4GB RAM
32GB, 64GB storage
microSD up to 1TB (hybrid)
8MP rear camera
5MP front camera
Dual-SIM
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS
USB-C
3.5mm audio jack
Dual stereo speakers
realme UI for Pad (Android 11)
6,400mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging
211.8 x 124.48 x 7.6mm
372 g
Grey, Blue

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We hope you enjoy our realme pad mini review.

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