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Realme Pad Mini review. Inexpensive compact tablet with LTE


The realme brand has long managed to win the title as a manufacturer of popular smartphones. Few people know, but they still have their affordable tablets. The realme Pad Mini model came to our test, which has an 8.7-inch display, a metal case, a built-in LTE module and a 6400 mAh battery. How it all works in practice – we tell in our review.

Equipment

realme Pad Mini comes in a small white box. Inside it is the tablet itself, a USB Type-C cable, an 18W charger, a paper clip to eject the tray, a user manual and a warranty card.


Appearance

The first thing that surprises you when you pick up realme Pad Mini is its body. It is metallic and pleasantly cools the hands. The tablet can be said weighty – 372 grams. The assembly is excellent, nothing rattles, the whole structure feels solid and solid. The edges of the tablet are flat, so it is convenient to hold it with one hand, while it does not strive to slip out.

The main chamber is ordinary. It seems that “80 MP” is written under it, but if you look closely, it becomes clear that a barely noticeable dot still appears in this inscription, that is, the resolution of the camera module is 8 megapixels.


realme Pad Mini is available for purchase in two colors: gray and blue. The latter looks less banal.


On the right side of the tablet is a volume rocker and an unlock button.

On the left is a slot for a SIM card and MicroSD up to 1 TB.

A microphone, a USB Type-C connector and a speaker are placed on the bottom edge.

Don’t forget about the audio jack either. He was taken to the top. The second speaker is also located here, which means the sound in the stereo tablet. Its quality is excellent, the most it for watching videos.

The tablet does not have a fingerprint scanner. Instead, it is proposed to unlock using facial recognition biometrics. Works pretty fast, as well, and most.

Screen

Realme Pad Mini is equipped with an 8.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1320 × 800 pixels. The pixel density is low – 179 ppi. In general, there is some graininess in the image, but in reality everything is not so critical, and it is important to remember that the tablet still belongs to the budget segment. In any case, watching videos on it is more than comfortable. The screen refresh rate is standard and is 60 Hz.

The frames around the screen are not the smallest, but again, there is nothing wrong with that. The type of matrix is ​​IPS, and the image quality pleased us. Colors are vibrant and viewing angles are excellent. The stock of brightness for home use is more than enough. When using the tablet outdoors, problems can only arise when the sun is extremely strong.

From the useful in the screen settings, you can enable the function of protecting eyesight from harmful blue light, adjust the color gamut, temperature and activate the dark theme. Reading mode is also available here, which converts the screen to black and white, so that the eyes are less strained.

Filling

The tablet is powered by an octa-core processor Unisoc Tiger T616, built on a 12-nm process technology. We have the Pad Mini version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. There is also a junior version at 3/32, respectively. We advise you to take the older configuration, since 3 GB of RAM may no longer be enough to keep many applications open.

Surprisingly, the tablet’s performance reserve is enough for all needs, including heavy games, but naturally not at the maximum graphics level. This is quite justified, given the price tag of the Pad Mini, and the model itself does not position itself as a gaming one. Projects such as PUBG Mobile, Standoff 2 or WoT Blitz go with a bang without any problems at the average level of graphics.

The tablet runs on Android 11 with the proprietary realme UI shell installed on top. There are no special changes compared to the shell version for realme smartphones. Of the useful, there are pre-installed applications Kids Space, YT Children with parental control.

As we said, realme Pad Mini has a SIM card slot. Thanks to this, you can not only use the mobile Internet, but make calls directly from the tablet. For this reason, it can actually be considered a smartphone. The call quality is good, we did not encounter any problems.

Camera

In general, the camera is not the strongest side of the tablets, and realme Pad Mini does not impress in this regard either. The main module received a resolution of 8 megapixels with an aperture ratio of f / 2.0. Autofocus is available. The quality of the pictures is tolerable, it will be enough to take a picture of something for memory or, for example, some A4 sheet with data. The interface of the camera app is the same as in most realme smartphones, no features have been cut. There is a portrait mode, panorama, time-lapse, slow motion and “Pro” with manual settings.

The front camera received a resolution of 5 megapixels. Since it will be used mainly for video calls, its quality can be considered quite good for these purposes.

Video can be recorded in FullHD resolution at 30 fps. There is no optical stabilization. You can see an example video below:

Battery

The battery capacity of realme Pad Mini is as much as 6400 mAh. In terms of autonomy, the low screen resolution and the average level of performance turn out to be a big plus. Thanks to them, the tablet can easily work for two days, even if you often watch videos and occasionally run games.

realme Pad Mini supports fast charging. So, from a complete charger for 18 W from 0 to 100%, it can be charged in 2.5 hours.

Results

For its price, realme Pad Mini is practically the only solution among compact tablets. Of its strengths, it is worth highlighting the presence of an LTE module, a slot for microSD cards, decent autonomy, a metal case, a nice shell and good stereo sound. Despite the low screen resolution, due to the high-quality matrix, watching videos on the tablet is very pleasant. Of the minuses of the model, it is worth mentioning the volume of the internal drive only up to 64 GB (it is decided by purchasing a memory card) and not the best photo opportunities.

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