OnePlus Launches Their First Tablet: The OnePlus Pad!

The landscape of the Android tablet market experienced a shakeup with the entry of OnePlus, a brand synonymous with high quality smartphones at affordable prices.

OnePlus has finally announced the release of its first-ever tablet, the OnePlus Pad!, slated to be available from July 14 onwards.

The tablet, priced at $479, (£449 / €499), is seen as OnePlus’ direct answer to the dominance of Apple and Samsung in the tablet arena. The accessories accompanying the tablet will include a $149 magnetic keyboard case, a $99 stylus, and a $39 folio case.

OnePlus is bringing unique elements to the Android tablet market with the OnePlus Pad. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the 144Hz LCD display, with a 7:5 aspect ratio, an ideal middle ground between the 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratios found in iPad and Microsoft’s Surface Pro devices, respectively. The unusual ratio could make the tablet equally comfortable for both landscape and portrait orientations, a notable challenge for other tablets in the market.

The OnePlus Pad also boasts of Dolby Vision HDR support and a quad speaker array compatible with Dolby Atmos audio, enhancing its potential as an entertainment device. The tablet comes in a green brushed metal finish, providing a refreshing departure from the standard colors of tablets currently on the market.

Powering the OnePlus Pad is a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor, backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Paired with a keyboard case equipped with an integrated trackpad, the tablet can easily transform into a productivity tool. The optional stylus further enhances its versatility, enabling users to jot down notes or draw directly on the screen.

An interesting connectivity feature of the OnePlus Pad is its ability to utilize a paired OnePlus phone’s data connection, eliminating the need for a dedicated data plan.

OnePlus Pad

The OnePlus Pad lands right in the middle of the price spectrum. While it is more expensive than Apple’s entry level iPads, it flaunts hardware features that rival the iPad Pro line. Similarly, it costs more than Samsung’s budget tablets but significantly less than the high-end Tab S8 models with similar features.

With the OnePlus Pad, the company seems to be applying the same successful formula it uses for smartphones, providing high end specifications at a price that doesn’t break the bank. It’s yet to be seen how this strategy will play out in the tablet market, but if OnePlus’ smartphone success is anything to go by, the tablet market could be about to witness some exciting developments.

Stay tuned for a comprehensive review of the OnePlus Pad in the coming weeks, as we delve deeper into the tablet’s performance and practical applications.

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