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OnePlus Pad Evaluation: Finest Mid-Vary Android Pill?

OnePlus has lengthy been recognized primarily for its smartphones in India. Nonetheless, over the previous three years or so, it has additionally launched good TVs, displays, private audio merchandise, and smartwatches. The corporate additionally designs and sells its personal smartphone equipment together with backpacks and different journey gear. At a latest occasion, the model even announced its personal mechanical keyboard which has but to go on sale in India.

Bragging rights apart, OnePlus can also be recognized for its distinctive designs and well-optimised software program. So, what occurs when OnePlus makes a pill? Let’s discover out.

OnePlus Pad value in India

The OnePlus Pad is available in a single end referred to as Halo Inexperienced. Fortunately, there are some choices on the subject of the configuration. There’s the bottom mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, priced at Rs. 37,999. The second variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is offered at Rs. 39,999. For my part, it is sensible to go for the top-end mannequin.

OnePlus Pad design and equipment

OnePlus’ smartphones have typically maintained a rounded design language, except maybe the OnePlus 10R 5G. With the OnePlus Pad, the corporate has caught with this similar design philosophy and this helps it stand out when in comparison with another pill presently obtainable in India.

Its metallic unibody design appears and feels very premium. The Pad is extremely skinny at simply 6.5mm and can make any latest Apple iPad seem chunky as compared. Regardless of its slim design, the pill is sort of sturdy with completely no flex or creaking sounds upon making use of stress.

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The OnePlus Pad provides a premium metallic unibody design


Even after utilizing aluminium for its development, the OnePlus Pad nonetheless feels fairly heavy at 552g when performing common duties, or when merely holding it with one hand for searching. I typically ended up sitting on the sofa or laying it on a desk when utilizing it, particularly with the keyboard accent which is offered individually. The finely etched texture on the again aspect offers it a really distinctive look, nevertheless it additionally makes it a smudge magnet and these marks are very tough to wipe off. Fortunately, there are two non-obligatory cowl equipment, to maintain that messy rear floor coated always.

The perimeters of the OnePlus Pad are additionally rounded which makes it snug to carry, in contrast to most different tablets which have flat sides and flat corners that may poke into your fingers. Whereas the underside, left and proper sides are rounded, the center space on the prime is flat as a result of that is the place the magnetic connector for the OnePlus Stylo accent resides. The three flat pins to energy and use the keyboard accent are on the backside.

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The rear of the OnePlus Pad turns right into a smudgy mess which is tough to wipe clear


Whereas the sides of the pill have been given a rounded therapy, the show glass is flat and is  seamlessly built-in with the body, making swipe gestures close to the sides of the show a superb expertise. The show glass additionally gathers smudges, however these might be wiped off simply.

The OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard accent is offered at Rs. 7,999 in India. The standard is top-notch and it feels fairly premium with a grippy faux-leather texture on the entrance and rear panels. The keyboard connects and is powered through its three pins so it must be bodily related to the pill with a view to operate and can’t be used wirelessly as a Bluetooth keyboard.

The keys on the Magnetic Keyboard have good journey for its sort and likewise produce a pleasant tactile suggestions, which makes for assured and largely error-free typing. Nonetheless, they’re a bit stiff so my fingers did find yourself feeling fatigued after a number of hours of typing. The keyboard format can also be fairly compact, however I surprisingly received used to it virtually immediately.

The keyboard has a operate key, which when mixed with the quantity keys, can be utilized to set off particular capabilities akin to navigation for the again, residence and recents capabilities or for adjusting the quantity. There’s additionally a command key which might set off quite a few pre-defined keyboard shortcuts like locking the display screen, when mixed with different keys.

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The OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard lacks backlighting however provides a assured typing expertise for gentle work


OnePlus has certainly labored its magic on the subject of the keyboard expertise. What I actually like about it’s that it has a minimal studying curve and a lot of the capabilities are simply identifiable as they’re just like the best way Home windows or macOS works. The trackpad was spot on, each by way of sensitivity and performance. Gestures labored superbly as soon as I turned off “faucet to click on” mode within the settings. The trackpad might be pressed down with little stress nevertheless it’s only one giant button, so it doesn’t have a proper or left click on. I primarily ended up utilizing it for choosing gadgets or getting into textual content fields. Deciding on textual content needs to be finished utilizing the shift and arrow keys, which is why this mix is healthier suited to gentle work.

Nonetheless, I want there was at the least a 1cm hole between the highest row of numbers keys and the pill when mounted, as I did find yourself tapping the show by accident when hitting the quantity keys.

The OnePlus Stylo stylus, which is priced at Rs. 4,999 in India, works as anticipated and prices shortly when positioned on the magnetic space on the prime fringe of the pill. Nonetheless, it isn’t straightforward to search out the proper contact patch on the stylus itself when docking it, so there have been occasions when it didn’t snap on completely and got here off simply even with a slight faucet.

OnePlus Pad specs and software program

The OnePlus Pad has a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC, which is often seen on premium smartphones. My overview unit got here with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The pill doesn’t have a SIM card slot, so there is no cell knowledge performance or expandable storage both.

Connectivity choices embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and help for the standard satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The pill lacks mobile connectivity, however OnePlus makes hotspot knowledge sharing simpler with its Mobile Knowledge Sharing function which auto-connects the pill to a OnePlus smartphone. For this to work, the pill needs to be between one to 5 metres away from a OnePlus smartphone. The pill is powered by a 9,510mAh battery and OnePlus features a 100W charger within the field. Nonetheless, the charging price is capped at 67W for the pill.

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The OnePlus Stylo works as anticipated and sticks firmly to the top-edge of the pill


OnePlus has reduce a number of corners by ditching the three.5mm headphone jack and never together with a safe biometric mode for unlocking the pill like a fingerprint sensor. The pill might be unlocked utilizing the usual PIN or through the use of face unlock through the entrance digicam which is not the most safe however works reliably underneath good lighting.

Regardless of missing mobile connectivity, I used to be capable of place voice and video calls through WhatsApp from the OnePlus Pad and every part labored as anticipated, with the individual on the opposite finish having the ability to hear me clearly utilizing the pill’s built-in mic. The selfie digicam comes with OnePlus’ Limelight digicam function and it labored fairly nicely throughout video calls and was capable of preserve my face centred, offered I didn’t transfer to the acute edges of the digicam’s body.

The OnePlus Pad runs OxygenOS 13.1 which relies on Android 13, together with a number of tablet-friendly customisations. These customisations come within the type of a dock on the backside, which exhibits pinned apps and lately used apps very like one can discover on an Apple iPad with iPadOS. A swipe up from the underside reveals the app drawer.

OnePlus has added a number of software program options which make OxygenOS extra helpful on an even bigger show. You’ll be able to open one app in a resizable floating window and even two apps aspect by aspect through the use of the cut up window function. This enables a complete of three apps to be displayed directly. Nonetheless, not all apps scale nicely after they resize to suit a floating window and this additionally consists of a few of Google’s personal apps like Drive, Docs, Sheets and extra. Certainly, this appears to be a bug and hopefully shall be resolved in a future replace.

OnePlus Pad efficiency

The OnePlus Pad has a 11.61-inch LCD show with a decision of 2800 x 2000 pixels. The show is sort of vibrant at round 500 nits, which is nice sufficient to be considered outdoor and underneath direct daylight. Viewing angles are additionally fairly good, however showcase barely saturated colors on the default Vivid color profile. Blacks are fairly good, regardless that they can’t match as much as an AMOLED panel. The pill’s show is Dolby Imaginative and prescient-certified and content material seems as anticipated on Netflix and YouTube. Accompanying that show is the quad-speaker setup which will get loud and sounds immersive because of Dolby Atmos help.

What units this show other than the remainder of the competitors is its facet ratio. OnePlus has gone for a reasonably odd 7:5 facet ratio with the Pad’s show. Whereas I agree that it manages to ship a bit extra vertical display screen area for searching net pages or excel sheets, I did discover the format a bit squished when viewing two apps aspect by aspect or in cut up view. That is extra so, as a result of the show’s scaling has solely two choices, Normal and Small, with no setting greater than small, which might let me view much more content material in the identical display screen area.

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The OnePlus Pad provides a vibrant however barely saturated 7:5 facet ratio show


The LCD panel on the OnePlus Pad provides a 144Hz refresh variable refresh price and may swap between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and 144Hz when wanted. Through the overview interval I did discover that the 144Hz refresh price is simply obtainable in sure apps akin to Chrome, which have been “whitelisted” by OnePlus. Even when utilizing the interface or searching the homescreen, the show robotically switches between 60Hz (when idle) and 120Hz (when in use) more often than not.

Most video games together with some informal titles (that really help excessive refresh price shows) had been capped at 60Hz, with just some akin to Name of Obligation: Cellular which allowed to utilise 90Hz refresh price when utilizing the ‘Extremely’ framerate setting. I did not discover the display screen drop to 30Hz in my testing and neither is it absolutely utilising its 144Hz functionality more often than not.

The SoC within the OnePlus Pad performs as anticipated managing 8,29,370 factors in AnTuTu (v10). When it comes to graphics, the pill managed 32fps, 55fps and 60fps in GFXBench’s Automobile Chase, Manhattan 3.1 and T-Rex check suites respectively.

General gaming efficiency is sort of good. The pill did get heat when enjoying Name of Obligation Cellular at ‘Very Excessive’ graphics and framerate settings, however didn’t get scorching even after gaming for half-hour at a stretch. Asphalt 9 Legends appeared virtually console-like by way of graphics with buttery clean body charges because the system additionally supported the 60fps mode. What I did discover a bit inadequate was the 120Hz/144Hz contact sampling price when enjoying Name of Obligation Cellular because it simply wasn’t fast sufficient regardless of tweaking its sensitivity utilizing its built-in gaming instruments.

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The OnePlus Pad can show three apps at a time, however is healthier used for gentle productiveness work


Other than the extreme lack of tablet-optimised apps on the Google Play retailer, the OnePlus Pad manages to do a very good job at dealing with apps which can be primarily stretched-out variations of smartphones apps. Sadly, there are some official apps from Instagram and Reddit which nonetheless refuse to run or help a horizontal format, regardless of being obtainable for tablets.

As for software program efficiency, the 12GB of RAM is greater than enough to deal with the multitasking capabilities and widgets, together with conserving app pairs and floating home windows in RAM for a very long time. When it comes to bloatware, OnePlus has stored it underneath management by together with solely the Netflix and WPS Workplace apps, each of that are helpful however can be uninstalled.

OnePlus Pad cameras

Picture high quality from the OnePlus Pad’s 13-megapixel rear digicam is respectable at greatest. Whereas colors seem largely pure, resolved element is sort of low, even with objects nearer to the digicam. The 8-megapixel front-facing digicam will not be the most effective when capturing selfies as the main points are on the decrease aspect and the photographs typically have a dream-like, HDR impact.

Nonetheless picture high quality in low gentle utilizing auto mode was beneath common and satisfactory when utilizing Evening mode as a result of they showcased a noticeable watercolour-like impact with flat textures.

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OnePlus Pad digicam samples. High to backside: Shut-up (main), Portrait selfie, Evening mode (main) (Faucet to see full measurement)


The rear digicam is able to recording video at 4K 30fps and it appeared sharp with good dynamic vary and particulars, however was fairly shaky. 1080p 30fps video utilises digital stabilisation for decreasing hand shakes however seems a bit comfortable with much less element. Low-light video high quality is not good with loads of noise and softer textures.

OnePlus Pad battery life

The OnePlus Pad’s battery life is sort of good and lasts over two days with common informal use. My utilization primarily included enjoying informal video games and streaming video, scrolling by social media apps and two e mail accounts in sync. It appears fairly good for a regular-sized pill which is that this slim. Our HD video loop check additionally managed a superb 18 hours and 10 minutes of runtime, which is spectacular for a slim pill.

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The non-obligatory OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard accent has a really premium feel and appear


I additionally used the pill in correct work mode doing every part I’d usually do on my laptop computer. With the show set to 50 % brightness and a timeout of 5 minutes, it surprisingly managed to final two entire work days (about 9 hours every), which was fairly spectacular.

Charging the OnePlus Pad was additionally fairly quick regardless of the capped charging speeds. The pill managed to cost to 47 % in half-hour, 85 % in an hour and accomplished the cost in an hour and 29 minutes.


Till Google’s Pixel Tablet arrives in India (if it ever does), the OnePlus Pad may be the most effective Android pill expertise you possibly can presently get. That is very true when you think about its high-refresh price show, quick charging functionality and high quality equipment, that are supplied at affordable costs. At a beginning value of Rs. 37,999, I did discover it to be bit costly when it was introduced however after utilizing it, I believe there’s loads of uncooked efficiency obtainable that must be adequate for gentle work or informal use,  and all of it is available in a package deal that is simply lighter than most laptops at this value level.

OnePlus has additionally finished its magic with software program, balancing sustained efficiency with options akin to split-screen mode and floating home windows, all of which work as anticipated because of the succesful {hardware} which powers this system.

In brief, there’s little or no to nit-pick and complain about, until you crave an AMOLED panel for which you’ll be able to check out Lenovo’s P11 Pro Gen 2 which is analogous to the P11 Pro we reviewed earlier. It is priced at Rs. 44,999, however doesn’t provide the identical software program expertise because the OnePlus Pad.

On the Apple aspect of issues, there’s the brand new Apple iPad (2022) (Review) which begins from Rs. 44,900 for the Wi-Fi-only mannequin, however you may be caught with an normal refresh price show and simply 64GB of storage as solely different variant prices Rs. 59,900 (for 256GB). These on the lookout for mobile connectivity or a strong app ecosystem with tablet-friendly apps may even discover the Apple iPad a horny possibility. Nonetheless, equipment for it aren’t low cost, particularly if you’ll use it for work.

OnePlus lately launched its first pill in India, the OnePlus Pad, which is simply offered in a Halo Inexperienced color possibility. With this pill, OnePlus has stepped into a brand new territory that is dominated by Apple’s iPad. We focus on this and extra on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is offered on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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