A while back, we went hands-on with Oppo’s first-ever tablet, the (somewhat plainly-named) Oppo Pad. It featured some rather nice hardware specs which include a large 11-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, and an 8,360 mAh battery.
It didn’t take long for the company to come up with a new variant though, as it has finally announced its newer Oppo Pad Air, a “lite” variant of the device, if you will.
At the moment, the Oppo Pad Air is scheduled for release in China in June, but we’re also hoping that the device gets a global release. In the meantime, let’s take a look at its specs, and what it offers – let’s get started.
Design and Internals
Coming in at a rather light 440 grams, the Oppo Pad Air features a 10.36-inch IPS display, with a resolution of 1200 x 2000 pixels. It comes with a look that’s fairly similar to a lot of modern tablets, with a slim black bezel that’s fairly slim, surrounding the entire display. It doesn’t seem to feature a 120Hz refresh rate, however, which is something that was present on its larger sibling.
The screen also has a maximum brightness of 360 nits, which is a bit lower than the 480 nits on the larger Oppo Pad.
The tablet’s main body design echoes that of the Oppo Pad, with a dual-texture design over at the back. It seems that Oppo has gone with an aluminium build as well, and interestingly enough has ditched the multiple “Oppo” logos that are found on the rear panel of its larger tablet. The Air will be available in Grey and Silver variants.
Inside, the tablet runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 4G chipset, and you can get the device in different storage variants which include 64GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM, 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM, or 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM. All models do come with expandable storage, so you’ll be able to use micro SD cards as well.
The tablet also comes with a rather basic pair of cameras. The back of the device features an 8-megapixel main camera, while on the front you get a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calls. Unlike the Oppo Pad however, the Air does not come with an LED for flash photography.
Battery and Other Features
The Oppo Pad Air comes with a pretty large 7,100 mAh battery. Oppo says that it will be compatible with 18W fast-charging, which is of course a welcome feature. Sadly, the tablet lacks a proper 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the other hand, the Oppo Pad Air does come with a stereo loudspeaker set-up, which is actually made up of four speakers located on the sides of the device.
Price and Availability
At the moment, Oppo has only announced the device for the Chinese market, as we mentioned earlier. However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t get a global release, although you could always import it if you want to get your hands on the tablet early.
Should you decide to get one, the base model with the 4/64GB storage configuration comes in at CNY 1,299 ($195), while the higher-end 6/128GB variant can be purchased for around CNY 1,699 ($255). In this case, it is a much more affordable option than the flagship Oppo Pad.
However, it does lack some features like a higher refresh rate, comes with a smaller battery capacity, and runs on a considerably slower 600-series Snapdragon chip, which is something to keep in mind.
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