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Review: powerful and super inexpensive Chinese Android tablet- Teclast T10

Written by Tyler Rondman

Review: powerful and super inexpensive Chinese Android Tablet-  Teclast T10

Amidst the flood of Windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1 devices, we gradually forget about traditional Android-tablets. Nevertheless, they still exist in the market – both as a bedside “scanning” of films, and as the main tool for those whose interests are limited to surfing the Internet and games. I must say, the market now has plenty of offers both in the upper price segment (Samsung, for example) and in the lower (numerous Chinese manufacturers, at a price of $50) segment. On an average budget? Now, you may realize the scarcity. Teclast T10 has everything you’ll require and their total amount presents itself as a reliable device. However, let’s take a look at the device.

As you can see, it looks very “classic” and in fact, the appearance does not cause any questions. By the way what does it have inside? No, we aren’t going to dismantle it, just look at the TTX.

Screen: 10.1 in, IPS, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 24 bit

SoC: MediaTek MT8176

Processor: 2x 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A72, 4x 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Number of Cores: 6

Graphics processor: PowerVR GX6250, 650 MHz, Number of cores: 2

Memory: 4 GB, 933 MHz

Built-in Memory: 64 GB

Memory cards: microSD, micro SDHC, micro SDXC

Battery: 8100 mAh, Li-polymer (Lithium Polymer)

Operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat

Camera: 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 frames / second

Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Direct

USB: 2.0, Micro USB

Video output: Yes, micro HDMI

Bluetooth: 4.0

Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou

Dimensions: 239 x 166.9 x 7.5 mm

Weight: 550g

Well, not bad, not bad. The role of the single-chip system is performed by MedaiTek MT8176, six cores of which (two Cortex-A72 and four Cortex-A53) operate at a frequency of up to 2.1 GHz. As a graphics processor, it stands Power VR GX6250 running at a frequency of 700 MHz. These are enough powerful solutions. Of course, they will not knock out the “hundred” in Antutu, but the others will surely be lagged behind.

The amount of operational and flash memory is 4 and 64 GB respectively, this is sufficient for most applications. The Sharp OGS screen has a diagonal of 10.1 inches at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixel. Of course, I prefer 1920×1080, but here it is really very good.

Wi-Fi has all ranges and standards (it’s convenient if you have a littered ether). Using the connector micro USB, I personally felt uncomfortable, because most of my devices “moved” to Type-C.

A large battery – and that’s great too!

Well, finally – there is micro HDMI, so, if you want, you can “turn” the tablet into a large telephone.

Now, let’s look at the appearance of the device.

Ergonomics and Appearance

We already viewed it apparently. Time to give a closer look. As expected, the frames are thin and less uncomfortable to hold the device in hand. However, it does not irritate me. The screen is really cool. On its bright contrast, watching movies is a pleasure. Oleophobic coating is also not bad – fingerprints are noticeable. On top of it, there is an ambient light sensor and a front camera 🙂

They are located little closer above the plastic insert (a little later we will look at it carefully). Control buttons are touch sensitive, which is logical.

The device looks good from behind. Almost the entire surface is covered with aluminum, the camera is located on the plastic insert, and there is also a good-looking fingerprint sensor. Its location raises some questions, though. If you hold the tablet with one hand, you’ll find it uneasy to reach it, and when using it with both hands, it’s not that easy either. However, in itself, its availability is good, but then the device can be snorted by nosy children. Because they learn fast to pick up pin codes and spy passwords of this device.

Ports and controls are concentrated around the edges and are specially marked in case someone does not know what the USB looks like. However, the appearance of the inscription is appreciable.

Below the gadget, it is written in Chinese that this is a tablet, and also the charge current is indicated. Note that it supports 9V 2.5A, though not in practice sense and we’ll talk about this a little later.

Controls and connectors – micro HDMI and micro USB are located on the top.

On its left, there is a headphone jack, as well as a microSD slot. At first, such an arrangement of elements near the edges seemed strange to me, and then I realized that it was convenient, if you stick a lot of wires into the tablet, they will all be on the same side. The speaker grille is also worth noticing. You can pull out the microSD using a paper clip.

There is only a hole for the built-in microphone below. As for the quality, it sounds normal and is perfect for starting a conversation on skype only if the room isn’t too noisy.

On the other side, there is another speaker. Together, they give a good sound effect – it feels stereo, basses are audible. Of course, it’s better to always connect headphones, but in the worst case, seeing 50 shades of gray will go. The tablet has an amplifier AW8376, which provides a loud and clear sound.

The delivery kit is basic, but sufficient for operation. No additional headphones or wires.

The adapter supports 9V 2A, MTK Pump.

In general, we have a completely classic Android-tablet. Without a crazy design, with a good screen, it’s perfect as a normal set of communication elements.

Battery life

Watching continuous video playback at half the brightness is possible 8 hours! Really good!

I did not test the video playback on the default player, I immediately put AV Player HD. Accompanying this software, it runs very well in Full HD resolution. Since it’s uncertain that anyone will very often watch such a video on the tablet, its built-in storage is kept comparatively less.

The charging time from the standard charger is about 2 hours. The device is compatible with other charging process with the standard MTK Pump.

Final Words

You can talk a lot about the shortcomings of the Teclast T10. For instance, it would be faster, the camera could be better, the sensors lacked strength. But listen, what more could we expect from an affordable model? For such a price, this is undoubtedly a worthy device without a few special minuses. Plays video well, supports a considerable amount of games and has a good screen. As a “bedside device”, it’s really good.

About the author

Tyler Rondman

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.