Almost everyone is trying to tap into the highly lucrative tablet market. One such brand to have joined the fray is Xenon. The brand has two tablets currently available locally, the Xenon XPad 7 (XP-702) and the Xenon XPad 10 (XP-1001). I already posted a review of the 7-inch XPad 7. This time, this review is about the 10-inch Xenon XPad 10.
Xenon XPad 10 – Design and Hardware
The Xenon XPad 10 has a rounded design, much like the Samsung tablets that are the market. It has rounded corners and curved edges at the back, making it comfortable to hold and use. The bezels are thin, which is exactly how I like them, and it has a metallic grey finish, although from all indications the back cover is made of plastic material, not aluminum. The edges are made of metal, though.
In terms of thickness, the Xenon XPad 10 is sufficiently thin for a 10-inch tablet. It is therefore not a burden to use and it’s also light for its size. It’s actually lighter than the iPad and about as light as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It weighs 0.59kg and has a dimension of 26.5 x 1.3 x 16.8 cm. The XPad 10’s construction is robust and it feels like it can withstand heavy use. For ports and buttons, the Xenon XPad 10 has several of them, which is good for users since it means there’s a lot of connectivity options available on this tablet.
The hardware is not cutting-edge or made for blazing-fast performance but it’s decent, considering that this tablet only costs Php 7,999. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are budget-conscious and you need a 10-inch tablet to use. The main specs of the Xenon XPad 10 include a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive multi-touchscreen with 1023×600 resolution, a Cortex-A8 1.2GHz Processor, a 1GB RAM, an 8GB internal memory that’s expandable up to 32GB via microSD slot, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and huge 5600mAH battery. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Xenon XPad 10 (XP-1001) Specs and Price
- 10.1-inch LCD capacitive multi-touch screen (1024×600)
- 1.2GHz Cortex-A8 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory
- microSD card slot up to 32GB
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 0.3-megapixel front camera
- Built-in microphone and speaker
- 2 micro-USB slots
- 5600mAh li-poly battery
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Price: Php7,999
The display on the Xenon XPad 10 is an excellent tablet for the price. Its display is sharp and bright enough and it has good viewing angles. There is sufficient contrast and the colors are rendered accurately. For a tablet that has a very cheap price tag, the Xenon XPad 10 looks more expensive than its actual worth.
Xenon XPad 10 – Performance, Battery Life
The Xenon XPad 10 is surprisingly fast for its rather basic set of specs. It was able to handle the most popular games easily and multitasking was smooth most of the time. Angry Birds and Temple Run 2, for instance, played rather well on the Xenon XPad 10. You’ll experience the occasional hiccup in some apps but not to a point that it becomes an issue. Running graphics-intensive games shows the tablet’s limits but in most instances, it is able handle these games. The Xenon XPad 10 gathered a 1983 score on Quadrant tests and 3239 on AnTuTu benchmark test, not impressive by current standards but for the price you’re paying for this tablet, these are very satisfactory.
In terms of battery life, I was able to squeeze about 12 to 16 hours of use from the XPad 10’s huge 5600mAh battery. That’s a lot of juice for a tablet this size. And considering the price, it’s a bonus.
The Xenon XPad 10 does not pretend to be what it’s not. It’s not offering cutting edge specs or blazing fast performance. What it offers for the very affordable price of P7,999 is a sufficiently decent tablet that performs well. This it was able to prove during my extensive use. For the price, it is one good looking tablet with a finish that looks and feels premium.
In order to reach the cheap price point, Xenon obviously needed to sacrifice some specs. That explains the 1GHz single-core processor. But even if the price is so cheap, the tablet is still offering 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 32GB. You’ll have a hard time looking for other tablets with these specs that command the same price tag. The Xenon XPad 10 managed to perform well on tasks that matter and was able to handle apps that most people use. If you’re looking for a very cheap tablet that still delivers on performance, the Xenon XPad 10 could be that tablet.