Need a compact tablet for basic needs? Considering Realme Pad Mini? Read the review to know how it fares.
Binge watching or reading while traveling can be a bit difficult, especially when you like to do it on a big screen. The screen of your mobile phone is not that big and a tablet with a big screen is not that easy to use in public. A compact, portable tablet may be perfect for him. And the recently launched Realme Pad Mini can grab your attention in this regard. The Realme Pad Mini promises to offer powerful performance, long battery life and more — all at a much lower price than the smartphone you’re used to. After spending over 2 weeks with the Pad Mini, here’s what I have to say. Read the full review to know if it is worth the investment.
Realme Pad Mini Design
The Realme Pad Mini gets an aluminum alloy body design and looks premium and impressive, especially compared to other tablets in the affordable segment. However, Realme has opted for a minimal design if you compare it to other products offered by the company. Although a bit heavy (372 grams), the tablet is slim (7.6 mm) and smoke-free. You can easily hold the tablet with one hand, however, not for long periods of time! The Pad Mini is portable for a tablet and I believe it can be the perfect companion for those daily commutes. Also read: Realme GT 2 Pro Review: A great experience
The Pad Mini is being offered with Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 4G variants. It also comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Overall, the Realme Pad Mini gets a tough build quality and can sustain rough usage comfortably.
Realme Pad Mini Display
The Pad Mini comes with an 8.7 inch WXGA+ LCD display. Realme didn’t provide information on peak brightness levels, but during my usage, the Pad Mini delivered optimal brightness both indoors and at night. However, it was a struggle to see the screen under the sun. Color reproduction and sharpness are decent for the price range in which it is being offered.
Realme Pad Mini Performance
Powered by a Unisock T616 processor, running Realme UI for Pads based on Android 11, the Pad Mini seemed fine to me in terms of performance. Starting with the basics, unlocking the tablet via facial recognition is easy. The user interface is clean and easy to operate. However, the touch response is not so good.
Scrolling through social media, binge-watching, reading, etc. were lag-free and enjoyable. Also, you get a great-sounding experience thanks to the stereo speakers, which makes listening to songs and watching movies fun. Coming to gaming, I played Subway Surfers and Candy Crush on the tablet. It handled light games with ease. However, since the tablet is a bit heavy, playing Subway Surfer or Temple Run among others can be a little difficult to hold the Pad Mini in your hands.
The Pad Mini’s camera performance was also good. Images were clear and colors were decent but not as good as smartphone cameras. While the tablet is on video calls, taking pictures, scanning documents, etc. Provides good camera output. Overall, the Realme Pad Mini offers a smooth experience, while performing basic functions. However, playing games that require heavy use of graphics, heavy apps, etc. may cause the tablet to struggle. Also read: Realme GT Neo 3 150W Review: An Exciting Proposition!
Realme Pad Mini Battery
Equipped with a 6400mAh battery, the Pad Mini can easily last for 2-2.5 days with normal usage. Even if you use the tablet vigorously (like during the weekend), you will be given 1.5 days of battery life. The Pad Mini also comes with an 18W charger and supports reverse charging as well. However, it takes about two hours to charge from 10 percent to full. Yes, that’s too long!
Realme Pad Mini Verdict
Starting price Rs. 10,999 for the Wi-Fi only variant and Rs. 12,999 for the Wi-Fi + 4G variant, the Realme Pad Mini is a handy tablet meant for binge-watching, reading, playing games, attending online classes and some other basic needs. If you are looking for a compact tablet with good battery life and good performance, this tablet can be considered a good buy. However, if you want a tablet for heavy apps including high-end graphics, office work, you will have to spend more for a larger tablet.
Name of the product
Realme Pad Mini
- Decent design
- Good battery life
- Clean user interface
- Impressive sound quality
- Slow touch response
- Low brightness level
- Slow charging