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Teclast X89 Kindow Unboxing And First Look

Teclast X89 Kindow Unboxing And First Look

The new 4:3 budget dual tablet from Teclast has arrived in the office. Here’s the unboxing video of the X89 Kindow, it’s got a 1440 x 1080 Samsung IPS screen, 32GB eMMC, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and last years Atom Bay Trail Z3735F (Using old stock?). Also found out it’s only running Android 4.4.4 which is now very dated, but at least it’s Windows 10 and not 8.1. Hope to see that updated to Android 6 or at least 5.1 asap.

The tablet is just $85.99 from Banggood with their coupon cafd9b so for the price you’re getting an okay spec considering.

First impressions:

  • Plastic build, but well put together with no flex or build quality issues.
  • Dated Android 4.4.4 ROM
  • Windows 10 Home is activated
  • Screen looks sharp and bright.
  • Cameras look very poor as expected at 0.3MP front and 2MP rear
  • Android Rom has a lot of bloatware, but uninstallable.
  • Very little storage in both OS’s as expected being only a 32GB eMMC (32GB should be banned for dual OS!)
  • eMMC is a BWIN unit
  • RealTek Wireless N
  • So far for the price it seems an okay little tablet.

As I’m a bit swapped with the HiBook, Tbook 11, TBook 10, X3 Pro, UMI Touch and other tablets that need reviews, it will be a little while before I get around to testing out Android, Windows and reviewing it. Still, keep an eye on the TechTablet’s YouTube channel for more on this little dual boot asap. I’ll try to have something up soon.

 

Video tech reviewer and tech blogger. I have a huge interest in the latest tech, tablets, laptops, mobiles, drones, and even e-scooters. Active in the tech community since 2008 days of the Omnia i900 Windows phone. Samsungi8910omnia.com, Samsunggalaxysforums.com founder from way back.

25 Comments

  1. Hi Chris

    I really like the Kindow. Its my staple bedside device now. It gets hot to the touch when i play hearthstone on android and the occasional kingdom rush on steam.

    Do you think a thermal mod is possible?

    • I think modding is possible as I modded the heatsink for Teclast X80HD. Unfortunately, its plastic cover means the temp still get alarmingly high for me (around 75c for some games like trails in the sky).

      What’s the cpu temperature when it gets ‘hot’ for you? Do note that bay trails series don’t really get hot from CPU task ( i tested it from running prime 95. Only around 1.5 watt consumed by CPU ~62c after ten minutes). Graphic games on the other hand consume 2.8Watt+ and brought my Z3735f CPU (Same CPU as your x89 kindow) to 78c+ temp in under ten minutes.

      So if heatsink modding doesn’t solve the problem for you then you have two option.
      1. Undervolt CPU and limit max CPU package core watt consumption to 1W. This helps ensure the CPU power doesn’t exceed flooring of 1Watt ( =1-1.9Watt). Less watt = less heat & unfortunately less performance, but if it’s not too GPU intensive game then you might not notice performance drop. This method is global and affects everything
      2. Use Dxtory program to lock game FPS (i,e. to 30FPS or 45FPS or 60FPS. Because some games goes well beyond 120FPS and you might not really need that butter FPS for tablet windows game) . This method only affect specific game and is pretty easy to set up . Downside is the program isn’t free.

      If it’s android then I have no idea, sorry.

      • Thanks for the reply! I’m a noob at modding. Nothing scientific in my heat measurements, just almost burning to the touch when playing hearthstone.

      • I watched a video review on youtube and the reviewer used a heat gun

        The tablet got up to a nice toasty 50+ degrees celcius and the chip ran at 80+ degrees.

        I’m still searching for how to open the tablet since i don’t want to accidentally break mine. Not much luck finding mods at all on google.

  2. Have to wonder why anyone would buy this. Same price gets you Cube iWork8 Ultimate with Android 5.1 & W10. Specs very similar except Cube has CherryTrail.

    • And I wonder who will buy the iWork8. 🙂 Higher price, slightly heavier, lower resolution, 19:10 aspect instead of 4:3.

      • Are you on a different planet? More expensive? I think not…

        iWork8 $79 http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_298398.html
        Teclast $84 http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_349613.html

        How is that MORE expensive. Yes it isnt identical specs (some people might prefer the resolution on EITHER device) but it’s got a faster CPU and less pixels to process. I suspect the iWork is a bit snappier.

        • Didn’t Chris’s review of IWork8 states that it got nasty high temp (around 85c i think) compared to other 8 incher like teclast or chuwi ?

        • Hi to all
          It’s a good point you’ve raised about comparing the iWork8 to the Kindow.
          So can we state that the iWork is a better choice?
          Because I am looking to buy one of those cheap (under 100$) dualboot tab… and I am currently lost between Teclast X98, kindle, chuwi etc… any help would be really appreciated 🙂

          • No, I cannot state that at all. All I was pointing out was that it is an alternative to the Teclast, cheaper and with a faster CPU. I dont own both so cannot compare. Suggest you make your own judgement based on reviews and your own needs.

        • It’s not a matter of different planet, I guess it’s either changing a lot, or showing different prices in different places. Currently iWork is $79 for me and Kindow is $80. I imagine that when I posted the iWork cost more, or I wouldn’t have posted that.

          For me ‘faster’ comes after tablet weight, screen, battery life, etc.

  3. i don’t get more with x98 Air 3g with Remix OS v1

  4. Android 4.4.4 is not an issue, I think. At least, they are easy to root when the rom files are at disposal to modification; plus you have acces to external sdcard from app.

    I don’t even know what are the fuss with all these new android versions… A few button place change, and that’s it, it’s a new android version. And nobody cares about it except the kiddos from xda.

    It’s just a matter to sell new devices.

    The only thing missing is may be the encryption ability of android 5 and +.

    The only roms that should be of some importance for a tablet are the ones designed for multi-tasking, like remix os or phoenix os. Once you test one of them, android x” [replace the ‘x’ by whatever number you want] seems like google missed the whole tablet segment market.

    • True the only benefit is the easy root on this with the root tools. Just surprised me to see 4.4.4 when all this years models are 5.1.

      • I have this tablet, how ti root it?

        Will be possibile ti mood it with a some room?

        I would like to flash a MIUI ROM.

        Do you test that it become really hot with not so hard using.

        Thanks

    • That is pretty ignorant to say when there are a lot of back end tweaks. Google has been pushing for web apps and many apps are using webview. 4.4 has a locked down Chrome based web view previous Android versions uses even shi++ier Webkit based engines. Starting Android 5, they changed the webview to an all downloadable via Playstore. Chromium sources are getting a lot performance improvements. 4.4 will never be able to get those updated WebViews. In fact, several other system applications have moved to the Play Store. So the level of security isn’t dependent on manufacture or carrier updates It’s things like this you don’t see on the UI changes that makes the updates great.

  5. I bought two of these yesterday, hopefully if WIFI’s turned off the battery drain won’t be too bad. We’re just looking for cheap e-readers.

    • If you wanted it as an ereader you should have got a Kindle fire 7inch they can be had for 40$ when Amazon is pushing their product.

  6. is there even a 8inch windows tablet with good battery life (6hours a least ) under 100€ ? only one i found is th xiaomi mi pad 2 windows at 240$

    • No only the Mi Pad 2. All others get 3-4 hours as they only have 3500 to 4000 mAH cells in them.

  7. On gearbest you can get it for 79.99$. Not sure if it is worth it, though. With the claimed 3500mAh battery it should be getting no more than 3 hours of battery life.

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