This ones new from JD.com and is meant to be an exclusive for them, but Banggood.com luckily are reselling it so we can get hold of it outside of China. It’s a joint venture tablet from JD.com, Foxconn, Meizu, LeEco and Harman Kardon. Huge Chinese online retailer JD are backing this as their own tablet, with Foxconn handling parts and assembly, Meizu the OS (Flyme) and LeEco software. Lastly, Harman Kardon has tuned the speakers and HiFi audio for this tablet.
So it’s not your average run-of-the-mill Chinese tablet, even if the screen is. It has a fully laminated 2048 x 1536 IPS screen with 324 PPI, so very sharp and offers decent brightness. Great 4:3 panel first used in the iPad Mini. The build is a nicely done premium feeling metal unibody with a tiny plastic strip at the top for the Wireless AC and Bluetooth reception. Sadly no GPS, HDMI out or MicroSD support on this model which could be a deal breaker for some.
At least it does have 64GB of storage and you get about 54GB free on first boot. It’s powered by a MediaTek MT8173 with a max turbo of 2.0Ghz, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and PowerVR GX6250 GPU, which gives an Antutu 6.2 score of around 70k which isn’t bad.
The screen is great, cameras look a step up over the typical tablet, audio sounds very decent and so far every bit a premium tablet, a pricey tablet too retailing for $277 at banggood.com. Meizu’s UI might not be for everyone, but Flyme OS does look nice it’s just lacking Google Play store which I expected coming out of China. I’ll have to find a Google Play Installer and hopefully get Play installed without any issues.
More on this one soon as I work towards my full review of it which is around a week or two away.