The crowdfunded X Android tablet from Alldocube finally arrived, orders from Indiegogo are shipping out now. This tablet has a fully laminated SAMOLED 2560 x 1600 screen in it. Yes, it’s the same panel used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and it looks stunning. 600+ lux max brightness, deep blacks, great contrast, and very good viewing angles. I assumed for the $219 this must have been the seconds Samsung didn’t accept for their tablet. But that’s not the case, there are no defects at all with the screen.
Alldocube X hands-on review index:
01:33 – Thickness & weight
02:11 – Design & build
03:31 – First boot
05:36 – SAMOLED display
07:32 – Streaming video
08:09 – Performance
09:11 – Gaming tests
10:12 – Antutu & benchmarks
10:45 – eBooks & PDFs
11:12 – Fingerprint unlocking
11:47 – Audio
12:34 – First impressions
13:01 – Pros & Cons (So far)
The build is really good, a pleasant surprise lifting it out of the box to find how light and thin it is. Under 7mm, and just under 500 grams. The quality of the finish is premium, a full metal unibody alloy build that feels thin, yet solid enough that it doesn’t flex or creak under pressure. Above is my first look detailed hands-on video with the X. It covers plenty, but I need more time for the webcam samples, charge times and battery life. And then any bugs etc that might arise over the next few days using it. The final verdict in my full review. But for now, I’m impressed and really enjoying it so far.
Alldocube X notes:
- Impressive screen, some of the Sharp brand 2560 x 1600 screens are great in the likes of the Chuwi Hi9 Plus. But this is step up over them.
- Over 600 lux max brightness and fully laminated means it’s viewable in bright environments and it’s super bright overall. One of the brighter screens seen in the Chinese brands I review
- Android 8.1 stock with little to no real bloatware
- The display settings are missing Miravision options for some odd reason that most MediaTek tablets have.
- No video output via Type-C sadly. I didn’t think so, there was a slim chance but no. No HDMI either.
- Overall performance is better than the Helio X27 tablets reviewed. It’s not perfect, but smoother animations
- Super thin and lightweight build. It’s great.
- Youtube runs up to 1440p – This is good not even the iPad Pro runs at 1440p. It’s still using 1080p.
- Widevine level 3 as expected not level 1. So no Netflix in HD – Such a shame with such a nice panel. Hope there is a fix from Alldocube.
- The fingerprint reader works well, but it’s a little slow. About 2 seconds to read and unlock. Yes, it’s always on this one. No need to wake the tablet first.
- Speakers are better than the typical tablets I review. But no bass to them. 3.5mm is good, clean and clear.
- Oleophobic coating is present smooth glass resistant to fingerprints
- Wireless display works, the input lag is around 1 second
Alldocube X Gaming notes:
- Shadowgun legends. It starts out very smooth and playable but after a few minutes is so laggy it’s unplayable. Not sure what’s up thermal throttling? But other games don’t do this.
- World of Warships Blitz can run in max setting fine, with a little lag when there is a lot of screens
- PBUG runs, smooth enough to be playable. But you’ll see some frame dips here and there
- HIT runs on high settings fine.
- Shadow Fight 3 runs fine
- FIFA Mobile runs well
- Darkness Rises runs best on low settings playable.
- Asphalt 9 runs well on low settings
Alldocube X images:
- Top end screen, that’s fully laminated. You’ll not find better
- Very thin 6.7mm and only 491 grams in weight
- Unibody hosuing with a premum feel to it
- Good touch input and accuracy
- Better speakaers than the typical sub $300 Chinese tablet.
- Great 3.5mm output, AKM DAC, clean and clear sound. Loudness is good
- Price tag, paid $219 is great value for money (Indiegogo backers)
- Fingerprint reader accuracy. It works well, just a bit slow
- Stock Android 8.1 with little to no bloatware
- Type-C with fast charging
- Not the most powerful chipset, if you expected to play PUBG at 60fps this isn’t your tablet. But it is playable on low settings.
- No display output via Type-C. Missing HDMI out
- Widevine level 3 means you’re stuck at standard definition Netflix…
- The fingerprint reader is a little slow at times
- Battery life, not quite the claimed 8 hours.
I’m getting a lot of questions about just how long it will last with such a bright and high-resolution screen. And here are some figures now after using it for a day. So demanding use gaming for about 3 & 1/2 to 4 hours. Light use, streaming YouTube, video and the likes about 6 1/2 to 7 hours max. Then mixed use with some video, Chrome, Amazon Prime Video in FHD and gaming about 5-6 hours.
So the battery life is a bit shorter compared to the other 2560 x 1600 tablets. I was hopeful it would last the full claim 8 hours. And yes it would with just video use and a lower brightness setting. Tablets like the (slower) Chuwi Hi9 Plus can do over 10 hours.
Charging and using the tablet at the same time it will charge the battery.
Finally, it’s time for me to sit down enjoy this tablet and use it for a few days to get all the ins, the outs for the final review. Amazing we have this premium top end screen in a $219 tablet! By the way, that price was for the early backers like myself. It’s not on sale via crowdfunding anymore, Alldocube sells it in their Aliexpress store for $269.