Chinese tablet maker Teclast has a new tablet on the way, and it’s a doozy. The Teclast X16 Power has an 11.6 inch full HD display, an Intel Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, and 64GB of storage.
It also has 8GB of RAM, making it one of the first Cherry Trail products I’ve seen to take full advantage of the chipset’s support for that much memory.
Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for the Teclast X16 Power for $425, which makes this tablet about $75 cheaper than a Microsoft Surface 3.
The Teclast tablet is a dual OS machine: it ships with both Windows 10 and Android 5.1 software pre-installed. You can switch from one operating system to the other by rebooting.
The tablet supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, has a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of removable storage, and sports a 5MP rear camer and a 2MP front camera.
It also has a USB 3.0 port, a micro USB port, a micro HDMI port, and a headset jack. There’s a docking connector for a keyboard, but the keyboard is sold separately. Teclast will also offer an optional pen, but it’s not clear if the tablet uses an active digitizer or if it will be a passive stylus.
There’s also a lower-priced version of the tablet called the Teclast X16 Pro. That model has an Atom x5-Z8500 processor and 4GB of RAM.
And still no dual band WiFi… I’m not buying another Chinese tablet until it has dual band WiFi, preferably an AC variant.
My biggest concern is that Teclast’s first Cherry Trail product, the X98 Pro has a huge glaring flaw. CPU temps exceed 85C during heavy use.
Chris @ Techtablets.com reviews all these Chinese tablets. He added a simple copper heatspreader, which conducts the heat to the case, it dropped temps by 20C.
I won’t buy a Teclast cherry trail product until they figure out how to cool them properly
I have the Surface 3 with 4 GB of RAM. It seems to be more CPU bottle necked than memory at that point for my use cases. I’ve tried using VMs (VMware and Virtualbox) but a single VM was slow more due to CPU performance than RAM size (of course I mapped the VM’s memory to the hosts physical memory).
What are people’s use cases for 8 GB of RAM coupled with the Atom CPU? I’d like to know so maybe they’re scenarios that I would also do on my tablet but just didn’t think of yet.
Oh ya, for the VMs I tested, it was before MS disabled VT-x on the tablets.
I would rather just get the atom surface pro 3 for $75 and 4gb of ram and have real customer support in case anything goes wrong. These chinese tablets are good as long as you don’t have to ever deal with making any returns.
I immediately dismissed this when I first heard about it because it’s ridiculously priced, and because the CUBE i7 Stylus walks all over it for $100 less.
Exactly. Core M as opposed to Cherry Trail, ssd rather than emmc, wacom digitizer…
What I would love is for these Chinese tabs to finally go a bit more surface (ditch 16/9 aspect ratio and get a little bit bigger so as to support a full-size keyboard)
Just came across this 11.Nov CUBE i7 Stylus sale, for a ridiculously low $285.
Interesting. How come M$oft hasn’t figured out a way to “lock out” the 2nd OS yet? Maybe ‘droid is running in a VM? (Maybe that’s why it has 8GB SDRAM?) A true multi-boot tablet out of the box is attractive IMO, I would be switching OS’s all the time rather than having to pick up different physical devices. The price for this thing is a bit steep though (again, the big SDRAM may have something to do with it).
Why would they want to lock it out? They don’t own the hardware.
Think about that question for a bit my friend.
Intel/Microsoft did have a secure boot that stopped dual booting of OS’s but that has since been able to be manually unlocked. When they first launched Windows 8 (I believe) and they changed to the new BIOS there was backlash over the decision to lock the boot loader.
Yes, that’s the UEFI thing I seem to remember. M$oft drove me away from their products, so I don’t use their stuff unless forced to by work. I would still prefer dual boot over two devices though. But M$oft seems (or seemed) to try and stop you from doing that.
That is pretty insane actually. The dual-boot OS is nothing special, I am pretty sure users will gravitate to one 90+% of the time after a week. Everything else is impressive. Especially with how Windows 10 does RAM management, that 8GB should keep most workloads in memory. I am not familiar with this manufacturer, how is build quality? I wish they would show an up-close of the keyboard, these tend to have odd key placement which is a deal breaker for me. (I am looking at you DV8P Dell Keyboard!) The Walmart tablet had the ‘?’ as a function key for another example.
I had two Teclast devices so far. They both seemed impressive on paper, both had a very good build quality with good materials, but turned out to be a bit annoying after a while. Both cases the eMMC was very weak quality, got really slow which affected the whole system performance (booting for 10 minutes for example). I hope Teclast is growing up, but I’ll still wait a few reviews and teardowns before I buy from them again.
Hopefully Windows 10’s use of eMMC will help alleviate the problems as well. I am definitely waiting a review or two ( hopefully here first) before I throw my money at them. I don’t need a dual-boot system per se; however, I like the other specs.
How was the Wi-Fi? My old Cube U30gt2 always had an issue with Wi-Fi due to poor manufacturing build or planning! My Vido M10 on the other hand is not bad on Wi-Fi. Not great like my RT but not bad!
Strange. Sometimes it worked from the neighbor too. Sometimes it disconnected in the same room with the router. It had a metal housing and a thin plastic part for the antennas, so I guess it depends how I hold it.
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