Last year Chinese phone maker Vivo launched a premium Android tablet called the Vivo Pad that offered a lot of bang for the buck at the time. Now the company is back for round two, and the new Vivo Pad 2 looks like an even better deal… in most respects.

The new tablet has a bigger, higher-resolution display with a faster refresh rate, a faster processor, faster memory, a bigger battery, and support for more RAM and storage. But the starting price has actually dropped a little lower. Unfortunately not everything about the Vivo Pad 2 looks like an upgrade.

For example, the new model still has two rear cameras and a front-facing shooter. But instead of 13MP primary + 8MP ultrawide cameras on the back, the new model has 13MP primary + 2MP macro cameras. I don’t know many people who would consider that an upgrade… but odds are you’ve got a better camera on your phone anyway, so this might not be a dealbreaker.

The new model is also nearly 100 grams heavier (about 4 ounces). But that’s too be expected given that it has a beefier battery and a slightly larger screen.

One weird change is that the original Vivo Pad had an 11 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, while the new model moves to a 12.1 inch, 2880 x 1968 pixel screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate. What’s strange about that is that the new screen has an unusual 7:5 aspect ratio, while the old version was a 16:10 display.

On the one hand, the new aspect ratio could make the tablet more comfortable to use in portrait orientation. I’ve just not heard of many other devices with this aspect ratio. Moving to a 4:3 or 3:2 screen might have done more to ensure that apps, websites, and other content play well with the new screen.

Other changes include the move from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor to a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip and support for up to 12GB of LPDDR5 memory and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The new Vivo Pad 2 has quad speakers, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, a microSD card reader, and support for WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC. It’s compatible with accessories including a keyboard cover and a pressure-sensitive Vivo Pad Pen 2, which attaches to side of the tablet magnetically for charging and storage.

The Vivo Pad 2 will ship in China with OriginOS 3, which is Vivo’s version of Android 13 with a custom user interface and some custom features including the company’s cross-device services for sharing content between phones and tablets or tablets and PCs.

Here’s a run-down of key specs for the new Vivo Pad 2 and last year’s Vivo Pad:

Vivo Pad 2Vivo Pad
Display12.1 inches
2880 x 1968 pixels
7:5 aspect ratio
144 Hz
IPS LCD
11 inches
2560 x 1600 pixels
16:10 aspect ratio
120 Hz
IPS LCD
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 9000
1 x Cortex-X2 @ 3.05 GHz
3 x Cortex-A710 @ 2.85 GHz
4 x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8 GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
1 x Kryo 585 prime (Cortex-A77) @ 3.2 GHz
3 x Kryo 585 gold (Cortex-A77) @ 2.42 GHz
4 x Kryo 585 silver (Cortex-A55) @ 1.8 GHz)
GraphicsMali-G710 MP10Adreno 650
RAM8GB or 12GB
LPDDR5
8GB
LPDDR4x
Storage128GB / 256GB /512GB
UFS 3.1
128GB or 256GB
UFS 3.1
Battery10,000 mAh8,040 mAh
Charging44W44W
Cameras13MP primary
2MP macro
8MP front-facing
13MP primary
8MP ultra-wide
8MP front-facing
PortsUSB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
microSD card reader
WirelessWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.3
NFC
3WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
AudioQuad speakers
ChassisAluminum
AccessoriesVivo Pencil 2
Keyboard cover w/kickstand
Vivo Pencil
Keyboard cover w/kickstand
Dimensions266 x 192 x 7mm253 x 165 x 7mm
Weight585 grams489 grams
Starting price (at launch)2,499 CNY2,599 CNY

Prices for the new Vivo Pad 2 start at 2,499 CNY (about $365) in China for an 8GB/128GB model, with top-tier models featuring 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage going for 3,399 (about $495).

There’s no word on if or when this tablet will be available outside of China.

via GSM Arena and NotebookCheck

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  1. sqrt(2):1, or roughly 7:5, is the aspect ratio of A4 paper. In my view that is the best aspect ratio. I look out for it but the only other example I know of was a Pixel Chromebook a few years ago.

      1. A very similar unit but not identical. I wonder if a trend is developing. 7:5 is particularly useful in a tablet as when you rotate it from portrait to landscape you can fit two whole (but reduced) pages without cropping or squashing, if that makes sense.