OnePlus Pad review: OnePlus boldly goes where it never went before

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“The OnePlus Pad is simply a bold tablet from OnePlus, offering a unsocial design, a awesome display, and bully performance. For a first attempt, it gets a batch right.”

Pros

  • Bold and unsocial design
  • Fun greenish color
  • Sharp and vibrant LCD display
  • Up to 144Hz refresh rate
  • Gets 3 years of Android upgrades
  • Fast performance

Cons

  • Low-quality cameras
  • Odd placement of nan rear camera
  • Some package quirks

In nan world of tablets, there’s beautiful overmuch 1 ascendant product: Apple’s iPad. There are plentifulness of Android tablets disposable arsenic good — from nan likes of Lenovo, Samsung, and others. But for nan astir part, they typically don’t clasp a candle to nan iPad.

OnePlus, a premium Chinese marque that is besides a sister marque of Oppo, is 1 of nan smaller companies successful position of Android instrumentality manufacturers. Though it conscionable released nan OnePlus 11 this year, a batch of group still deliberation of different Android smartphones first, specified arsenic Samsung’s Galaxy S23 aliases Google’s Pixel 7 lineups. Still, OnePlus is simply a reputable brand, conscionable a small smaller than nan likes of Apple, Samsung, and Google.

There person been rumors floating astir for a fewer years that OnePlus was going to participate nan tablet market, and that clip has yet come. Though it was primitively expected successful 2022, nan OnePlus Pad is yet available, missing nan original anticipation by a fewer months. This is OnePlus’ reply to nan iPad (or possibly nan iPad Pro), truthful really does it fare against nan competition?

Long communicative short, nan hardware itself is awesome … but location are still immoderate shortcomings erstwhile it comes to nan package side.

About our OnePlus Pad review

Our OnePlus Pad reappraisal was written by Christine Romero-Chan and published connected April 28, 2023. It was updated successful December pinch nan “eight months later” conception written by Prakhar Khanna, which you tin find below.

OnePlus Pad: 8 months later

OnePlus Pad pinch keyboard lawsuit and stylus.Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

I’ve been utilizing nan OnePlus Pad connected and disconnected since launch. While I’ve mostly loved it for contented consumption, 1 peculiar point has bugged me. It mightiness beryllium circumstantial to my usage case, but if you are readying to bargain nan OnePlus Pad to type connected nan keyboard case, you should publication this. There are nary issues pinch nan keyboard case, but nan implementation pinch nan trackpad connected Android has been causing issues for me. Apart from that, nan OnePlus Pad remains a awesome Android tablet.

I’ve loved watching movies and TV shows connected nan OnePlus Pad for 2 reasons. First, nan 11.61-inch LCD sheet is crisp and vivid and supports Dolby Vision for supported content. Second, nan four-speaker setup pinch 2 connected either broadside (when successful horizontal orientation) is large and clear. The speakers connection elaborate output (for a tablet) passim nan wave spectrum. These 2 features harvester to springiness you an enjoyable contented depletion experience.

The 7:5 facet ratio is awesome for treating nan OnePlus Pad for illustration a mini laptop because you get much contented connected nan show pinch nan taller screen. I for illustration 16:10 displays of nan Xiaomi Pad 6 aliases Google Pixel Tablet for reading, and nan broader show connected nan OnePlus Pad requires immoderate accommodation erstwhile held vertically. It’s still a bully surface to publication on, but nan tablet is meant to beryllium utilized horizontally.

The OnePlus Pad’s capacity has faired rather good successful nan past 8 months. I haven’t knowledgeable immoderate frustrating lags aliases stutters. It’s been a soft acquisition pinch maine browsing, watching videos, and switching betwixt activity apps for illustration Teams, Asana, and Slack.

OnePlus Pad trackpad.Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

The rumor arises erstwhile you are typing connected Google Docs and nan trackpad randomly shifts nan cursor from nan condemnation extremity to a random different portion of nan article. I figured retired later that it happens because my thenar aliases thumb glazes somewhat connected nan trackpad while typing. It shouldn’t beryllium this sensitive. Moreover, selecting matter pinch nan trackpad is irritating because location are aggregate ways to do it, and not 1 is nan aforesaid arsenic really you do it connected your laptop. On nan contrary, nan keys are awesome to type, particularly pinch bully feedback. It’s a coagulated keyboard lawsuit pinch a bad trackpad experience.

I’ve been impressed by OnePlus Pad’s artillery life. It lasts maine astatine slightest 2 days if I’m watching a mates of movies and moving connected it for a fewer hours each day. I emotion nan truth that I tin complaint nan large artillery from zero to 86% wrong 80 minutes pinch nan bundled 67-watt SUPERVOOC powerfulness adapter.

The OnePlus Pad is presently trading for $480 connected nan company’s charismatic website, bundled pinch a free OnePlus Stylo. Plus, you tin get nan keyboard lawsuit for 50% disconnected astatine $20, truthful you’re getting nan full package for $500, which isn’t a bad deal. The OnePlus Pad remains a coagulated offering 8 months aft its merchandise and 1 we’re still happy to recommend.

OnePlus Pad: design

OnePlus Pad backmost connected benchChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The creation of nan OnePlus Pad is decidedly distinctive, making it 1 of nan much unsocial tablets connected nan market. It’s a unified metallic assemblage pinch cambered frames and 2.5D information edges, giving it a ace slim and bladed profile. Despite that fact, it’s amazingly lightweight and comfortable to hold, moreover for extended periods.

My favourite portion of nan OnePlus Pad is nan colour that it comes in: Halo Green. A batch of tablets connected nan marketplace travel successful nan aforesaid accustomed colors, for illustration black, white, gold, etc. But nan OnePlus Pad comes successful a unsocial Halo Green, which is reminiscent of a sage greenish shade. Think of nan Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro aliases Alpine Green iPhone 13 Pro — it’s on those lines.

The OnePlus Pad is 1 of nan much unsocial tablets connected nan market.

The backmost of nan OnePlus Pad is incredibly sleek, featuring a brushed metallic look pinch curvatures successful nan lines that look to emanate from nan centered camera placement. Think of nan grooves connected a vinyl grounds — that’s really nan OnePlus Pad’s brushed metallic looks. OnePlus’ signature logo is etched successful nan center, and nan single, alternatively ample 13MP camera lens is correct supra nan logo, besides centered.

OnePlus Pad successful Magnetic Keyboard Case connected array showing buttonsChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

I thought nan determination to person nan camera centered is simply a alternatively peculiar creation choice. However, OnePlus makes nan statement that it’s for symmetry, particularly erstwhile capturing scenery images. With a centered camera, nan personification doesn’t person to set erstwhile holding nan OnePlus Pad.

If it wasn’t already clear pinch nan camera position, nan OnePlus Pad is chiefly meant to beryllium utilized successful horizontal scenery orientation. The front-facing camera is besides placed on nan longer broadside of nan display, beautiful overmuch connected nan different broadside of nan rear camera.

When utilizing nan OnePlus Pad successful nan natural, horizontal position, you’ll find nan powerfulness fastener astatine nan apical of nan near separator and nan measurement buttons connected nan apical near separator (adjacent to nan powerfulness button). On nan correct separator is wherever you’ll find nan USB-C charging port. There are dual speakers connected some nan near and correct sides, giving a stereo situation sound experience.

At nan bottommost (the longer side) is simply a three-point pogo pin connector for nan OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard, sold separately. The apical separator besides has a magnetic spot for nan OnePlus Stylo.

OnePlus Pad Magnetic Keyboard Case unfastened broadside viewChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The keyboard is benignant of a mashup betwixt Apple’s Magic Keyboard Folio and nan Smart Keyboard Folio; it doubles arsenic a protective lawsuit for nan beforehand and backmost of nan device, features a slot to link and perspective nan OnePlus Pad, and it moreover has a trackpad. The keys themselves person decent recreation erstwhile pressed and consciousness bully arsenic you type, though I personally for illustration mechanical keyboards overall.

The OnePlus Stylo intelligibly resembles Apple’s second-generation Apple Pencil, pinch a mostly information cylindrical style pinch 1 level broadside for magnetically attaching to nan tablet. Aesthetically, nan main quality betwixt nan Stylo and nan Pencil is nan truth that nan Stylo features a flatter apical and a shorter nib.

It’s very evident that nan OnePlus Stylo and Magnetic Keyboard are trying to imitate Apple’s accessories. In fact, I judge nan OnePlus Pad could beryllium considered an iPad Pro competitor owed to nan 11-inch size and magnetic stylus and keyboard attachments. However, nan value constituent (and superior horizontal use) decidedly makes this look much for illustration a 10th-generation iPad competitor.

OnePlus Pad: show and performance

OnePlus Pad showing OutlookChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The OnePlus Pad has an 11.61-inch LCD show pinch a 2800 x 2000 pixel solution and an absorbing 7:5 facet ratio. Brightness goes up to 500 nits, which isn’t nan astir bright, but for my emblematic usage of societal media, email, writing, and watching streaming services, it was bully enough. The 500 nits brightness isn’t going to do you overmuch outdoors successful nonstop sunlight, however.

The astir awesome portion of nan show is nan refresh rate, which goes up to 144Hz. This refresh complaint is moreover higher than astir high-end premium smartphones and tablets — for illustration Apple’s ProMotion show that goes up to 120Hz, aliases Lenovo’s Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 that besides goes up to 120Hz. With nan 144Hz refresh complaint of nan OnePlus Pad, you’ll find buttery soft scrolling and animations during resource-intensive games and different apps. However, this 144Hz mounting will only activity pinch prime apps which person not yet been named. For nan astir part, nan instrumentality will beryllium utilizing nan 120Hz refresh complaint setting, which is still very good.

Even though it’s an LCD display, during my clip pinch nan OnePlus Pad, nan show looked crisp and crisp. Colors are agleam and vivid, blacks look heavy and rich | — benignant of connected par pinch Samsung’s smartphones pinch those punchy hues. The OnePlus Pad has support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos situation sound, making this a awesome tablet for media consumption.

OnePlus geared nan OnePlus Pad pinch 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB UFS 3.1 storage, a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chip, and ARM G710 MC10 GPU. Though nan OnePlus 11 uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, which is nan latest loop of Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, nan MediaTek Dimensity 9000 is thing to sneeze at, arsenic it’s 1 of nan much high-end chipsets from MediaTek.

OnePlus Pad held successful scenery horizontal modeChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

In fact, OnePlus has made a large woody astir really nan OnePlus Pad tin person up to 24 unrecorded apps going connected astatine once. However, I don’t moreover tally 24 apps astatine erstwhile connected my 27-inch iMac astatine home, truthful I person not moreover travel adjacent to 24 apps connected nan OnePlus Pad. But I person tried moving aggregate apps astatine erstwhile pinch nan OnePlus Pad and beautiful overmuch person had nary problems astatine all. Everything seems to tally smoothly pinch nary stuttering, and switching betwixt apps is seamless.

During my clip pinch nan OnePlus Pad, I person utilized nan instrumentality to do investigation and constitute up articles for work, play immoderate games, cheque my email and societal media, usage Microsoft Teams, and do immoderate ray editing successful Google Photos. I person yet to brushwood immoderate lag aliases stuttering erstwhile utilizing nan tablet, and everything is conscionable crisp and smooth. Gestures for multitasking are besides beautiful intuitive, moving likewise to iPadOS.

OnePlus Pad successful Magnetic Keyboard Case openChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The OnePlus Stylo besides useful likewise to nan Apple Pencil. It charges up erstwhile it’s magnetically attached to nan OnePlus Pad, and it pairs up conscionable arsenic easily. I’m decidedly not an artist, truthful I can’t usage nan Stylo to its afloat potential, but I tried it retired for immoderate speedy small doodles and handwritten notes, and it’s rather nice. There’s nary existent hold pinch only 2ms latency, and it feels for illustration an existent pen/pencil pinch nan support for up to 60-degree tilting. It tin besides observe 4,096 levels of pressure, which is decidedly much important for artists. You tin moreover double-tap it to move devices successful definite apps, for illustration a pen and eraser successful notes.

I person yet to brushwood immoderate lag aliases stuttering erstwhile utilizing nan tablet.

I did usage nan OnePlus Stylo besides for navigating astir nan OnePlus Pad and noticed a hover-like characteristic that’s rather nice. Basically, erstwhile it’s adjacent capable to nan surface without really rubbing it, nan Stylo tin item thing to bespeak that’s what you’re hovering over.

In Microsoft Outlook, it tin item nan folder, aliases if you do it complete a connection successful nan inbox, a small pop-up container appears, providing you pinch an expanded preview of nan connection contents. Google Photos besides supports this characteristic by highlighting what you’re astir to prime earlier you pat it. Not everything supports it, but it’s bully to person successful nan apps that do.

OnePlus Pad pinch OnePlus Stylo hover featureChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

Between nan 2 accessories for nan OnePlus Pad, I personally person gotten much usage retired of nan OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard. It connects to nan OnePlus Pad via nan three-point pogo pin astatine nan bottom, and erstwhile it’s connected, you tin commencement typing and utilizing nan trackpad immediately.

The trackpad feels bully to use, and there’s beautiful overmuch nary latency betwixt your digit activity and nan cursor. I still for illustration mechanical keyboards, but nan modular level keys connected nan OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard person decent recreation and consciousness — emblematic for this style of portable keyboards and cases.

OnePlus Pad: software

OnePlus Pad successful keyboard lawsuit unfastened connected cafe tableChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The OnePlus Pad ships pinch OxygenOS 13, which is OnePlus’ civilization interface based connected Android 13 that besides began rolling retired connected OnePlus phones this year. As such, you’ll get each of nan features that OxygenOS has to offer, including nan useful and productive divided surface mode, allowing you to usage 2 apps broadside by side.

For nan astir part, nan package connected nan OnePlus Pad runs smoothly, but I did brushwood immoderate oddities present and there. Since nan OnePlus Pad is designed for horizontal scenery use, particularly pinch nan keyboard, that’s nan superior measurement I’ve been utilizing it. However, erstwhile I unfastened immoderate apps, for illustration Facebook, they look to only activity successful vertical image orientation. The Google Wallet app is besides pre-installed retired of nan box. Between this and nan overseas behaviour of immoderate applications, it’s almost for illustration Android sees nan instrumentality arsenic a telephone alternatively than a tablet. It’s very strange.

OnePlus Pad pinch Weather app openChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

Another weird bug I’ve travel crossed is pinch nan Disney+ app. While I americium capable to motion in, browse nan contented library, and moreover position specifications of movies and shows, I can’t look to play anything. Whenever I effort to, it conscionable gets stuck connected nan loading surface pinch nan spinning circle. This made maine deliberation nan work was down, but that’s not nan lawsuit erstwhile I’m capable to watercourse thing connected my iPhone 14 Pro astatine nan aforesaid time. I’m not really judge what’s going connected there, but it feels for illustration a OnePlus Pad problem alternatively than a Disney+ one.

OnePlus Pad pinch Disney Plus app openChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

OnePlus has confirmed that nan OnePlus Pad will person 3 years of Android package upgrades and 4 years of information updates. While this is not arsenic agelong arsenic nan support you’d get pinch an Apple iPad, this is still a very bully guarantee from OnePlus, considering that this is its first tablet.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 is simply a mini spot better, pinch 3 years of package upgrades and 5 years of information patches, but OnePlus’ offering is thing to move your chemoreceptor up at.

OnePlus Pad: cameras

OnePlus Pad cameraChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

I would ne'er urge anyone usage a tablet arsenic their superior camera unless they perfectly person thing else. It’s ample and unwieldy to usage a tablet arsenic your camera, particularly erstwhile retired successful nationalist places. Seriously — conscionable usage your smartphone!

The OnePlus Pad comes pinch a 13MP rear shooter and an 8MP front-facing camera. The rear camera, which is again positioned smack dab successful nan center, is good if you request to threat a photograph present and there. I would ideate that this would activity champion for those times erstwhile you request to return a photograph aliases scan a document, though, alternatively than family picnic photos.

The 8MP front-facing camera is, well, not great. It’s very evident that there’s going to beryllium a batch of nonaccomplishment of specifications successful nan image, and it conscionable doesn’t look bully astatine all. The selfie mode successful nan Camera app will effort to blur nan inheritance to create a portrait, but moreover successful nan viewfinder preview, it conscionable looks for illustration a blurry dreamscape — not nan best.

However, OnePlus has its ain type of Apple’s Center Stage characteristic called Limelight, which will support you successful nan framework connected video calls moreover if you’re moving around. Still, that 8MP selfie camera won’t beryllium doing you immoderate favors arsenic acold arsenic appearance.

OnePlus Pad: artillery and charging

Battery position connected OnePlus PadChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

One of nan champion things astir nan OnePlus Pad is nan artillery life. This point tin outlast astir different tablets connected nan marketplace pinch its monster 9,510mAh battery. OnePlus claims that this ample artillery tin get you 12.4 consecutive hours of video, which is cleanable for binge-watching sessions, and astir 1 period of standby. If you don’t person accessories connected and nary inheritance apps running, nan artillery life tin jump up to 50 days.

OnePlus provides a SUPERVOOC powerfulness adapter pinch nan OnePlus Pad, which has charging speeds of up to 67W. In 1 hour, you get astir 86% (from zero) charge, and successful 80 minutes will spell from zero to 100%. Considering nan ample size of nan battery, this is beautiful impressive, and moreover much truthful erstwhile you don’t moreover request to plug it successful that often.

One of nan champion things astir nan OnePlus Pad is nan artillery life.

I’m honestly a beautiful ray tablet user, arsenic I mostly walk my days connected a machine aliases a smartphone. So, a afloat complaint of nan OnePlus Pad has lasted maine astir a afloat week of use. I utilized it occasionally to constitute articles, play immoderate casual puzzle games, browse nan web and publication news, cheque societal media, and fto my hubby usage it for watching nan NBA playoffs connected YouTube TV while playing video games connected nan PlayStation 5.

I’d ideate that if you scheme connected utilizing nan OnePlus Pad arsenic your superior activity aliases individual media depletion device, it whitethorn not past arsenic agelong arsenic complete a week straight. Still, pinch that ample 9,510mAh battery, you should beryllium capable to get astatine slightest a fewer (2+) days of dense usage retired of it.

OnePlus Pad: value and availability

OnePlus Pad Magnetic Keyboard Case rearChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The OnePlus Pad is disposable straight from OnePlus’ website for $479. It only comes successful 1 colour (Halo Green) and has an 8GB RAM/128GB retention configuration. Orders placed pinch OnePlus will statesman shipping connected May 8, and Amazon readiness will beryllium astir precocious May.

If you scheme connected equipping nan OnePlus Pad pinch accessories, each of them will beryllium sold separately. The OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard is $149, and nan OnePlus Stylo is $99. I didn’t get to effort nan 3rd accessory, but it’s a OnePlus Folio Case, which will beryllium $39. For my testing kit, which includes nan OnePlus Pad, OnePlus Stylo, and OnePlus Magnetic Keyboard, it will costs you astir $727.

The iPad (2022) lying face-down connected a heap of leaves.Joe Maring/Digital Trends

Though nan OnePlus Pad seems to beryllium competing pinch nan 11-inch iPad Pro pinch its akin sizing, I deliberation it’s adjacent to opportunity that it’s much of a 10th-generation iPad competitor alternatively owed to nan value tag. The devices are besides much akin since they’re some designed for scenery predisposition pinch nan front-facing camera placement and moreover person nan Center Stage/Limelight features. But successful reality, it’s difficult to urge nan OnePlus Pad complete nan 10th-generation iPad, particularly considering nan package broadside of things, arsenic good arsenic nan value ($449 alternatively of $479). And let’s not hide nan truth that nan iPad moreover has a 12MP front-facing camera, which easy thumps nan 8MP of nan OnePlus Pad.

But if you don’t want to usage iPadOS, location are different decent Android tablets you tin get for a akin value constituent to nan OnePlus Pad. For example, there’s nan Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Starting astatine $455 from Samsung’s website pinch an eligible trade-in, you get nan aforesaid 8GB RAM/128GB retention configuration arsenic nan OnePlus Pad, but you person 3 colors to take from, and you tin upgrade nan retention to 256GB. It uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and Samsung besides includes a free S Pen pinch nan Galaxy Tab S8 purchase. So you do get a small much bang for your buck, though a keyboard attachment will beryllium separate, and it only has an 8,000mAh battery.

Have little money to spend? The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro Gen 2 and Lenovo Tab M10 Plus Gen 3 aren’t rather arsenic technically awesome arsenic nan OnePlus Pad, but they present bully Android tablet experiences for importantly little cash.

OnePlus Pad: verdict

OnePlus Pad backChristine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

For a first effort astatine nan tablet space, nan OnePlus Pad is solid. It stands retired among a oversea of tablets pinch a unsocial and unique look acknowledgment to nan Halo Green colour and brushed metallic aesthetic. Even though it’s an 11-inch tablet pinch a unified metallic body, nan OnePlus Pad is rather comfortable to clasp for prolonged sessions acknowledgment to nan curved edges. And pinch that monolithic battery, you don’t really request to interest astir moving retired of power!

It seems that a batch of tablets are besides being made for horizontal use, and nan OnePlus Pad intelligibly shows that. The centered camera connected nan rear is an absorbing creation choice, though, but having nan front-facing camera connected nan longer broadside conscionable makes sense, particularly for video calls pinch Limelight. Just don’t expect high-quality photos and video pinch either, particularly nan front, since they’re conscionable 13MP and 8MP, respectively. But for those times you request to return a speedy photograph aliases video call, they’re okay successful a pinch.

The specs for nan OnePlus Pad are beautiful bully for nan value you’re paying, particularly pinch that show pinch up to 144Hz refresh rate. And while nan package is okay for nan astir part, it still has immoderate quirks, which is to beryllium expected of astir Android tablets. Again, I’m not judge if it’s nan developer of definite apps aliases thing pinch nan OnePlus Pad itself, but hopefully, those issues I had get resolved eventually. Besides those mini issues, though, nan package useful nicely, particularly if you request to tally aggregate apps for work.

The OnePlus Pad isn’t nan slam dunk OnePlus whitethorn person been hoping for, but if this is conscionable nan opening of much to come, OnePlus is disconnected connected nan correct track.

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