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Vivo Pad2 Preview: Potential Midrange Tablet Champion

The vivo Pad2 boasts some impressive hardware for the segment, and should give other brands a run for their money if priced right during the global launch.

vivo Pad2 preview

While iPads largely dominate the tablet industry, there is renewed interest among brands in the Android tablet space, especially since OnePlus announced their tablet offering, the OnePlus Pad.

Today, we are taking a look at the vivo Pad2, a midrange tablet offering that was launched in mainland China in April 2023. Since the preview unit is the Chinese version running on OriginOS 3, we will focus on the hardware as it lacks Google suite of apps.

vivo Pad2 Specifications

Modelvivo Pad2
Dimensions266 x 191.6 x 6.6 mm
Weight585g
ProcessorCPU: Mediatek Dimensity 9000
GPU: Mali-G710 MC10
RAMUp to 12GB
StorageUp to 512GB
Display12.1-inch IPS LCD
1968 x 2800 pixels
144Hz
HDR10
600 nits
Camera (Front)8 MP, f/2.0
Camera (Rear)Main Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, AF
Macro Camera: 2 MP, f/2.4
Operating SystemOriginOS 3 (based on Android 13)
Battery and Charging10,000mAh
44W wired charging
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
Bluetooth 5.3
NFC
USB Type-C 3.2
Keyboard pin connector
BiometricsFace unlock

What’s In The Box?

  • vivo Pad2
  • 44W charger
  • USB Type-C charging cable
  • User manual

Design

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The vivo Pad2 is available in three colours in the mainland Chinese market: grey, blue and violet. On a horizontal orientation, the power button is located at the left, right beside the camera housing. while the volume rocker is located at the top left. There is also a stylus magnetic charger at the top for easy access. You also get 6 speakers, with 3 occupying each side. The USB Type C connector is located at the right, sandwiched between the speaker units.

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The display has rounded off corners, similar to the iPad. While there is a noticeable bezel, it is par for the course for tablets regardless of price range.

Display

What I like most about the vivo Pad2 is its gorgeous display. It has a decently high resolution of 1968 x 2800 pixels, which is even higher than some laptops that boast 2.8K displays.

Since its an IPS panel, contrast ratio is just mediocre. That being said, visuals look vivid with plenty of detail. The 144Hz refresh rate also makes games look smooth and fluid, though different games have different refresh rate caps.

Audio

The vivo Pad2 is equipped with a 6 speaker system that can get quite loud. The mid-range is rather warm, while the treble is bright, but not to the point of causign ear pain. While the bass is a bit lacking, the mid-bass section is pretty decent.

Thanks to the large device size, the sound stage is excellent.

Performance

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Powering the vivo Pad2 is a Mediatek Dimensity 9000 chipset, which was the chipmaker’s flagship chipset back in 2021. Despite that, it is still a fast chipset occupying the upper midrange segment. Our preview sample came with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

We find that 8GB of RAM seems good enough for day to day use, but if you need more memory, you can always use the expandable memory function for a 8GB + 8GB configuration. There is also a variant with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage if you need them.

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On AnTuTu Benchmark, it scored a respectable 1,065,288 points, which is comparable to other upper midrange devices like the Poco F5 Pro. Graphics performance is also quite good, as I could play most games at high or maxed out settings.

Ergonomics

When it comes to ergonomics, it seems that vivo intends the tablet to be used like a laptop replacement, which is made more apparent as customers in China can purchase a stylus and a keyboard folio cover.

As the vivo Pad2 is quite a large device, it makes more sense to dock it on a stand rather than handholding it. I also recommend using a controller for gaming, as my hands could get tired very quickly.

Closing Thoughts

Initial impressions on the vivo Pad2 is largely a positive one. While it is too early for us to give a reliable review score. Now it all depends on the rumoured launch of the device with a global ROM and its price point.

The selling price starts at CNY 2,499 (approx. RM1,620) in China, so it is reasonable to expect the selling price in Malaysia to be under RM2,000 if vivo plans to launch this tablet in global markets.

For more information on the vivo Pad2, please visit the official product page here.

Written By

Part-time gamer, writer, & full time weird coffee person.

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