Onda v96 Remix Review

Decent low-cost tablet that does interesting things with Android

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Last Updated: 11th August, 2016

Without a doubt, tablets have become mainstream. Many predicted these mobile devices wouldn’t survive on the market, but they’ve been proven wrong. Thanks to companies like Onda, everyone can afford a decent tablet. Their newest device, the V96 Remix OS 2.0 is the perfect example of an affordable tablet with more than just decent performance.

Design and Build

The V96 has a solid build, even though it’s fairly light (weighs just about 1 pound). The case is made out of brushed metal and the device itself feels quite sturdy. The 9.6 inch IPS screen is crisp and clean and has a 1280 x 800 resolution, with the display ratio being 16:10. Aesthetically, the tablet looks simple and elegant, even though it doesn’t really stand out or seem very original.

The V96 has a TF slot, a micro USB slot, a HDMI slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Not really a huge number of ports but should satisfy the casual user. The V96 looks similar to Windows devices, even though it has an Android-based operating system. Likewise, the notification bar and the taskbar of this tablet are very reminiscent of tablets with the Windows operating system.

Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Remix 2.0 (based on Android 4.4)
  • Screen Size: 9.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Pixels Per Inch: 157.23
  • Battery Capacity(mAh): 3.7V/4500mAh
  • Processor model: All Winner, A83T, 2.0GHz Octa Core 28nm
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Disk Space: 16 GB
  • Cam Front: 0.3 MP
  • Cam Back: 2 MP
  • Weight in lbs: 1.01
  • Weight in kg: 0.46

 

Hardware

A83T 2.0GHz Octa Core 28nm CPU performs very well and the tablet comes with 1 GB of RAM, combined with 16 GB of ROM. Only 1 GB of RAM might be on the low-end, but that is pretty much expected if we take the low price into consideration.

When it comes to connectivity, the V96 acts fast and does pretty well. Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth connectivity work good. Surprisingly, the audio is excellent and, when connected, external speakers deliver great sound. This is often not the case with low-budget Chinese devices, so that is definitely another pro of this model.

Cameras are definitely not the highlight of this model, as they are very basic and dated – the back 2.0 MP camera is alright for snapping a photo here and there but it is, obviously, far from spectacular. The front, selfie, camera on the other hand, is very weak (0.3 MP) and arguably the worst thing about this tablet.

Software

The Remix 2.0 operating system, which is based on Android 4.4 works great on this device. Overall, the V96 rarely lags and performs well, despite not being very rich with RAM. Three default Chinese apps come with the device, but they’re not bloatware so they don’t slow the tablet down or cause performance issues.

The Bottom Line: Far from perfect, but affordable and performs well

Pros

  • Good battery
  • Fine performance
  • Well built
  • Price
  • Great audio

Cons

  • Cameras
  • Low end specs
  • Low on RAM

Design: 7/10

Performance: 8/10

Display: 8/10

Noise: 8/10

Battery life: 7/10

Software: 7/10

The Onda V96 Remix is a decent, cleverly designed tablet, perhaps one of the best within the price range. However, it is not perfect and it is far from spectacular, even though it performs well and fast.

Good battery life, decent sound and a more than decent display deliver a good user experience.

Most casual users who decide to purchase this tablet will probably be satisfied with it, while those looking for a top-performing device should perhaps look elsewhere.

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Technical Specifications

Onda v96 Remix
 Tablet  Onda v96 Remix
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Remix 2.0
 CPU  Octa A83T - 2.00 GHz
 Storage  16 GB
 RAM  1 GB
 Display  IPS - 9.6 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 157 ppi
 Camera  Front 0.3 / Back 2.0 MP
 Weight  0.46 kg / 1.01 lbs
 Battery life  0.0 hours
 Released  2016-06

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