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Standing out in the tablet business is pretty tough if you don’t have a unique value proposition right out of the gate. Many of the most obvious niches are already covered. For instance, the Microsoft Surface has the high-end business demographic locked up tight. One angle that hasn’t been exploited is the dual-OS miniature tablet.
The new Teclast X80 Power Tablet PC aims to dominate that potentially profitable market.
Layout and Aesthetics
At first glance, the Teclast X80 Power is a standard white mini tablet with a plastic bezel and metal backing. It weighs in at 349 grams and measures just 8.1mm thick. The outer skin includes stereo speakers as well as a TF card slot, Micro USB and Micro HDMI for external connectivity.
Both the front and rear cameras are unremarkable yet functional 2.0MP units.
Horsepower, Storage & Display
Like many topnotch budget tablets these days, the Teclast X80 has an Intel Cherry Trail Z8300 CPU that can hit 1.84GHz in Turbo Mode. While the X80 only has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC ROM, storage can be boosted by 128GB via the on-board TF expansion slot.
Remarkably, the 8.0-inch IPS display has a Retina-like 1920x1200 resolution with a 178° viewing angle.
OS, UI and Unique Software
The best thing about the X80 is the fact that it has Android 5.1 Lollipop and Windows 10 available at startup. Both operating systems are pretty much stock and aren’t diluted with the kind of “crapware” that most tablet makers like to tack on.
Better still, users don’t have to do anything special to switch between one OS and the other on boot.
Networking and Peripherals
As far as wireless options go, the X80 gets standard Wi-Fi, WiDi, Bluetooth 4.0 and OTG but no mobile broadband from carriers like AT&T. The X80 even gets an official keyboard dock with a stand featuring Micro USB for enhanced connectivity options.
While the X80 doesn’t have much in the way of custom extensibility options, it works well with universal peripherals via its primary ports.
Performance in the Field
The great thing about a quad-core Intel CPU is the fact that it can rip through most tasks without much trouble. In the Geekbench3, 3DMark and PCMark 7 tests, the X80 can hang with every other tablet in its wheelhouse.
Even a game like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is playable on low settings. The on-board 3800mAh battery is good for 5 hours of life.
Teclast X80 Pros & Cons
Considering the fact that the X80 has an asking price of around $120, this tablet is a minor miracle. For starters, it boasts solid build quality and a great screen for an 8-inch slate. Furthermore, it has two of the latest and greatest operating systems on tap and plenty of ports.
In all honesty, there aren’t any downsides to the Teclast X80 that a reasonable person could find.
The Ideal Teclast X80 Buyer
As an 8-inch tablet, the X80 isn’t the right fit for those who want an iPad or Surface replacement. It’s a better choice for those that want an iPad Mini replacement that can run Android or Windows depending on the circumstances.
If you need a dual-OS mini-tablet that can act as an ad-hoc laptop in a pinch, the X80 is hard to pass up.