Muscular tablet in a small body - Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro test
A tablet that can be held in the hand, it can do everything the big ones do, and it also looks good. The Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro was one of last year's pleasant surprises for several reasons, which you will read about in this article.
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In recent years, really muscular central units disappeared from cheap or affordable Chinese tablets, and Tiger chips took over for a good one and a half or two years. No, they weren't bad either, but in terms of power and other capabilities, such as the accuracy and speed of the GPS module, they weren't up to MediaTek and Qualcomm chips.
However, they finally brought normal support for the B20 band, so mobile internet usage on the cheaper Chinese tablets became uninterrupted here as well.
Last year, however, the ice was broken, and although Tiger processors still predominate, a line of machines based on the Helio G99 central unit appeared next to them. Several manufacturers have launched such a configuration, and I have to admit, it would be difficult for me to decide between them. Of course, there are some differences, in the amount of memory, storage capacity, and perhaps in the field of cameras, but overall these are not significant differences.
There is one more thing that last year was a pleasant surprise, and that is the return of smaller tablets. I don't know about you, but 10+ inch machines are often too big for me. I mean, they're uncomfortably big.
Of course, I don't deny that the larger display has its advantages, as the larger panel comes in handy when playing games or consuming multimedia content, for example. However, if you travel a lot, or would like to use your device on buses or trams, a "small" 8-inch device can be much more convenient.
They are not painfully small, they do not compete with phones, they do not fall out of our eyes when we want to look a little further away, so they are a perfect compromise between comfort and practicality. I'll say it again, at least in my opinion, because there are definitely people who don't poke tablets under 10 inches with a stick.
It's just the icing on the cake, or the icing on the cake, if the above two novelties come into my hands together. In other words, the machine is the 8-inch machine I like, and the Helio G99 chip works in it, not Tiger.
And the Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro is such a machine, it combines power with convenient use, so in many ways, and for many people, this could probably be the ideal tablet.
Okay, let's get into the detailed presentation, let's start with the exterior! I'm not dealing with the accessories now, because I don't think the charging head and the USB cable will make anyone mad.
The dimensions of the machine are 202,7 x 126 x 7.5 millimeters, the weight is only 307 grams, that is, it is barely heavier than a phone with a larger screen. The design follows last year's trend, which is approx. means that every tablet (including Xiaomi) tries to be a bit of an iPad. At least outwardly.
I live firmly, but just enough so that it doesn't cut our hands. Moderate rounding at the corners, completely straight frame without even the slightest curvature, but not too thick. This is what it looks like today, a modern tablet. I like the shape, the more angular design is less likely to slip out of the hand than the older soap holder design.
There aren't many cameras on this machine, one in the front and one in the back. Touching a little on the specification, I should note that according to current trends, tablets also have a camera island or optics protruding from the plane of the cover. I don't like this, I think it's unnecessary, especially if the 13 megapixel unit in the machine doesn't even justify it. I understand that this is now necessary due to the design, but the manufacturers only achieve with this that the machine placed on the table wobbles, if e.g. I'm typing on the virtual keyboard.
There is not much on the frame of the machine. Power button, volume control, headphone jack, SIM tray and a piece of speaker grill at the bottom. One thing quickly becomes clear from this, this machine will not have Dolby Atmos sound, nor even stereo.
The buttons sit firmly in place, they are pleasant to the touch, they don't wobble, you can feel the click well, so it's perfect here! Anyway, I think the machine itself is attractive, almost reminiscent of a premium design, maybe only the thickness of the materials is different from a much more expensive machine.
Let's see what's inside!
I have already mentioned the most important, the Helio G99 central unit, which with its eight cores (two of which are Cortex-A76) satisfies all needs. It is no coincidence that Redmi tablets also work with it, it is affordable, but sufficiently powerful and equipped with sufficiently modern capabilities.
By modern capabilities, I mean the 2-core Mali G57 MC2 GPU, advanced navigation that supports 4 navigation systems (GPS+Beidou+Galileo+Glonass), Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 5 wireless connections and of course 4G support. which, of course, also includes support for the domestic B20 band in the list.
We cannot be dissatisfied with the other abilities either. There is 8 GB of physical memory, which the machine makes up for with another 8 GB of virtual memory. I feel that this 8 megabytes of virtual memory has mostly marketing value. The backup storage is also sufficiently large, 256 GB is more than enough for a tablet, unless you want to store all the movies on IMDB on it.
The diagonal of the display is 8,4 inches, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The In-Cell display is based on an IPS panel, as I have already described several times, there is nothing wrong with them, it is a fact that AMOLED is nicer and brighter, but a good IPS panel can still achieve almost AMOLED quality if the backlight is good.
I haven't mentioned the battery, which in our case has a capacity of 5000 mAh. The factory charging head is 10 watts, so we won't go to the wall for sure. Here again, it is worth making a small criticism, nowadays it would be appropriate to aim for 30 watts when charging, at least in my opinion.
Many things have not been left out, the SIM tray can accept a Nano SIM card, and we can also add a Micro-SD card, but the built-in 256 GB storage space would be enough. This can be expanded by an additional 512 GB with the SD card.
What is it like to use the machine?
I admit (perhaps it has become clear to you from the above), I am a bit biased towards 8-inch machines. My first serious tablet was a Xiaomi, from the series four. It was an 8-inch machine, so the past tense is not appropriate, it is still 8-inch today, and I use it quite often, it became the control monitor I used while making my videos. It does its job, although the hardware can no longer be called beefy these days, the battery is also dying a bit, it fulfills its current task, and I used it as a primary tablet for a long, long time.
I now have a more powerful 8-inch machine, although I also use it for work. So I like 8-inch machines, they are practical, light, and not uncomfortable to hold in one hand.
I really missed the "old" well-proven smaller machines among the 10+ inch machines, so for me the Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro is perfect in almost every way. From this sentence, almost is what is worth paying attention to, because there are 1-2 things that could still be improved.
One is Widevine L1 compliance, which is not here. Of course, due to the smaller display, it is less confusing here that e.g. Netflix can only be viewed in SD resolution, but even then, I would expect a tablet of this category to have the miserable WideVine L1 rating as a standard.
The other is sound. Wasn't there room to install at least a second speaker? It also feels like a poor man's tablet, even though the machine itself is absolutely not bad!
My Antutu score reached 400, the 1000 megabit read speed and the 850 megabit write speed are pleasant for the memory, so overall, the machine's hardware is even suitable for games.
The display is perfectly fine for me, the brightness is good, the contrast is good, the colors are in their place, the picture is really nice, so overall, the machine's hardware is also suitable for gaming.
The WiFi is fast enough, they added a haptic vibration motor as an extra, so overall the machine's hardware is even suitable for games.
But if the machine's hardware is suitable for gaming, then I beg you, why didn't it get at least a stereo sound system.
Anyway, the sound isn't bad, it's quite strong, so aside from the fact that it's mono, I don't have any complaints about it. It's good to watch a movie, you just have to be careful not to hold the device by the speaker grille, because the sound won't come out that way.
The cameras are just what I expect from a tablet, and that's pretty bad news. Maybe it was the Xiaomi 5 series, which I clicked approvingly after the test. Let's say Xiaomi is already in a different price category, so it's understandable. In the case of average tablets, the cameras are there so that, if nothing else, you can take pictures with them. If there is nothing else, because if there is, you better not want to take pictures with a tablet. Not with either, and not with this one.
Finally, two sentences about the software, because it doesn't deserve more. Android 13 runs on the machine, stock version, no junk, no unnecessary programs. It was updated when it was switched on before the test, but I don't know how long it will take for an update. Let's just say that lately I've been seeing more and more phones and tablets in the cheaper category that at least have some kind of update, which wasn't typical for a long time either.
Of course, the Helio G99 carries the system software smoothly, so there are no slowdowns or other problems.
What is the conclusion then?
Overall, this is a good machine at an affordable price. A powerful machine, a machine with a nice size, a machine with strong hardware and a good display, that is, an almost perfect machine. Of course, it won't be good for everything, but if you (like me) prefer practicality over a larger display, you will love the Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro.
All in all, apart from the two shortcomings mentioned above, I can't get involved in anything, the price is also affordable, it is sent from a Czech warehouse, and knowing the domestic prices, the Alldocube iPlay 50 Mini Pro is a real best buy machine. Feel free to buy it, if you like it, you won't be disappointed in it!
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If you stick with the 10-inch version, you can find my test of it here: FAST AND CHEAP TABLETS AHEAD AROUND THE BEND - ALLDOCUBE IPLAY 50 PRO
If you want an 8-inch but cheaper machine, I wrote about one in this article: IT WAS LIKE A BITE OF BREAD - ALLDOCUBE IPLAY 50 MINI TABLET TEST