OnePlus Pad is the brand's first foray into tablets, and it packs some impressive performance and design specs. With MediaTek Dimensity 9000 internals, smooth screen specs and a premium metal and glass build, it's more of a competitor to Apple and Samsung's top-tier 11-inch tablets than you might think. But OnePlus hasn't mastered Android for tablets, and its OxygenOS 13.1 software is a bit lacking in the interface department. Still, it's a solid option for anyone looking for a well-built slate that won't break the bank.


The OnePlus Pad has a very simple design, though it does have some nice touches. One of them is the curved edges on its sides and bottom that make it feel much more comfortable to hold than flat-sided iPads and Galaxy Tabs. The tablet also has a cutout on the top side (if held in landscape mode) to magnetically attach the OnePlus stylus. This is a great feature for digital illustrators or people who like to sketch and take notes with a stylus. The display itself is gorgeous, too. It’s 2800 x 2000 pixels, has a 144Hz refresh rate and produces rich colors and vivid text. Those are pretty standard tablet screen specifications, but what makes the OnePlus Pad stand out is its unique 7:5 aspect ratio.


The OnePlus Pad's 11.6-inch display is one of the most impressive on the market. It boasts a 7:5 aspect ratio and a 144Hz variable refresh rate, which is much higher than most premium Android tablets. It also supports Dolby Vision HDR, which enables more realistic images and improved brightness. And, like the Galaxy Tab S8, it has a dual-color mode for better color reproduction. OnePlus also offers a number of optional accessories, including a keyboard case and a OnePlus Stylo stylus. You can even tether the tablet to your OnePlus phone, which will let you share data and clipboards between the two devices.


The OnePlus Pad has a 67W charging system that's nearly twice as fast as iPad chargers, so you can fully juice up the 9,510mAh battery in just 80 minutes. OnePlus says the Pad will last 13 hours and 31 minutes of continuous web surfing, which is better than Apple's iPad 10th-gen tablet and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8. OnePlus is known for making flagship smartphones that rival the best from Apple and Samsung at a fraction of the price, and the company's first tablet is no exception. It's available in one color — Halo Green, with 128GB of storage for $479 — and comes with a keyboard cover, stylus and folio case for a premium feel. It also has a new feature that lets it connect to a OnePlus phone, just like Apple's cellular data tethering. It works when the phone is within five meters of the device, and enables sharing of data, notifications and text messages.


The camera on the OnePlus Pad isn't as sophisticated as on some of the company's phones, but it's still useful. Its 13MP rear shooter is centered in the top middle, keeping it out of the way when you're holding the tablet in landscape mode. The OnePlus Pad is also unusual in that it has an 8-megapixel front camera, located at the long edge of the tablet to help keep you centered during video calls. This is particularly handy if you have a group of people on the call and want to include everyone in the shot. The OnePlus Pad also has a screen that refreshes at 144Hz, which is leagues faster than the iPad's 120Hz. The display has a Dolby Vision HDR support and a 7:5 aspect ratio, making it a great media-viewing device.


A tablet's audio quality is an important aspect to consider. The OnePlus Pad delivers excellent sound, especially when playing music or watching movies. While it's not as good as an Apple iPad, it still offers better audio than a Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 or even some Android tablets that I've tried. This is a big deal, as it means the OnePlus Pad is an excellent option for audiophiles who want a high-end tablet. OnePlus also offers a number of accessories that add functionality to the Pad, including a $30 folio case and a keyboard case with a stylus that magnetically attaches to the tablet for storage and charging. However, the OnePlus Pad doesn't work very well as a laptop, with an ugly mouse cursor and apps not responding to clicks in the same way that they do on an iPad.

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