The recently teased OnePlus Pad Go could take cheap Android tablets to a new level
OnePlus continues to expand beyond smartphones as it has officially unveiled its upcoming tablet: the OnePlus Pad Go.
Details are quite limited at the moment. Most of the device’s specifications have not yet been announced. But we do know what it looks like. The company posted images of the OnePlus Pad Go on its smartphone official OnePlus India account on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter). If you look at the photos, the device looks almost identical OnePlus path. There are some minor differences, most notably the back has a two-tone color scheme. The top 15 percent has a shiny, almost chrome-like quality. The rest has a matte finish which makes it look flatter in comparison. Additionally, the green tint of the Pad Go is noticeably lighter than that of the original model.
Presenting…#OnePlusPadGo #AllPlayAllDay pic.twitter.com/9iaIow8zV7September 16, 2023
Interestingly, the tablet’s tagline is “All Play, All Day”, possibly indicating better battery life. If so, it would be a welcome and surprising upgrade. The battery life is by far the best aspect of the first tablet. The OnePlus Pad has approximately “12 hours of video playback”. It’s possible this number could be extended to 16 hours or more with fast charging to boot. Of course, this is just speculation on our part.
High quality screen
What isn’t speculative is that the device will have a 2.4K resolution screen with a 7:5 aspect ratio. This tidbit comes from OnePlus president and COO Kinder Liu, who recently sat down with us Digital trends, revealing some of the device’s secrets. Liu calls it a “mid-range entertainment tablet (that) offers excellent visual quality without breaking the bank.” So it is possible that the new model will have lower quality hardware compared to its older brother. In fact, we can already see this happening when you compare the screens of the two.
As 9To5Google points outthe OnePlus Pad has a 2.8K resolution panel (2,800 x 2,000 pixels), which means the future gadget may have a slightly worse screen. The 2.4K resolution is still quite good. Also, Liu didn’t reveal whether the Pad Go will have the same 144Hz refresh rate as the original OnePlus Pad, or whether it will drop to 120Hz.
Liu also mentions some of the features that the Pad Go will have.
The big one that caught our attention was Content Sync, which gives users an easy way to transfer multimedia content from their OnePlus smartphone to their tablet. Additionally, “notification sync and screen mirroring will be part of the software toolkit.” The OnePlus Pad Go will even have the “ability to handle calls across devices.” Liu states that all these interconnected features are part of the company’s goal to build a “comprehensive OnePlus ecosystem.”
A launch date and price tag for the OnePlus Pad Go are currently unknown, although there are hints. Android Authority claims that it has received an email from the company stating that the tablet will be launched on October 6. For cost, we should take a look at the OnePlus Pad, which retails for $480/£449. The OnePlus Pad Go is expected to be cheaper.
While we’ve got you, check out TechRadar’s list of the best Android tablets for 2023.