Alfawise Tab Review – Premium iPad Mini 4 Clone For $159
Looking 7.9 inch tablet, no it’s, not an iPad Mini 4, but it kind of looks like one doesn’t it because it’s using the same display. No, this is not the JD Tab. Jo1 I reviewed last year. This is that model, but completely rebranded as the Alfawise Tab. So this is exactly the same model as that one from JD com that I reviewed last year same specs, oh it’s got a quad core MediaTek 8173 CPU in there with a maximum turbo 2 gigahertz. 4 gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage, which is not expandable, so this does not have a micro SD slot on here, which is disappointing. They really should have that on there and it does not have HDMI out which I like to have on my tablets but moving along now. Looking at the screen so it’s 2048 by 1536 resolution, it has a maximum brightness of 440 Lux good, looking screen. It does produce some very nice colors and the blacks look quite good on this it’s fully laminated covered with a scratch resistant glass inside the gorilla or dragon tail or similar kind of brand there. Now you will notice that around the edges there is a little bit of this IPS glow at lower brightnesses, so this could vary from unit to unit. If this bothers you, then well it’s, just really a bit of a lottery. Whether you’re gon na have an issue with that or not my unit has a little bit there.
So looking at the front of it now, we do have rather large looking bezels. Yes, it looks a bit dated now, especially we’re in 2018, with business being the most popular trend worth displays and now 18 by 9. So we do have a 5 megapixel camera at the top there with an ambient light sensor right next to it, which is great to automatically control the brightness. I love to have this on tablets really. For me, it is a must. We have a capacitive touch, menu keys down the bottom, making use of that large barrel there and they look just fine there, no problems with them once we have a touch accuracy and response of the screen is also really quite good. Now the ROM it has on here is stock Android 6, so it’s dated now isn’t an Android six. It really should be at least Android seven, because then we’re going to have the split screen function, we’re missing out on that with this particular model and security patches, and things like that. So don’t hold your breath expecting this to get updated to Android 7 or Android 8. Honestly, I don’t see that ever happening so moving on to the build of it it’s rather premium. It has a unibody that weighs only 379 grams. Yes, I weighed it and the thickness is 7.5 millimeters, also very good, so it’s, nice and portable light no Crick’s in the design whatsoever. Very solid feels good in hand with the all metal build metal buttons as well.
On the right hand, side for volume up and down a metal power button on the top we’ve got a little strip. Here you can see there, that is, for the wireless antenna, reception and Bluetooth. By the way it has wireless AC on here, dual band and then a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack with microphone support. So this outputs really good audio effect. I didn’t have any static on this. It sounds really good to me, it’s quite loud as well. On the left hand, side we have a another microphone here so on the back. We’Ve got the second microphone next to that 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, which takes really average photos and video give you sample that later on. Nothing amazing from that to be expected from a tablet and then down the bottom. We have this 2 grills here those 2 girls there and this outputs really nice sound those speakers. They have any so dual speakers, not great stereo separation, but they make up for that. With good loudness really good, some meds and even a little bit of bass, I think these could actually be harman or AKG branded speakers, because they are exactly the same as the ones that were in the JD tab that I reviewed and those were AKG Harman speakers. We have a type C port here now, it’s only USB to spec, so there’s no display out or anything like that, either no quick charging. It only supports 5 volts 2 amps the charger, and it will take exactly 4 hours and 25 minutes to fully charge.
This tablet, which is that’s slow by today’s standards. I would have liked to have seen some mediatek pump Express here or quit charging at least the tablet chips in a very plain box, as you can see, and all we get in here is simply a QuickStart guides. A 5 volt 2 amp power supply. This is an EU one, so you plug and then I’ll type C, cable in white here now. The wrong performance on the Alpha wise tab here is exactly the same as the JD tab. I won with the quad core processor. Maximum to over two gigahertz, the four gigabytes of RAM it performs well so Chrome, loading pages, ARP scrolling and because it’s quite a sharp display. It all looks really good on there. Even reading those tiny little comments and text find no issues with the performance of this ROM multitasking, going between your various different applications. That is also very quick and overall, a stock rom that is fast and performs perfectly fine. I haven’t noticed any lag or any bugs there’s something unexpected was GPS support on here it has a GPS module, but it does not have a hardware compass, but it still worked. Ok, accuracy down to 3 to 4 meters and I did test it out going for a little walk with that and it didn’t seem to have any problem tracking me at all now any car, I guess without the compass it won’t be as good but tracking.
Your turns and things, but it should still work perfectly fine for that, so you can use this tablet for navigation now. Antutu did test that out got a score of 70000. That is pretty much the same as any other mtk, 81, 73, more or less. The internal storage isn’t particularly far so it’s e MMC, 4.5 spec, so the sequential reads here of 145, they aren’t too bad and then 84 of Rights and the 4k random reads as well, not bad for this kind of speak of Drive. I did test out the wireless. I had a little bit of trouble connecting up to my wireless AC here in the studio and these what the speeds I managed to get out of it so 88 to meters per second download around 78 upload, not the fastest here, but it did to my wireless Ac at home, without any issues so not too sure why it didn’t, like the wireless router here in the apartment now on to battery life, so I managed to get 8 hours and 41 minutes it sadly powered off at 1 before I could take any screenshots, but I did around about 6 hours of gaming, so I was pushing it quite hard, so if you’re looking at, for example, just watching videos or like web views – and things like that, you can expect at least 9 to 10 hours of battery life is really quite solid. On this particular alpha wise tab here now, we’re, a tablet like this does stand out is ebooks and PDFs, because it has that really sharp screen with the PPI of 326 and a very good brightness, fully laminated display that it’s great for e books, it’s, not the Fastest device you’ll come across when loading very large PDFs, but it certainly looks really good and I just love the legibility of the screens, it’s really easy to make out text because of that extra sharpness.
We have, and of course using it in landscape or portrait, is perfectly fine portrait with the 4 by 3 ratio does fit the pages perfect there you can see and that’s probably the way most people will use it, of course, it’s personal preference there, but I really Do like this tablet for e books and PDFs and video streaming services such as Amazon Prime. Here they run perfectly fine. The wireless can keep up no issues with performance whatsoever, so finally get another tablet that actually has decent speakers out of China most of the ones. I review they have these horrible tiny little non premium speakers these ones are premium speakers. They are loud, they even have a hint of bass. I’Ll, give you a sample of them right now. Now the families is where a major redesign has taken place here. They are slightly different when it comes to gaming performance. Most games run perfectly fine and fluid. However, this game, for example, shadow fight 3 isn’t well optimized with power VR graphics, so it runs a little bit laggy but, as you can see, it’s still perfectly playable. Just don’t expect stellar performance from those games that aren’t well optimised for this particular GPU. Most of the Android still games, I found tends to be optimized more for the Adreno Snapdragon chipsets, so the rear camera can shoot in 1080p and, as you can see, we’ve got focus problems here, so it’s not focusing on there very well at all.
In fact, I don’t think it’s got a proper lock. That is a big problem, resulting in really poor quality image and lacking in details here. The other thing is that to detail, the video itself was a little bit washed out. So honestly, I don’t see a lot of people using it now the focus has come in here. You can see that yes, the quality’s average for 1080p. You can use third party applications like Open camera to override the focus you can fix, that to an infinity focus or to closer up or macro, or something like that, and that does help solve some of that problem. You can see it still. Hasn’T recovered there. That focus is a real issue on the rear camera. So this is the front facing camera. I have noticed that there’s, sometimes a little bit of you, find an egg and choppiness and it does drop frames depending on the lights. It’S 1080p, as well. Just like that rear camera and overall, the quality is alright better than a lot of the other tablets. I have looked at in this similar price group of around 200 us so overall, not too bad from the front facing camera it’s good to see. We do have that 1080p and proscribed, and things like that is perfectly fine, ok guys so to recap here very quickly, there’s a lot of things to like about this tablet: the weight, the sliminess all VAT, 7.5 millimeters all metal, build.
It is a premium tablet. Very nice screen in here it’s a little dated but it’s the an excellent screen offering a very sharp resolution with their 326 PPI good brightness as well and fully laminated. It really does make it touch. Response is also excellent on here I like the ROM it’s stock, but I don’t like the fact that it’s Android six now, which is just too dated and really it – should be Android, seven and I’d love to see Android, eight, which I don’t think any of the Chinese tablets at least ones I review have yet, but of course that will be coming this year. Now the camera performance is very average. Most people will not be buying a tablet for its cameras, but you’ll get away with using this with Skype, especially the front facing camera is perfectly fine for Skype, calls as well as those dual microphones, and then the speaker’s. The speaker’s is probably one of the another solid positive of this tablet. They are really quite good. They are very loud good output on them and just so much better than the typical Chinese tablet that I reviewed normally have flat quiet speakers, and these offer a bit of meds and bass in there. So that is really good. Now the another area that I don’t like is the charge time, so it takes four thousand twenty five minutes to charge: that’s rather slow, so a little bit bothersome there, but at least this battery does last for a long time now, with my heavy handed approach battery Test so I ran a lot of games just non, stop playing them and chroming things like that and streaming with youtube.
I managed to still get an amazing eight hours plus out of this, which i think is really good. Now, taking a little bit easier on this tablet and keeping the brightness to around about 30 40 percent, you should still be able to get at least nine to ten hours out of this. So for me, for this size of tablet and the battery capacity and the chipset, considering all of that that it’s a very solid battery life you get on this, so that’s, definitely one of the positives and really it’s, not a bad tablet at all. So it sells for about 200 us, which is a lot cheaper than the JD tab jo1, which is exactly the same that I reviewed last year. I think that models still selling for close to 300 u.s., which is really overpriced to me the price is more. It is okay, of course, if it was a little bit cheaper, that would be even better. So really it all comes down to the fact that if you, a four by three aspect, ratio tablet worth the premium build fully laminated screen. Great speakers go for it, but if Android six been dated now is going to bother you, the lack of the micro SD card support the fact it has no HDMI out. Then, of course this will be one to skip. Oh and almost forgot. It has GPS onboard, which we don’t often see so having GPS is great, even though it does lack a hardware compass.
It still is useful for things like maps and other GPS programs on there. So thanks a lot for watching this review. If you want to check out the review of the GT, tab, jo1 and then that’s right up gear, but it was basically the same exact tablet, so really more or less the same kind of results from that and then check out some of my other recommended tablets.