There is a trend among smartphone makers in China now and that is to get serious about making tablets. Tablet was a thing some years ago but it did not receive much love. We suspect this trend was kickstarted by South Korea’s Samsung which has only gotten serious about tablets in recent years despite it having been making tablets for years.
Following Xiaomi and Oppo, Oppo sibling company Vivo is also turning its attention to the tablet market. The Vivo Pad, as it is simply called, is Vivo’s first tablet. Sporting a very iPad Pro-sque design but with nicely chamfered edges, Vivo Pad boasts cross-display collaborative functionality that lets it work seamlessly with your smartphone and PC.
With this so-called cross-display collaborative function, your phone and tablet become one. Using NFC, it can transmit selected images to the tablet by simply tapping the phone on the tablet. You can even embed the entire phone into the tablet, answer incoming calls straight from the tablet, or compose an email that is on your phone on the larger screen of the tablet.
Vivo is going out there with its first tablet. The device is outfitted with a 120 Hz 11-inch display with an eye-watering 2K display (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, backed by 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128 or 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage.
Imaging gets an 8 MP front-facing camera with 1080p/30 videoing capability and a dual rear camera setup comprising of a 13 MP main camera with 4K/30 and 1080p/60 videoing, and an 8 MP super wide-angle lens camera. Also come standards are Vivo touch pen compatibility (yes, it has that too), NFC, USB 3.1, Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.2, and an 8,040 mAh battery paired to 44 W flash charge.
There is another noteworthy mention and that is, this tablet is super thin and lightweight, boasting a profile of just 6.5 mm thin and tipping the scales at 489g (17.2 oz or 1.01 pound).
It runs on Android-based OriginOS. Vivo Pad is launched in China with a starting price of 2,499 yuan (equivalent to US$392).
Images: Vivo [CH].