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They say imitation is the best form of flattery, however looking at the QTAB I think ‘carbon copy’ is more the right word. This lightweight Android tablet tries its best to pull off the looks of an iPad mini, but sadly its dismal performance won’t impress anyone.

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While the QTAB may look like an iPad mini from afar, it’s got some major differences on closer inspection. For one thing, the power/wake button is right at the top, along with a second button to go to your home screen. This is a strange thing for an Android tablet as usually the home button is an on-screen one, or at least placed on the bottom of the bezel in the front. What is even more annoying is that I was constantly hitting the home button thinking it was the power button when I wanted to wake the device. There are also no physical volume buttons, replaced instead by on-screen ones which again makes for some weird handling.

Model Name QTAB
General OS Android 4.2.2 JellyBean
CPU Quad-Core – Allwinner A31S,
Arm Cortex A7 with 1200 MHz frequency
GPU 8 Core Power VR SGX544
Memory 1GB DDR3
Inbuild Memory 16GB NAND Flash
Dimensions 200 x 139 x 7.5mm
Weight 339 g
Display Screen Size 7.9″
Resolution LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors ( 1024*768)
Touch Screen 5 points Capacitive Multi Touch Screen
Battery Capacity 4000mAh
Using Time Up to 5 Hours
Network WiFi 802.11b/802.11g / 802.11n
3G Support USB 3G Modem
Input/Output USB Micro USB port with OTG Support
HDMI Port Yes
Card Slot Yes, Upto 32GB Micro SD card
Camera Front 0.3MP, Rear – 5MP with Autofocus

 

Performance-wise the QTAB is nothing short of a whimper at times. While games like Fruit Ninja and Subway Surfers load up and run properly, within a few minutes they crash back to the home screen or stop responding. This is also evident when navigating through the Google Play store, one of the most basic apps you can have on any Android tablet. Playing back videos also seemed to slow down the device at times, with certain frames skipping past the audio. Image quality is acceptable at times, but the screen is so reflective that even in regular lighting it’s hard to see what you’re watching. The sound quality is quite poor from the QTAB, with the rear speakers making everything sound very tinny and distant.

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The QTAB may aspire to be a super-cool tablet, but it doesn’t even come close to being something you’ll want to spend time on. Despite its low price point, its glaring performance issues keep it from being a cheap tablet to pick up, giving way to the scores of other low-budget Android tablets on the market that can perform much better.

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