Realme Pad Mini review: Nice price and great battery life, but too many trade-offs

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great battery life
  • Good hardware design
  • 4G LTE support

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • Moderate performance
  • Mediocre cameras
  • Slow charging
  • No fingerprint sensor

Smartphone maker and former Oppo sub-brand Realme has two Android tablets in its portfolio. I looked at the 10.4-inch Realme Pad a few months ago and found it to be “a capable, affordable 4G Android tablet”. Now we have the smaller 8.7-inch Realme Pad Mini, which is a potential rival for Apple’s 8.3-inch iPad Mini, Amazon’s 8-inch Fire HD 8 and maybe even dedicated e-book readers, given that it has a reading mode display setting.  

There are three versions available. I was sent the €229.99 model with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and 4G LTE support. There are also two Wi-Fi-only options, costing €199.99 (4GB/64GB) and €179.99 (3GB/32GB). These are low prices indeed, but how does the Realme Pad Mini deliver in terms of value

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