Update Friday June 20 2014: There’s a longer version of this review with more illustrations in the IMP3Net forum [Google Translate].
If only this speed occurred with all Chinese tablets!
The Teclast P89 3G is a tablet with a Retina-class 7.9-inch screen, a MediaTek 8392 CPU with a peak frequency of 1.7GHz, 2GBs of DDR3 RAM, 16GBs of storage, microSD card slot, microUSB port (OTG), headphone jack, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, SIM card slot for 3G compatible with certain Chinese cellular frequencies (likely to also work in Europe, doubtful to work in America), and a 5,000mAh battery. No HDMI-out port (although there’s likely Miracast). There are no volume buttons on this tablet. It also seems to ship without a charger, relying on USB charging. Android 4.4.2 with the Teclast tUI custom interface. And the now-infamous Tyrant Gold color back.
This is basically a miniature version of the Retina-class 9.7-inch Teclast P98 3G that was reviewed yesterday in China.
The main differences are smaller battery and lower-resolution back camera.
The AnTuTu 4.x spec screens (click images to enlarge):
The AnTuTu 4.x score:
Which is as expected for the MediaTek 8392 CPU.
As for the camera, they provided only one sample image:
And that’s inconclusive although I must note that when enlarged, it shows a bit of fish-eye effect, with the buildings off vertical and bowing towards the center of the image.
Aside from Flash not being present (typical for MediaTek-based devices), web pages rendered smoothly, video played fine, and so did large games — such as Asphalt 8. But they note it lacks a gyroscope, so some games will require using the touchscreen.
Battery life is on the low side due to the 5,000mAh battery, with six hours of video expected and just four hours of intense use (such as playing large games).
A screen color depth test was not done, so we don’t know if this is a 24-bit or 18-bit color screen.
It sells for 1099 locally, which is about US$176 (middleman prices are expected to be higher). When compared against a 3G 16GB iPad Mini 2, that’s a huge bargain (but note that a 3G iPad Mini 2 is guaranteed to work with American cell frequencies).
But what tends to make me dissuade people from buying it is the lack of volume buttons. That’s something most iFive tablets have also lacked — and it makes gaining root and installing custom ROMs a frustrating experience. Rooting and ROM installations often require the use of volume buttons.