Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display


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Chinese manufacturers of tablet computers on the alert for the latest trends in the sector. So, now the world’s leaders to produce “tablets” with high-resolution displays and quad-core chips. The new product was presented by Onda, Tablet PC V972 is equipped processor and display class Retina.

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Onda V972 tablet running on the new platform Allwinner A31 with quad-core processor, and the resolution 9.7-inch screen size is 2048×1536 pixels, similar to Apple iPad last two generations. Onda V972 host OS Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the manufacturer has promised to soon release an update to a newer version of 4.2.

Other technical features include a memory module with 2 GB, a built-in 16 GB user space expanded with memory card format microSD.Rechargeable battery provides 8 to 10 hours of battery life depending on usage. Cost Tablet PC Onda V972 is only 240 U.S.A dollars.

Chinese products slowly come close to the quality of world-renowned brands. In this review I will tell you about one of the new generation of Chinese tablets, a key feature of which is the presence of a new quad-core processor architecture Cortex A7 and a screen with high pixel density – ONDA V972.

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

 

Features:

  • 9.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2048×1536
  • Dual-core graphics accelerator PowerVR SGX544MP2 (eight stream processors)
  • Quad-core processor architecture for Allwiner A31 Cortex A7
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Operating system Android JB 4.1.1
  • 16/32 GB of user memory + memory card slot MicroSD
  • 2 cameras: a 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front
  • Communications: Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n)
  • Optional: USB OTG
  • Li-pol battery capacity of 8000 mAh
  • Dimensions, weight: 242.6×187.5×9.8 mm, 649 grams

On the market  tablet Onda v972 is available in two colors – black and white. Also available are versions with 16 and 32 GB of internal memory, the price for the younger starts with a mark of $ 240.

 

Packaging and Accessories:

The tablet comes in a white cardboard carton. At the top of the box – the image of the tablet. Everything is simple and concise, like a “big” brands. Inside is the tablet itself is quite sparse and accessories: charger, USB-cable and documentation in Chinese. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

 Power supply to 2.5 A. There are cases of failure of this unit for the first charge, so on the forums recommend to replace it with something more reliable. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

My copy has been working for 3 weeks, charging turns a smartphone and a tablet in a 24/7, and, I hope, is not going to die. For a complete happiness is not enough OTG-cable. 

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Design and quality:

ONDA V972 in appearance very similar to Apple iPad.

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

On the front panel is a touch screen, framed by a white border and a front facing camera. The light sensor is missing. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

On the top edge (when holding the tablet in portrait orientation) are two buttons: power and home. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Lower bound contains (left to right): 3.5 mm mini-jack, HDMI-output, a slot for memory cards MicroSD, microUSB connector which for charging the tablet and connect it to a computer, the microphone and speaker. The latter, unfortunately, is terribly uncomfortable, as when holding the tablet in landscape orientation, it closes by hand. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Rear panel and beveled sides of the tablet made ??in the form of a single aluminum piece is engraved with the logo in the center. Sides are empty. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Behind is also the main camera peephole and additional information about the tablet (model number, serial number, the amount of user memory.) All cables are included in full, do not stick out. High build quality and good looks cause positive emotions. No creaking and backlash was observed. Disappointing only is not the most convenient location of dynamics.

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

 

Display:

ONDA V972 has an excellent IPS display diagonal is 9.7 inches. In the tablet is set in the matrix of LG production (LG097QX1-SPA1), which is the same as in the iPad 3. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Emphasizing once again the ratio of 4:3, which I personally think is ideal for tablet, which is why I have long put an end to Android-plates with an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10. Front panel – glass, but usually not protected and the tablet comes with a factory backed with a protective film, shoot I do not advise, good glued it well, without distortions and bubbles. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Among the shortcomings on the part of the display, I would note too high a value of minimum brightness, but most likely this is a bug in the firmware than in iron.

 

The hardware platform and performance:

ONDA V972 tablet is based on a quad-core CPU Allwinner A31, with a clock frequency of 1 GHz (can overclock to 1.2 GHz) and the graphics core PowerVR SGX544MP2. This relatively new processor manufactured on 40 nm process technology and is based on the architecture of the Cortex A7, which is primarily aimed at saving energy, so the ultimate performance of the processor can be expected. To be precise, the performance of Allwinner A31 quite a bit superior to the best Chinese chip last year Rockhip RK3066, remember, this 2 Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. But the beauty of this CPU is its video accelerator, because I can say without exaggeration that this is solution, at the moment, the most productive in the market of Chinese tablets. Moreover, the graphics performance is significantly higher than the iPad 2 and a bit not up to iPad 3. I also note that this version of the GPU supports the “desktop” version of DirectX (9.0L3) and OpenGL (2.1). proceed directly to the test.

Proceed directly to the test. The unit will dial 11101 points in the test Antutu and 3064 in Quadrant.

Multi-touch in ONDA V972 supports up to 10 simultaneous touches. Of the sensors in the presence of only the accelerometer.

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Operation of the module Wi-Fi only pleases, for -60 dBm at a distance of 5 meters and a barrier in the form of a brick wall – it’s a great indicator (second screenshot). The first screenshot shows the level in close proximity to the router.

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Browsing. The best way to use this mode proved to be a standard browser. Surf nice, the average page load time is 3-4 seconds, scrolling is smooth.In the new test Epic Citadel (Unreal Engine 3), the device also features a good side, and the graphics, gentlemen, for your mobile device – Simply awesome.

 

NenaMark 2.4 Test:

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The graphics performance is more than enough for the 2D-games.

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Moreover, you can safely play in NFS: Most Wanted on maximum graphics settings, where FPS is within 25 units.

 Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

Test for video playback is successful, as even video in 4K did not become an obstacle for the tablet, what can we say about the usual 1080p and below.

Features video The results in the normal 4K VideoPlayer Results MX Video Player
1 MPEG-4 / XviD / 640 ? 346 / 1.0 Mbps / 24.0 fps / AAC Played back Played back
2 MPEG-4 / H.264 / 1280 ? 720 / 3.0 Mbps / 29.970 fps / AAC Played back Played back
3 MKV / H.264 / 1280 ? 720 / 6.0 Mbps / 24.0 fps / AC-3 Played back Played back
4 MKV / H.264 / 1920 ? 1080 / 10.0 Mbps / 24.0 fps / DTS Played back Played back
5 MKV / H.264 / 1920 ? 1080 / 40.0 Mbps / 24.0 fps / none Played back Played back
6 MPEG-4 / H.264 / 3840 ? 2160 / 30.0 Mbps / 29.970 fps / AAC Played back Played back
7 MPEG-4 / H.264 / 3840 ? 2160 / 50.0 Mbps / 29.970 fps / AAC Played with subtle delays Played with subtle delays

Even in spite of Retina-display tablet has an excellent performance, which covers all the daily tasks. The main output of this to manage and above this in ONDA worked little, slightly spoils the overall impression, and more on that I’ll discuss later.

 

Operating System and Software:

The device comes preloaded with the Android OS version 4.1.1, also known as Jelly Bean. End at the time of writing the communication module firmware 1.35. The system already provides support for Root-access and OTA.

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

 

Work Offline:

Battery life “pills” in the combined cycle is approximately 5 hours. Which is small enough for a modern tablet. The device is gaining 538 points in Antutu Tester:

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Mode (40% brightness) Time
Playing 1080p video from YouTube 5 hours
1080p video playback (Wi-Fi off) 5.3 hours
480p video playback (Wi-Fi off) 6 hours
Active browsing 5.5 hours
3D-games 3.7 hours

Based on the data again establish the fact flaws Chinese programmers. After all, powerful hardware video decoder proper video accelerator installed in the tablet has a minimum host processor (respectively and minimum energy consumption) decode any video, as a result, in this mode, the machine has to work a lot more that we, unfortunately, do not observe.

Camera:

We have two cameras: a 2 megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear. Both shoot as below average, and if the front camera for video calls, rather, the quality of the back of disappointing. In bright daylight can be more or less a good photo, but in artificial light photo quality just disgusting. You can shoot video in 720p. 

Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display Inexpensive Quad Onda V972 tablet with Retina display

 

 

Conclusion:

ONDA V972 – excellent 10-inch tablet with a high resolution display. A new performance platform will cover all the daily tasks, whether browsing, watching videos or playing hard. Of the downsides worth noting rather crude firmware, so that we have the short battery life and slight braking interface. Most importantly, do not forget about the price, because it starts at $ 240, and I still dare to recommend this unit to anyone who wants to get a quality device at minimal cost. 

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