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Realme Pad Mini Review : A Small And Cheap Tablet | Tech Reviews

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Realme Pad Mini Review : A Small And Cheap Tablet | Tech Reviews



What memories of that time, now so far away, when you found small tablets everywhere. Now, buying one is a complex task. Or at least risky. Even the iPad mini was for a time in danger of extinction.

The Realme Pad Mini arrives on the market to offer something that seemed threatened to disappear due to the proliferation of smartphones with large diagonals: a small, affordable tablet with no pretense other than consuming content . Let’s see if it’s worth it or not.

Realme Pad Mini technical sheet

SCREEN 8.7-inch LCD (1340×800 pixels)
STORAGE 32/64 GB + microSD
CAMERAS Principal: 8 MP (f2.0)

Secondary: 5 MP (f2.2)

CONNECTIVITY USB-C // Headphone port

Bluetooth 5.0

4G option


Realme UI

BATTERY 6400 mAh

18W fast charge (reverse charge)

DIMENSIONS 211.84 x 124.48 x 7.6 mm
WEIGHT 372 g
PRICE 159 euros


A Premium design that is appreciated

I have to admit that the idea around the cheap and small tablet leads me inevitably to the Amazon Fire . Yes, they are extremely cheap but at the level of finish they do not offer anything extraordinary. With Realme one knows that, even at a low price, the quality of construction and attention to detail is assured.

Pros & Cons

  • Battery duration
  • Attractive and robust design
  • Processing power
  • Low resolution screen
  • Software not optimized for tablet use

That is why it is so surprising that the Realme Pad Mini , as with many of its smartphones, stands out from the outset due to the high level of finish for its price.

The manufacture of the tablet is in solid aluminum . We gain a tremendous feeling of robustness in hand but in return the weight remains at 373 grams.

In a tablet of this diagonal (8.7 inches), offering a lot of comfort for use with one hand is essential. This Realme Pad Mini achieves it for that good touch and for a thickness of only 7.6 mm.

The physical volume and power controls have a good finish and travel. They are located on the right side.

More to watch video than to read content

The Realme Pad Mini is a tablet in reduced format that has an 8.7-inch screen . The resolution is only HD +, that is, 1340×800 pixels.

As soon as you turn on the tablet and start messing around with it, you can already see that sacrifices have been made to get a small tablet. The screen has been one of the most affected. And that’s not good news on a tablet.

It is enough to look from the screen of this Realme tablet to almost any smartphone, no matter how entry-level it may be, and you understand it right away. Especially if you are going to spend a lot of time reading or consuming content that is not video or audio. There, the low resolution of the LCD panel is a drawback.

A tablet, small or large, is after all a screen. That the quality of the panel is insufficient costs a lot to assume.

The screen of the Realme Pad Mini scratches in practically everything: resolution, brightness, contrast… only the use of the screen is remarkable. The frames are appreciable, but they don’t make us lose too much of an immersive feeling. Yes, we are talking about a cheap tablet but not so much. And it is something that a consumer should know before launching to buy a device with this clear usage profile.

However, the sound of the Realme Pad Mini is up to what we expect in a multimedia experience on a tablet. Its two stereo speakers offer a sufficient surround feeling while sounding powerful and quite clear for its size.

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As for the cameras of this tablet, they are as we expected merely standard. The rear offers an 8 MP (f2.0) solution that is used to get out of the way in case we need it, which would surprise us today, while the one for selfies (5 MP and f2.2) gives us just enough that we are going to need for an occasional video call . Our interlocutor, at least, will know that it is us.

Main Camera Indoors
Main Camera Outdoors
Selfie Cam

Fair power under Android without additions

The Realme Pad Mini is presented in society in two versions: one with 2 GB of RAM accompanying 32 GB of internal memory, and another more interesting one with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. In both cases, the processor is a Unisoc T616 at 2 GHz (GPU Mali G57 MP1) and the internal memory can be expanded with microSD cards of up to 1 TB.

With that basic technical sheet, it has been easy to verify in the performance that we are clearly facing a tablet that offers us a fair power. Look if not at the benchmarks :

  • GeekBench: 370 / 1360
  • PCMark Work 3.0: 8442
  • 3DMark SlingShot: 1672

Something better is the connectivity section , where charging is done via USB-C and we also have Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack and versions with 4G connectivity.

The operation of the Realme Pad Mini with this hardware is correct. Don’t expect maximum fluidity or efficient multitasking or browsing with dozens of tabs. It is also not a tablet to play with a good experience.

Something that does keep this Realme tablet under control is the heat generated. Nothing that we should worry about or that limits the user experience.

Large size mobile software

The workhorse of tablets in general and Android models in particular is clearly the software.

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In a small tablet, even though part of its use is similar to what we would do with a phone, the operating system and its options are also key elements. With almost identical hardware, Android customization and ease of use in tablet format are key. And in this Realme Pad Mini we have none of that.

Here we find Android 11 with a Realme UI top layer that one would hope would offer some input… but it hasn’t. It hardly offers customization options nor does it offer anything specific to take advantage of the fact that we have a large screen and use it somewhat differently from that of a mobile phone.

This basic Android , practically stripped of extras, isn’t exactly optimized either, so, to a null interface or options adapted for a tablet, we must add an evident lack of fluidity and quite a few errors attributable 100% to working with the operating system.

A battery at the level of the finish of the tablet

If we started this analysis of the Realme Pad Mini by praising the brand’s work in terms of design and finish in this tablet model, we are going to end it by providing another very positive point after our real test with the small tablet from the Asian manufacturer.

In autonomy, the Realme Pad Mini gives us just what we need with a tablet: forget that you have to charge it for a few days. We talk about the battery. Its capacity of 6400 mAh together with the low resolution and brightness of the panel or the undemanding of the layer? of Realme on Android they achieve something also essential in the experience with a tablet: that we forget about its battery.

In our tests these weeks, with more occasional use, we only had to worry about charging it every 3 days , with about 2-3 hours of varied use each day.

Charging is done at 18 W with the charger that comes standard, and we have it at 100% in less than two hours, another good news.

Realme Pad Mini, Fadvices opinion and note

The idea behind a tablet with a screen of 8-9 inches, especially if it is with the great design of this Realme Pad Mini , is an excellent proposal

Couple it with a low price and you’re immediately tempted to start looking for one for those social media couch sessions, YouTube, some casual gaming, or Netflix nights in bed.

You can think of different configurations, with more or less connectivity… but what you will surely look for is a screen quality that makes you enjoy consuming content. And there this Realme Pad Mini is below expectations if you plan to be a regular user of the small tablet, something that, by the way, its good battery would allow you to do without a problem on that side.

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