POCO Pad First Impressions: Affordable Tablet with Potential

The POCO Pad is here with a big screen, Snapdragon power, and a budget-friendly price. Check out the first reviews and see if it's worth your money.

POCO Pad First Impressions: A Breakdown

The POCO Pad, the brand's first foray into the tablet market, has been reviewed, with journalists highlighting its mid-range specs, large display, and capacious battery.


Design, Screen, and Accessories

Android Headlines points out the tablet's minimalist design, typical of its class. The aluminum body is slim and lightweight for its size: 7.5mm thin and weighing 571 grams. Optional accessories include a stylus, a Cover, and an external keyboard. A 33W power adapter and cable are included in the box. It retains a 3.5mm headphone jack and features a microSD card slot.

The POCO Pad boasts a 12.1-inch IPS LCD screen with a 2560x1600 resolution (249 ppi) and a 120Hz refresh rate. Gorilla Glass 3 provides screen protection. Reaching 600 nits of brightness, indoor visibility is excellent. However, direct sunlight does impact visibility. The 12-bit color depth delivers vibrant visuals with support for 6.8 billion colors. Dolby Vision is also supported. Four stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos certification produce clear audio with decent bass, though volume could be louder.


Performance and Battery Life

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor, the POCO Pad is equipped with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage. This 4nm chipset combines four Cortex-A78 cores (2.4 GHz) and four Cortex-A55 cores (1.9 GHz). Graphics are handled by the Adreno 710 GPU. The 's' in the chipset name signifies a slightly less powerful version of the Snapdragon 7 Gen 2. While capable of handling multimedia tasks and everyday use cases, demanding games might push the POCO Pad to its limits. Android Pimp recorded the following benchmark results:

  • AnTuTu: 509,141 points
  • Geekbench 6: 1036 (single-core) and 3001 (multi-core)
  • 3DMark Wild Life: 3011

The tablet runs on Android 14 with Xiaomi's HyperOS skin. The manufacturer promises two major software updates and security patches for three years. The 10,000mAh battery supports 33W fast charging. According to NextPit's testing, the POCO Pad achieved 6 hours and 25 minutes of runtime in PCMark's battery test with the 120Hz refresh rate enabled. In continuous video playback, it lasted for 5.5 hours. While this should suffice for a day of moderate use, competitors often outperform it in this regard. A full charge from 0% to 100% takes 2.5 hours.


The POCO Pad is currently priced around $510 USD on OZON and approximately $385 USD on AliExpress.

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