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Teclast x89 Dual Boot Win8.1/Android 4.4 7.9" Tablet. $183.90 Delivered @ Banggood

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I've been using this tablet for a few weeks and its very good. I spent around $206.
99% same size as an iPad Mini 3.
Runs both OS well. Excellent screen.

Android 4.4 & Windows 8.1 OS
Intel Bay Trail-T Z3735F Quad Core 1.83GHz
7.9 Inch 2048X1536 IPS Retina capacitive touch screen (the screen is awesome)
2GB DDR3 RAM and 32GB eMMC NAND FLASH ROM
Support HDMI/Bluetooth/4K Video function
Front 2.0MP + Rear 5.0MP camera
SD card support (I've got 64gb)

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    Is this worth it?

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    windows 8 on that?
    how one can use the desktop software even at max enlargement of texts?

    I have worked with 1080P Surface pro one.. that was terrible to find the mouse at times, let along click the right place to select stuff, this… it will be a challenge to the eye sight at 8 inch

    The chipset is reasonable, but I would settle for 1366 X 768 on such screen size if I am to use desktop stuff like Office, however, having said that M$ will soon get a high res usable office for windows 10 …

    • +2 votes

      They probably use the scaling option, since changing the item size to 200% would make it equal to 1024 x 768.

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      Well you could output to a monitor and use it as a desktop or laptop replacement then? Has hdmi out.

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        As much as that is possible, I think if you have a desktop, you'd use the desktop. The tablet uses Atom CPU, if you are in an environment where you can set up the tablet to do that sort of thing, you'd usually have better alternatives like an actual desktop or a laptop with better CPU available.

        I am saying this because I tried that using Surface Pro 1. Tried it, I found no reasons to use SP1 with monitor when I have a desktop that performs far better. Though as with all cases, it might be just me.

        • +3 votes

          I dont understand why people are so happy with iPads and Android tabs using just apps but as soon as Win8.1 is on a tablet you 'have' to use desktop mode.

          Just use the apps like you would on an iPad or Android tab. If its good enough for them its good enough for Win8.1 and if you really need to run a desktop app, plug it into a monitor or tv and use a normal screen, plug in a keyboard and mouse and you have a mini desktop. Maybe thats the problem, too many options confuses people.

        • +1 vote

          @CheapandUsed: Android and iOS has better apps compared to metro apps (as a user of both Tab Pro 10.1 and Surface Pro 1, I think I prefer Androids if I want to use apps). It's not because Windows is worse than Android or iOS, it's simply because the market is fairly young. I do use apps like Drawboard PDF, but I think because Windows desktop option is available, there is no reason for me to go onto metro apps (other than times where desktop alternative is too CPU intensive or resource heavy, which is the reason why I chose to buy Drawboard PDF).

          Besides, it's their sales point, a tablet that can do what your laptop can. Even the reference tablet, Surface Pro line, advertises themselves as "a tablet that can replace laptops" (or something like that).

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          @AznMitch:

          Just a heads up for people. Drawboard PDF is 50% for the next few days. It's an excellent little app. Well worth the discounted price, at the full price? Maybe.

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          @lamerthanlam: Bought it at full price; I need to return my Ozbargain badge (though be fair, I did need the PDF editing function because onenote is crap on Android and I needed a mean to annotate PDFs)

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          @AznMitch: Seems like I'm seeing you everyone of Ozb lately. I had been considering getting it at full price when my Stylus arrived, but it was 50% starting from yesterday so I had to buy it. EzPDF does a decent job on android IIRC.

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          @lamerthanlam: In my defence, I really needed something that I can use for annotation, couldn't really wait as the longer I wait, the more annotations that I cannot read on my android tablet. I think it at least worth $10, if you have a stylus as it does recognise the pressure sensitivity (though it would've been better at $5 for obvious reasons).

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      Me and my housemate were laughing the other day, wondering if people still actually write "M$"… i guess they do.

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      Scaling is enabled out of the box.

  • +4 votes

    I sold my Galaxy Tab S 8.4 after using this. Easier to hold and the screen is as good and usage is as smooth.

    The screen is small for mobile purposes, but with the HDMI, it works fine connecting to my work monitor every day. Add on wireless mouse and keyobard, its pretty sweet.

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      Wait, really? I've been strongly thinking about getting that tablet (after reading it's one of the best out there for the price) but if it's beaten by a $200 tablet…

      Would you say it's mainly due to it having Windows? As in, if this device was Android only would you have sold your Tab.

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        It was good overall, battery was ok, had to debloat of all the Samsung crap, I even installed 5.01 for the buyer as a courtesy lol.
        I didn't like the narrowness of it, kind of like a big big phone, too narrow. The biggest gripe was the hardware capacitive keys as Samsung are known to have. Everytime I held it landscape, I'd bump the keys and "go back". It probably had the best screen on a Tablet I've ever used.

        But the screen on the x89 is definitely on par.

        Yes I got this mainly for 2 reasons:

        1. Got the Mrs ASUS T100 for xmas and realised that Windows 8.1 is awesome. Was intriguing. However, if this tab was Android only, I wouldn't have taken the leap to a Chinese tablet and kept the Tab I guess.

        2. Its the same size as an iPad mini which means you get access to the abundance of accessories focused around the iPad.
          Like this :)
          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/261822747120?_trksid=p2060353.m27...

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      I'm thinking of selling my tab S to get this, how much can I get it for?

  • +1 vote

    I have the x98 3g, and it's amazing bang for buck. +1

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    the Teclast X98 Air 2, 9.8 inch seem more useful than this
    but add 90 on the price for a 64G version and 110 for 3G 64 3G version would be a bit much for many :p

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    oh wow, i bought my x98 air 3g for ~$280 AUD and you can get this with pretty much exactly the same spec except small screen for $100 AUD less :(

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    We have an X89 in the house, but went for the Windows only version as with 32gb having both seemed a squeeze. Got it from Deal Extreme AU direct store for about this price, went that way so I had an Oz address to return it to if DOA. It has however been fine, screen is great and personally no issues with it so far. Runs pretty quick, not used it for any games only Word, PDFs and other document related tasks.

    Had no overheating issue with it.

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    Anyone know if it can be upgraded to Windows 10 when it comes out?

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      Theres a video on YouTube showing that it works for x98 model. Shouldnt be a problem.

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    worth getting the X98 9.8 inch for a bit extra. the retina screen is the same as ipad air 2 using the LG panels, you can see the comparison videos on youtube. had the 3g version for over 6 month now running it as a desktop with the mini hdmi on a 24" screen. best $260 ever spent.

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      Only worth getting if you want the physically bigger screen… Go to the shops and compare and iPad mini and Air and decide which size you prefer as they are effectively the same as these Teclast devices.

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        My thoughts exactly. I wanted something smaller.

        Windows for work. Half life 2 works brings some nostalgic moments.

        Android for everything else. I rooted it and Presto still works. Hasn't worked on anything incl my PC

  • +6 votes

    Had my Teclast x89 for about 2 months now and overall LOVING it.

    Windows 8.1 Bing:
    Works very well, and can easily be optimized removing windows indexing etc. Wouldn't recommend trying to game off it for anything more than indie based games as it just doesn't have the graphics support. But love using it for Steam in-home streaming which works well, a little laggy at times due to 2.4ghz wireless N (no wifi AC support). Also recommend Ipega-9023 if you really want to get a Nvidea SHIELD experience.
    Touchscreen is fiddly with windows cursed minimize-maximize being so tiny in the top right. More importantly on my Teclast touchscreen is a tiny bit inaccurate especially around the edges of the screen.

    ^Restart the tablet to access the boot menu and choose between android or windows boot.

    Android Jellybean:
    Had some issues out of the box, comes with Teclast issued ROM which comes hand in hand with bloatware. Even with system restore the bloat apps are re-installed. (Experienced users will be glad to know it can be rooted and the bloatware apps can be uninstalled).

    I had issues with an gapps.process error message popping up at 100% charge oddly enough but found a fix. Also the Teclast tablets all use an Intel x86 processor which does have compatibility issues with some apps but as more Chinese products are released with this chipset later in the year it won't be such an issue as they flood the market.


    TLDR;
    For $183.90 AUD it's an absolute steal compared to the limited Single OS Android OR Windows tablets in retail stores.

    +Good for streaming
    +Dual boot is a god send for developers
    +Performs lag free with everything I threw at it on android, less so on windows
    +Almost exactly same measurements as iPad Mini range so iPad mini cases etc fit perfectly most of the time.

    -Touchscreen slightly inaccurate
    -Not for any proper Windows gaming
    -Could be brighter
    -Android error messages (mostly fixable)

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      iPad mini slip cases fit, but not the fitted cases as far as I have seen. Plus the camera and inputs/controls will not line up. There are several generic slip cases in Kmart that fit for <$10.

      However you can now get quite a few cases that fit exactly from aliexpress or other such places for around $10 delivered. When we bought the device the only fitted case available was a smingy brown one, but now replaced that with a nice blue.

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    Great find Op :)

    Anything like this that has a stylus. (specifically a place to put it in the device so I don't loose it.)

    Cheers all!

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      When you say stylus, do you mean those that allow palm rejection and has pressure sensitivity?

      I think there would be more, but right now Dell Venue and VivoTab Note 8 pops into my mind.

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        Not really to fazed as to what the stylus can do or special features. Just want to have a stylus to use for RDclient. Makes life so much easier. But then again, I have the original surface so maybe things have come a long way since that haha

        Thanks :) I'll have a look into them:)

        • +1 vote

          VivoTab note 8 uses Wacom technology like Surface Pro (though it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to give you the same experience). My brother actually bought Surface Pro 1 pen after breaking his stylus for this tablet.

          Dell Venue uses an active stylus technology (similar to Surface Pro 3s but is from different stylus company, forgot their name). Apparently they've improved heaps with their newer styluses, but they did have relatively bad reputation (though as I said, the newer ones apparently work really well).

          If you have money to burn and want the latest technology, Surface 3 is becoming available soon. It does have n-trig pen. It's too expensive at the moment and I think you'd pay more premium than needed, but that's an option as well. Surface 3 would be better than Baytrail tablets (since it does have the next gen Atom CPU in it), though I don't really think it warrants that much premium.

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    What is the camera quality like?

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    sounds like the op needs to tick the associate tab

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      lol why? I got mine at Dealsmachine. Just wanted to share to everyone thats its a good tablet for the price. Ive been on Ozb for ages, first post ever.

  • +2 votes

    Very tempting… I've not had some new pointless tech for a few months.

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      I too need a valid reason not to buy this… Too many tech at home surely I don't need another right? But then again, I don't have a windows/android tablet. Should I buy? Discounts says yes but my wallet says no

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        they'll only get cheaper and better

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          Depends… if they get too cheap corners get cut. I don't think display tech prices have moved that much, battery tech still the same etc. IT has become commoditised. If they get cheaper you might end up with lower battery, lower screen etc.

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          @jlogic: Pretty sure $200 for a portable touchscreen device with an HD screen, with Windows on it, was unheard of until now? The CPUs slowly get better, tech gets lighter and smaller, etc. But yea, the prices don't seem to budge that much overall. It's still over $1000 for a decent laptop in Australia..closer to $2000 for something 'sweet'

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          I doubt it's going to get cheaper any time soon, these baytrail tablets are product of both intel and Windows having no market power in mobile sector. Windows released W8 with Bing, which makes it very cheap for manufacturers to produce these tablets. Intel is subsidising the Baytrail CPUs to be used (they are making loss as they sell more), which they cannot continue forever for obvious reasons.

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          @AznMitch: I see. Maybe they'll eventually reach iPad prices, as we've seen Samsung and Google phones reach iPhone prices. BTW, it's amazing how capable these are. Heaps of videos on YouTube of people using the larger model (x98) for gaming. It seems to run Fifa very well. If I was after a cheap laptop, I'd buy the x98 right away

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          @tomkun01: If you look at new Surface 3 price, as much as they are priced too high, they are using the latest Cherry Trail CPU.

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          @tomkun01:

          It being the same size as the Ipad mini, is anyone game for some AirVR?
          http://getairvr.com/

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          @AznMitch: yea before I bought my current laptop I was looking at ultrabooks but the price is just ridiculous. Very happy with my 2kg laptop. It's Haswell and I got it shortly after Haswell's release. It's really the graphics card that's the let down in my laptop, but I think that's a problem inherent in laptop sized graphics cards

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          @octagonalman: Isn't VR still too far away from being anything more of a novelty? (unless of course, you'll willing to program a VR application yourself)

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          @octagonalman: As much as the concept looks nice, I don't think these will be very nice. I've heard people complaining about the VR contents on Galaxy Note 4 because it looks slightly pixelated, so would iPad Air/mini have enough pixel density?

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    thnx, been looking for a decent tablet as a gift

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    Has anyone run HD Netflix (on Windows 8 using Silverlight) on this?

    Does it run well?

    That's about the most resource intensive thing I would use it for, and I'm really tempted to get one. If it can play HD videos from Netflix then I'll pull the trigger.

  • +1 vote

    just wonder how's the support for OS upgrade? such as the Android 4.4 to newer version?

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    Does this one have a data sim slot for 4G internet? Is there a model that does?

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    Does this model have USB otg? That will be the clincher for me!!

    Has anyone tried to manipulate RAW images on this tablet, or on one with similar specs?

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      That's a different model; the eight and the nine are around the other way! I guess the internals aren't too far off though. :)

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    I bought the X98 64GB version for AUD $303 a few months ago. I am very impressed with it so far - definitely good bang for buck.

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