Teclast P10S Hands-on Review – The Cheapest 4G Tablet

For the past few days, I’ve been using the Teclast P10S courtesy of Banggood who was kind enough to offer us the device for review. This is the cheapest 4G tablet currently available that has a 10″ screen and runs Android 9 out of the box. The presence of 4G is certainly a good addition and something that is not easy to find at this price range, however, there were some corners cut so that Teclast could lower the price this much.

Teclast P10S Design and Build Quality

When you first open the box, you would be excused to think that the Teclast P10S is more expensive. It has a metal back, feels good in the hand and is quite robust. It really does not feel like a sub-$100 device. The design is generic, with bezels that aren’t too big, just the right size to hold the tablet without the risk of accidental touches, and a flat back, without a camera bump. At the bottom, the device has two slots for the speakers and on top the SIM slot, microSD card slot and the micro USB connector used for charging.

The SIM and card slots are protected by a rubber band and there is no ejector tray. Instead, you just push the card in. It would have been nice to have USB Type-C instead of the older micro USB, but this would have increased costs which would have resulted in a higher price for the end consumer. On the side, the tablet has two buttons for volume up and down, and right below them the power button. Above the volume rocker, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, which will please many people. On the other side there is a small hole for the microphone and nothing else.

The front has a 2MP selfie camera in the upper bezel and a single 5MP camera on the back with no flash at all. It is clear that these components are all at least 2 or maybe even three generations behind, probably some left-over components that could still be used. Now, don’t expect to take any photos with this tablet, but it should still be good enough for the occasional quick shot, at least in well-lit environments.

Screen Quality

We definitely have to talk about the screen. For $100 you usually find 7″ or 8″ screen tablets, but Teclast managed to offer a 10″ at this price. This is definitely a big plus for media consumption, but not as big as you might think. In order to reduce the price so much, even though it is a 10″ screen, it only has HD resolution. This means that you will see individual pixels and in some places, the interface will look a bit out of place, with icons and text being a bit too big. If there was one thing I would change to make the Texlast P10S perfect, it would be to have a FullHD+ screen, even if this would have increased the price a bit.

On the bright side, the screen is bright (pun intended 😀 ) and image quality is decent. Photos do look a bit washed and because of the resolution, they are not as sharp as I would like. If this tabled would be $150 or maybe even if it lacked 4G, I would not recommend it, but I don’t think anyone would be expecting a top-notch display at this price. Obviously, it is not as good as a top tier panel, but for basic web browsing, email and social network, the device can handle everything properly.

Performance and Benchmarks

Even though Teclast P10S has an octa-core CPU, it is a low-end chipset made by Spreadtrum. The company is not as well known as Mediatek, Rockchip or even Allwinenr, other chipset manufacturers companies from China, and this is the first device with the main CPU made by them that I have the opportunity to test. However, being lesser-known, it does offer one big advantage: price. Mediatek, the other company that offers chipsets with 4G capabilities, would have asked more for a similarly speced CPU.

Performance on the Teclast P10S is as you would expect from a $100 tablet in 2019. It can run web browsing, email and social network applications without any major problems. Scrolling is a bit jiggered from time to time, but nothing too frustrating. Don’t expect the Teclast P10S to be a productivity device, not only because of performance but also because of the screen resolution, however, it can be a great tablet for on the go or while you are waiting for a plane.

Benchmarks are not impressive either, with scores in the lower bracket. Still, they are acceptable for the price and the 2GB of RAM are usually enough. Android 9 does usually consumes about 800MB, so you still got a bit over 1GB for applications. I will post the screenshots from the benchmarks I ran down below.

Gaming

It is safe to say that I did not have high expectations when it comes to gaming on the Teclast P10S. The low-end CPU and GPU configuration, as well as only 2GB of RAM, meant that the device won’t be a gaming powerhouse. Still, I decided to try three demanding games that are popular nowadays. Obviously, I tried PUBG and Asphalt, and this time I decided to include Shadowgun Legends. I tested all three games on different graphics settings to see where the games were playable.

PUBG only had low and medium settings available, with LOW by default. I switched to medium and I was surprised that the game was playable. The framerate wasn’t consistent and there were stutters, but it could be played. Switching back to low, most of the stutters disappeared, but there were still occasional ones, especially during some shooting scenes. The exact same thing happened on Shadowgun Legends, where on high settings there were stutters with occasional freezes and inconsistent framerate. On lower settings, the game was playable. Asphalt performed the best out fo the three. It managed to get playable framerates even on high, with medium being the sweet spot.

At first, I was a bit perplexed by these results. Even though I would not recommend high settings if you want to enjoy the game, Teclast P10S still managed to run those games. And then it hit me: it has to drive fewer pixels compared to the average smartphone because it has only and HD resolution screen. And this is where the main problem lies with gaming on the Teclast P10S. Even if the games run well, the combination of lower quality graphics and a lower quality screen will definitely be a deal-breaker for some.

Conclusions

Normally I would not recommend a $100 tablet, especially one that has a big screen. It is obvious that in order to get the price so low they had to make many sacrifices. However, the new Teclast P10S is an exception because it has 4G connectivity. It is not a powerful device and the low-resolution screen is the first thing I would change to make this device better, but the addition of 4G at such a low price makes this something worth considering. For around $100 it will be extremely hard to find a 10″ tablet with a 4G SIM slot and right now I can’t think of any.

Teclast P10S is not for everybody, it is cheap enough to attract many buyers looking for a decent 4G tablet but don’t have a lot of money to spare. As a secondary device for casual gaming or web browsing while on the go, this can be something worth checking out. Especially if you can get it at $90 during sale events. If the new Teclast P10S caught your eye, you can order it from Banggood.

The Good:

  • Good build quality especially considering the price
  • Decent performance for a $100 tablet
  • Android 9 out of the box
  • 4G SIM slot
The Bad:

  • The screen resolution is low for a 10″ tablet
  • Not recommended for gaming
  • The cameras are almost useless for 2019

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