We’ve already shown you the review of the E-Boda X200 tablet and now we’ve got yet another Eastern European tablet, made by the same brand, E-Boda. I’m talking about the E-Boda Supreme X80 Dual Core, an 8 inch tablet with a price tag of about $200.
The device looks like the iPad in the back area and it packs an aluminum case that’s pretty solid. It supports microUSB charging and it doesn’t come with volume buttons, relying on virtual ones instead. There’s a strange placement of the On/Off button, on a remote side compared to the slots/ports area, where we usually find the power button. Also, know that the On/Off button has a huge lag, as shown in the video below.
The X80 measures 9 mm in thickness, weighs 430 grams, being quite a bit heavier than the 308 gram iPad Mini. Overall, the tablet feels bulky and heavy, but now let’s see what the hardware area brings. We’ve got an Amlogic dual core 1.5 GHz processor, a Mali quad core GPU and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s also 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB of extra storage and an 8 inch display with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
This screen supports 5 point multitouch and you should also know that the smartphone comes with cheap bundled headphones. We’ve also got WiFi here and Android 4.0 to run the front on the OS side. The battery inside the device is a 4400 mAh unit, that should provide 3-4 hours of functioning time, not quite flattering compared to the iPad Mini’s 12 hours or so. As far as multimedia goes, the audio volume is good, the bass is nice and clarity is pretty decent.
The volume is not exaggerated like on other tablets and overall the audio experience is pleasant. Sadly, everything is spoiled by the video experience, where the viewing angles are crappy and although the colours are good, the brightness once again bums us up, since it could have been better. Finally, the back camera lacks touch focus and has poor quality. The benchmarks are probably the only strong point of the device, with 4800 points in Quadrant, 11k points in AnTuTU and 49 FPS in NenaMark 2. Those scores partially beat the Nexus 7 and totally beat the Allview TX1 Quasar, another 8 inch Romanian tablet.
And now, off to the problems! The device suffers from random resets and on/off button lag. E-Boda X80 runs Android 4.0.3 and aside from the Play Store, we also get 1Mobile Market to download apps. Since the device was initially laggy, we installed the ADW Launcher to get things going and it moved smoothly after that install.
And now it’s time for the Pros/Cons and conclusions. Here are the Pros:
- good speakers
- presence of HDMI port
- good price
- solid design
- good benchmarks
And the Cons:
- random resets
- bad view angles
- battery indicator issues
- slight lag
- no volume buttons
And now we grade the device, with 8 out of 10 for design, 7.7 out of 10 for hardware and 7 out of 10 for OS and UI. The total grade is 7.56 out of 10 for this underwhelming tablet model.