As you know, we’ve already tested a bunch of Romanian tablets here at Tablet News, including models from Allview, E-Boda and Evolio. All 3 of them have quad core slates and the one we analyze here is the Evolio Quadra. This product was launched at the start of the summer and it’s yet another quad core slate under a Romanian brand.
This product goes for about $300 and it brings a pretty original and interesting design, involving a chassis that’s 9.5 mm thick and overall the product weighs 535 grams. The device comes with rounded corners and by the way the logo on the lower bezel won’t be present on the final unit. This design is elegant and ultraslim, so the slate is appealing in this area.
This is very different from other Romanian tablets, as far as design goes. Its small bezels at the top and bottom make it stand out. The thing that bothers me here is the lid you have to open to access the microUSB port and microSD card slot. Also, Evolio claims that the Quadra comes with an aluminum case, but to me it feels like plastic.
Overall, the product sits well in the user’s hand and especially when gaming and watching movies you’ll feel right at home. The screen is a 16:9 panoramic one and overall the device has good grip and a nice look. As far as hardware goes, we get a Super IPS 10 inch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 178 degrees of view angles.
Under the hood we’ve got a quad core Cortex A9 1.2 GHz processor, an Actions ATM7029 CPU with Vivante GC1000MP GPU. By the way, this tablet is only branded in Romania and it’s in fact a Chinese unit known as the Ramos W31. Continuing the specs list, we also get a 0.3 megapixel camera at the front and a 3 megapixel shooter at the back, that is listed as a 5 MP camera on the AnTuTu specs info list.
Evolio Quadra packs 16 GB of storage, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and a microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB. It has WiFi as well and a 5400 mAh battery, that’s good enough for 3-4 hours of gaming and YouTube action. With good battery usage you can even reach 6-7 hours, but I wouldn’t be happy with that performance. The battery takes about 4 hours to charge, which is quite a bit.
On the audio side, we’ve got a loud acoustic experience, good bass, but also a vibrating back because of the speaker. The sound is slightly distorted at maximum volume, but at least you can do some nice listening even at 70% of the volume. By the way if you plan on laying the slate on a flat surface, you’ll muffled its speaker and you won’t hear it properly, sadly.
On the video side, we discover a 10 inch screen, a Panoramic HD display, with Super IPS technology, 178 degree viewing angles, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and good brightness. We registered 253 lux units with our devices and very good clarity. The pixels of the screen are of the RGB Stripe kind and the screen offers vivid colors and good view angles.
I also liked the bundled OWL player, that even includes a Pop up Play features of sorts. The player supports MKV Full HD files and overall the screen is excellent. The camera at the back can be neglected, since it takes blurry shots, but at least it has the panorama option and offers white balance settings. We’ve got scene modes, time lapse option in the video area and overall this sensor is mediocre at best.
This product comes without GPS and Bluetooth and Evolio offers 2 years of warranty for it. It runs Android 4.1.1 and scores modestly in benchmarks like Quadrant (3118 points), while AnTuTu doesn’t even work on it. In NenaMark 2 we registed 49.4 FPS and in 3DMark 2137 points, below the Allview 3 Speed Quad rival from Romania. In Browsermark we didn’t even hit 1000 points, which is confirmed by the slow browser on the slate.
By the way when you’re using the web, downloading something or checking your email, the entire device tends to slow down and lag. The bundled apps here include Adobe Reader, Evobook for e-reading and book downloads and Flipboard and Instagram. Kingsoft Office will take care of your productivity needs and Evolio also decided to bundle a news reader for local news.
We tested the game Riptide GP2 here and it worked with a big of lag sadly, as shown in the video. The maximum temperature reached when gaming was 35.2 degrees Celsius, after playing the likes of Revolt Classic for 15 minutes. And now let’s see the Pros and Cons of the product!
Here are the Pros:
- nice design
- doesn’t get hot
- good GPU
- very good screen
- decent audio
- less lag than local rivals
- very light
- landscape use + panoramic design
And the Cons:
- battery life
- camera is weak and unclear in specs
- internet triggers lag
- the port lid is hard to open
- muffled speaker and weak audio
We give the Evolio Quadra a 9.3 out of 10 for design, an 8.6 for hardware and a 9.4 for US and OS, for a final grade of 9.1 out of 10. This is a reasonably solid product and with design and screen mattering the most these days, you shouldn’t be surprised that a tablet with weak audio and Internet lag gets this high of a grade.