When you spend 93 dollars on a tablet, expectations are pretty low, but the Evolio Quattro HD is quite a good offering for this price. This 7 inch tablet was launched in early April and it comes with a $93 price tag and a plastic case with good grip.
This model measures 9.5 mm in thickness, weighs 330 grams and opts for the typical landscape 7 inch slate format. It’s got a plastic case, a special back texture and seems solidly built. We’ve got a decently big up and down bezel, useful to place your fingers when gaming. At the top there’s an audio jack, reset hole, mini HDMI port and microUSB, used for charging. On the back side you’ll find the speaker and on the sides there’s the microSD card slot, volume buttons and On/Off button.
Feedback of the buttons is very good and upfront we’ve got the display and front camera. The design is OK for the price, I have to say. On the hardware side there’s a quad core Allwinner A31S processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz and an 8 core GPU, a PowerVR SGX544MP2. Other specs include a 7 inch IPS display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 8 GB of storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB of extra storage, 512 MB of DDR3 RAM, a 0.3 MP front camera, WiFi and mini HDMI.
The device offers 3G support via modem and comes with a 2700 mAh battery, that gave us 3 hours and 21 minutes of HD video playback with WiFi on and brightness at 50%. The charging takes 2 hours and 10 minutes, so the battery is rather weak, being sacrificed for this price. As far as acoustics go, we’ve got a decent volume, weak bass and the player here is the stock one. The voice is clear, clarity is OK and at maximum volume you’ll hear a bit of distorsion in rock songs.
Sound effects are obviously included, like FX Booster and bass boost. Overall, this is OK for a small speaker and we move on to the video aspect, where we get a 7 inch IPS panel with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution. We used the preinstalled 4K video player on this device and the screen offered vivid colors and wide view angles. We’ve got a protective layer of plastic on top of the screen, preinstalled from the factory.
The screen has low reflectivity and the lux level is 238 units, which is decent. There are RGB Stripe pixels here and this model is almost as bright as the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, that offers 265 lux units. Frankly speaking, this model was good enough for me, when it comes to games. There are special settings for screen adaption for games, but they don’t change much from the experience. There are also HDMI options for output, like 50 or 60 Hz.
On the camera side we’ve only got the front cam, able to do panoramas and use effects, plus tweak the exposure and offer face detection. Not everything is rosy here, since the device reaches a pretty big temperature, of 52 degrees Celsius, when playing hardcore games like Asphalt 8. The overheating takes place below the camera area, but you can avoid that area with your fingers luckily. The web browser on the Evolio Quattro HD is not very fast, but at least the scrolling is smooth and the pinch to zoom is also pretty smooth. The slate runs Android 4.2.2 and aside from the screenshot button, we’ve got a pretty much stock experience.
There are the standard widgets, dual dropdown bars and the usual multitasking. On the benchmarks side, I decided to compare this tablet with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. In Quadrant we scored 5288 points with the Quattro HD, beating the 3048 points of the Tab 3 Lite. In AnTuTu we got 19k points, once again past the 11k of the Samsung. In NenaMark 2 we got 63.6 FPS clearly above the 48.8 FPS of the Tab 3 Lite. In Vellamo we scored less than the Tab 3 Lite, with 1166 versus 1502 points. In 3DMark we got 4849 points, almost double the score of the Samsung slate, while in BrowserMark 2.0 we got pretty much the same scores, almost 1500 for both.
In SunSpider the score was low, 2027 on the Evolio Quattro HD and as far as Internet speed goes, we got 20 Mbps in download and 14 Mbps in upload. In conclusion, Evolio wins the duel of the benchmarks, although the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is a bit more expensive. In the settings area you can find the developer options, that you can mess with to enhance your gaming experience. The Evolio Quattro HD features a list of apps, that includes the 4K Player, the Adobe Reader, a car purchase app called Autovit and Evobook, an e-book reading application. We’ve got flash player also included in the mix, Hi Q MP3 recorder, Pinterest and an online press app. There’s SeeNow HD here, with movies and TV shows to watch on the go.
The device also supports the best type of media files, like FLAC, MKV, WMA and MOV. The product comes with 2 years of warranty and now off to the Pros and Cons of the device.
Here are the Pros:
- runs new games like Asphalt 8 and Riptide GP2
- the price is affordable
- mini HDMI port included
- no lag
- good WiFi speed
- benchmarks beat the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
- good grip and solid case
And here are the Cons:
- battery lasts only 3 hours
- no back camera
- not very bright screen
We give this device a 9 out of 10 for design, a 9 for hardware and a 9 for OS and UI. We added an extra grade for the price and we give this model a 10 out of 10 in this area. The final grade is 9.25 out of 10 and I would see this as the early game slate, that you connect to the TV and enjoy a few casual games.