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Review: OPPO Pad 2 (8GB+256GB)
Review: OPPO Pad 2 (8GB+256GB)

Review: OPPO Pad 2 (8GB+256GB)

After doing a review on the OPPO Pad Neo, OPPO Philippines also lend out another premium tablet for us to try with the OPPO Pad 2.

The OPPO Pad 2 is one of the brands flagship tablet with a starting price of PHP34,750.

Besides its distinctive design, the Pad 2 boasts plenty of great features. Paired with some OPPO accessories, it can further enhance the user experience.

Now let’s go into the review.

Unboxing

The OPPO Pad 2 arrives in a simple white box with a prominent foil printed radial brushed design on the top cover. The packaging box is made from thick cardboard material and it ensures your device is well-protected during transport.

You have the following items included in the box:

  • OPPO Pad 2 Unit
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • Safety Guide
  • Warranty Card

Design

The OPPO Pad 2 comes in a Gray colorway only, a classic color that never goes out of style. It also helps to hide slight scratches and fingerprint marks.

The tablet weighs 552 grams with thickness at 6.54 mm making it easy to carry.

The back panel is made of durable polycarbonate material enhanced with a nice radial-brushed aluminum finish, which OPPO calls it their Star Trail design, that flows around from the main camera.

In vertical position, the right-side edge has the volume rockers, microphone, and the magnetic strip that can charge and dock the OPPO Pencil when not in use.

The left side edge has the magnetic pogo pins to connect for the OPPO Pad 2 SMart Touchpad keyboard.

The bottom edge holds the USB-C port, microphone and two speaker grille.

The power/sleep button, two speaker grille, and a Dolby Atmos logo are found on the top edge. 

Missing on the tablet is a 3.5mm audio jack for those who are still using wired headphones and an SD Card for extra storage space.

Upfront, the OPPO Pad 2 has uniform thin bezels framing the display on all sides maximizing the screen real estate and minimizing distractions.

Display

The display of the OPPO Pad 2 sports an 11.61-inch IPS LCD display with resolutions of 2800 x 2000 pixels, a pixel density of 296PPI, refresh rate at 144Hz, and maximum brightness of 500 nits.

The screen has great viewing angles, brightness is good as well, and the color reproduction is superb producing vibrant colors. Speaking of colors, the tablet has an NTSC coverage of 96%, color space at 97.4% for the DCI-P3, and 1.07 billion colors.

The screen color mode let’s you choose between vivid, natural, and a pro mode to adjust the display’s color to a more vibrant or softer color.

One key feature feature of the tablet is its 7:5 aspect ratio, it is slightly squarer compared to traditional 16:10 displays which is a bit wider. However, this unique size does work well in both portrait and landscape modes. Whether you’re reading, browsing the web, or using the split-screen function, the display offers the right amount of space for comfortable viewing and clear content visibility.

Performance

Under the hood the OPPO Pad 2 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 octa-core processor using a 4nm production process with clock speeds up to 3GHz and an integrated ARM Mali-G710 for its GPU.

It comes with an 8GB RAM which can be virtually expanded up to a total of 16GB. The internal storage offers 256GB UFS 3.1 with no available storage expansion.

With all of these chipset combined, the tablet never felt slow, it can handle almost any task we can throw at from updating social media posts, hours of watching 1080p videos, play games, and even do work. Jumping between other applications at the same time is fast and responsive.

The OPPO Pad 2 also support a Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, and USB-C.

Audio on the Pad 2’s quad speaker system delivered great sound quality from watching videos, playing games or even listening to music. Even with the volume cranked to near its maximum volume level, everything came out clear and with a fair amount of bass.

Camera

The OPPO Pad 2 is equipped with a 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2, up to 10x zoom capabilities, and autofocus to obtain clear shots in your images. The front camera has an 8MP lens with an aperture of f/2.28 and a 0.8x wide zoom at 103.4-degrees field of view.

Using the tablet for video footages, the rear camera is able to shoot 4K resolution at 30fps with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) supported for stable shots. The front camera can record up to 1080p and 720p at 30fps.

In either portrait or landscape mode, the camera app is well laid out to keep essential functions within easy reach of your left or right thumb. On the left, you’ll find the flash, AI, zoom dial, and a hamburger menu for additional settings. The right side houses the shutter button, camera switch, photo preview, and the color/beauty filters.

So far in good lighting conditions, the images we got come out with a decent good quality, produced accurate color, and the sharpness just fair. Shooting in low light conditions would have more noise on your photos.

Here’s a few sample shots on the cameras of the OPPO Pad 2.

1x Photo Mode, Indoor, Ambient Lighting

1x Photo Mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

1x Photo Mode, Outdoor, Sunny Weather

Selfie, Indoor, Ambient Lighting

Software

Powered by the latest Android 14, the OPPO Pad 2 runs with the latest ColorOS 14.0 software with a brand-new Aquamorphic design. It’s a more optimized, simplified user interface with new sound effects, color systems, interactions, and more.

It has very minimum software bloatware except for Netflix but you already have pre-installed software mostly Google tools, WPS Office, and a few OPPO proprietary apps. Unlike some tablets, the OPPO prioritizes user choice and lets you download the apps you find essential, without having to remove unnecessary the ones that are pre-installed.

OPPO’s Communication Sharing feature on the Pad 2 streamlines connectivity between the tablet and phone. The Pad 2 can use your phone’s 5G data for a seamless and power-saving internet connection. It lets you make and receive calls, as well as send and receive SMS messages directly on your tablet, eliminating the extra task of switching between two devices.

Smart Sidebar

File Dock

There’s also a Smart Sidebar to add the common apps you use to quickly launch it. You’ll also find the File Dock there, allowing you to place either an images, text, or files for easy drag-and-drop into any application.

The good thing with the ColorOS is offering several special gestures you can do on the OPPO Pad 2.

Swiping down with two fingers splits the screen for efficient side-by-side app use. A three-finger swipe down will capture fast screenshots, while pinching with four fingers inwards on a full-screen app transforms it into a resizable floating window which you adjust the position in the display.

With the new ColorOS 14.0, it’s software would probably be one of the best strength of the OPPO Pad 2 with its wealth of features that streamline connectivity and boost productivity.

Battery

The OPPO Pad 2 boasts a massive 9510 mAh battery capacity and with the 67W SUPERVOOC fast charging support, you can quickly top up your battery quickly when needed.

Charging the device up for 37 minutes gave the battery a 22 percent charge then went up to 39 percent after 30 minutes. It took the OPPO Pad 2 around 3 hours and 2 minutes to have it fully charged from 0 to 100 percent.

OPPO claims the battery allows continuous video playback for up to 12.4 hours.

In the battery settings, you have power saving mode to extend the battery life and other additional features like smart charging, high performance mode, etc.

Accessories

As you can see in our photos, the OPPO Pad 2 offers an array of optional accessories, that are sold separately, to enhance the productivity and makes the experience much better on the tablet.

The OPPO Smart Touch Keyboard easily pairs with the tablet thru the magnetic pogo pins and eliminating the need for a separate Bluetooth connection. It also features a convenient touchpad to reduce the need of always touching the screen when working on documents.

The keyboard boasts 64 keys including directional keys, function keys, and typing keys but the only missing key is an esc button. I’m just pleased how it deliver a comfortable typing experience.

Even when combined, the tablet and keyboard’s total weight is not that bad as it remain surprisingly portable and easy to carry. With the magnetic stand design, it allows users to comfortably watch videos, and effortlessly work on documents and spreadsheets.

If you’re the type of user who loves to draw, paint or write on a tablet, the OPPO Pencil is another great accessory to have. Our experience with the pen is good, it has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, a low latency at 2ms, and advanced 4096-layer pressure sensitivity.

The OPPO Pencil offers 13-hour battery life and charging it for just 1 minute can be used for 10 minutes.

If you’re looking for just a simple case to protect the OPPO Pad 2 from scratches or bumps, they have the Smart Case with features such as magnetic support, auto sleep & wake, and made of high quality material. It’s available in Grey color.

Conclusion

The OPPO Pad 2 boasts a lot of impressive features, and we were really impressed with its performance. The display is outstanding which provides sharp images and vibrant colors. The powerful chipset paired with the amazing sound quality delivers solid performance, while the large battery capacity will keep you going the whole day.

The general design of the OPPO Pad 2 is very attractive and the curved edges make it comfortable to hold for hours. While the Gray colorway is still elegant, I just wish they would add another color variant in the next model.

OPPO’s ColorOS software on the tablet is one of its great assets. It offers a suite of features that are particularly helpful for work. I would also recommend purchasing the accessories to further enhance your experience with the tablet.

At the end of the day, the OPPO Pad 2 provided a comfortable and productive experience during my review using it for both work and play.

OPPO Pad 2 – Full Specifications

  • PHP34,750
  • Dimensions: 258.03 x 189.39 x 6.54mm (H×W×T)
  • Weight: 552g
  • Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 9000
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G710 MC10
  • Storage: 256GB UFS 3.1
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR5 @3200MHz
  • Display: 11.61 inches (diagonal)
  • Screen Ratio: 88.14%
  • Resolution: 2800 x 2000 pixels
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Touch Sampling Rate: 120/144Hz
  • NTSC coverage: 96%
    DCI-P3 coverage: 97.4%
  • Colour Depth 1.07 billion
  • Pixel Density: 296PPI
  • Brightness 500nits
  • Panel Type: LCD (LTPS)
  • Rear Camera: 13MP (f/2.2); FOV 80°; 5P lens; AF supported
  • Front Camera: 8MP (f/2.28); FOV 103.4°; 5P lens; FF supported
  • Video: Rear 4K/1080p/720p@30fps, Zoom and EIS supported
  • Front Camera: 1080P/720P@30fps
  • CPU: ARM V9
  • CPU Speed Cores: 8 cores
  • GPU: ARM G710 MC10
  • Battery Capacity: 9510mAh
  • Power Output: 36.99Wh (Typical value), DC3.89V 9230mAh/35.9Wh (Rated value)
  • Fast Charging Technology: SUPERVOOC 0, SUPERVOOC, SUPERVOOC 3.0, PD (9V/1.5A), and QC (9V/1.5A)
  • Biometrics: Facial Recognition
  • Sensors: Geomagnetic sensor, Light sensor, Accelerometer, Gravity sensor, Gyroscope, Color temperature sensor, Hall effect sensor, Step counting function
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), 802.11a/b/g/n/, WLAN 2.4G/WLAN 5.1G/WLAN 5.8, WLAN Display, tethering, and overlay supported, USB OTG Supported
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.3 and Bluetooth Low Energy, TWS supported
  • Bluetooth Audio Codec: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC
  • USB Interface: USB Type-C
  • Earphone Jack: Type-C
  • OS: ColorOS 13.1
  • Location Technology: GNSS, GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, and Galileo
  • In the Box: OPPO Pad 2 unit, USB Data Cable, Charger, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card

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About The Author

Raymund Ravanera is an accomplished and experienced graphic designer with almost 20 years of creative expertise working in the graphic design industry. He loves the latest gadgets, food and movies. Currently, he owns and manages megabites.com.ph, an online technology and lifestyle blog since 2015.

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