2023’s OPPO is all about innovations and that doesn’t applies to just smartphones and foldable phones like the OPPO N2 Flip (Review), but also Android tablets such as the newly announced OPPO Pad 2 which aims to reinvent the way we normally work and interact with a tablet.
OPPO does this by adopting of an unique 7:5 tall aspect ratio instead of the more mainstream 16:10 aspect ratio that we see on majority of the tablets in the market. The main highlight of this aspect ratio lies in it’s ability to provide user a book-like experience with a better content layout which makes it ideal for reading since this aspect ratio is similar to those used for books whether in landscape, portrait, or split-screen mode.
Speaking of the display, it’s based on a high-end 11.61” LTPS LCD panel that offers plenty of screen estate for work and entertainment. Also, most would appreciate it’s slim bezels which allow for a near full-screen experience that makes binge watching and gaming way more enjoyable on the tablet.
The display itself looks bright and vibrant regardless whether you’re using the tablet in an outdoor or indoor environment. To sweeten up the deal, it also features a respectable 2800 x 2000 pixels screen resolution along with an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate which not only promises sharp visuals, but also greatly improves gameplay with buttery-smooth animations.
Of course, having a larger display naturally means it’ll be slightly bulkier in size. Despite that, I still find it easy to hold and use the OPPO Pad 2 in both portrait and landscape orientations when scrolling through webpages or playing games courtesy of it’s ultra-thin and lightweight metal unibody that offers user a premium and comfortable in-hand feel.
Flipping over to the rear side, the OPPO Pad 2 greets us with the company’s proprietary Star Trail design featuring an exquisitely polished finish that provides excellent resistance against those unsightly smudges and fingerprints which tend to build up after some time. Likewise, it also features a highly distinctive rear camera that gives the slate a more dignified outlook as compared to last year’s model.
Sitting at the heart of the OPPO Pad 2 is a flagship MediaTek Dimensity 9000 chipset which never fails to deliver blazing-fast performance that allows user to enjoy slick multi-tasking experience even when you’re actively switching between host of apps for your daily workflow.
On a similar note, the OPPO Pad 2 also shapes up to be a nice companion to work with for content creations that involve more resource-intensive tasks like video editing thanks to it’s stable performance which makes the entire editing process quick and fuss-free.
However, having good performance alone is never enough to bring out the best tablet experience in the absence of an intuitive software. That’s precisely why OPPO had shipped the new Pad 2 with a custom ColorOS 13.1 software that comes with specially tailored features for better productivity and efficiency.
Besides the usual split-screen mode which allows you to run two different apps on the home screen simultaneously, the OPPO Pad 2 also comes with other handy features such as Screen Mirroring that gives you the ability to operate your OPPO smartphone directly from your tablet and drag files across the devices without having to switch between them.
Apart from file sharing, you could also share your smartphone’s 5G mobile data with the OPPO Pad 2 by simply placing it close to the tablet. The OPPO Pad 2 will then be able to leverage the cellular data to make and receive calls, as well as check SMS messages. Most importantly, this mode of data sharing is actually smoother and more energy-efficient compared to hotspot sharing according to OPPO.
Also, let’s not forget about the myriad of gesture controls available that makes your entire tablet experience even more seamless and efficient. Take for instance the split-screen mode. You can easily access this feature by doing a downward swipe with two fingers. Likewise, you can also display a full-screen app as a floating window by simply doing an inward pinch with four fingers.
To take things even further, the OPPO Pad 2 also supports a Smart Touchpad Keyboard which allows you to turn the tablet into a productivity powerhouse within split seconds – making it much easier for you to edit office documents than the onscreen keyboard. In fact, if your day-to-day work entails a lot of typing, you’ll certainly love the Smart Touchpad Keyboard as it provides almost the same satisfying typing experience as a typical laptop.
Other than that, the OPPO Pad 2 can also be used as a sketchpad when paired with the new OPPO Pencil which features an impressive 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity that allows it to accurately sense the pressure and delivers a realistic drawing experience. Sad to say, you’ll need to purchase these accessories separately to take advantage of those extra functionalities.
To keep it’s lights on, the OPPO Pad 2 is backed by a respectable 9510mAh battery which never fails to supply me with at least a day’s worth of battery life even under moderate usage. The main highlight here however, lies in it’s groundbreaking 67W SuperVOOC fast-charging solution that’s capable or recharging a completely flat battery from 0 to 100% in under 1.5 hours. That’s pretty much the fastest you can get on a tablet.
With all that in mind, it’s easy to recommend the OPPO Pad 2 to anyone looking for a capable, all-scenarios tablet to supplement their smartphone and laptop. Not only is the OPPO Pad 2 a productivity powerhouse with huge multi-tasking potentials, it’s also a perfect entertainment companion thanks to it’s fluid display and unparalleled performance.
In Singapore, the OPPO Pad 2 is priced at just S$799 for the sole 8GB+256GB trim. Those who’re interested can purchase the OPPO Pad 2 through OPPO Official Online Store and OPPO’s Shopee, Lazada, Qoo10, TikTok and iShopChangi flagship stores.
For a limited period between 31 August to 30 September, consumers can purchase the OPPO Pad 2 together with the OPPO Pencil and Smart Touchpad Keyboard at a discounted price of S$899, while stocks last.