The Chinese company Alldocube has introduced to the market an updated version of the tablet called iPlay 40 Pro. Earlier, I already tested the iPlay 40 tablet series from this manufacturer, only without the Pro end. Therefore, you can read a full review of the past generation following the link here.
One of the main improvements associated with the updated version of the device is the increased capacity of internal memory up to 256 GB. Let me remind you that the last generation iPlay 40 had only 128 GB of memory. Also, the new tablet from Alldocube received an updated version of the Android 11 operating system, and before that it was Android 10.
As for the cost, at the time of this writing, the price tag for the iPlay 40 Pro tablet will cost you $200. At the same time, the previous generation now costs even more – $205. Since the past generation does not currently have any discount offers.
If we talk about other technical specs of the device, then the new generation of the tablet is no different from the past. Except for those functions that I have listed just above. For example, iPlay 40 Pro and iPlay 40 tablets use a 10.4-inch 2K display with a touch panel. Also, these devices received a Unisoc Tiger T618 processor with 8 GB of RAM.
In addition, these tablets have a good battery capacity with a value of 6200 mAh. I also liked such a feature as the presence of four speakers, support for 4G networks, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Wi-Fi ac and many other functions.
Since I really liked the last generation, let’s find out if the new generation of the tablet is worth your attention. Thus, I propose to start my full and in-depth review with unboxing and the main design features of the device.
iPlay 40 Pro: Specifications
|iPlay 40 Pro:||Specs|
|Display:||10.4 inches IPS with 1200 x 2000 pixels, 60 Hz|
|CPU:||Unisoc Tiger T618 Octa Core 2.0 GHz|
|Inner memory:||256 GB|
|Expanding memory:||up to 2TB|
|Cameras:||5MP front camera and 8MP main camera|
|Communication:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, 4G|
|Dimensions:||246.7 x 156.5 x 8.2 мм|
Unboxing and packaging
An iPlay 40 Pro tablet came to me for a test in a black box, where only the name of the model and brand is located on the front. You will not find any drawing of the device here.
Meanwhile, inside the package, I found the tablet itself in a protective shipping film. In addition, the manufacturer even glued a protective film on the screen of the device so as not to scratch the screen during transportation.
Also included is a Type-C charging cable with a 10W power adapter. I also found various documentation on using the device and a warranty card. In fact, the package was not very extensive, but all the components were well packaged. So let’s move on and move on to the next section.
Design, build quality and materials
As I mentioned earlier in the review, the new generation of iPlay 40 Pro tablet does not differ at all from the iPlay 40 model. For example, the dimensions of the device were 246.7 x 156.5 x 8.2 mm, and the tablet weighs almost 450 grams. This means that the device can be easily transported and taken with you when traveling, to work or study.
The back of the iPlay 40 Pro was made of matte plastic. I liked the plastic itself, as it was quite high quality and did not leave fingerprints. Also I have nothing bad to say about the build quality. All components fit well and during my testing I did not find any extraneous squeaks or sounds.
At the same time, on the back of the device, you can find the name of the model and brand, as well as the main camera module with 8 megapixels with LED flash. If you look at the front of the device, then here I can highlight the presence of a front camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels and with rather large bezels around the screen.
I will not pay special attention to the quality of the cameras, both the main and the front sensor. Since both cameras shoot pretty average quality videos, I don’t think you will be using your tablet to take photos. But for video calls with relatives, both cameras will perform their tasks well. At the same time, the quality of the microphone on the Alldocube tablet wants to be the best, and I think this is one of the main drawbacks in the iPlay 40 Pro device model.
Meanwhile, on the top edge of the case, there are buttons such as the power button and the volume rocker. Also on the same edge, there is a slot for a SIM card and a memory card. The left side of the device received a Type-C connection for charging and two speakers. In addition, two more additional speakers were installed on the right side of the tablet case.
Among the shortcomings, I can highlight the lack of a headphone jack. But there are many more positive aspects in the iPlay 40 Pro tablet model. For example, there is a separate slot for a memory card and there are even four separate speakers. You might think that the sound doesn’t really stand out on budget tablets, but in reality it is not. Because the device reproduced music with a good volume reserve and there was even a slight bass in the sound.
In general, the design of the new tablet model from Alldocube is no different from the previous generation. But I can’t call it bad either. Considering its cost, even minor flaws do not really affect my opinion when choosing a device. Therefore, now I propose to talk about the quality of the screen and its features.
Screen and image quality
On the front of the iPlay 40 Pro tablet, a 10.4-inch IPS screen was installed with a pretty good resolution of 2K or 2000 x 1200 pixels. This screen received a touch panel for 10 touches and I had no particular complaints about the control.
In addition, I liked the screen for its oleophobic and full lamination coating. If we talk about the maximum value of the brightness level, then it was 500 nits. Therefore, I did not have any particular problems with the quality of the transmitted image. At the same time, the color reproduction was quite bright and saturated, even though it is an IPS matrix.
In the screen settings in the user interface, you can find useful features. For example, this is the function of protecting the eyes from blue color, night mode, dark theme and much more. Also in the settings, you can choose the color scheme that you like the most.
Once again, I note that the screen on both tablet models, both on the iPlay 40 Pro and on the iPlay 40, was absolutely identical. Therefore, I figured out the quality of the screen and I have no particular complaints about its work. But now let’s check the device from a practical point of view and find out what the new generation of the device is now capable of.
Performance, benchmarks, games and OS
Speaking about performance, I would like to note once again that both iPlay 40 models received the Unisoc Tiger T618 chipset. This processor has eight cores, where two of them are powerful Cortex-A75 with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz and the other six are energy-saving Cortex-A55 with an operating frequency of also 2.0 GHz.
Now let’s check how efficient this processor will be, both during real use and during benchmark tests. For example, in the AntuTu test, the iPlay 40 Pro device scored about 247 thousand points.
This is a very good indicator for its class of devices. But it’s also worth mentioning that during this test, the tablet only warmed up to 25 degrees, which is great news. I can also remind you that the last generation iPlay 40 in the same test scored about 222 thousand points. Below I will leave an album with other benchmark tests.
As for the graphics accelerator, the G52-3EE with a frequency of 850 MHz is used on board the iPlay 40 Pro tablet. I was able to play heavy and demanding games like Genshin Impact and Pubg Mobile. During my testing of games, the new generation tablet performed pretty well. That is, there were no special freezes and jumps in the games, all processes worked smoothly and flawlessly. In addition, after one hour of gaming, the device did not really heat up, both the case itself and the processor.
Okay, now I want to talk about one major change that the new tablet model has received from Alldocube. This is the use of 256 GB of internal memory instead of 128 GB. The memory speed results were not particularly impressive, namely about 240 MBps read speed and 190 MBps write speed. But the good news is that the amount of RAM remains the same with a volume of 8 GB.
Among other interesting features I can single out is the presence of a large list of wireless connections. That is, the device received support for a dual-band Wi-Fi ac module. There is also a wireless Bluetooth 5.0 version, a GPS module and, most importantly, the tablet has a separate slot for a SIM card with a 4G network. During my use, all the wireless modules worked properly and they did not cause me any major problems.
The last thing I wanted to talk about in this section is the updated version of the operating system. Now the iPlay 40 Pro tablet runs on Android 11 OS. I want to remind you that the last generation of the tablet worked with the version of Android 10. If we talk about the user interface, then the tablet from the Alldocube brand received an almost stock shell. Therefore, all processes, functions and features worked quickly and, most importantly, accurately. In general, I did not have any special remarks about the user interface and its work.
Battery and run time
Inside the case of the new generation iPlay 40 Pro tablet, a 6200 mAh battery is used. At first glance, it may seem that this is not very much, as for a large 10.4 inch screen, and even with a 2K resolution.
But in the Work 3.0 Battery life test, the device gained about 10 hours of battery life, and that is from 100 to 20% of the battery charge. That is, in real life, you can get about 11 hours of battery life from a full battery charge with the screen turned on. This is a very good result for an inexpensive tablet.
Although there are some drawbacks here, and one of them is slow battery charging. That is, the manufacturer ships the tablet with a 10W power adapter. This is not a serious indicator, as for a modern device. In my case, a full charge took over 3.5 hours.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After a full analysis of the updated generation of the iPlay 40 Pro tablet, I can definitely recommend it for purchase. Perhaps the new version of the device did not receive much global improvements, but I definitely liked this tablet model in real life.
On the positive side, I can single out – it’s a pretty good build quality and workmanship. Also, I was completely satisfied with the high-quality screen with 2K resolution and an oleophobic coating.
In addition, given its cost, the device received a good processor from Unisoc. Therefore, problems in terms of performance should not be expected. Naturally, I could easily play modern games and the tablet did not get very hot.
I can also highlight some useful features such as GPS, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even 4G network. It is rare to find these modules and sensors in budget devices of this class.
But there are also disadvantages, and to them I can attribute this lack of a 3.5 mm audio jack, as well as the rather poor quality of cameras and microphones. I would also like to see the presence of fast charging here, but alas, only a 10W power adapter is available.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
At the time of writing, the price for the updated iPlay 40 Pro tablet was only $199.99 with a 33% discount.
This is a great price, as it is almost impossible to get a tablet with the best technical characteristics. Therefore, a device from Alldocube is included in my purchase recommendation list.