When it comes to phones and tablets produced in China, buyers often think of cheap lower range models which have invaded the market for several years. OEM manufacturers are trying to attack the intermediate segment with better products without losing their price advantage, however small it is. One such product is Allview Viva i10G, an Android tablet that offers an interesting configuration with QXGA screen of 9.7" in 4:3 format, with powerful Intel processor and 3G modem at a price of $250.
Construction, design and ergonomics
Perhaps some readers have already thought on iPad when they heard that the Allview tablet offers a screen aspect ratio 4:3, resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and a diagonal of 9.7", but it is not the only aspect inspired by the famous Apple product. At first glance, Allview Viva i10G is an exact copy of the famous Apple tablet, iPad 2 generation, it offers a simple face mask with wide margins and almost nonexistent details. Tablet of the Allview go even further by simplifying the process and since Viva i10G only uses software buttons, the only remaining visible detail in this area is unique circular hole on the front camera.
Glass surface covering the entire front is framed by a thin plastic mat frame, which is however not sufficiently high to protect the screen. This frame is extended with a monoblock made of the same material, it fully covers the sides of the tablet. Unlike the iPad, which had a sharp-edged profile, frame side on i10G has large curved edges that makes it easier to hold.
Display, Hardware Specifications
Screen diagonal of 9.7" has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which amounts to a respectable density of 264 ppi. True, there are products on the market with much higher density, such as Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 Pro with 359 ppi or Google Nexus 7 2013 with 323 ppi. For a larger diagonal screen, a density of 264 ppi, however, is more than enough to show a clear picture were the matrix LCD pixels are not remarkable.
IPS panel used by Allview offers better black levels, wider viewing angles and colors with very nice natural saturation. True, sRGB coverage is too great for even a trivial test such as hosted on Lagom.nl reveals the nuances of the saturation of over 95%, but this is seen with more expensive products. The tablet offers no ambient light sensor, which means that you will have to manually adjust the brightness level. In addition, those who read in the dark will be disturbed by surprisingly limited range of adjustment of the backlight, the screen remains too bright for these conditions even at minimum power.
The second surprise hidden on the Allview tablet is the powerful Intel Atom processor of Bay Trail generation. Processors of this generation are no longer a novelty, but Viva i10G is the first tablet that we made a review having such a solution Intel integrated with Android platform. As seen from the test results, the Intel Atom Z3735D was less satisfactory only in GeekBench, where it was penalized at tests for computation and memory. All other tests shows us that we are dealing with a powerful performance that places it somewhere on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip or above, the result of 3DMark rating it close to the powerful Snapdragon 800/801 or Exynos 5 Octa.
Integrated Intel Atom solution is seconded by a RAM with a generous capacity of 2 GB internal memory and a good performance.
- Display: 9.7", 2048 x 1536 pixels, IPS
- CPU: quad-core x86 Silvermont, 1.33 GHz
- Chipset: Intel Atom Z3735D
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics
- Internal memory: 16/32 GB
- RAM: 2 GB
- Card: MicroSDXC, up to 64 GB
- OS: Android 4.2.2
- Front camera: 2 MP
- Camera: 5 MP
- Connectors: MicroUSB
When it comes to software, there's not much to say since the tablet uses Android version very close to the original Google code. In terms of graphics, just stands much higher number of buttons located in the Navigation Bar, while additional options include only functions like Hotspot and video post-processing Intel Smart Video. Unfortunately, the tablet still uses version 4.2.2 of the Android platform, which means that users lose (up to upgrade to KitKat) some options like Immersive Mode, Bluetooth LE, TRIM internal memory and more.
Playing media is just as boring, Allview using mundane Gallery and Music for playing video and audio. Audio playback quality headset is satisfactory, although pretentious likely to prefer some good quality Bluetooth headsets. The speakers have a satisfactory performance, which has a strong sound and faithful enough for watching media or gaming content. Because of their position, any chance of stereos is excluded. Unfortunately, the tablet does not offer any support for Miracast or HDMI connector for playback on a TV.