Skip to main content
Loading...

Alldocube Young X5 Review

Alldocube Young X5 Review
Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017 Scramble 2017

Those looking for a compact budget tablet may be intrigued by the Alldocube Young X5. It promises an 8in screen, 32GB of storage with microSD support, and dual-SIM functionality all under £200.

The Young X5 is available via GearBest, which offers free shipping from China though you may also need to factor in import duty (20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork plus an admin fee of around £11). At the time of writing it costs £197.87/US$269.58/222.40€.


YOUNG X5 BUILD & DESIGN

For a sub-£200 tablet the Young X5 has some nice touches. The build is mostly metal, but with plastic end caps top and bottom housing the speaker, camera and flash, microSD and dual-SIM slots.

These don't feel especially tough, nor do they lay completely flush, but there's no reason to gain access following initial setup. We prefer this solution to a removable rear panel, which can make a device feel creaky and cheap.


The screen is also reasonably decent, an 8in full-HD (1920x1200) IPS display that isn't the brightest we've seen but offers realistic colours and good viewing angles. It seems adequately responsive in our testing, but it is prone to fingerprints. These are easily visible whether or not the screen is on.

The bezels aren't as slim as we might see on the latest flagship devices, with about a centimetre to the left and right of the screen and an inch top and bottom. Despite this the Android-standard home, back and mutitasking buttons are found onscreen, which is handy when viewing the tablet in landscape mode.

You will need to be careful not to obscure the single speaker that sits on the bottom (or left when held horizontally) edge when enjoying media, though. It's not overly loud as it is, lacking bass and distorting at max volume.


The 8.8mm-thick Young X5 is sufficiently compact and not too heavy at 338g to hold in a single hand, but you will of course need a second hand to operate it.

At the top edge you'll find a headphone jack and an old-hat Micro-USB slot. We presume the latter can accommodate a Micro-USB-to-ethernet adaptor, given the mention of ethernet in the settings, but this is not a common find in Android tablets and there's no adaptor in the box nor mention in the manual to support this idea.

We're used to seeing the volume rocker and power button on the right edge with phones, and it's perhaps because this device also supports a SIM (or two, to be precise) that the Young X5 adopts this location. The positioning is awkward when using the tablet in landscape mode, however.



YOUNG X5 CONNECTIVITY

On paper the Young X5's dual-SIM slot sounds impressive. It's actually doubtful you'll use it. One of the two slots is a full-size SIM slot, and we haven't seen one of those in years (you can still get adaptors for them), while the other is an also old Micro-SIM slot.

It's not so much the size of the slots that is the problem, but the fact they support only one of the three 4G LTE bands used in the UK (band 3). Perhaps you should stick to ethernet.

The Young X5 covers the connectivity basics, with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (no mention of GLONASS in the spec), but there's no NFC, no fingerprint sensor, and no support for Miracast or even a Micro-HDMI slot. Given that you can't easily hook up this tablet to a TV without additional hardware, the speaker just isn't good enough for enjoying media.

YOUNG X5 HARDWARE & PERFORMANCE

The Alldocube tablet runs on a 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK8783 octa-core processor with a Mali-T720 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Given the price it's a reasonable spec, but you will find more for your money - particularly if you're happy to buy from China.


In use we found operation smooth enough, and it's a capable tablet for checking emails and social media, and browsing the web. But it's not the sort of device on which you'll want to play intensive games or handle multiple tasks at once.



We ran our usual benchmarks on the Young X5 and the results pointed to a similar conclusion. In Geekbench 4, for example, it was capable of 2793 points multi-core, and just 693 single-core. That's Moto G5 territory, but in a tablet. It's been a while since we've tested anything this low.

In our GFXBench graphics benchmark it was unable to run Car Chase, the most intensive of the components. And in the easiest test, T-Rex, the Young X5 hit only 14fps. The best devices will score in excess of 50fps here, and we've seen budget devices topping the Young X5's 14fps for years now. We also recorded 6fps in Manhattan and 4fps in Manhattan 3.1.

JetStream, a JavaScript benchmark, clocked the Young X5 at a similarly unimpressive 19.2.

The tablet is also fitted with two tablets, 5Mp at the rear and 2Mp at the front, which through software can be boosted to 13Mp and 8Mp respectively. They're nothing to shout about, but neither would we expect them to be on a tablet, especially a budget device.


A selfie camera is essential for video chat, though, and we weren't overly impressed with what's on offer here. We couldn't even tell the difference between Auto and Face Beauty mode.

YOUNG X5 SOFTWARE

This Alldocube tablet runs a stock version of Android 7.0 Nougat, and we don't know if it will ever see an upgrade to Oreo. It supports wake-up gestures, but other than the aforementioned Ethernet option there's nothing out of the ordinary here.

SPECS

  • 8in full-HD (1920x1200) display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK8783 octa-core processor
  • Mali-T720 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD support
  • dual-SIM dual-standby (Micro + standard SIM)
  • 4G FDD-LTE 1800/2100MHz, TD-LTE Band 38/39/40/41
  • dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • 5Mp (boosted to 13Mp) camera, LED flash
  • 2MP (boosted to 5Mp) selfie camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Micro-USB
  • 3800mAh battery
  • 214x127x8.8mm
  • 338g

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

2019 BMW i8 Review

The 2019 BMW i8 is a head-turner for its looks, which hides its plug-in powertrain. That’s good or bad, depending on your priorities.Even among six-figure cars with two doors, the 2019 BMW i8 steals stares. That could be because of the dramatic wing doors and futuristic shape, its laser headlights at night, or the 2019 i8’s silent propulsion for up to 18 miles.
Or it may steal attention because, even after more than four years on sale, it’s a very rare sight.

LG G5 Review In-Depth

Can LG take on the Galaxy S7 with a metal design, dual-cameras and an accessory slot? Here's our first LG G5 review, focusing on LG G5 design and build, LG G5 specs, LG G5 cameras and LG G5 software and apps.
Alongside the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 is one of the biggest phones (not literally) to launch in 2016 – and we're not just talking in the Android world. It's one of the heavyweights and LG will be looking to set the market alight with the G5's alternative and innovative modular design.

Apple iPhone XR Review

If you aren't sure you are ready to leave the Home button behind and embrace Face ID, think again. We'll tell you why the iPhone XR is worth the sacrifice - especially because it's just as good (if not better than) the iPhone XS. Find out more in out full review.
Should I Buy The Apple iPhone XR?
The iPhone XR brings Face ID to the masses. We’re sure people will continue to rebel against the lack of Home button, but eventually we expect them to come round and embrace the larger screen, Portrait mode (front and back), animoji and memoji.We have no doubt that this will be a popular iPhone and it deserves to be. The only question is why would anyone buy an iPhone XS when the iPhone XR is just as powerful and has a bigger screen.

Google Pixel Review

Not everyone wants a phone with a big screen, but most small-screen phones compromise on performance and cameras. Not so with Google’s latest flagship Android phone: Here’s our Google Pixel review.
Joining the ranks of the Pixel C and Chromebook Pixel are Google’s new Pixel phones. We’re reviewing the smaller 5in Pixel here, but you can read our separate Pixel XL review if you’re after a bigger phone.

BlackBerry KEYone Review

BlackBerry soliders on with a curious Android device that gets nearly everything right. It’s not for everyone though, in fact, it’s not really for anyone. But if you want a physical keyboard you will absolutely love it.
Should I Buy The BlackBerry KEYone?
But then, the KEYone is the best BlackBerry phone for years. It has (finally) successfully melded classic BlackBerry design with the necessary mix of Android and nostalgia. Importantly, the latter is only faint this time – this is a device for 2017, not 2007.If you love your iPhone or Samsung, you’ll hate the KEYone and won’t even consider buying it. But if you’ve made it to the end of this review, chances are you’re weighing up a buy. If you think you’ll love the BlackBerry KEYone, then I’m pretty certain you won’t be disappointed. You’re part of a minority, but finally BlackBerry has a phone for you that doesn’t force you to compromise.

Like Fan Page