Stunning Realme Pad price puts the Helio G80 tablet in market pole position right from launch
The Realme Pad has officially been launched and arguably the most surprising thing about the tablet is the price. Where many seemed convinced the device would cost around ₹20-22,999 (US$286-313), Realme has deeply undercut those expectations by launching the Realme Pad at a starting price of just ₹13,999 (US$190). For this amount, buyers would get the 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage, Wi-Fi only model, which Realme lists as “coming soon”, while the more-expensive Realme Pad variants should be available from the first sale on September 16.
Moving up the product stack, there is another 3 GB + 32 GB model that offers 4G LTE connectivity on top of the Wi-Fi capability. This particular Realme Pad is priced at a not unappealing figure of ₹15,999 (US$218), and it also offers the same features as the cheaper version, such as a generous 7,100-mAh battery (18 W charging) and Dolby Atmos quad speakers. Last but not least, there is a slightly buffed-up 4 GB + 64 GB, 4G LTE/Wi-Fi Realme Pad that has been priced fairly at ₹17,999 (US$245). At the moment, it seems these competitively priced tablets are aimed just for the Indian market.
Like with any newly released tech product, there have been some reactions of disappointment shared on social media. It appears the majority in regard to the Realme Pad have concerned the processor choice and display type. The Helio G80 is a 12 nm 8-core chip that can clock at up to 2.0 GHz (2x Cortex-A75 cores; 6x Cortex-A55 cores @1.7 GHz) and comes with an integrated ARM-Mali G52 GPU. It may not be the latest Snapdragon or Dimensity meteor but considering the Realme Pad price it should be sufficient.
As for the display, it seems many expected the Realme Pad to sport an AMOLED panel, mostly based off a comment made by Realme executive Francis Wong. However, the tablet comes with a 10.4-inch (26.31 cm) display with a WUXGA+ resolution of 2000x1200 pixels – there’s no mention of OLED, so this is an LCD panel here. While for some that will be a purchase-deciding issue, considering the price of the tablet and its overall premium look and various selling points (440 g weight, available in real grey and a fetching real gold, up to 12 hours video play, etc.), the Realme Pad will still be an attractive prospect for many.