Chinese manufacturer Vivo’s 11 April event brought us the company’s first foldable, its new Note-branded phone and its first tablet, simply called the Vivo Pad.
The Vivo Pad was served up as a premium productivity device, paired with an optional keyboard cover, flip cover and a pressure-sensitive stylus. Here’s all you need to know.
When was Vivo Pad released?
Vivo confirmed that it would be unveiling the
Vivo X Note,
Vivo X Fold and
Vivo Pad as part of its 11 April event, with the Pad moving to pre-order on the same day and local Chinese availability promised for only a few days later, on 15 April.
Here’s a teaser video of the Vivo Pad that the company released ahead of its unveiling:
How much does the Vivo Pad cost?
As stated, right now the Vivo Pad looks to be a Chinese-only release and as such, we only have Chinese pricing, for the time being. The Vivo Pad comes in two storage flavours (both with 8GB of RAM), priced as follows:
128GB model = ¥2,499 (approx. £300/€360/US$390/INR₹29,775/AUD$530)
256GB model = ¥2,999 (approx. £360/€430/US$470/INR₹35,735/AUD$635)
As a rough guide, here’s how much some other recent Android tablets cost:
As suspected, Vivo has priced its Pad in the same ballpark as recent Chinese rivals, the
Xiaomi Pad 5 series (namely the
Pad 5 Pro, based on the spec) and the Oppo Pad line.
Vivo is selling the Vivo Pad
direct from its
own web store, but the tablet is also going to be made available through local retailers like T-Mall.
What about the Vivo Pad specs and features?
Like pricing, the Vivo Pad’s spec sheet falls somewhere between the hardware found across the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro, with similar traits like the former’s 13Mp main rear camera and the latter’s Snapdragon 870 chipset, splitting the difference on charging speeds, with 44W fast charging.
Here’s the full spec sheet as confirmed by Vivo:
11in (2560×1600) 120Hz 16:10 IPS LCD w/ HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
8GB RAM (LPDDR4X)
128GB or 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
13Mp main sensor
8Mp front-facing camera + 3D ToF sensor
Quad stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos support
OriginOS HD (atop Android 12)
USB-C (USB 3.1)
44W fast charging
253.15mm x 164.71mm x 6.55mm
The 6.55mm CNC-milled aluminium chassis doesn’t feature any visible break lines, thanks to proprietary Vivo technology that allowed the company to hide the Pad’s antennas behind the display.
Vivo also had to adapt its existing Origin OS user experience for the Vivo Pad’s larger 11in display size and aspect ratio, resulting in what it’s dubbed ‘OriginOS HD’. This variation on Origin OS offers easy split-screen multitasking and can even mirror your smartphone screen with quick pairing via NFC.
The Pad’s single USB-C port facilitates USB 3.1-certified transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, allowing you to connect external storage, while the company is also selling a separate Vivo Pad Stylus (¥349), Vivo Pad Smart Touch Keyboard – complete with a multitouch trackpad (¥599) and Vivo Pad Smart Cover (¥199) to expand the tablet’s productivity chops.
Whether the Vivo Pad makes it to markets elsewhere remains to be seen but if you’re curious to know what it’s up against, check out our guide to the
best tablets and
best Android tablets to see which rival devices you should also consider.
Also, check out episode 110 of our weekly podcast
Fast Charge, where we discuss the launch of the Vivo Pad (along with the Vivo X Fold and X Note) in more depth.
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Tech Advisor contributor Martyn has been involved with tech ever since the arrival of his ZX Spectrum back in the early 80s. He covers iOS, Android, Windows and macOS, writing tutorials, buying guides and reviews.