If you want a tablet with a Super AMOLED screen, you usually have to get an expensive one from Samsung. Well, that changed with the Alldocube X. This one has an AMOLED display too and the screen is built by Samsung. Other specs include a hexa-core CPU, a metal body, and a fingerprint scanner. With prices starting at around 270 US Dollars it is much cheaper than a Galaxy Tab S4 or S5e. So, is it a good tablet? That’s what we’ll discuss in this Alldocube X review.
By the way, you can buy Alldocube X almost worldwide. I’ve gotten my review unit from the import shop Banggood. They sell it for around 270 US Dollars.
Design & Build Quality
Its build quality is a positive surprise. Even though Alldocube is known for cheaper tablets, we’re getting a full metal body. It feels like a premium device that can almost play in the same league as Apple does. You can’t bend it and it looks nice.
When looking at its pricing, it’s more of a middle-class tablet. And considering that, it is quite thin with 6.9mm and the weight of just under 500g is alright.
On the left side, we get a power button and the volume buttons. You can charge it using its USB C port on its right side. You can connect accessories too. In addition to that, the tablet features a standard headphone jack. And between those two ports sits a fingerprint scanner. When holding it in portrait orientation, that position is far from ideal. However, I think most will use it in landscape view.
Anyways. The fingerprint sensor works precisely. I’ve noticed that it’s slower than the ones from Apple and Huawei though. Most of the time it takes one or two seconds until the screen gets unlocked.
There’s a microSD card slot on the top. If you want, you can mount it as internal storage and use it to extend your internal storage. Not just for data but for apps too.
Speakers & Cameras
On the top, Alldocube X has two speakers. While the sound quality is better than I’m used to from some inexpensive tablets from China, it’s far from perfect. I’d describe it as alright. However, the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 does have much better bass and a clearer overall sound.
Both cameras offer a resolution of 8 megapixels. And both cameras are kind of bad and look blurry even though the resolution is decent. Oh, and the front-facing camera can record 480p videos only.
Display: Super AMOLED from Samsung
Let’s get to its major highlight: The display. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, the Alldocube X features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. According to Alldocube, it is the same screen Samsung uses in their tablet. That might be true. And it has the same resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. This is a nice and high resolution which results in a very sharp display.
Overall, I like this OLED screen a lot. Especially when I consider how inexpensive it is. We’re getting a laminated display with wide viewing angles and deep blacks. That’s one of the advantages of OLED screens and visible when you compare it to a standard LCD screen.
While its brightness is good for its price, tablets like the iPad Pro are brighter. I think its color temperature is fine too. With that being said, the saturation is a bit much. Alldocube went a bit too far here and colors can sometimes look too saturated. But, well, that kind of sounds like early Samsung tablets.
I like to use tablets to edit photos and I wouldn’t do it with this screen. But when watching movies or playing games, the colors look very nice. Everybody I showed this tablet really liked the screen.
By the way, the touchscreen works great too. However, it does not support any kind of active pen.
Hardware & Performance
Let’s check out the internal hardware. The Alldocube X features a MediaTek MT8176 hexa-core processor. Its cores clock with up to 2.1GHz. We also get 4GB of RAM and a 64GB internal storage. 4G is not an option.
This MediaTek MT8176 is an older chip that I’ve reviewed inside the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 already. It was one of the fastest tablets available – in 2016. Yes, that one was released in 2016.
You can see in my benchmark comparison that this chipset belongs to the middle-class nowadays. In AnTuTu and Geekbench it gets similar results as the Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 gets. They both cost about the same. To be fair, the single-core performance of the Alldocube X is a bit better than of the Huawei one. However, it’s also important to note that the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 gets better results in AnTuTu.
In my day to day use the performance is very similar to other middle-class tablets. Common apps like YouTube or Chrome run great. You can also surf the web on Alldocube X without any issues.
Simple multitasking is possible – we can thank those 4GB of RAM for that. But, as you might expect, you can’t use it as heavily as you can a premium tablet. Then you will see some stuttering.
Let’s check out some games. Most of them run pretty well. Among those is PUBG Mobile which you can play with balanced settings. But you can’t set the graphics to HD. The zombie shooter Into The Dead 2 is playable with medium graphics. However, it stutters too much with high settings.
Warhammer 40000 Freeblade runs nice and smooth. That’s not the case with Shadowgun Legends though. I’ve noticed some heavier lags here.
Overall, Alldocube X has a decent gaming performance. But I should also note that the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019 got better results in my gaming test.
The Alldocube X is shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo. Yes, we don’t get Android 9 Pie and I don’t know if it will ever get an update. It probably won’t but I hope to be shown otherwise. On the positive side, it did get a small update while I’ve been reviewing it. So maybe Alldocube will continue to work on its software.
I like that we get pure Android which means we don’t have to live with a heavy UI. The only pre-installed apps are the standard ones from Google.
While vanilla Android is awesome, I did notice something weird with the browser. It’s always showing the desktop view of websites. And that’s the case even when holding it in portrait mode. I played with its display settings, but nothing fixed that. And it does not seem to be an issue of Chrome because the same happens in Microsoft’s Edge.
It’s also a bit disappointing that it has a Widevine Level of L3. That means you can’t watch Netflix or Amazon Video in HD. That’s the case for lots of competitors. You can watch YouTube in up to 1440p though.
The battery life is very disappointing. In my battery test, the Alldocube X got a runtime of 7 hours and 30 minutes only. For this test, I’m always looping an HD video at medium brightness.
Yes, those 7.5 hours are a bad result. I think it might be so bad because of its high resolution and its older processor. One positive aspect is that it’s not losing much energy while in standby.
Alldocube X Review: Final Verdict
Alright, let’s get to my final verdict. If you consider how inexpensive it is, the Alldocube X offers a premium-feeling metal body and a very good Super AMOLED screen. I also like that we get pure Android and a fingerprint scanner. While its performance is not outstanding, it is similar to what other middle-class tablets offer.
With that being said, there are some downsides. The cameras and speakers are not good, but I could live with that. Its short battery life is more of a disappointment. You won’t be able to use it on a long-haul flight without bringing a charging cable.
I can recommend the Alldocube X if you are looking for a tablet with a Super AMOLED screen but don’t want to spend tons of money for a Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 or Tab S5e. For this price, the display really is good.
Let’s look at some possible alternatives.
A cheaper competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 2019. While it has an LCD screen with a full HD resolution only, its performance is a bit better and it has longer battery life. While it has 2GB of RAM only and no fingerprint scanner, its software probably will be kept up to date longer.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 is another interesting alternative. It features a metal body, four speakers, a longer battery life, and a fingerprint scanner too. While the performance is similar, it has a standard IPS screen.
Current tablets with Super AMOLED screens are the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab S5e which are both much better. However, they are much pricier too.
- Pretty Super AMOLED screen
- Full metal body
- Pure Android
- Fingerprint scanner
- Very inexpensive
- Short battery life
- Bad speakers
- Bad cameras
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