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XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad: Specs & Everything You Should Know

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XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad

XP Pen’s Magic Drawing Pad represents an entry into the Android market targeting the artistic and creative crowd. Released in January 2024, a major focus of the Magic Drawing Pad lies in its X3 Pro Pencil and the surrounding experience of creating art on this tablet. It features a 12.2-inch display and comes with 256GB of storage.

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Read: Our XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad Review

Highlights

  • X3 Pro Pencil stylus with 16K pressure levels, no battery needed
  • X-Paper surface promising a “papery feel”
  • 109% sRGB display
  • 1440p, 12.2″ display
  • 256GB storage
  • Comes with case, drawing glove and replacement pen tips

Full Specifications

Tablet XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad
Operating System Android 12, not upgradable
Display 12.2 inches 2160 x 1440 60 Hz
Processor Octa-core MT8771 (2 x A76 2.4GHz, 6 x A55 2.0GHz)
Graphics ARM G57 MC2
Storage 256 GB
Expandable Supports Micro SD, 512GB expandable
Memory (RAM) 8 GB
Main Camera 13 Megapixel 
Front Camera 8 Megapixel 
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1
Ports and Connections USB Type-C
Battery Li-Po 8000 mAh 9V = 2A or 5V = 3A wired charging
Security Facial recognition unlock
Dimensions
279 x 192 x 6.9 mm
Weight 599 g

XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad: An Overview

xp pen magic drawing pad accessories

The Magic Drawing Pad comes with everything you need for illustrations and notetaking out-of-the-box, and a big part of it involves the X3 Pro Pencil which has 16K levels of pressure sensitivity. You also get a glove for easier movements on the screen and replacement pen tips. Another aspect involves the “papery feel” from the X-Paper surface which XP Pen says uses “AG etched technology to emulate the friction and resistance of premium paper as you move the stylus across the surface of the pad, while reducing unwanted glare and fingerprints.” The 12.2-inch display with a 3:2 ratio comes close to the size of writing on a Letter- or A4-sized paper. For note-taking, this allows you to write at a size that you’re comfortable with. XP Pen has also chosen to include several apps meant for drawing and notetaking, including:

  • ArtRage Oils (for art)
  • Bamboo Paper (for notetaking and writing)
  • Concepts (for art)
  • Notes (for notetaking and writing)
  • ibisPaint X (for art)
  • MediBang Paint (for art)
  • WPS Office – for annotating PDFs

On the performance front, the XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad comes with an eight-core MT8771 processor and ARM G57 MC2 GPU, which performs at a lower-mid tier based on our Geekbench 5 and 3D Mark benchmarks. XP Pen quotes the battery life of the Magic Drawing Pen to be 13 hours at 30% brightness. We came to a different conclusion using our YouTube, 100% brightness test.

xp pen magic drawing pad pressure sensitivity

Pricing and Availability

Official prices for the Magic Drawing Pad as of January 2024 are $499 or 499 Euros.

Magic Drawing Pad Alternatives

The Magic Drawing Pad’s price wedges it between two competitors. You could save $150 and buy the Lenovo Tab P12 (379 Euros/$349) or pay $100 more for a Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ (599 Euro/$599). Both include a stylus, and are about 12″ in size but have 128GB of storage. Note that the Magic Drawing Pad comes with 256GB by default at its $499 price tag — on the other two tablets, you will pay extra to get 256GB of storage. The Lenovo Tab P12 offers competitive performance at a lower price, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ offers better performance and a higher refresh rate. Whether the Magic Drawing Pad comes down to whether you enjoy the writing and drawing experience on XP Pen’s latest product, as we elaborate in our review of the Magic Drawing Pad.

XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad
The XP Pen Magic Drawing Pad has a large 12.2-inch IPS screen that is bright, vivid and gives a paper-like drawing experience together with its X3 Pro Pencil. While it has two strong competitors from Lenovo and Samsung, with the S9 FE+ offering much better performance, the Magic Drawing Pen is great for artists and people who want a nice writing experience.
Positive
  • Stylus with 16K pressure points
  • Good screen
  • Useful software selection
Negative
  • Average processor/GPU
  • Price
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