Onda v712 Dual Core tablet Hands on Review

2012 has been a big year for the mobile and tablet industry. Release of iOS 6 , Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8 being the highlights of this year. Although Google released it’s first tablet, the Nexus 7, it is the Chinese who have been driving the Android tablet industry.

Today I have with me Onda v712 dual core tablet which is the Chinese reply to Nexus 7.
Can the Onda v712 really be an alternative to Nexus 7, especially with it’s $150 price tag ?
Let us find out.

Packaging and Bundle
Onda v712 Packaging

Packaging is decent for a cheap chinese tab

The tablet comes in a white cardboard box. The package includes the tablet and the charger / data cable. There is no bundled earphone. I would have loved to have a protective pouch too. The bundled user manual is in Chinese and is of not much use.

Design and Build

The design is really good and on par with Google’s Nexus 7. It is thin on the edges and sturdy in build. The back face is metallic and gives it a nice expensive look. It is really nice to see that Onda has taken care of the aesthetics too.

The back plate is metallic

Due to the unique curved design the side edges look more thin than they really are.

There is a 0.3MP front facing camera and a 2MP camera at the back but no flash. There is a thick bezel around the 7 inch screen.

Connectivity and Buttons
Onda v712 Connectors and ports

microSD + miniHDMI + microUSB

Almost all the connectors and hardware buttons on the Onda v712 is located at the bottom of the tab (When held in portrait mode) except the 3.5mm audio jack, which at the top corner.

The bottom panel houses a power button and a home button. I didn’t like the positioning of the power and home buttons as they feel really awkward to use.
There is a reset jumper located near the power button in case of any emergencies. In addition to that there is a micro SD card slot, mini HDMI out and micro USB port. It is surprising to see a micro USB port on the Onda v712 as usually the Chinese tabs use mini USB connectors and they are a bit harder to find.

Also Onda v712 is HDMI 1.4 capable and therefore you can view movies on your TV after connecting to it in Full HD.

Display

I have to admit that the display is the main highlight of the v712. It features a stunning 7” IPS panel with a resolution of 1280×800 which is unseen in many tablets in it’s class. The colours are vibrant and there is no backlight bleeding as well. The viewing angles are also really awesome.

Onda v712 Display

7″ IPS Display with a resolution of 1280 x 800

 Performance

Thanks to the awesome Mali 400 GPU (the same as Samsung Galaxy SII)and Amlogic 1.5Ghz dual core CPU , it runs any game I throw at it super smooth. A score of 7745 on Antutu Benchmark is impressive. The touchscreen is responsive and it makes playing games on it a joy.
I could play Full HD 1080p videos easily and even connect to my TV through the HDMI port.

 Software
Onda v712 Google Play

Play Store

Onda v712 comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the Onda it will soon be upgradable to Jelly Bean. It supports Google Play Store by default unlike some of it’s Chinese siblings.

The default language is Chinese and I had to remove a lot of Chinese crapware using Titanium Backup. The default firmware v1.4 was buggy and was giving me some problems like occasional crashes. I had to download  a new version v1.5 from their official website www.onda.cn which unfortunately was in chinese.

Also the v1.5 firmware has no GApps support and I had to push Gapps (Play Store, Contacts, Gmail etc) using ‘adb shell’.

You can download the latest firmware from this link : http://file2.mydrivers.com/ondata/download/driver/oamp3/V712D/V712D-V2_v1.5.zip

The firmware still lacks much desired features like the ability to change WiFi Sleep Policy, which would have been useful because as of now the tablet turns off WiFi once the screen sleeps, to save battery which can be annoying because all your downloads will be paused and you will stop receiving notifications for Gmail, Facebook etc.

Battery

The battery is  5000 mAH and lasts about 4 hours on continuous heavy use. It can last for a week on standby. Although it is really unfortunate that the battery is not user replaceable which seems to be the trend these days with devices like iPhones and HTC One X.

Conclusion

The Onda v712 Dual Core tablet is a really good buy for it’s price considering it’s features and performance. I bought it for $165 from Aliexpress.com. The 7” IPS screen is gorgeous and is perfect for gaming.

I hope Onda fixes the problems with the firmware considering it is the only letdown in the package.

Specifications
CPU Dual Core 1.5GHz
GPU Dual Core Mali400
OS Android 4.0.3
RAM 1GB DDR3
Storage 16GB
Screen Type Capacitive Screen
Display 7 inch IPS screen, 1280*800 resolution, Multi-Touch
Camera Dual Camera Front 0.3 Megapixels,Back 2.0 Megapixels
Memory Card MicroSD upto 32GB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3G Not built in
Battery 5000MAh

9 Responses to “Onda v712 Dual Core tablet Hands on Review”
  1. Aymen

    I had the same device 2 days ago. In store it worked well and I tried Google play and logged in with gmail address. Now all google apps doesn’t connect to server and all google sites doesn’t open as if they are blocked. I bought from China and now I’m in Egypt and thought there must be a way to let that work coz it worked at first use.

  2. leon

    the battery is not 5000Mah but 3000Mah, i own this device and have to say its simply stunning. Unfortunately poor battery lets it down, if the battery life was better this would be the device of the year in my opinion, ik its not quad core like the nexus, but its damn fast and plays everything i throw at it

  3. Antonio

    does the onda v712 arrive already rooted or do i have to root by myself?

  4. jaycmacaso

    onda v712 is rooted already

  5. Ron

    Onda V712 review (with Ouad core processor ), 2 of 5 stars

    + Fast experience with wifi internet
    + Good IPS screen and resolution
    – Screen display surface of a very soft material, soon scratches
    – Not very stabile sometimes apps won’t start
    – Battery life short, max 2-3 hours
    – Lot of apps don’t work with installed Android 4.1 also newest
    Conclusion: For the paid price (€ 137 incl Tax) I expected more quality

  6. lalaloopsie

    it’s not worth to buy…I bought these unit on Nov 2012 then on January 2013 the panel touch suddenly not working. I did not drop it at all. Then I went back to the store where I bought then they changed the panel touch. But after 2 months again the panel touch isn’t working at all. I was really frustated that I wasn’t able to use it that long. After 5 days without using the tablet the battery was bloated that the tablet cracked open!!It sucks!

  7. minusx

    it’s great problem about battery.Charge is problematic and is inadequade.

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