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The Teclast T50 tablet combines many of the features of an Android smartphone, but with the advantages of an 11-inch, 120 Hz screen for working, reading, or viewing multimedia content. One of its most relevant characteristics is its price, which follows the company’s premise of bringing cutting-edge technology to users with a smaller budget.
With 8/128 GB of storage capacity, an Octa-Core CPU, and 4G connectivity with a SIM card, you can take it anywhere without limitations, along with a 7500 mAh battery that will last for many hours of use. It already comes with the Android 12 operating system, and we can assure you that it runs smoothly for all kinds of tasks. Let’s explore it in great detail!
The Teclast T50 2023 tablet boasts refined finishes and materials to enhance its presence and user experience. The device is made of glass on the front and aluminum on the back. Its dimensions have been optimized to increase the screen-to-body ratio up to 89%, and it’s even thinner than a 7.5mm smartphone, providing a comfortable grip with one or two hands. However, the device does not come with a protective case.
The screen area features black borders with a slim 10mm thickness on the top and sides to provide a uniform and pleasant look for the user. The rounded corners of both the chassis and the screen resemble those of a smartphone, although the IPS panel generates a slight shadow at the edge. The tablet has not been specified to have Gorilla Glass protection, so it is recommended to be cautious with scratches and to at least keep the plastic protector that comes with the device. The front-facing camera sensor is located in the upper edge when in landscape mode.
The Teclast T50 tablet features a full aluminum unibody on the back that covers the edges with the same block. The silver-gray surface is completely smooth with good resistance to fingerprints, although the black quality indicators may detract from its appearance. However, they can be removed since they are basically a sticker. The rear island-type sensor is located in the upper corner, raised approximately 1 mm from the main plane and clearly inspired by smartphones.
The borders of the Teclast T50 tablet are an integral part of the back panel, with a rounded design that enhances the grip. In the upper area, there is a plastic segment that covers the center and the grilles of the two speakers, and right next to it, there is the Dual SIM and Micro SD removable tray. The bottom edge only has the two speaker grilles, while the right side is completely free. On the left side, there are the power and volume buttons, microphone, and USB-C port for data transfer and charging.
Screen display and audio performance
The Teclast T50 tablet’s screen panel is an 11-inch LCD IPS with an FHD resolution of 2000x1200p, generating a density of 224 ppi. One of its standout features is the 120 Hz refresh rate, which provides a smooth user experience for both the system and applications, as well as internet browsing.
It has a typical brightness of 350 nits, a 78-channel multi-touch matrix, and a 48×30 grid. It also features T-Color 2.0 color optimization technology to provide good color profiling and quality. In this aspect, it seems to be an excellent quality panel. However, the viewing angles are a bit narrow, losing brightness when we exceed 165º, both vertically and horizontally.
The sound section is composed of four speakers located on the tablet’s top and bottom edges, providing us with a stereo output with a surround sensation. The speakers offer high output power without distortion, in addition to an excellent balance between frequencies with acceptable bass presence. We are very satisfied with its performance, as you can see in this screenshot, which is enough to enjoy multimedia content that is typical of a more expensive tablet.
Performance and connectivity
Let’s move on to the performance section where the Teclast T50 has a lot to offer at least to provide us with a smooth experience at the application and operating system levels, with the ability to run typical mobile games such as Asphalt 9 or PUBG, although in low quality, of course. However, we will see that the hardware is somewhat outdated or basic for being in 2023, even as a mid-range/low-end model.
The device features a Unisoc Tiger T618 processor with 8 cores, 2 A75 at 2.0 GHz and 6 A55 at 1.8 GHz, based on 12nm architecture, and comes with an ARM Mali-G52-MP2 GPU. It is the same SoC that is used in the Teclast T40 Plus model or even the Teclast M40, dating back to about 2 years ago. This means that the manufacturer has made a rather outdated choice for 2023, so we expect to see a newer SoC in future models.
The RAM and storage configuration remains the same as the T40 Pro with 8 GB LPDDR4 and 128 GB of storage, which is eMMC 5.1 type, slower in any case than the UFS technology that should be implemented at this point. Storage can be expanded through the removable tray for NanoSIM cards with Micro SD support.
Regarding connectivity, the Teclast T50 features a 4G LTE modem with a dual NanoSIM slot, Wi-Fi 5 dual-band + Bluetooth 5.0 LE, and a geolocation system with GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. However, it does not have NFC or a 3.5 mm jack, which would be appreciated for using the tablet during travels if we don’t have USB-C or wireless headphones.
Battery, biometric sensors and OS
The Teclast T50 comes with the Android 12 operating system out of the box, maintaining a faithful layer to the native one with hardly any modifications in terms of menus or theme, beyond the wallpaper. In addition to being unobtrusive, there are very few additional applications installed by default, only a few from YouTube.
As for additional features, Teclast does not implement an option to modify the screen refresh rate, so it will always be fixed at 120 Hz, although we can modify the color. It includes a function to schedule automatic tablet shutdown and startup, a dark theme, and Google’s own emergency and health services.
As a biometric unlocking system, we only have the Android facial recognition, which has worked quite fast. It struggles a bit when lighting conditions become complicated, we would say a bit more than smartphones, but we still recommend its use. Ideally, a fingerprint reader on the back or side could have been included to cover those limitations in lighting conditions.
Lastly, we will talk about the battery, where the Teclast T50 shines like its previous models with a 7500 mAh capacity and 18W charging. While the fast charging is not very fast, the duration extends over 16-17 hours of screen time at 40% brightness, and with normal use on networks and internet with Wi-Fi, we won’t have much problem in extending it for around 3 to 4 days.
In comparison to its previous version, the Teclast T40 Pro, the Teclast T50 has undergone significant improvements in the camera department. The application has surprised us with its wide range of modes, including panoramic, pro, video, time-lapse, QR reader, and ultra-resolution on the rear panel.
The rear camera uses a 20 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor, which has shown decent performance in photography as long as we have good lighting conditions. It doesn’t reach the level of a smartphone, but it’s the best we’ve tested so far for mid-range and low-end tablets with good sharpness, decent focus, and even good behavior indoors.
However, in backlit captures, with front-facing sun, or in motion, the result worsens considerably, and it tends to burn the image easily. Therefore, we need to work on exposure control to obtain the best possible result. In terms of video recording, it’s not a particularly attractive option, and we see more use for static group video calls or conferences since it has a capacity of only 1080p at 30 FPS.
For the type of device, the front 8 MP sensor has also offered more than decent performance, and we see good sharpness in the foreground. However, beyond this, photos in backlit and slightly more challenging conditions worsen considerably.
Final thoughts about the Teclast T50 11-inch tablet
Teclast has offered us its best tablet to date, which inherits the hardware of the Teclast T40 Pro and improves aspects such as 4G connectivity, cameras, screen, or battery to try to be a solid option in the entry-level range, and some features of the mid-range.
The design and construction quality are quite good, with an aluminum chassis, very thin, and a good grip with one or two hands, adjusting its weight to 510g, although there are no details on whether there is anti-scratch glass or not. Once again, the screen is above its price, not only for offering excellent image quality but also for having 120 Hz and a better-utilized 11″ diagonal. It’s true that it loses some brightness outdoors, with only 350 nits of brightness.
This type of tablet is mainly used for multimedia content, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best options for its price thanks to its excellent sound quality, fast touch input, and a battery capable of lasting more than 15 hours of screen time at 40% brightness. We believe that the hardware needs an update since it has been repeated in several models of the brand since 2020, but it’s still valid for running typical mobile games. We are satisfied with the performance of Android 12 and how clean it comes from the factory, and we have been surprised by how well the cameras work in good lighting conditions.