The launch of this year’s OnePlus Pad was a pleasant surprise, thanks to a combination of good hardware paired with a reasonable price tag. With that being said however, the OnePlus Pad still goes beyond the 400-quid price bracket, which for some buyers might still be a bit expensive. With that in mind, OnePlus recently announced a newer and more budget-friendly Android tablet.
Known as the OnePlus Pad Go, the new device is priced at just around half of its older sibling, although there’s a catch – the tablet is currently only available to Indian markets. On the other hand, it’s very likely that OnePlus will announce availability for more regions soon, giving budget tablet hunters a pretty good option. But what can you expect with the OnePlus Pad Go?
External Design and Display
In terms of looks, the OnePlus Pad Go doesn’t stray too much from the design language established by the company’s more expensive model. It retains a rounded rectangle look with considerably-curved corners, as well as the camera placement on the rear panel. This is an interesting design choice especially when compared to the myriad of Android tablets out there, which tend to place the rear cameras on the upper left corner. For audio, the tablet uses a quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support.
As for display hardware, the OnePlus Pad Go features a considerably large 11-inch IPS LCD screen with a 1720 x 2408 pixel resolution. It’s not an OLED panel, but given the lower price tag this is an understandable choice. The large display should be enough for most users who intend to use the tablet for media consumption, social media, as well as web browsing. The display also features a 90Hz refresh rate, a much-welcome feature especially for the price.
Internal Specs and Cameras
For performance, OnePlus has decided to go with a MediaTek Helio G99 chip inside the OnePlus Pad Go, which is aided by 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of expandable storage, meaning you’ll get to use your micro SD cards on the device. Powering the tablet is an 8,000 mAh battery, a common sight on most Android tablets these days – it also features support for 33W fast-charging using OnePlus’ Super VOOC charging tech.
Being that it is a OnePlus device, the tablet will come with Oxygen OS on top of Android 13, which gets you access to some pre-installed apps and software features from OnePlus. This also means support for exclusive software such as Clipboard Sharing, Shared Gallery, and Auto Connect functions that allow users to easily work between their OnePlus phone and the tablet.
There’s a standard array of cameras on the device, which include 8MP cameras on the back and front – no ultra-wide or telephoto sensors on here, although those are usually reserved for smartphones and ultra high-end tablets.
Pricing and Availability
As we mentioned earlier, the OnePlus Pad Go is currently only available for buyers in Indian markets, although it’s very likely that we’ll see it launch for more regions in the coming months. As for price, the tablet goes for ₹23,999, which is around £230-240 when converted. This is around half the asking price for the “standard” OnePlus Pad, and if released in the UK could prove to be popular for Android buyers, especially OnePlus fans.