It is not the first time that we of the staff of XiaomiToday.it we bring to your attention one review relating to a tablet, which although it is part of a segment of products that struggles to break the hearts of users, often proves to be an optimal solution for leisure time, but also for work. Today thanks to the store Banggood.com, which I personally thank for sending the sample, we will deepen our knowledge of the tablet Freer X9 produced by AllDoCube, company we have already dealt with in the past, for example with the Free Young X5 model, and that had amazed and satisfied us. Will it be the same for this new model? Let's find out together in our full review.
As per our small tradition we start from the content of the package, which is presented in opaque black color, almost velvet, while inside the equipment is really poor. In fact in addition to the tablet we will only find the USB Type-C charging cable, the user manual, a sort of warranty leaflet and a high-quality tag. Also one is applied on the tablet display transparent protective film that does not affect the fluidity of the touch but that for technical reasons I proceeded to remove. Finally Banggood he pays homage to a wall charger with European plug and 5V / 2A output.
design the Alldocube Freer X9 tablet it is rather anonymous showing itself to be without elements that distinguish its recognizability at a glance. To look at it well It looks like a giant smartphone from the 8,9 inch display with 16: 10 and a ratio physical button that resembles a fingerprint sensor but alas it is not. In fact, the physical button only allows you to return to the home from any screen or applications in which we find ourselves, or awaken the tablet from standby.
Above the display we also find a front camera but unfortunately there is no proximity and brightness sensor. The Freer X9 will not win any design awards thanks to the pretty marked frames on all the profile even if the same ones they find meaning by virtue of the size of the tablet, which involve more space for two-handed grip.
Going back to talking about design, on the upper profile of the Freer X9 tablet we find two small plastic inserts related to the reception antennas, the slit for theinsertion of a Micro SD card that will expand the internal memory with support up to 128 GBIt is also present one of the two grids used for the system stereo speaker, in fact the other is found on the lower profile accompanied by thejack input from 3,5 mm and the USB Type-C input for charging with OTG support and the main microphone. The left profile is completely clean while on the right one we find the volume rocker and the on / off button.
A positive feature of the X9 Freer is the use of thealuminum all around the perimeter of the tablet, on the physical buttons as well as on the whole back shell with reinforcement on the corners, mentre the dark gray color is treated with the anodization process, in order to guarantee protection against corrosion but also against scratches. To finish on the back we find the back chamber and a small plastic band for receiving the antennas. The X9 Freer measures 228 x 144 x 8.3 mm and weighs 366 grams, all in all compact enough for the 9 inch range. If the design is anonymous, the same can not be said for the solidity and robustness that instead they show above expectations transmitting the sensation of a premium product, underlined by the double milling that runs along the entire perimeter.
Another aspect that gives a soul to our Freer X9 tablet is the display from 8,9 inches with technology IPS and resolution from 2560 x 1600 pixels (WQXGA) with density of PPI 320 (like a retina display) e 10 touch points provided by JDI. in conclusion a display among the best we can find on devices of Chinese origin, which manages to give bright and well-calibrated colors, with a good relationship in terms of contrast and saturation. I would not dare too much but if we put the display of our X9 to that of an Apple iPad, the first would not be overshadowed.
Unfortunately there is no ambient light sensor and therefore we should manually adjust the backlighting of the screen every time, which is very bright and enjoyable even in direct sunlight, even though the range of brightness is not very wide. But if brightness is not a problem under sunlight, it could be the extreme reflective capacity of the glass that covers the display with OGS (One Glass Solution) technology, an aspect that the company has neglected perhaps thinking of using the tablet only comfortably seated on a sofa.
An aspect to be emphasized is the audio that spreads through two symmetrically distributed speakers on the lower and upper profile, which sound satisfactory, loud and clear. Perhaps the low frequencies are little charged with emphasis, while at maximum volume the high frequencies will tend to distort a hair, but on the whole the audio offered is much better than the classic mono speakers offered by the competition, even of more noble brands.
But what do we find under the hood of this tablet?
The processor takes care of the Freer X9 MediaTek MT8173, an quadcore 64 bit (2 core Cortex [Email protected] Ghz and 2 Cortex core [Email protected]) with a maximum frequency of clock to 2.0 Ghz, accompanied by one GPU Imagination PowerVR GX6250 to 700MHz. The latter two are flanked 4 GB of RAM memory LPDDR3 e 64 GB of type eMMC to be used as internal storage, expandable via micro SD card. Performance is also guaranteed by the fact that the operating system that we find on board the AllDoCube tablet is the now known Android 6.0 Marshmallow in stock version and without customization. A decidedly strange choice since the FreeYoung X5, which we had reviewed some time ago, adopted the Android version 7.0 Nougat instead.
The applications have been reduced to the essentials, providing only the Play Store, GMail and the third-party ES File Explorer app. In terms of connectivity we have no possibility of telephone functions, and then we will use our tablet only through the Bluetooth 4.0 or via the form Double-band WiFi (2.4 / 5 GHz). The latter managed to surprise me since the hotspot signal was hooked even in areas where other devices were struggling and above all the signal stability was always constant. The limited connectivity in a certain sense also limits the uses of our tablet, as we will hardly install messaging applications, exploiting the device mainly for internet browsing, use of multimedia content and some games. Ma to impress in a negative sense is the integrated GPS module, which during the period when I tested the tablet he never managed to hook the signal, except by using the smartphone as a hotspot. Undoubtedly, its functioning would have made no sense, except with the use of offline maps, but since it is present as a hardware element, its functioning would certainly have been a plus.
Unfortunately I was not able to carry out the CPU test of Geekbench, because the tablet arrived at around 80% of the same and went off, perhaps due to excessive overheating. In reality I tried to stress the tablet with heavy graphics games and doing video editing: the response was surprising and pleasantly usable. I decided then to take advantage of the dimensions of the Freer X9 e also connect an external keyboard with an integrated mouse in order to edit Word and Excel files. in conclusion if necessary, our tablet can become a portable PC station with which you can also watch videos with resolution up to 4K (absent support for files in .mkv format).
The limited stress of the AllDoCube Freer X9 will ensure that battery integrated with 5500 mAh can perform up to 4 hours and 45 minutes of active screen, performing the loop playback test of video in Full HD with brightness to 50% and WiFi enabled to receive notifications from various social and email.
Values that in a certain sense do not meet expectations, even if all this translates into the fact that our tablet could be recharged even after 3 days from the last top-up, considering that most users would use the X9 Freer for web browsing, reading mail and news, some videos on YouTube and some games with non-complex graphics. Anyway the battery is certainly able to guarantee every type of use, from the most extreme and stressful to the most pantofolaio and sofa. The recharge finally it takes place via USB Type-C cable, but with theabsence of Quick Charge support, bringing the tablet from 0 to 100% in about 3,5 hours.
Finally we talk about a often overlooked aspect of this category of products, Namely the camera that in the case of the Freer X9 on the back is a 13 megapixel unit in 4: 3 (we go down to 9,4 megapixel if we select the mode in 16: 9) with function of automatic focusing. The software is nothing short of simple offering few features like the possibility of insert or not the HDR or set the timer for shooting, but the final rendering of the photos is all in all a surprise. It must be said that land good performances are obtained with immobile subjects while the background noise and various smudges are immediately out with the movement of the same, but the final quality is very good when compared to the majority of tablets on the market.
The focus is really slow for both photos and videos, which can be shot with resolution Full HD 1080p. The yield of the latter is discreet especially in conditions of good lighting even if the color rendering seems slightly faded and sometimes you notice the loss of details. On the other hand, we find one instead selfie camera from 5 megapixel (let's go down to 3,7 megapixel if we select the mode in 16: 9, video to 480p) for which the same considerations made for the rear one are worth more or less with the negative difference that in this case the defects become even more marked. I don't understand why the photographic aspect on the tablets is always left out; maybe the producers think it's awkward to take pictures and shoot videos with a generously sized tablet?
This table I found on the net reports some features of the Freer X9 tablet compared to similar models, and this reveals that the tablet proposed by AllDoCube is very close to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3, but offering a higher screen resolution.
The personal choice of buying a tablet is influenced by significant factors, but the AllDoCube Freer X9 has like strengths, and at the same time disadvantage, the extreme ease of use and hardware. In fact, we do not have the fingerprint sensor that could prove to be an obstacle for someone, while for others it adds value to privacy. But the build quality is undoubtedly a plus, So like stereo sound, the color rendering of the display and the guaranteed daily performance make the Freer X9 tablet suitable for most users who prefer to spend their money on a product that is not only aimed at the aesthetics and the brand they belong to , but that is practical, functional and reliable. Unfortunately, however, the price is not the most competitive, and likewise we can find cheaper and perhaps even better products. I thank the store once again Banggood to whom you can contact for the purchase of the AllDoCube Freer X9.
The tablet Freer X9 proposed by AllDoCube in some respects seems to backtrack compared to what we had become accustomed with the Free Young X5 model. From its are excellent materials and construction, a display comparable to that of the most famous iPad and the versatility with which it manages to face situations despite the "limited" hardware. Unfortunately, there are also many shadows so we can not turn a blind eye by virtue of the price to which it is proposed.
- Good build quality
- Use aluminum on the whole body and profiles
- Good image quality display with perfect contrast levels
- 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage space
- Great for browsing the web
- Stereo sound
- WiFi signal
- The GPS was unusable
- Excessive overheating in benchmark tests
- Obsolete system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow without current updates
- Lack of brightness sensor