Dragon Touch is Chinese brand specialized in developing affordable electronics products like tablets, action cameras, digital photo frames, or baby monitors. I am not new to this brand because I used their picture frame last year and was quite impressed with its quality. The Dragon Touch MAX10 Plus cost less than $150 when I made this review, is this a good deal for users on a budget?
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Unboxing & Setup
Features & Performance
Although the MAX10 Plus is a budget tablet, it actually has a very good design and build quality. Apart from the front screen, the sides and the back cover is made of plastic. However, the tablet feels quite sturdy and solid in my hand. It is even heavier than I expected; Specifically, it weighs 1.28 lbs which is heavier than the iPad 10.2 (1.06 lbs).
Dragon Touch doesn’t disclose full specs on their product page but it is probably powered by the Unisoc SC9863A, an entry-level octa-core chipset with 8 ARM Cortex-A55 cores in two clusters (4x Arm Cortex A55 @ 1.6Ghz and 4x Arm Cortex A55 @ 1.2Ghz). This is also the same processor used on Dragon Touch MAX10. Besides, it has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Fortunately, the storage is expandable with a microSD card (up to 128GB). The microSD card and SIM card slots are hidden under a cover on the back.
The specs are actually better than many budget tablets in the same price range. You can see the CPU benchmark results using Geekbench below.
The performance is, of course, not as smooth and responsive as high-end tablets but it is totally acceptable for most of us. I could easily play full-HD videos or movies on Youtube and Netflix smoothly. There was no hiccup during video playback. The MAX10 Plus manages to run most games on the Play Store, however, you can see performance or graphics downgrade when playing GPU intensive games. For instance, when I played Asphalt 9, the tablet can still run the game fairly well but the 3D rendering comes with a lot of jagged edges; Therefore, the game looks less attractive with downgraded graphics.
Despite being a cheap tablet, it features a 10.1-inch Full-HD 1080p IPS screen and I really enjoy viewing content with this device. Either for viewing webpages or movies, the picture quality is really impressive as everything looks sharp and clear. I made a comparison between this display and an iPad; The differences are indistinguishable if you don’t place them side by side. The Dragon Touch’s display is really amazing with great viewing angle. The only disadvantage is that the image looks too bright in dark scenes, so the black doesn’t look black at all. Besides, the screen is too dim and glossy when using outdoors.
The machine runs on Android 10 and this seems to be the stock version. Therefore, you won’t see a bunch of bloatware; There are just some pre-installed Google apps like Gmail, Google Drive, or Youtube which most of us have to install anyways. Opening and switching between apps have just a little delay but it wouldn’t cause any annoying experience.
The MAX10 Plus is equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery which is good enough for all-day use. However, if you play games or videos continuously, it could last just about 3-5 hours.
You can also find a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera with flash. The quality of those sensors is disappointing and you shouldn’t rely on them for capturing images. I only used the front camera occasionally for Google Duo video calls.
Overall, the Dragon Touch MAX10 Plus is a decent budget tablet and I have no complaint so far. If you just look for an inexpensive tablet to read book, webpages, or stream online videos, the MAX10 Plus is good enough for most average consumers. You absolutely shouldn’t pay more for those purposes. You can consider a more high-end device when you want to play graphics-demanding games.
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