A OnePlus Pad before disassembly. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
OnePlus has seen a sharp drop in reputation for the performance of its flagship smartphones in JerryRigEverything’s durability tests over the past few generations, from which it is only just recovering. Therefore, the ultra-thin pad of the first generation could be a cause for concern. However, the tablet’s resistance to damage seems just as encouraging as its repairability.
The OnePlus Pad is the OEM’s first-ever 11.6-inch display, but it’s even thinner than its smartphone cousins the 10 Pro and 10T. Therefore, the appearance of the first tablet on JerryRigEverything’s YouTube channel may have proved worrying for its users.
The video actually made for “awkward” content — at least for the more fragile Series 10. In response to the flex test, the pad sagged worryingly on the front but not on the back, outperforming not only the latest in-house flagship smartphones but even an iPad or two.
It also appears that the OnePlus Pad is relatively repairable by third-party vendors and can be opened via the front panel – provided care is taken with the delicate flex cables for the power button. The Stylo magnetic accessory’s “exquisite” copper-rich interior was also praised – in fact, apparently it would be even better in a transparent form: something perhaps not worth considering should this OEM ever make a tablet.
All in all, the OnePlus Pad looks set to be a robust and potentially more sustainable (considering it even comes with its own 67W SuperVOOC charger in the box) proponent of the resurgent Android tablet space.
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