Review: Teclast M40 Air Tablet

Review: Teclast M40 Air Tablet: Light metal tablet with many extras, 8GB RAM- It is a premium device featuring a lightweight metal design.

Unboxing and Contents

The Teclast M40 Air tablet arrives in the familiar Teclast packaging, containing essential components for an enhanced user experience:

  • The tablet itself
  • Charging cable
  • Charger
  • Pre-applied screen protector film (additional protection film included)
  • SIM pin
  • User’s Guide

Aesthetic and Build Quality

The tablet boasts a sophisticated grey metal casing that is visually appealing and robust. With 24 x 16 cm dimensions and a slim 8 mm profile, it weighs just 447 grams, making it impressively lightweight for its features. The bezels are slightly thicker, accommodating a top indicator LED. The build quality is sturdy, and the device feels solid in hand.

Display and Visual Experience

The tablet sports a sizable 10.1″ display with a resolution of 1920*1200 pixels. The IPS display, factory-filmed, ensures vibrant visuals and good brightness levels. The touchscreen is responsive, and there is no noticeable distortion when viewing from different angles.

Performance and Hardware Specifications

Powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor, the tablet has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage (expandable up to 1TB via microSD card). This configuration delivers reliable performance, as reflected in its AnTuTu score of 220,955.

Thermal Management and Performance

Thermal throttling, a potential concern with prolonged usage, is minimal in the Teclast M40 Air. During a 1-hour session of 100% load, the performance reduction remains modest at around 10%, even in a 25°C environment.

Connectivity and Port Options

While lacking a 3.5mm audio jack, the tablet offers a Type-C to-jack converter. Connectivity options encompass:

  • Type-C port (with OTG support)
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • microSD memory card slot
  • Dual microphones
  • Dual SIM slots

Wireless Performance

With its AC Wi-Fi capability, the tablet achieves impressive wireless speeds of around 350 Mbit/s, ensuring a smooth online experience.

Storage Speed and Capacity

While not record-breaking, the internal storage provides adequate performance. Sequential writing speed hovers around 200 MByte/sec, with a 515 MByte/sec reading speed.

Gaming Capability

The tablet’s AnTuTu score suggests it is not tailored for hardcore gaming. However, it handles games like PUBG smoothly at recommended settings.

Audio Quality

Equipped with four speakers, the tablet offers an enhanced audio experience. The speakers deliver satisfactory sound quality, and the tablet supports Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and earphones.

Camera Functionality

Featuring an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and an additional LED flash on the back, the tablet provides serviceable camera quality, though not exceptional.

Communication and GPS

The dual SIM slots enable phone calls and mobile internet usage. Call quality is acceptable, and the built-in GPS functions reliably.

Streaming and Content Consumption

Applications like Netflix, Disney, and HBO function well on the tablet, with the exception of Netflix, which is restricted to SD resolution (Widevine L3), potentially limiting the viewing experience on the expansive display.

Operating System and User Interface

Running on Android 11 with minimal bloatware, the tablet offers a clean user experience. The interface includes multiple tabs and an app drawer for seamless navigation.

Battery Life and Charging

With a 6000mAh battery capacity, the tablet offers adequate power. Charging occurs through the Type-C connector at 18W. Expected usage times at 50% brightness include:

  • 10 hours of online video (Full HD)
  • 7.5 hours of 3D gaming (PUBG)
  • 5 hours under 100% load

Network Support

The tablet supports two SIMs or a SIM and memory card. Additionally, it offers comprehensive network compatibility for 4G mobile internet, including B20.

Summary: The Teclast M40 Air Tablet

In summary, the Teclast M40 Air tablet is a premium device featuring a lightweight metal design. Its performance, while not extraordinary, is still competent, supported by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The tablet stands out with its:

  • GPS and dual SIM support for 4G
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Four speakers with good sound quality

While not budget-friendly, it remains a solid choice in the current market. Drawbacks include limited Netflix resolution and the absence of a 3.5mm jack (though a Type-C to-jack converter is included).