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Teclast M20 Review: Made for Entertainment

The butterfly effect is known to everyone. Everything in the world is interconnected, but sometimes the connection between things is very amazing. For example, the Teclast C430 has been launched (and purchased by us) 8 years ago. And no one could guess it may appear in a review of another Teclast product in 2018. Today we are going to disclose all the details of the Teclast M20 4G tablet PC.

Many are not familiar with this brand. But it is a relatively old brand that began gaining momentum after 2010. In 2007, before Steve Jobs made the first iPhone, the mobile phone market was led by Nokia. The phones were considered as communication tools only. Later, Apple showed handsets can be used for other purposes as well. Say, they can access the internet, receive multimedia messages, record videos, etc. Previously, it couldn’t be implemented due to small size screens mainly. This problem was clearly outlined in minds of a few Chinese brands. So they could come in with a large screen, high performance, and high-cost products eventually. Among those brands, we can mention Teclast, Cube, Onda, and Chuwi. They have occupied most of the Chinese market. They can survive in the struggle against the iPad due to acceptable performance, large screens, and cheap housing materials.

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The Teclast M20 should be taken in this scope. Thus, it doesn’t have intentions to beat the top-end tablets. Vice versa, it’s come to prove you don’t have to pay much for an average performance. No need to chase top branded products. There are multiple alternatives. And we are going to prove to you the same.

Teclast M20 Design

It’s a large screen tablet. So its box is large as well. The front carries only the brand name and the series this tablet belongs to.

Teclast M20

The back side of the package is orange. In the lower left side, we can see two labels that mainly represent some ‘vital’ info about the Teclast M20.

Teclast M20

The tablet is covered with a plastic bag.

Teclast M20

Besides the product itself, there are a couple of accessories, including the charging head and the data cable.

Teclast M20

On the charging head, we can see the maximum power support of 12.5W.

Teclast M20

However, the data cable uses a micro USB interface.

Teclast M20

The tablet’s front panel is covered with a transparent protective film that prints the key parameters, including the screen, processor, connectivity, large-capacity battery, etc.

Teclast M20

The back is dark gray, using a matte metal surface.

Teclast M20

From this photo, we can see the front panel and the back shell are made of different materials. The front panel is made of plastic and the back is made of metal. Moreover, the metal is cut and processed, which is very shiny and similar to the edge design of the Meizu MX series smartphones in the previous two years. However, there is a gap between the front and the back panels. It is not customary when you hold in your hand, but you need to adapt.

Teclast M20

If you need to take a screenshot, press and hold the minus volume button & the power button.

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There are two speakers on the left and right-hand sides.

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There are two interfaces – the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the micro-USB port.

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In the upper center of the back, we can see the single-camera.

Teclast M20

The model information is printed on the bottom of the back.

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Teclast M20 Hardware and Performance

Screen

Of course, the biggest highlight of this tablet is the screen. It’s placed in the first place because it comes with a 2.5K (2560 x 1600) resolution. Actually, the screen is 10.1 inches, but it shows 9.6 inches in the hardware detection software. By the way, this is the maximum resolution supported by the X20. The Teclast M20 uses an IPS material.

Teclast M20

When tested, it boots in half a minute.

Teclast M20

Once it is turned on, we can see a very eye-catching wallpaper that is displayed with vivid colors. The details are quite rich. So we were surprised to see such an amazing Chinese screen on an Android tablet.

As we are dealing with a 10.1-inch screen, it will look gigantic next to a regular Android smartphone. This time, we compared with the Smartisan R1 that sports a 6.2-inch screen.

Teclast M20

However, the Teclast M20 can be considered a portable tablet, which can be put in a small backpack.

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Moreover, we decided to compare it with your favorite Apple iPad mini2. The latter comes with a 7.9-inch screen that also has a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels and uses LCD material.

Of course, our protagonist is way larger than the iPad. We don’t say this is an advantage. We just write down the fact.

Teclast M20

When turning back, the Smartisan and Apple logos look more attractive and elegant. But it doesn’t affect the overall design and performance at all.

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When looking at the same image display by the Teclast M20, iPad mini2, and Smartisan R1, we notice the M20 provides very good details and contrast.

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But when zooming in, the Teclast M20 can display more details.

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So we can state the Teclast M20 wins the Apple iPad mini2 in terms of display effect.

Performance

In order to understand whether the Teclast M20 is capable of providing good performance, first of all, we have to look at the hardware optimization and the system. This tablet runs on Android 8.0. And we have to say there are not many changes in the original OS.

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We have no information whether it will get OTA updates later/ever.

As for the chip, the Teclast M20 is packed with a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core SoC. No matter how attractive it sounds, it is not anything new. This chip was out in 2016. As for now, it is considered a mid-range chipset.

In Master Lu, the Teclast M20 scores 90.000 points.

Teclast M20

An AnTuTu, its scores reach 100.000, which means the X20 provides a better performance than the Snapdragon 625.

Teclast M20

However, we have to admit the Teclast M20 is not a top-end model. Maybe if it was out in 2017, there were all reasons to call it in this way. But as for 2018, it’s a regular tablet in terms of performance.

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Playing Games and Listening to Music on Teclast M20

Video playback

Video games should be the most important entertainment feature of tablets. From the previous section, we learned the Teclast M20 is good in performance. At the same time, its GPU frequency is 700MHz, while the maximum number of frames for video decoding is 30 frames per second.

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So when watching high-quality and high-res videos and movies, you will understand for what the Teclast M20 has been made for.

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In general, this tablet can definitely bring a very pleasant viewing experience. Plus, there is a much-beloved split-screen function. It can be implemented in two variants –vertical and horizontal.

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Playing Games

To understand how the Teclast M20 and the Helio X20 inside handle gaming tasks, we decided to play Real Racing 3, which is a game with high-performance requirements. When playing this game on a Snapdragon 652 smartphone, there might be a small or slight stagnation in a game. The Snapdragon 845 sees no problem when running this game. So what about the Teclast M20?

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First, it’s a real pleasure to play this game on a bright and large screen. Second, though there is no stuck in the whole process of playing the game, it is obvious that the frame rate is not too high. This may have the most direct relationship to the high-resolution screen and the capabilities of the processor.

Teclast M20 Other Features

Camera

The camera has never been the most important feature of a tablet, be it an Apple iPad or an Android tablet. As for the Teclast M20, it sports two camera sensors. The one on the front has a 2MP resolution, while the back one comes with a 5MP resolution and an autofocus support. Both sensors have a common shutter response speed, a common focusing speed, and the overall performance is quite sufficient for a daily use.

With the default parameters, it takes simple photos.

Teclast M20

But you can open the HDR to add brightness and improve the shooting capabilities.

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The camera has a relatively good ability to control the light, and the photos are somewhat overexposed.

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The effect of taking pictures outdoors can be improved after opening HDR.

Connectivity

Generally, the connectivity is vital for smartphones. But tablets mainly support WiFi only, and it’s sufficient. If it also supports mobile network, the price will be much higher. As for the Teclast M20, we have already mentioned it supports 4G network.

The Teclast M20 supports a dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. As you know, the 802.11n protocol shows a product supports dual-band modes of 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The new generation of WiFi standard 802.11ac is developed from 802.11n, with a higher speed than the former.

Teclast M20

The SIM card can be inserted once the cover on the back top side is removed.

Teclast M20

When we opened it, we saw three slots – a TF card slot and two micro-SIM card slots supporting dual-card dual standby mode.

Teclast M20

On the left side, we can also see the position of the antenna.

Teclast M20

The signal is not bad. And it also supports HD calls.

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Teclast M20

Navigation

Though not many people use their tablets to navigate, the M20 supports all kinds of navigation, such as GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/A-GPS. Plus, due to the large screen, the maps will be displayed better. So when tested its navigation function, we found that the GPS signal is very strong, received a lot of satellites, positioning is also very accurate.

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Battery

The Teclast M20 is a large screen tablet. So it’s reasonable to see many users wondering how its battery performs. Under the hood, it carries a 6600mAh lithium battery. So it is completely no problem to use it for a long time. In average, it will provide up to 8 hours of battery life.

In terms of charging, the Teclast M20 comes with a 12.5W charger, which doesn’t support fast charging. So the charging time is relatively long. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to charge it fully.

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We also checked the temperature during the game. That’s not high. The heat control is good.

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The hottest position should be the low position of the antenna, which is the area where the motherboard is located, reaching 33 degrees or more.

Pros

  • 2.5K SHARP screen
  • 4G network support
  • GPS navigation
  • Audio and video entertainment
  • Cost-effective

Cons

  • No USB Type-C interface
  • No fast charging option
  • No Nano SIM card slot
  • Weak system optimization

Wrap Up

Generally, though there are some shortcomings, the Teclast M20’s advantages are more. Actually, this is a 4G supporting rare tablet with a wallet-friendly price tag. It is not only cheaper than other top-branded models but also a great tablet for gaming, watching videos, and other media entertainment. The 2.5K screen and a large battery will help it to provide a corresponding experience. In this sense, it even can compete with the newly announced Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus.

Teclast M20 Review: Made for Entertainment
  • Design
  • Display
  • Hardware
  • Connectivity
  • Entertainment
  • Price
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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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