OnePlus Pad Long-Term Review: Is This Really An iPad Killer?

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OnePlus Pad Review Long-Term
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This is my long-term review of the OnePlus Pad after using it for over a month. So as we all know, OnePlus has been in the smartphone business for a long time now. Almost a full decade, in fact. The company opened its account with the OnePlus One, which was such a revolutionary product that it gave birth to a whole new category of phones called “flagship killers”. Fast forward to 2023, OnePlus has finally entered the tablet market with the aptly named “OnePlus Pad”.

With a pretty design, powerful specs, and a price tag that seems reasonable enough for everything it offers, the OnePlus Pad heads into the tablet industry in this… sort of renaissance phase where there’s once again some excitement for Android tablets. But of course, when a hip company like OnePlus enters this space, people are going to draw comparisons to Apple’s iPads as well. It’s only natural. So does the OnePlus Pad really has what it takes to be an “iPad killer”?

More importantly, does it even need to be an iPad killer?

OnePlus Pad Long-Term Review: Specifications

  • Body: 258 x 189.4 x 6.5mm, 552gm, Glass front, Metal back/frames, No IP rating
  • Display: 11.61-inches IPS LCD panel, 144Hz refresh rate, ΔE<2
  • Other Properties: 500 nits peak brightness (typical), 1400:1 contrast ratio
  • Resolution: (2800 x 2000 pixels), 296 PPI, 7:5 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 9000 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core:
    – 1x Cortex-X2 (3.05 GHz)
    – 3x Cortex-A710 (2.85 GHz)
    – 4x Cortex-A510 (1.80 GHz)
  • GPU: Arm Mali-G710 MC10
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 13 with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 13 on top
  • Rear Camera: Single (13MP, f/2.2 sensor)
  • Front Camera: 8MP, f/2.3 sensor (horizontally aligned)
  • Audio: Quad speaker, No 3.5mm headphone jack, Dolby Atmos audio
  • Security: No biometric option
  • Sensors: Acceleration, Color temperature, Geomagnetic, Gravity, Gyro, Hall, Light
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / BDS, USB-C
  • Battery: 9510mAh with 67W fast charging (67W adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Halo Green
  • What’s Inside The Box: OnePlus Pad, USB-A to USB-C cable, 67W power adapter, User manual and other documents
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 66,500 (8/128GB)
  • Buy OnePlus Pad here

OnePlus Pad Long-Term Review:

Design and Build

  • 258 x 189.4 x 6.5mm, 552 grams
  • Glass front, Metal back/frames
  • No IP rating

Okay, let’s start this OnePlus Pad long-term review with the design; which is one of the best things about this tablet. While the veterans of the tablet business like Apple and Samsung shifted to flat edges with their latest devices, I’m glad OnePlus decided against it. I mean — sure — a smooth surface looks cool on official renders and stuff but that comes at a direct expense of comfort. And trust me, you don’t want that on something you’d be carrying with your hands most of the time.

OnePlus Pad - Design 2

So I’m definitely thankful for these lovely curved edges on the OnePlus Pad. Mix that with its soft, chamfered edges and a thin design, this thing has one of the most comfortable grips I’ve ever seen on a tablet. And the aluminum unibody construction further drives the point home in terms of the stellar build quality of the OnePlus Pad.

Then again, all that premium build material (plus a big battery inside) ultimately adds to the weight of the device as it scales to well over 550 grams. Making it one of the heaviest 11″ tablets out there. And since I’m not using it with a folio case or anything, having to hold the tablet in one hand would quickly turn into an endurance exercise.

All. the. time.

And you know what? Maybe OnePlus could’ve added a few more color options too. Green’s not really my thing so I wish the OnePlus Pad was also available in some lighter finishes.


  • 11.61-inches IPS panel
  • 2800 x 2000p resolution, 7:5 aspect ratio
  • Up to 144Hz refresh rate

Alright. Like how OnePlus has pretty much nailed the hardware and design side of things — for the most part — this display is also quite great. Right off the bat, you should know that you’re not looking at an OLED screen here, but don’t dismiss it just yet! This 11.6″ LCD panel is actually pretty fantastic. The contents look sharp, it gets plenty bright, has a decent viewing angle, and its 144Hz refresh rate means everything feels fairly smooth to get around as well (more on that in just a minute).

And to make sure you don’t miss the rich colors of an OLED display, OnePlus also ships it with the “Vivid” picture mode by default which is a bit too punchy and saturated for my eyes, to be fair. The white balance also looks a little off on this profile, but thankfully I can turn it all around by switching to the “Pro” mode and dialing down the color temperature.

OnePlus Pad - Display 1

OnePlus Pad’s kinda unique 7:5 aspect ratio deserves some special attention too. OnePlus has specially designed this tablet with readers in mind, and yeah, this squarish design does make reading PDFs, ebooks, or the latest One Piece chapter feel more natural.

Like you’re actually reading a book or something.

Okay, although that 7:5 display is great for reading and browsing the web and such, it also means you’re gonna be blasted with black bars at the top and the bottom of the screen whenever streaming videos from anywhere. You can always crop in the video to fit the display better but that’s never an elegant solution.

Slow response time

This honestly didn’t bother me that much, but its slow response time certainly did. I also passed it along to a bunch of my colleagues and most of them noted that the “ghosting” effect when scrolling or something like that was definitely noticeable and somewhat irritating.

And the way OnePlus Pad handles its 144Hz refresh rate is also a little annoying. Out of all the apps I’ve tried, only Chrome and AnTuTu actually hit 144Hz — whereas the rest of them run at either 60 / 90 / or 120Hz.

OnePlus Pad - Web Browsing

And there’s no way to switch on 144Hz or even 120Hz at all times as well. OnePlus could technically enable the option to let users set custom refresh rates for different apps with a software update, but since even their phones can’t do that, I’m not too hopeful. What they can do is get HDR certification from Netflix because even though OnePlus Pad is Dolby Vision-ready and has Widevine L1 verified for hi-res playback, it can’t stream HDR videos on Netflix yet.


  • Quad speaker setup
  • Dolby Atmos audio, No headphone jack

That reminds me, the speakers on this thing are pretty great. Much better than most tablets I’ve used in recent times. You get four speakers in total — two on each side — and they get plenty loud while maintaining decent clarity even at max volume. As expected there’s not much to look forward to on the bass department and I wish it handled high notes with a bit more finesse too, but OnePlus Pad is great for listening to music or watching movies and shows.

And besides its Dolby Atmos support, there’s also something called “Omnibreaing Sound Field” technology. What it does is basically adjust left and right audio channels based on how you’re holding the tablet for a more immersive audio experience. It certainly works as intended, but I don’t find the sound quality to be immersive when holding the tablet in portrait orientation. At all.


  • Octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 9000 5G SoC (4nm)
  • 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Android 13 with OnePlus’ OxygenOS 13 on top
  • 3 years of OS, 4 years of security updates

As for performance, OnePlus has gone with Dimensity 9000 for its first tablet, which is a year-old flagship MediaTek chip that trades blows with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. MediaTek’s premium chipsets have been absolutely knocking it out of the park in the past few years and the Dimensity 9000 is one fine example. Yeah, yeah, a newer and faster processor would’ve been even better but I actually don’t mind this.

And as expected from a flagship processor, there’s essentially zero performance hiccup here. Apps load quickly, there’s no aggressive memory management in the background, and multitasking also feels quite fluid. There is some occasional stutter when loading the recent apps menu but other than that, it’s pretty smooth sailing… with a big asterisk at the end because like most other Android tablets, the OnePlus Pad is also a victim of the lack of app optimization.

The weirdest and the most frustrating example I’ve found has to do with the keyboard. It ships with Google’s “Gboard” by default — which doesn’t have the split keyboard for some reason — although this feature rolled out to tablets and foldables a while ago.

What’s even weirder is that the “thumb” mode on the Microsoft SwiftKey keyboard is also greyed out on the OnePlus Pad, while it works perfectly fine on my phone, my foldable phone, and my other tablet. So the typing experience on this OnePlus tablet has been truly bizarre — especially in landscape mode — where the keys are too far out.

The age-old problem

Except for Google apps, a bunch of high-profile apps like Facebook and Instagram aren’t optimized for landscape mode either. OnePlus has built an option to force-enable fullscreen for such apps but it simply doesn’t work.

OnePlus Pad - Drawing

Likewise, this tablet version of OxygenOS 13 also needs a lot more tablet-focused polishing. The notification shade, for instance, would have been a lot easier to access if it wasn’t separated into a control center and notification panel. And I don’t understand why, but the system animation across the OnePlus Pad is also inconsistent and unoptimized.

At least the company does promise 3 years of OS and 4 years of security updates — and the upcoming Android 14 supposedly makes app scaling in portrait and landscape mode a lot simpler — so I’m really excited about that.

And of course, OnePlus has baked in a bunch of multitasking features so that you can make the most out of this large display. The split-screen option lets you run two apps side-by-side with a simple gesture or via the recents menu. I also like how I can save my app combos for quick launch, whereas this smart sidebar that holds a bunch of apps and a few shortcuts comes in quite handy. And besides split-screen, OnePlus Pad lets you open an additional app in a floating window as well.

How’s the stylus?

For the extra burst of productivity, OnePlus sells a stylus and a keyboard accessory for its tablet too. I couldn’t get my hands on the keyboard but this stylus called “OnePlus Stylo” is pretty great. And pretty similar to the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil with a flat edge on one side and shortcuts like double-tap to switch between the current tool and an eraser or previously used tool. Its touch input delay is still somewhat noticeable but it wasn’t a big deal for an amateur artist like me.

OnePlus Pad - Stylus

It has a comfortable grip, it is tilt and pressure-sensitive, and the palm rejection on this thing is also quite nice. So I had absolutely no problem taking notes or drawing something on OnePlus Pad’s laminated display. But unlike on iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs, it doesn’t let me write on a text input field and convert my handwriting to text. And I might be nitpicking here but I also would’ve liked to see a couple of buttons for quick extra shortcuts.

There are actually a few more features that I was eager to explore on the OnePlus Pad, but my OnePlus 11 (review) hasn’t received the OxygenOS 13.1 update to work with it yet. This includes cellular data sharing via a OnePlus phone, which is different and supposedly faster than a personal hotspot. Whereas multi-screen connect was the one I was really pumped to check out as it promises screen mirroring and content sync—just like “Handoff” on an iPad and other Apple devices.

Gaming experience

Anyway, OnePlus Pad is a great gaming machine too. And even after back-to-back gaming sessions, I never felt the area where my hands would naturally rest on the tablet get warm or anything. The Dimensity 9000 can’t deliver a steady 60 fps on demanding games like Genshin Impact at the highest settings — as expected — but it gets pretty close. And I’m pretty surprised to see that OnePlus has enabled 90 fps mode on PUBG Mobile here. Still, high-fps-ready titles like Injustice 2 and Mech Arena are locked at just 30 and 60 fps on the OnePlus Pad, so I’d like to get that fixed pretty soon.


  • 13MP (f/2.2) sensor at the back
  • 8MP (f/2.3) sensor at the front

Camera-wise, the OnePlus Pad brings a 13MP sensor at the back and a horizontally laid 8MP sensor up front. Nice! As you can imagine, their image quality is perfectly fine for quick snaps when you don’t have your phone with you. But don’t expect anything more.

I do love its “Limelight” feature though, which follows you around to keep you in the center of the frame whenever you’re on video calls. Like “Center Stage” on iPads. It currently works on dedicated video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet only, but maybe OnePlus could enable it on other apps like Messenger as well.

Oh, and one more thing. There’s no biometric security option on the OnePlus Pad although its front camera does support basic face recognition. But as we all know, it’s just not that secure so you’re gonna have to resort to good ol’ pin, pattern, or password verification methods.


  • 9510mAh battery with 67W fast charging

Powered by a big 9,510mAh battery, this tablet’s battery backup is quite impressive. I was consistently getting 7 – 7.5 hours of screen time under a usage pattern consisting of a little bit of everything. Including playing games, streaming YouTube videos, browsing the web, listening to music, and occasional video calls. The overnight battery drain is also pretty minimal here, while the included 67W charger takes the OnePlus Pad from 0 to 100% in like an hour and 20 minutes.

OnePlus Pad Long-Term Review: Conclusion

So that was all for my long-term review of the OnePlus Pad. All things considered, it’s a great device with an excellent design, a good display, solid speakers, powerful performance, and terrific battery life. And OnePlus is off to a fantastic start in the tablet industry. So if you’re in the OnePlus ecosystem and all of what I just said checks off your list, then this could be definitely worth it to you.

Having said that, the OnePlus Pad is nowhere near to being an iPad killer. I don’t think any Android tablet could be an iPad killer at this point, to be honest.

Not just from a performance standpoint but all the “Apple” benefits you get from an iPad are simply unmatched. The sad fact is that it’s not just up to Google or tablet makers to fix this mess either. And developers have to come on board to optimize their apps for large-screen Android devices as well.

OnePlus Pad - Design 1

So until that happens, the OnePlus Pad remains a great tablet for media consumption, web browsing, and video calls and stuff. But not a productivity machine or a laptop replacement of any sort. And if you can compromise a bit on build quality, processing power, and a few other things, then the new Xiaomi Pad 6 could be a better value instead. It nails all the fundamentals like the OnePlus Pad, but Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing makes it a much more attractive deal.

  • Our video review of the OnePlus Pad is coming up pretty soon as well

OnePlus Pad Long-Term Review: Pros and Cons


  • Sturdy, premium build quality
  • Nice 7:5 display
  • Powerful quad speakers
  • Reliable performance overall
  • Usable cameras
  • Decent battery endurance


  • The age-old problem of app optimization
  • A bit heavy
  • Noticeably slow response time
  • No cellular option
Design and Build
Back Camera
Front Camera
Software and UI
Value for Money
oneplus-pad-long-term-reviewOnePlus Pad gets a lot of things right for a premium tablet experience. Including a premium design, great display, reliable performance, and decent battery backup. The only thing holding it back from achieving its full potential — unfortunately — is the weak state of app optimization in the Android ecosystem itself.