The tablet market is having a hard time of it at the moment, devices are similar and they are taking attack from the rising phablet market. However phablets aren’t always the best tool for the job and what is really needed is a 9.7-inch tablet like the Ceros Revolution we have on review here.
Like most of you I have used an iPad or Galaxy Note 10.1 in the past and know what a great tablet should perform like, so is the Ceros Revolution up to scratch? Yes, it is!
Let’s start with the unboxing video and hands on to show what the package includes and then we will get in to the details specifications. Also, before we begin we want to say a big hanks to chinavasion for sending us this review unit.
Unboxing and hands on video
Specifications of Ceros Revolution 9.7
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With a 9.7 display, amazing resolution of 2048 x 1536 (actually the same IPS screen as the iPad) and 264 PPI viewing on the Ceros Revolution is excellent. The screen is very bright and produces very high quality images, better than similar size tablets we have tested. The aspect ratio is 4:3, so it is good for reading but it also lends itself well for gaming or browsing the web.
It feels very good! With a fast screen response display you can type without, navigate and interact with your favourite apps without issue. 10 points multi-touch also makes it great for some agressive Fruit Ninja action.
I’m not a person who uses the tablet camera very often, to be honest, I only used the camera on my Nexus 7 after opening it and have never touched the feature since. In any case, the Ceros Revolution has a 5 mega-pixel camera that can record video up to 720p video (a sample video is below). The front camera is your standard VGA unit, fine for calls but not much else.
720p Video sample
The Ceros Revolution packs a Rockchip processor. This model is the RK3188, a quad-core unit running at 1.6 Ghz which is more than enough to move the system and most the apps and games you would every use. Speaking of games the GPU is a quad-core Mali 400, plus there is 2 GB of RAM will help the CPU to move everything very smooth. At this price, it’s a pretty impressive, and powerful package.
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Browsing and game playing
Android 4.2.2 comes as standard and if you are an Android purist you will love the stock install the Ceros Revolution has. The Ceros Revolution also has the Google Play app installed to allowing you to download all your usual apps simply through you Google account.
The tablet has nice round corners which are comfortable to hold and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes it quite a versatile device.
The rear is modern and features an alloy shell with Ceros logo and markings etched in.
The front has the front camera, which is enough for video calling, it is located well so that it doesn’t interfere with the operation of the tablet while making video calls.
Opposite the front camera, there is the rear 5 mega-pixel which can record upto 720p video.
Bellow the rear camera with have the expansion slots and also the control buttons, in order, from the button to the top: microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack, charger plug, micro USB, HDMI, micro SD, Reset, back button and power button. I missed the hardware volume button, but finally you use the soft keys without any problem.
Micro USB, HDMI and micro SD are covered by a small door to keep dust and debris out.
In general, the tablet has a good design, and I have found it to be extremely comfortable and easy to use throughout the review.
I was very happy with my Nexus 7 but after using the large, high-resolution display of the Ceros Revolution I have been smitten! The experience is totally different and the large panel allows me to work on projects I would never have attempted on the smaller tablet! I even typed up some of this review on the tablet.
I have been using the tablet since I received and I must say that I’m very happy, and would highly recommend it. It might not be as convenient to carry around as a 7-inch tablet, but for at the home or in the office the Ceros Revolution really is worth its weight in screen size and pixels!
Chinavasion are selling Ceros Revolution for $239.99, which is a great price for a great tablet.[ Gizchina.es ]
Bluetooth support? Battery life?
Hi! Yes, it has bluetooth. The battery life is around 6 hours using it continously and around 3 days in standby connected to a Wifi.
Eduardo, can u tell me which are the supported dongles of google nexus 7 for 3g connection?
Hi! I need to test, I have here only a Huawei dongle, I will try it and let you know.
Hi Andi, pls mention some tablets with ~9inch display and 3G.
how does it compare with ainol spark 9..
Looks similar screen, the Ceros Revolution CPU I think is little bit faster, but in general, should be similar tablets.
Eduardo, my ainol spark hangs a lot’,, do u think I’ll have the same problem with the ceros..
How is this supposed to be an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ? While at time of release and long after, it was about as beefy hardware wise as it got at the time in mainstream units – this has long been surpassed. BUT! With this in mind – the Note 10.1 still has 2 VERY essential things goinf for it, that neither this nor Ipad has..actually, something pretty much no other mainstram tablets have:
1. For the media buff – it has very good, FRONT facing speakers. This makes a world of difference media wise.
2. MOST important – it has a Wacom digitizer and the accompaning S-pen stylus. This solution isn’t just your average rubber-chunk. Its an extremely precise solution wich registers over 1000 different levels of pressure. This means its highly capable for artists, scetchers, photoshop work etc.
While the Ceros Evolution seems to be a decent tablet, it is by no means an viable alternative to the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Wacom digitizer is such an expensive part – if you don¨t need or want it, it makes no sense buying a Note 10.1. If you do need it, then any tablet without this type of digitizer is out of the question.
My son dripped his and cracked the outer screen and cannot be used. Have searched the internet and you cannot purchase a new one. So don’t drop it or buy it.