REVIEW: Alldocube M5 with Mediatek Helio X20 SoC and 10,1-inch 2,5K screen

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Alldocube M5 is the tablet that we will see today his review. In this model we have the powerful Mediatek Helio X20 SoC, a Deca Core high performance with interesting specifications and that allows us to run any Android app or game without problems, you have more information about this family of SoC in a special article about it. This tablet also has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, has Wi-Fi AC, metal body and a 2.5K IPS screen. In the following review we will check how this new tablet is defended and how it is positioned with respect to the competition.
  • Alldocube M5 can be purchased on Gearbest.com for $169.99 (€152) including shipping.
  • Buy accessories such as microSD storage unit, gamepads, protection film or a folio case.

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelAlldocube M5 
Basic SpecsSoC: Mediatek Helio X20 (MT6797) Deca core / Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
2x A72 @ 2.1GHz / 4x A53 @ 1.85GHz / 4x A53 @ 1.4GHz
System: Android 8.0 (64bit)
RAM and Storage: 4 GB DDR3 – 64 GB eMMC
Screen: 10,1″ / 2560 × 1600 /  16:10
Network: Wifi ac / BT 4.2
Cameras: Frontal 2MP / Trasera 5MP
Ports: microUSB, 2x SIM + microSD and audio jack
Battery: 6500mAh

Description

The Alldocube M5 tablet has a metal body with some area made of plastic, the screen is covered in plastic and comes standard with a protection filter. It has quite narrow frames on the sides, in general it has a correct but somewhat basic design, it is clear that it is a product that seeks to adjust the price.

  • Measurements and weight: 240 x 170 x 8.5 cm / 510 gr.
  • Materials: Plastic and aluminum body / No keyboard dock.
  • Interfaces: Microphone, Speakers, Volume, Power, audio jack, microSD and microUSB for charge and data.
  • Cameras: Rear 5MP / Front 2MP.
  • Speakers and microphone: Two stereo speakers with high volume but somewhat metallic sound / Basic microphone.
  • Vibration and LEDs: Vibration YES / Without LEDs.

In the back of aluminum we find two integrated speakers on the sides that give us a high volume sound but metallics and a 5MP rear camera. In the upper area we have the charging microUSB, an audio jack that behaves normally and without noise with streaming or radio, if we remove the lid we can see where the two SIM cards and the slot for the microSD memory are.

Screen

The screen of the Alldocube M5 has an excellent quality in interiors and is defended correctly in exteriors. We are facing a product for domestic use that has a good quality image excellent at the user level.

  • Size: IPS OGS 10.1″ Inches, resolution 2560 × 1600 and 16:10 format.
  • Light power: Brightness 200 Lux aprox, quite low / High Contrast / No leakage of light on the sides.
  • Viewing angles: Good IPS angles.
  • Tactile precision: High precision and sensitivity / 10 touch points
  • Extras: Color modes and reading protection through Mediatek EyeCare in notification area.

Cameras

The cameras of the Alldocube M5 tablet are of low quality, have very few options in the settings, few ISO levels and emulated HDR modes that give us a pretty basic result. We also have video modes that reach up to FullHD, we do not have face detection for unlocking.

  • Rear camera: Sensor with 5MP resolution with HDR mode, muted colors and some noise  / Video 1080p.
  • Front camera: 2MP sensor, muted colors and bad focus / Video 820p.

ANDROID SYSTEM

Environment and user experience

We turn on the Alldocube M5 tablet and after seeing the logo of the brand we arrive at the launcher by default, we have the Android 8.0 system. In a general use of browsing and playing multimedia content moves smoothly thanks to its Deca core Mediatek Helio X20 SoC. In the lower area we have the classic Android buttons with option to hide the keypad, in the upper area we have the curtain with direct access, in general the system is basic and has little customization.

  • Installed apps: Camera apps, calendar, photos, Google Play, video and audio recorder.
  • Languages: All the international languages of Android.
  • Multitasking: Multitask app change and split screen.
  • Root: The system is NOT root.

System, support and store apps

If we enter the Android settings of the Alldocube M5 we can see that we find the classic Android settings where we have a system with just some customization of Mediatek for the improvement of image and visual protection. Google Play works perfectly as it comes by default.

  • Firmware version: Firmware M5 v1.5 2018-08-08 / We have OTA updates.
  • Android version: Android 8.0 (64bit) / Kernel 3.18.60
  • Store apps: Google Play is perfectly functional.
  • Brand support: Chuwi updates its system through OTA on a regular basis.

HARDWARE TESTS

Storage and RAM Memory

We perform our usual memory tests and internal storage in the Alldocube M5 using the SD bench app. Internal storage can be expanded using the included microSD card reader. The results of internal storage are good compared to models in your sector.

  • Storage: Total 64GB / Free 50GB
  • RAM: Total 4 GB DDR3L / Free 3 GB
  • microSD: Speeds of 34 MB/s reading / 16 MB/s writing. Not compatible with NTFS or exFAT.
  • microUSB: Charge, USB drives and some peripherals. Not compatible with NTFS or exFAT.

Battery and temperature

The Alldocube M5 has a 6500 mAh battery, the autonomy is good if we do not demand too much and if we use the brightness of the screen at half level. If we play demanding games, the battery goes down quickly, as is normal for a Helio X20 is manufactured in 20nm.

  • Battery recharge: Charging at 5V 2A, not fast charging, it can take up to about 4 hours.
  • Idle: Connected to the Wifi and without using it can last about 7 days.

We check the performance of the tablet in scenarios of maximum sustained performance and in its usual use, we use a stress app for fifteen minutes and thermal camera to detect hot areas.

  • Thermal throttle: The system maintains a maximum performance of 92%, there is low loss.
  • Temperature: The rear part is heated at one zone where the SoC is located but have low temperatures.

WIFI and Bluetooth

In Wi-Fi connections, the Alldocube M5 tablet has a Wi-Fi ac Dual Band wireless adapter and Bluetooth 4.2 with which we connect to an ASUS RT-AC1200G+ Router, a mid-range device. We perform tests on the use of streaming using the iPerf measurement tool to see the maximum performance of each network adapter.

  • Wifi speed results: Correct speeds for this type of adapters.
  • Wifi Scope: At a distance of 5 meters with a wall we have a signal of 42 dBm, a very poor result.
  • Bluetooth: Works correctly and connects without problems.
  • We recommend reading our Tutorial SAMBA on Android networks if we are going to use files from our network PC.

Sensors, modem, radio and GPS

Integrated in the Alldocube M5 tablet we only have an accelerometer and GPS system support but don’t have compass. We also have a 4G-LTE modem with almost all international bands that allows to mount two SIM cards in the inner tray. Radio works fine with no noise in the audio jack.

  • Location: GPS with good accuracy / NO Compass.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer.
  • Modem: 4G LTE.
    GSM: 900/1800/1900MHz
    WCDMA: B1 / 2 / 5 / 8
    FDD-LTE: B1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 7 / 17 / 20 / 28

PERFORMANCE TEST

SOC

In the performance tests, the Alldocube M5 offers us good results with the Mediatek Helio X20 SoC and the power of the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU that integrates, as we see the difference with the model Mediatek X27 that mounts the new version of this tablet called Alldocube M5S is little. If we compare the results we can see how it surpasses the inferior models of Mediatek, it is below its direct rival Qualcomm and far from the Kirin 960 that remains as the leader in its sector. We must also bear in mind that we are talking about another price range.

Benchmarks

Games and gamepads

The Alldocube M5 tablet with the Mediatek Helio X20 SoC integrates the powerful Mali-T880 MP4 GPU allows us to move 99% of Google Play titles without performance problems and good compatibility. We have done a long test with PUBG and we can say that it moves with fluidity in all the setups although we recommend the medium or low quality setting to have fast response.

  • Compatibility: It is possible to play demanding titles such as PUBG with slight frame skips, the battery drains quickly.
  • Controls: Compatible with Bluetooth Gamepads.

VIDEO TEST

Test video files

We check the level of multimedia playback in the Alldocube M5, behaves well using the Mediatek Helio X20 SoC (MT6797) which integrates a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU with video playback support up to 4K@30fps in the graphic section. As we see it has certain limitations in the VP9 4K format but it is not a problem to see any content at the correct level.

Test results

H.264 / VC-1Result
BBB – H.264 8bit – Simple@L1 – 1080p@25fps – 7 MbpsCorrect
Samsung Oceanic Life – H.264  8bit – High@L5.1 – 1080p@30fps – 40 MbpsCorrect
Timelapse – H.264 8bit – High@L5.1 – 4K@24fps – 43 MbpsCorrect
Anime – H.264 10bit – High 10@L5.1 – 1080p@24fps – 10 MbpsCorrect
MKV – VC-1 – Advance@L3 – 1080p@24fps – 17 MbpsCorrect
H.265 / VP9 SDR
Tears of steel – HVEC 8bit – Main@L6.2@Main – 1080p@24fps – 17 MbpsCorrect
Samsung UHD Dubai – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.2@Main – 4K@24fps – 51 MbpsCorrect
Anime – HVEC 10bit –  Main 10@L4@Main – 1080p@24fps – 21 MbpsFrameskip
Eye of the Storm – VP9 – 4K@24fps – 14 MbpsCorrect
H.265 / VP9 HDR
Life of Pi HDR10 –  HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L5.1@High – 4K@24fps – 45 MbpsCorrect
LG Demo – Dolby Vision – HVEC 12bit – Main 10@L5@Main – 4K@24fps – 30 MbpsCorrect
Planet Earth II – HDR HLG 10bit  – Main 10@L5@High – 4K@25fps – 31 MbpsFrameskip
The world in HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 4K@60fps – 20 MbpsFrameskip
Peru 8K HDR – VP9 Profile 2 10bit – 8K@60fps – 20 MbpsNot compatible
MAX BITRATE
Jellyfish – HVEC 10bit – Main 10@L6.1@High – 4K@30fps – Test up to 400 Mbps50 Mbps = 6,5 MB/s
  • * The maximum bitrate depends on the internal storage, usb port, Ethernet adapter or wifi used, we have used the fastest available, see Hardware tests section of this same review to have more information and have consider the limitations of SAMBA Networks.

Streaming services

We pass the classic tests on streaming services to see how the most popular services work. In this model does not have certificates for these services. The Alldocube M5 model presents the classic configuration without certificates that limits us in quality in several streaming services, as it does not have notification bars, it also presents some classic problem of this type of configuration.

  • DRM: Google Widevine L3
  • Certification: No
Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
YoutubeFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK
Google Play MoviesHD (720p) / StereoOK
NetflixSD (480p) / StereoOKNetflix on Android
HBOFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK
Amazon Prime VideoSD (480p) / StereoOKAmazon Prime video on Android

 

CONCLUSIONS

Score

Opinion

After reviewing the Alldocube M5 tablet we can say that this is a product with a tight price, we have a powerful Mediatek Helio X20 SoC, we have a correct network performance thanks to the Wifi aC adapter with efficient internal antennas and also integrates modem 4G-LTE although it has some limitation in bands. A level of finishes this tablet has a correct finishes for its price but as we see at construction level we are facing a quite basic product although it is quite light and the side frames is quite tight within the sector.

One of the interesting points of the Alldocube M5 is its good 2.5K screen that has intense colors and good contrast, the screen is not OGS but the separation with the outer layer is not very high. As it is normal in this range of products we have budget cuts in the webcams that are of low quality and in the speakers that are powerful but with metallic sound.

In general as we see this tablet is a correct product for those who are looking for a decent tablet at a good price, it is powerful and comfortable because of its weight. You can compare this product with our reviewed models to find alternatives, we recommend models with OGS screen if we want a better image quality.

WHERE TO BUY AND ADD-ONS

  • Alldocube M5 can be purchased on Gearbest.com for $169.99 (€152) including shipping.

 

 

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