There’s still a great gap between modern tablets, in terms of connectivity, with some sporting 4G and others having only Wi-Fi. Getting one with 3G, such as the Teclast X98 Air, seems to be the safest bet.
Teclast’s naming scheme for their tablets seems very confusing at first, since there are three tablets bearing the X98 name. Furthermore, the confusion is fueled by the fact that the manufacturer uses Z3735F and Z3736F CPUs in these tablets. Besides the basic model, there is also an X98 Air, and an X98 Air II. The one in question has 3G connectivity via a SIM card, while the Air II can only connect via Wi-Fi. As TechTablets.com pointed out in a YouTube video, there are also some differences in the display refresh rate and cameras.
At the core of the X98 Air sits an Intel Z3736F CPU running at up to 2.16Ghz, along with Intel’s 7th-gen GPU. Those two combined ensure smooth operation under both Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1 with Bing, seeing that the tablet comes with both of them. Besides that there are 2GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, which vary depending on the OS that you use.
As for the display, Teclast insists that it is a Retina one, but with a 9.7″ diagonal and a QXGA resolution (that would be 2048 x 1536, making it a 4:3 screen), it only has 264ppi, which is lower than Retina’s minimum of 300ppi. I’m not a huge fan of 4:3 displays, but as long as this gets the job done, I guess it’s OK.
Besides the ever-present Wi-Fi and the built-in 3G (in the form of WCDMA 2100Mhz), the X98 Air also sports GPS, which is a welcome addition, since you don’t get to see this type of connectivity in every tablet. Combined with 3G, this means that you can shoot up Google Maps (either the Android app or the website, if you’re using Windows) to find out where you are.
The other specs are common for Chinese tablets. Teclast X98 Air features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP snapper for video calls and selfies, along with a microphone and speakers for calls under Android. The 8000mAh battery should provide up to 7 hours of continuous video playback, assuming that you’re not running any demanding apps in the background.
At $201.29, which is as much as it costs on GearBest, Teclast X98 Air has quite some decent specs, and assuming that everything works as advertised, users should have a great experience using them.