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[E-book touch and trial by Masahiro Yamaguchi]A high-end Android tablet “LAVIE Tab T12” almost the same size as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro–PC Watch

“LAVIE Tab T12”. NEC Direct prices from 96,580 yen

NEC Personal Computer “LAVIE Tab T12 (T1295 / DAS)” is a 12.6-inch Android tablet. While it has high-end specs like the Snapdragon 870, it’s 120 grams or more lighter in a case and has a screen that’s nearly the same size as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

With a choice of keyboards and styluses with built-in covers, this product can be used like a 2-in-1, but its large screen and light weight are really attractive for ebook use. This time we tested its usability with a real machine borrowed from the manufacturer and compared it with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The appearance is very similar to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it has its own advantages.

Since this product is 12.6 inches, in terms of screen size alone, the opponent is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. First, let’s compare the two products. Note that depending on the project, the comparison may not be appropriate as it is a comparison between devices with different operating systems.

[Table]Comparison between LAVIE Tab T12 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation)
LAVIE Tab T12(T1295/DAS) 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation)
release March 2022 May 2021
Dimensions (WxDxH, thickest part) 285.6×184.5×5.6mm 280.6×214.9×6.4mm
weight About 565g About 682g
you Android 11 iPadOS 15
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
3.2GHz (1 core) + 2.42GHz (3 cores) + 1.8GHz (4 cores)
Apple M1 chip
8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, 4 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores
memory 8GB 8GB/16GB
screen size/resolution 12.6 type / 2,560 x 1,600 dots (240ppi) Type 12.9 / 2,732 x 2,048 dots (264ppi)
way of communication Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Battery life (manufacturer’s rating) about 10.0 hours up to 10 hours
Connector USB Type-C USB Type-C
Biometrics Face recognition, fingerprint recognition face recognition
speaker 4 base 4 base
storage card microSD card (up to 512GB)
Price (at time of publication) 96,580 yen (256GB) 129,800 yen (128GB)
141,800 yen (256GB)
165,800 yen (512GB)
213,800 yen (1TB)
261,800 yen (2TB)

*Both are Wi-Fi models

As such, both have specs equivalent to the high-end, with very similar screen sizes and resolutions. Same as using Wi-Fi 6 and USB Type-C and installing organic EL displays that support refresh rates up to 120 Hz. Plus, battery life is pretty much side by side.

It should be noted that the appearance is very similar, it can be said that there are two melons, such as the ultra-thin bezel with the same width up and down, left and right, and the side design of vertical cutting. Even with different aspect ratios, some people may make mistakes when asked to put them side by side to determine which one they are.

Among them, the biggest advantage of this product is its weight. The fact that it weighs a few dozen grams and is as light as 127 grams should make a big difference in product choice if you do have it on hand or if you have a lot of opportunities to carry it around. Also, the fact that it is compatible with memory cards (microSD cards) will resonate with those who do.

As said at the beginning, this product can also be used like a 2-in-1 by adding the optional magnet detachable keyboard. Lenovo’s “Lenovo Tab P12 Pro” is a sister product to this product and comes with this set of keyboards. If text entry is one of the buying uses, I’m not only considering this product, but also this product.

Arranged horizontally, the camera is at the top. The screen is 12.6 inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

The width of the frame is uniform from top to bottom, left and right, and there is no discomfort when used vertically.

Comparison with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (right).Same top and bottom but rather slim width

back. Except for the camera part, both are pretty much flat.Housing made of aluminum

The lightweight case makes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro feel heavy

While the home screen prominently displays the company’s own widgets, the operability itself isn’t cluttered, as it’s original Android itself. The ability to use fingerprint recognition and facial recognition would be an advantage over the iPad Pro.

There are many pre-installed apps outside of Google’s standard, and the number is a bit large. E-books are rare for recent Android devices and come pre-installed with Google Play Books.

The sister machine “Lenovo Tab P12 Pro” mentioned above is pre-installed with an application that can be used as a secondary screen by connecting to a PC, but since this is done by Lenovo, there is no installation application for this product in the pre-installation.

After all, the impact after rough use is light. Generally speaking, when a device weighs more than 500g, it is difficult to keep it in the air for a long time, even if it is held by both hands. This trend is notable, especially with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro weighing nearly 700 grams (the Wi-Fi model is about 682 grams).

However, at 560g, this product is slightly heavier than a 10-11-inch tablet, and significantly different from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It’s still hard to read in the hand for extended periods of time, but once the product is in use, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro feels very heavy.

While this product is only slightly different in diagonal length from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it feels like a 10-11 because of the different aspect ratio, a slimmer case, and a lightweight case. Closer to the impression of the product. If you’ve used the 12.9-inch iPad Pro before, you’ll be surprised how compact it is.

As for the benchmarks, it will be a comparison between different operating systems, so refer to that, but in “Google Octane” this one is “41,421” and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is “63,572.” In addition, in “Wild Supreme”, this product is “1223”, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is “5123”, which is very different.

The latter seems to have a high score in the iOS series, so I tested it with my Pixel 6 Pro, but it was also “1946”, which is a relatively low score for this product. A slightly higher score seems fine considering the specs.

Benchmark results for “Google Octane” (both in Chrome). On the left is “41,421” for this product, and on the right is “63,572” for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Benchmark results for “Wild Life Extreme”. On the left is the “1223” of this product, and on the right is the “5123” of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. By the way, with the Pixel 6 Pro it would be “1,946”

Users who want a big screen should be included in the product candidates

As mentioned above, it’s important to note that the page size displayed in terms of content is smaller compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but the display quality itself and the texture of the case are indisputable. Not bad. If you’re looking for a larger screen size, then you should add this to your options.

By the way, at the time of writing, several eBookstores have removed in-app purchases, and policies are changing so that new content can be purchased on web browsers. This is due to changes in Google’s payment system and the partial loss of strength of Android devices compared to the iPhone/iPad, which allow seamless in-app purchases of sequels of titles.

Kinokuniya Bookstore Kinoppy will end the in-app store functionality on March 22, after which it will be integrated into purchases via a web browser, similar to iOS/iPad OS.

Book Live’s strategy is basically the same, but it’s a two-phase style in which new apps that include store functionality are distributed from the company’s website, separate from apps distributed on the Google Play store.

Not all stores have taken such steps so far, but what will happen in the future is unpredictable. Users who opt for Android, attracted by the seamless purchase process, should look ahead to the policies of the ebook store they use before purchasing an Android device for ebooks, which will make it easier to see.

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