There are many phablets in the market, but most of them are based on the Android operating system. So when a Windows 10 phablet hit the market recently, everyone took note. The Windows 10 phablet in question is the new Wise Pad W7. You will find it marketed as the Microsoft Wise Pad W7.
People immediately asked us to review it, and as if they were reading our minds, they sent us one! So today, we present to you, our review of the Wise Pad W7 Windows 10 phablet!
Updated @ 2017-06-23 : Updated the links in the review. Added more information on the included software. Reworked the Verdict.
Updated @ 2016-09-04 : Added new information on its manufacturer. Made various improvements and corrections to the review.
Originally posted @ 2016-08-18
Wise Pad W7 Specifications
|Specifications||Wise Pad W7|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile|
|Display||7" IPS display (540 x 960 pixels)|
|System Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (MSM8909 v2)|
|Processor||4 x ARM Cortex-A7 cores (1.3 GHz)|
|Graphics Processor||Qualcomm Adreno 304 (400 MHz)|
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM|
|Storage||16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 64 GB)
|Front Camera||1.9 MP sensor (720p video recording)|
|Rear Camera||5.0 MP sensor (720p video recording) with single LED flash and f/2.4 lens|
|Connectivity||4G : LTE Cat4 (150 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
WiFi : 810.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth : 4.1 LE
USB : Micro USB 2.0
|FM Radio||Yes, but lacks antenna (earphones)|
|Battery||3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (11,840 mWh)|
|Dimensions||13 cm wide x 21 cm tall x 5 mm thick|
Phablet, Not Tablet[adrotate group=”2″]
There was some confusion about whether the Wise Pad W7 is a phablet or a tablet. Partly because the advertisement calls it a “tab“. Let us clarify this once and for all.
The Wise Pad W7 is a phablet, not a tablet. There are tablets of the same size, like the ASUS ZenPad 7.0, but tablets do not have telecommunication capabilities. They cannot make calls like smartphones or phablets can.
The Wise Pad W7, on the other hand, is a 4G LTE phablet. You can make calls on it, like any other smartphone or phablet. It’s called a phablet because it is a smartphone that’s the size of a small tablet.
Designed & Made By Microsoft?
What attracted people the most was the claim that the Wise Pad W7 was designed, made and sold by Microsoft. Perhaps it had to do with the product descriptions in the advertisement :
Microsoft has truly outdone themselves with this creation, introducing innovative features and designs that are sure to impress.
Microsoft has engineered a unique design that showcases the tab’s 7-inch display screen in the slimmest form.
We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. They informed us that the Wise Pad W7 is not an official Microsoft product, but an OEM product running on Windows 10. Of course, Wise Pad may have cooperated with Microsoft, or received their assistance, in developing this phablet.
Our further investigations revealed that the Wise Pad W7 is actually made by Meizu, and marketed in Malaysia by Blue Kor (also known as Meizu Malaysia).
Unboxing The Wise Pad W7 Phablet
The Wise Pad W7 comes in a nice, shrink-wrapped box with the Microsoft logo prominently printed on the upper left corner. Let’s take a look inside!
The Wise Pad W7 is a low-cost phablet, so you only get the bare essentials :
- One Wise Pad W7 phablet with a screen protector
- One Wise Pad W7 user manual
- One 10 W charger with one micro USB cable
Unfortunately, the Wise Pad W7 does not come with any earphones, even though it has a built-in FM radio. The FM radio requires a pair of earphones to be attached, to serve as its antenna.