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Cherry Mobile MAIA Smart Tab Hands-on, First Impressions: Split Personality

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We go hands-on with the MAIA Smart Tab

Cherry Mobile has officially launched three new devices under their Intel powered, MAIA lineup. Of the three, we gravitated to the Smart Tab – the company’s own interpretation of the dual-boot tablet. If you’re not familiar with the concept, essentially you’re looking at a tablet that can boot both Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1 at the touch of a button, which makes it a perfect tablet for people who can’t live without both operating systems.

But first, let’s take a look at its specs:

Cherry Mobile MAIA Smart Tab

  • 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8-inch HD display, 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 3800mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, Windows 8.1
  • Php 4999

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Initial impressions: impressive specs, and the dual-boot feature is just icing on the top

The Smart Tab is an impressive tablet, just from the specs alone: you’re looking at Intel’s Z3735F processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, paired with an 8-inch 1280 x 800 HD resolution display. That’s a great deal right there – that hardware combo would probably set you back more than the Php 4999 sticker price that Cherry Mobile is asking for.

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The design of the Smart Tab isn’t what exactly what you’d call original, but it’ll do for the price. The tablet uses a primarily plastic build that feels great in the hands, though obviously you won’t be using this tablet one-handed any time soon.

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Controls are typical for a tablet – the power button and volume rocker are on the upper right side of the device, with the USB port and 3.5mm jack on top. There’s a dedicated Windows button on the bottom right below the bezel which acts like the home key when in you’re Windows mode. On-screen navigation keys appear at the bottom of the display when you’re on Android mode.

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Cherry Mobile is boasting that switching OS in the MAIA Smart Tab is faster and easier than the devices of its competitors, since you can do it in both Android and Windows via their respective shortcut keys. Devices of other brands require you to choose the OS every time you boot up.

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The Smart Tab is a great device and a compelling option for people who can’t live without Android and Windows. It’s a useful tool for students, for example, who need a portable PC for school – just pair it with an inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard, and you already have an instant Windows notebook that can play CoC with just a touch of a button.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

55 Comments

      1. Wow! I have been waiting for a device with built in ms office … dual boot ( lets face it windowns 8.1 alone meh ) and its capable specs. Not a gambling man pero papaisip tlaga ako dto specs are very attractive.

        Thanks sir John looing forward to ur in dept review

  1. When you guys review, please show us how much storage is available for each storage partition (Android and Windows). Windows is big so I assume that the Android partition for system and apps might be tiny.

  2. Great for work and play. Wish they’d release a version that has at least a 10-inch screen like the Alpha Morph. Also hoping that these devices will be upgradable to at least Android 5.1 and Windows 10.

    1. you don’t know that. not yet at least. don’t know if it’s 2-cell on 1-cell. 3800mah 2-cell is like a 7600mah 1-cell

    1. http://www.teclast.com/en/zt/X89dualos/

      http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Teclast-X89-Original-Tablet-PC-Dual-OS-Boot-Windows-8-1-Android-4-4-Intel-Quad/103919_1993409398.html

      Better resolution, with retina display, with microHDMI, bigger battery, Intel WiDi / Miracast, upgradable to W10 and A5.X.

      The Teclast X89 Dual OS is the affordable Dual boot 7.9 inch Tablet that boasts both Windows 8.1 & Android 4.4 OS. It comes equipped with a Retina 2048×1536 FULL HD IPS diplay, an Intel Baytrail Z3735F Quadcore 64bit CPU, Intel Gen 7 HD graphics, Bluetooth 4.0 all for a remarkable price. It measures just 200x135x7.4mm and weighs just 350g

  3. Question about the Smart Tab. What kind of windows 8 is it? Standard windows 8 or windows 8 RT? Very important because of compatibility issues.

    1. oo nga. astig na Android tab yan for the price with that processor tapos paired with 2GB ram and 32GB internal storage. sana puwede! tsaka sana may option to reinstall the Windows partition if needed. hehe

    1. i just checked it out at a local store here in tarlac. so they are out there.

      the pixels are huge on this tablet. max brightness isn’t so hot. overall the screen has that cheap netbook look to it. definitely not premium given the 5k price tag.

      performance seems decent. fast boot.

      i might get one just for fun

  4. nakaka attract cya…mamaw n cherry ngaun…first dual boot ata nila yan…mabenta nlng ung windows 8.1 tablet q ng 5k…:) sna cp nmn sunod…promise best selling yan…at 5k meron kanang 2 tablets…:)

  5. Saw it sa cm branch in sm sta mesa… pastic is as cheap as they come parang plastic ng spoon n fork ng jolibee ( white demo unit nila ) so looks like the black one may look better pero was not able to hold it.
    Response was fine n snappy nman, switching from another os was fairly fast and resolution pede na for its price pero yun can see the pixels pero ok nman.
    Yun lang demo unit is low batt agad so as not able to spend more time with it

  6. Natawa aq bgla dun sa nag comment ng Yuga.. haha.. xD .. Anyways, I was thinking which should i get this oct. 7.. This or The Asus Zenpad 7…? :/ .. i am a previous Zenfone 5 and Fonepad 7 user.. now i am using Zenfone 2 Laser.. and Looking for a tablet to replace my Fonepad 7.. :/ .. Oh well.. i think i should stick with Asus.. 🙂

  7. That’s really a good tablet. Now if only there’s a way to get it here in the Philippines. That would be nice.

  8. guys for me ung battery niya hindi gnun ka tagal .. kasi I already avail cherry mobile maia smart tab. and I was expecting na matagal siyang malowbat but hindi nakaka disappoint lng kasi halas 12 hours lng yung kaya ng tablet.. hindi ko alam bkt gnun siya siguro its bcuz of the dual boot which is (window 8 and android kitkat) Haizzz.. sana nman maging tama ung pinag sasabi ng cherry mobile sa mga spec ng mga product nila.. im really disappointed

    1. tanga ka pala kita mong 3800mAh lang yan mageexpect ka na maging totoo sa specs ni ikaw di mo nga alam yung specs bobo

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