Haier PAD 971, Analysis: One Tablet with Good Appearance That Will Make You Happy If Not You Are Very Demanding

Yet to our markets do not know too the catalogue of a firm as Haier, from China he wants to gain a foothold in the European market to devote part of its resources to a range of devices with Android, both smartphones and tablets.

Perhaps because of the slowdown in sales or also perhaps by the rapid saturation of the market, tend not to pay too much attention to tablets and even less the basic ranges, although this time by our analysis table It has passed the Haier PAD 971, a tablet that, as you can see, offers basic functionality at a very attractive price. adding to the pack a good quality building.

Good credentials might think most, especially if you have that good at first, with a fully aluminum casing and an IPS panel with resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, Haier has managed to maintain the price of the 971 PAD in a very competitive 179 euros. However, all that glitters is not gold and we razonaremos in this in-depth analysis that we now begin.

A Rockchip SoC, surprise with hardware

Not us walk too by the branches, we know first thing that anyone buying a device looks is its list of specifications, so hopefully no more to see first hand What offers us new Haier Tablet.

Surprises there are, mainly because the Chinese manufacturer has achieved a cast of remarkable hardware without costs jump through the air, although most will be safe the Rockchip RK3288 chipset that have been tested for the first time with a taste, perhaps, too sweet and sour.

Well, we start, this is the Haier PAD 971:

Haier PAD 971, specifications
Physical dimensions 240 x 168 x 7.6 mm540 grams
Screen 9.7 inch IPS
Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 263 ppp
Processor Rockchip RK3288Quad-core Cortex-A17 1.8 GHz
Graphics processor ARM Mali-T760 MP4
Memory 16 GB + microSD up to 64 GB
Version 5.1 Android LollipopPure Google with custom software
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g /, hotspot, Wi-Fi DirectBluetooth 4.0 LEmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
Cameras Rear: 8 MP auto focus for software and video FullHDFront: 2 MP
Battery 7,800 mAh (non-removable)
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Other data Metal construction
Starting price 179 euros (in PC components)

Haier is still committed to the format 4:3 for their new Tablet PAD 971, not innovative in the nomenclature making clear that its screen is 9.7 inches, manufactured with IPS technology and 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. From it we will discuss later, because it is probably the best caring for the device element.

To encourage this high resolution panel, we find the mentioned SoC-RK3288 of the company china Rockchip, a heart that had never tested and hardware that is manufactured with 28 nanometer technology, new ARM Cortex-A17 nuclei with a quad – core processor running until a clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

It is not a high-performance processor, is logical and we already expected it, but the truth is that Rockchip wants to compete you to you with a MediaTek growing apace in recent years.

Nor is it a bad processor, solvent in basic use we will give to a tablet in the home, although where pales is surely in the graphical part, with a GPU ARM Mali-T760 MP4 to which find it difficult to move such a high amount of pixels in a fully satisfactory manner.

The RAM reaches up to 2 GB, with other 16 GB of internal storage, a short telling amount to only We have between 10 and 11 GB available factory on a device intended for the consumption of multimedia content. At least, we can enlarge it using a microSD slot.

The amount of memory being basic, can also expect connectivity without dressings with WiFi 802.11 b/g / and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, as well as a connection port microUSB v2.0 standard type for synchronization and charging.

Finally, you will find testimonials two 8 and 2 megapixel cameras that can be used in certain situations but fair quality both in advance. Video conferencing? Well, well… photos of landscapes with a Tablet? Seriously?

Finally, let’s talk about one 7,800 mAh battery, a priori generous capacity and offering an acceptable, although in no case autonomy expected before such a quantity of milliamperes.

A basic but fairly compensated hardware, solvent in every day for regular and not-too-demanding tasks, but it will be perhaps by his panel, hand the best news of the Haier PAD 971 but on the other a slab for the Rockchip SoC which costs move such matrix of pixels.

Aluminium for framing a remarkable screen

The quality with the finish tends to be a must have on almost any device, lately so we will not discuss that materials are an important part of the end user experience, in this case, with the tablet of Haier.

It is not a lightweight device, such a quantity of metal will not allow it, then the 240 x 168 x 7.6 mm they are made of housing completely in aluminium, which leaves us the weight in a few 540 grams acceptable but not notable in these dimensions.

The housing features with a sandblasted finish and a very good touch, Although not it dissipates too well heat when the chipset is heated, which unfortunately is often. The buttons also have an acceptable journey and not too much slack.

To highlight is that our unit suffered some cosmetic damage which you can see in the complete gallery, with any minimum mark especially around ports and slots, maybe problems with aluminum cutting machine which, on the other hand, are unimportant and also very simple to fix under warranty if they are detected. Not surprisingly, cost savings must be somewhere.

In this case, to which few drawbacks can put you, clutches a crystal that dominates the entire front and which It is protected by a plastic factory replaceable, that is appreciated not having the extra protection of firms such as Gorilla Glass or DragonTrail, it’s too reflective damaging the response of an excellent panel Now we will see and that comprised the best part of the Haier PAD 971.

The Chinese manufacturer has not forgotten that in a terminal to consume multimedia contents screen is the center of the experience, and opted instead for a panel High resolution IPS, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, which leaves the density in 263 pixels per inch so we can not complain here.

ES a panel of high-quality for a device that will compete in the input range, with a response of remarkable in all aspects in one. On the one hand, their colors are natural and their contrast is well calibrated, with a good brightness level and angles of vision care. However, everything remains clouded by the high amount of reflections We will see in many situations, and that they are surely due to the plastic protector.

So, no we can recommend that you quitéis the plastic, but that you sustituyáis it by another of higher quality if you finally decide this tablet of Haier. That will also improve outdoor insight complicated by the above reflections, that makes using the Tablet outdoors, as you can see, quite complicated.

Obviously also the typical effects of washed screen and less deep blacks inherent in IPS technology are present, but the truth is that Haier has placed a panel living beyond the means of the device, and that manages to raise the note of a tablet to the most economical range.

See complete gallery» Haier PAD 971, design (18 photos)

The graphic part as Achilles heel

Talk about performance today is often repetitive and lacking in information, then all devices and almost any hardware platform offers a good level response very complicated already compare.

However, with the PAD 971 Haier is the first time that we have tested a Rockchip chipset as the RK3288, with four-core Cortex-A17 up to 1.8 GHz and GPU ARM Mali-T760 MP4, so that touched tested in depth the performance of the SoC.

So let’s start by cold, by those data that say nothing but tend to draw a line of minimum. Here is our usual battery of performance testing:

Benchmarks Haier PAD 971(Rockchip RK3288)
PCMark Work performance: 3.846 pointsWork battery life: 6 h 47min
3DMark Sling Shot 3.1: 428 pointsSling Shot 3.0: 619 pointsIce Storm Unlimited: 9.986 points
Geekbench 4 Single-Core: 715 pointsMulti-Core: 1.646 points
AnTuTu Not compatible
EPIC Citadel Not compatible
Quadrant 11.148 points
Vellamo Chrome Browser: 3.158 pointsMetal: 1,221 pointsMulticore: 2,131 points

See complete gallery» Haier PAD 971, benchmarks (28 photos)

Not all benchmarking applications are compatible with this Rockchip RK3288, but which have been tested they return us encouraging data in terms of power.

Performance of the Tablet is without any doubt in basic and normal use, moving Android very smoothly and without any problem even using multitasking when browsing Internet while using Google Play Music in the background.

It is a tablet of good level for those hours of sofa which refer to something in the computer becomes tedious only get up and turn it on, just to watch a video, read news or ask any questions on the Internet. Come on, that is the perfect device to have in the living room table together with the remote control of the TV, while it cost us an eye of the face.

The video playback is excellent, with good sound, and the comfortable reading thanks to the targets of the IPS panel and good sharpness.

Where more suffering is with games, because even if you move them without problems, the response fails to be entirely satisfactory with certain moments of lag in time of graphic requirement. Move such amount of pixels does not help in this regard.

We do not want this affirm the 971 PAD Haier does not move games that require power, but that it will cost you a little move them with ease.

Moreover, it is a Tablet without too many cracks in daily use, and that behaves well to satisfy those less demanding users who don’t want to spend too much on a “substitute” for the PC for certain functions.

A sufficient autonomy… without good

It is probably one of the sections with increasing importance of any analysis, and the truth is that the Haier PAD 971 It leaves us chiaroscuro as for autonomy, because seeing the battery capacity always best numbers are expected.

Obviously, in a Tablet we will not analyze autonomy from the point of view of a terminal that always takes over, though surely many users use this type of devices beyond the borders of their classrooms.

Haier has set up a generous battery, with up to 7,800 mAh capacity, that somehow should give us confidence in the possibilities of the Tablet.

However, it does not seem that the Rockchip chipset consume little, and move an array of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels greatly penalizes possibly excessive energy expenditure.

In this case, we have seen that the Tablet is kept alive around 7 hours use in PCMark we obtained similar values of up to 6 hours and 47 minutes.

This is reduced playing, and in addition to exponentially, because the games not only heated in excess device, but they could eat the battery in less than 4 hours.

In these cases it is too dependent on the use that we will give you, if only you anyone on the Internet for news or something similar, it will last you about 10 or 12 hours, so you know. Care away from a plug if you want to play with your Tablet.

Testimonials cameras for a section not differentiating in tablets

With an almost AOSP – Android Open Source Project – which software hableremos later, the camera interface is basic as which would see in a device that you installed Android without modifying.

In this case, two moves that camera application 8 and 2 megapixel camera without flash LED sensors in both cases, but with autofocus and video the main FullHD.

We will not assess any Tablet by their cameras, but we’re not going to miss the opportunity to show you some screenshots made with it – when no one we saw, clear-.

The results are generally acceptable in good light conditions, but the capture rate is not fast and we not expect miracles in all not ideal conditions. The front camera obviously is only usable in video conferencing.

There is too much to count here, so we leave a few more shots and you juzgaréis directly if you want to use your tablet to take pictures when you visit somewhere beautiful.

See complete gallery» Haier PAD 971, camera (5 photos)

5.1 Android Lollipop in 2016, is bad news of course…

We don’t know if the constraint in this regard has been by Rockchip chipset drivers or for any other reason, but the truth is that Haier has complied with installing 5.1 Android Lollipop in your new PAD 971.

That is not good news, obviously, with Android 6.0 already growing apace and Android 7.0 Nougat looming on the horizon. Will updates there be? Because we do not know but we assume that no, so that here will touch comply with the lollipops.

At least, Haier has not touched all the interface nor most of the user experience Pure Google Android, by limiting its intervention to the installation of certain applications, some more useful than others.

For example, the Haier PAD 971 factory installed Microsoft Office suite, as well as some other extra very relative utility application.

See complete gallery» Haier PAD971, software (10 photos)

Haier PAD 971, Xataka Android view

The conclusion of the analysis of a Tablet as this Haier PAD 971 is more than simple, because it is a Tablet perfect for any user not too demanding and requiring good construction and a display of great quality to price.

Chinese firms want to compete seriously, and with metal housing the PAD 971 finishes are at a very good level, leaving the negative part for a plastic low quality screen protector coming already placed factory, and we will recommend replacing.

Moreover, it is a tablet that won’t disappoint because certainly it works very well in day to day, as complement in the room somewhere between the smartphone and a PC that is normally lazy get up on.

The best are your materials and your screen, that there is no doubt and no complaint on this side. Worst? Then probably the experience with its 7,800 mAh battery, which should offer one greater autonomy but leaving in high numbers your level of energy consumption.

In general, the Haier PAD 971 will convince the majority of users, although surely its target audience is that less demanding, you want a device that works fairly well but mostly leave their prices at attractive values.

It is also an interesting Tablet for children by their price and the robustness of its metal construction, Although here, of course, it is best that the parents choose when to start the child with these devices.

In favour

  • Good materials
  • High resolution screen
  • Android experience without masks


  • Just autonomy
  • Testimonials cameras
  • Brands in the metal housing (easily solvable in warranty)


The Tablet has been ceded to tests by Haier Spain. You can consult our policy of relations with companies