OUKITEL RT8 Rugged Outdoor Android 13 11-Inch Tablet Review

In this video, I check out the OUKITEL RT8 Rugged Outdoor Android 13 11-Inch Tablet. You can buy this rugged tablet for $281.99 directly from OUKITEL store using my coupon code ‘carplaylife6’ at checkout for 6%-OFF your order 👉🏻 , and it can also be purchased for £279.99 from Amazon UK 👉🏻 https://amzn.to/3VWDbkr.

TL/DR: The Oukitel RT8 rugged outdoor tablet is built to withstand the elements, with an IP68 and a durable rubber casing. It boasts impressive features such as a large battery, expandable storage, and a powerful MediaTek Helio G99 CPU. The tablet performs well for everyday tasks, gaming, and multimedia experiences. While it may not have the highest screen resolution, it offers decent visibility outdoors. With its affordable price tag, the Oukitel RT8 is a reliable option for adventurers who need a durable companion for their outdoor excursions.

This hardened 11-inch tablet is made to withstand all of the outdoor elements, with an IP68 certified waterproof and IP69K water pressure rating, heat and cold resistance from -45 up to 75 degrees, and it has all-round protection from its rubber casing and a screen made from Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

In the box, you get a paper instruction manual, a SIM card tray removal tool, a 33W USB-C wall adapter, a 1m long USB-C to C cable, an adjustable carrying strap, a rear elastic leather strap, tools and screws to attach either the supplied metal brackets or the supplied premium alloy carrying handle onto the back of the tablet.

Looking over the RT8 tablet: It weighs 996.7 grams, which is certainly not the lightest tablet (that’s more than the weight of two 11-inch iPad Pros). Contributing to this weight is not only its toughened exterior, inside there is a 20,000 mAh battery (which is 2.5x more than the previously mentioned 11-inch iPad Pro, at 7,812 mAh). With such a large battery, the RT8 supports on-the-go reverse charging of devices from its sealed USB-C port, and it can last up to 90 days on standby, 12 hours of video playback, and 24 hours of gaming.

The RT8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G99 8-core CPU running up to 2.2GHz, whilst the MaliG57 runs the GPU side at 1.1GHz. Its 6GB of physical memory can be virtually extended by using an allocated amount of onboard storage to expand the RT8’s memory to 12GB.

Although its 256GB onboard storage may be ample, you can still insert a TF card into its weatherproof sealed slot to expand its storage up to 2TB, making it ample for app storage, downloaded apps, videos and games. It runs the Android 13 operating system and its display resolution may not be the best (at 1920×1200 resolution, 272dpi, and a 90Hz refresh rate), but this may be enough for most productive applications, casual video watching and light-weight gaming.

Around the externals of the RT8, there are 4 cameras. On the back, there is a 48.2 Megapixel default lens, a 5.3 Megapixelmacro lens and a 5.2 Megapixel night vision lens. On the front side, there is a single 32 Megapixel lens that sits at the top of the display when in landscape mode, which offers a handy centrally located camera for landscape-orientated video calling.

Inserting a data SIM card allows you to enjoy internet-based content when on the move, or without being restricted to a nearby Wi-Fi network, whilst its built-in GPS support helps operate specific apps such as navigation apps without relying on the less accurate Wi-Fi positioning.

The RT8 features a few ways to hold, stow and carry it whilst out and about. There’s the included adjustable sling that allows you to throw it over your shoulder, its rear hand strap allows you to stow the tablet more firmly in one hand, whilst the premium alloy handle not only makes it easier to carry around, it also doubles up as a highly adjustable kickstand.

Out of the box, its battery came pre-charged up to 81%, so I was able to set it up and run a lot of tests soon after unpacking it. The tablet is recharged quickly, thanks to its 33W fast charging adapter and cable. Recharging from 4% took just over 4 hours, and after 3 hours of video watching via the Plex app and leaving the tablet on standby for over two nights, the RT8’s battery was down to 83%. So overall, I was pleased with its ability to hold its charge during some lengthy video playback.

Next, I ran the GeekBench 6 app with the following results: 729 Single-Core, 2024 Multi-Core, 1277 GPU OpenCL, and in 3DMark, it’s Wildlife Vulcan test gave 1229. I’d say the scores weren’t the best, but for its price, they are decent for general web browsing, watching or streaming movies, taking notes and writing documents as well as some medium to lightweight gaming – ticking all the boxes for the kind of things you might want to do outdoors with such a rugged tablet.

Heading outdoors, I checked out its display and camera performance. Its default main camera produces some decent quality photos, with good contrast and sharpness. It only has a digital zoom, so its overall quality soon degrades with each magnification. Swapping to its macro lens also offered good quality macro shots; however, I did struggle outdoors to get the correct focal length for the optimal sharpness in captured photos. Its night vision lens produces some good photos in scenarios where there is very little or no light available. However, it does struggle to light up objects at distances further than around 2 meters (or 6 feet), so photos in this mode are best taken up close.

Flipping over to the front-facing camera also offered decent results with good detail and sharpness to its captured photos, there’s a few other photo modes available on the RT8, such as the manually adjustable Pro mode, a sketchy Bokeh mode, and there’s also a beauty mode if you wish to blur and soften your facial features.

With its 500 nits display brightness, I found using the RT8 outdoors was not that much different to my 2018 iPad Pro Display, with 600 nits of peak brightness. The RT8 carried a little more glare than Apple’s display, otherwise, there was little between their brightness performance outdoors. Indoors, I would say the RT8 had a little more contrast when displaying the same type of content but comparing it alongside a much higher pixel density display of the iPad, it did show up its overall low-end screen resolution.

I found that the RT8 audio output volume was a little louder than my 11-inch iPad Pro, but its audio clarity wasn’t as close of a match to Apple’s. Its recording microphone quality was a little distant and not as sensitive as the microphone on my iPad Pro, but still, the recording was clear and suitable for most scenarios other than studio levels of quality.

Firing up a few games, its Android gaming performance was very capable with the right settings applied. It handled Call of Duty Mobile with its HD texture pack and antialiasing quite well, and controlling the game with a connected Xbox Bluetooth controller made it more of a console-like experience. World of Tanks Blitz also performed well with its graphics settings all dialled up to high, along with its ability to use the controller. I was also able to pair a mouse and a keyboard, making browsing and data entry that much better and enjoyable than using the touchscreen keyboard interface.

My Impressions

The Oukitel RT8 outdoor tablet currently retails directly from the , using my coupon code ‘carplaylife6’, and the RT8 can also be purchased from their store on Amazon for £279.99 in the UK, and I will link to each of these stores in the description below so you can learn more about the RT8 tablet, support the channel, and buy yourself one.

Now I may not have the best reasons to use a rugged tablet like the RT8, however, I can see its appeal for anyone wishing to use it outdoors, such as on building sites to show planning designs, to remote workers, and even for a few nights’entertainment whilst out camping for a couple of days. Its indestructible nature and low price would also serve well as a digital babysitter for younger children, however, its overall weight would make it more fit for lap or table surface use, than something a younger child could hold for any length of time. I think teenagers and older would cope with its weight a bit better.

At its price point, it is certainly capable of the majority of tasks that you’d want an outdoor tablet for, so if you’re looking for a hardened, rugged tablet while on a budget that will also last a good few hours of use or days on standby, you might want to consider the RT8 tablet from Oukitel.

TIMESTAMPS:

0:00 – Brief overview
0:29 – Unboxing
0:51 – Features & Design
2:19 – Front & Rear Cameras
2:58 – Sling, Strap, Handle Attachment
3:20 – Battery Charging & Performance
3:50 – Benchmarks
2:42 – SIM & GPS Support
4:11 – Camera Quality
5:12- Brightness Outdoors
5:30 – Brightness & Contrast Indoors
5:45 – Audio & Microphone
6:16 – Gaming & Controller Support
6:39 – Keyboard & Mouse Support
6:49 – My Impressions

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