RCA or the Radio Corporation of America is not your typical tablet manufacturer. Mainly known for their audio and TV sets, the company has moved into the budget tablet market.
We all know how popular 2-in-1 convertible tablets have been in recent years. The RCA 11 Maven Pro is such a device running Android Lollipop (5.0).
Let’s dive in and check out more about this budget convertible.
RCA 11 Maven Pro Tablet Specs
Measurements (L x W x H)
14 x 4 x 10 inches (355.6 x 101.6 x 254 mm)
1366 x 768
Android Lollipop (Version 5.0)
Quad-core 1.4 GHz
1GB DDR SDRAM
32GB (microSD/microSDHC extendable)
2MP with autofocus
1 HDMI, Micro-USB, USB, and Headphone Jack
RCA Maven Pro Review
As always, I like to start with the design and overall physical aspect of any device before checking out the core.
RCA has always been in the electronics game but as I mentioned before they are quite new to the tablet and computing scene. So, we need to keep our expectations low and we also have to remember that this is a budget device when compared to flagships like SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6 or APPLE IPAD.
As a 2-in-1 tablet, you can either use this as a standalone tablet or as a mini laptop with the detachable keyboard that is included in the price. This is a plus point when compared to the more expensive devices which usually require you to buy the accessories separately.
Even the essential ones like a keyboard.
At first glance, the device doesn’t look that great. It’s quite thick and has a basic tablet design. However, the colors available are quite odd when compared to normal tablets. You can get the Maven pro in multiple bright colours which are bound to turn some heads.
Since the device is quite chunky, you’ll have a good grip. Most devices today are very slim with sharp edges and glossy finishes making them quite slippery.
The 11.6-inch convertible measures 14 x 4 x 10 inches (355.6 x 101.6 x 254 mm) and weighs 2.78lbs (1.26kg). Let’s compare this with some of the best convertible tablets in the industry today.
The SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S6 has a 10.5-inch screen and only weighs 0.93lbs (0.42kg). The IPAD PRO 12.9 has a bigger 12.9-inch screen and weighs 1.42lbs (0.64kg). Finally, the 12.3-inch SURFACE PRO 7 is the bulkiest of all and weighs 1.74lbs (0.79kg).
With this simple comparison, you can see how heavy the Maven Pro 11 is. If you haven’t already figured it out, it’s pretty heavy.
So, in terms of portability, it isn’t as bad as a laptop but it’s above the average tablet weight.
You’ll see black bezels around the entire screen and at the back, the company logo is faintly visible. The speaker is also oddly placed right at the bottom and no effort has been put to hide it in the bottom or top panel.
Overall, the design and physical features of the Maven Pro are not the focus. But, if you’re on a budget, this might suffice.
Next up, let’s look at the display features on the Maven Pro 11.
You get a basic IPS display which measures 11.6-inches diagonally. This widescreen is one of the few highlights of this device. The resolution is set at 1366 x 768 which again is not too bad for a tablet of this price. The viewing angles are fine thanks to the IPS panel.
Another good thing about the display is the touch response which is surprisingly better than most budget tablets.
Let’s dive into the core and check out the hardware, software, and performance.
The budget device is powered by the MediaTek MT8127 1.4Ghz Quad-Core processor, which is an entry-level chip mainly featured in Android Tablets. The chipset fails the majority of the benchmark tests so keep your expectations low with this one.
To make matters worse, you only get a 1GB RAM capacity. This is certainly the most disappointing feature of the device. I’ve seen smartphones with better RAM capacities. If you are expecting a lag-free experience, you might want to consider another tablet.
In terms of storage, you get a 32GB internal storage which is minimal but enough to store basic documents, low-quality photos, and videos. If you run out of space, you can always expand using a MicroSD card.
The Maven Pro ships with Android Lollipop, but you can upgrade to newer versions; maybe not the latest Android 10 though.
The OS gives a mediocre performance and you can’t unlock the full potential due to the low-end hardware used. As usual, you’ll have the normal Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, and other native Google Apps.
When it comes to the camera, there isn’t much to talk about. Both the front and rear cams have a 2MP resolution which is sufficient for everyday video calls.
Apart from the widescreen, the battery is the only other praiseworthy aspect of this device. With standard usage, you can get around 8 hours of battery life.
The tablet has a USB, HDMI, and Micro USB port. Nowadays, you don’t find HDMI or USB 2.0 ports on tablets. It’s either USB-C or Micro-USB port, so this is another mini advantage.
To conclude, the Maven Pro 11 has a good widescreen and long-lasting battery, but the low-end hardware downgrades the tablet.
If the screen is too wide for you and you’re in the market for a smaller tablet, check out the RCA Viking pro. It has the same features but a smaller 10-inch screen.