The tesla style android headunits are a portrait screen car stereo upgrade. The android headunits run android apps but also connect to the car speakers for music, DAB, FM or bluetooth calls. You get the benefits of an android tablet in your car integrated with your existing car speakers.
The tall ‘portrait’ style is synonymous with the screens found in the tesla models of vehicles. It is also a very familiar way of viewing a screen because it mimics holding a phone in your hand. This is unusual for android headunits that generally mimic a laptop screen in the landscape orientation. This gives the tesla screens a look that is a little bit different, a little bit eye catching.
Catching the eye
This tesla style, universal fitting, single DIN, android headunit caught our eye so we thought it would be a good idea to delve a little deeper. Does its specifications meet is look and its price? Will it be suitable for the daily drive? Can it do the reversing camera? Will DAB+ work? Can it play game?
All about the numbers
Scratch the surface, past the portrait screen, and you can see the specifications. These can then tell us how quickly it will run and what it is capable of doing.
It is listed as having a quadcore processor and 2Gb RAM.
These two specifications indicates it is, by modern standards, very slow. The quadcore with 1Gb or 2Gb is on our ‘not recommended‘ list. The reason for this is a very out dated processor is just not fast enough to run the modern apps with any urgency. 2Gb of RAM is better than 1Gb but no where near 4Gb that is shipped with the modern headunits. You can’t upgrade the RAM or the processor (or any parts of it) so there is no opportunity to make it better. Back in 2015 the processor was ground breaking, but we still don’t use our android phone from 2015, so the same applies to your android headunit.
No good games, but it can play a video.
But what can it do well?
Nothing android can run well on it, the processor is the core for this and all apps will be slow to load, slow to react, slow to switch between them. It is even slow to boot.
Like all the other android headunits, it can run a reversing camera, make bluetooth calls, use GPS for satnav and connect to USB devices for DAB or TPMS. But if these are the reasons for buying an android headunit there are still much better value for money options available.
This is a universal fitting and will need quite a lot of wire joining and puzzling over the connections. A lack of ISO connector compounds the problem of connection. This minor omission on the part of the manufacturer causes the installer a much bigger headache. The single DIN body will fit virtually any single DIN hole, but the tall screen may obscure vents or controls. You may find our ‘android headunit wires guide‘ can help there.
Don’t let its look hide its very poor experience. There are much faster and more enjoyable android headunits with a tesla style screen available.
no adjustment to the screen position
2 USB sockets
physical volume control
physical buttons to press” negatives=”It is a universal fit, so additional adaptors may be required to install
only 2Gb RAM
no external microphone option
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