In general, feature and specs of any gadgets become outdated in the presence of newly launched similar products. However, Xiaomi appears to be changing this kind of market behavior. Even though MiPad was launched a year ago but its features and specifications are still very attractive. Even now this tablet has some unmatchable features. More surprisingly factor is its price of 12999 rupees, certainly the most incomparable factor of this device.
Xiaomi has maintained its brand value on this tablet also. The plastic used on the back is of premium quality and gives a nice feeling to this tablet. It measures just 8.5 mm in thickness, so you can imagine what quality it holds within. The weight of 360 grams does not seem to be much for a device this huge. I have to say that Xiaomi has taken much inspiration from the Apple iPad mini but that does not go against this device anyway.
The next thing this tablet specializes in is its display. IPS panel size of 7.9 inch with a ratio of 4:3 seems great for reading. Again, like iPad mini the display of this tablet packs a resolution of 1536 X 2048 pixels that translates to a really high pixel density of 326 ppi. It has also got Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection that means it can resist all the daily life experience. Color reproduction is great without any distortions from the sides. This display does provide an immersive experience while watching movie and playing games.
Unlike most of the tablets of the budget price segment, the Xiaomi Mi Pad features cameras on both the sides (front and the back). The 8 MP rear shooter does take good shots, but the level of noise can be a concern for many. You can also record 1080p videos on this tablet. Coming to the front side, the 5 MP camera is really good for selfies. However, it is another fact that most of the people do not like the idea of taking selfies with a tablet.
The camera interface is not much different from what we see on Xiaomi smartphones. However, the trimmed features will be certainly a big disappointment for those who like to apply post-processing effects on their images.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks and Gaming)
Xiaomi has only launched the 16 GB version of the Mi Tab in India, but you do not have to worry as the storage can be expanded up to 128 GB using a micro SD card. The tablet boasts 2 GB of RAM, which is enough for smoothly running multiple apps in the background.
This tablet is really a beast when it comes to performance. A quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 processor (Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset) sitting at the heart of this device takes whatever you throw at it without any problem. Moreover, the ULP GeForce Kepler GPU with its 192 cores enables this device to run any game available out there with the highest graphic settings.
In Nenamark 2 benchmarking this tablet gets a score of 59.8 fps, which is really great for a device of this price. Quadrant benchmarking returns a score of 22911. The tablet leaves behind the HTC One M8 in AnTuTu benchmarking with a score of 40419. This device also tops the list (budget tablet) of Vellamo benchmarking with a score of 1402.
After reading the benchmarking scores, it is quite clear that this phone is far ahead of any other budget tablets in terms of performance. All the daily life tasks and even the processes that require intense graphic processing run without any frame drop or stutter. However, the tablet gets a little hot while playing graphic intensive games.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad is much limited on the connectivity front. You only get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB. Lack of GPS, NFC and SIM slot will definitely confuse the Indian customers. There is a good news in the form of OTG connectivity support, which lets you to sync USB data.
The list of sensor of this tablet includes all the needed sensors like Gyroscope, Light Sensor, Gravity Sensor and Digital Compass. Xiaomi has carefully made this device to make it compatible with all gaming requirements.
This tablet is powered by a massive 6700 mAh battery which is again a hard-to-see spec in this price segment. The manufacturer itself promises 16 hours of HD video playback on this tablet. Even the high resolution display doesn’t make a big difference on the power backup of this device.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad runs on MIUI v6 out of the box, which is an Android 4.4 KitKat based ROM. User Interface is customized to the aspect ratio and screen size of this device. You will find the screen pleasing as all the icons and animation are designed to give a minimalistic feel. It seems that Xiaomi has taken inspiration from iPad mini on this front also.
- Ultra-sharp display.
- 2 GHz quad-core processor with 192-core GeForce Kepler GPU.
- Storage is expandable up to 32 GB.
- Elegant design. 4:3 aspect ratio makes this tablet best for reading.
- 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera.
- Runs all games without any issue.
- OTG Support
- Gets hot pretty fast.
- Lags behind on the connectivity front.
- Missing Voice Calling
The Xiaomi Mi Pad is the best tablet that you can get in this price range. Its performance and design will certainly blow your mind. This tablet is really giving a tough competition to the big players like Apple and Google.
|OS||Android v4.4 (KitKat)|
|Screen||7.9 Inches, 1536 x 2048 pixels, 324 ppi|
|Processor||QC, 2.2 GHz, Nvidia Tegra K1|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 128GB SD-Card Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 5MP[F], LED, ZOOM, BSI|
|Battery||6700 mAh, Li-Po, Non-removable|
|Body||8.5 mm [Th], 360 grams [W]|
|Connectivity||OTG, BT, Wi-Fi, USB|