Most of the Android mobile devices that Xiaomi has released so far are smartphones. This is about to change as the company unveiled its first Android tablet called the Mi Pad. This 7.9-inch device surprisingly looks like an iPad Mini and even has the same resolution of even the same 2048 x 1536 pixels. In terms of build quality it uses the same plastic as that used of the iPhone 5C and even comes in various colors.
Despite looking more like an Apple device the Xiaomi Mi Pad is unmistakable an Android device. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with the MIUI UI running on top. It has 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 64GB of internal storage. This storage can further be expanded using a microSD up to 128GB. There’s an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Its other features include stereo speakers, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 6700mAh battery.
What’s probably interesting to note is that this is going to be one of the first tablets to ship using NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra K1 chip with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz. This chip uses the same high-performance, power-efficient NVIDIA Kepler GPU that’s being used by some of the world’s top supercomputers and PC gaming rigs. It uses four Cortex A-15 cores plus an extra core designed for low power use.
Xiaomi might also be trying to position this tablet as a gaming device since it has the hardware to match. Remember the NVIDIA Mocha that was spotted recently? This tablet is rumored to be the NVIDIA Shield tablet and since the Mocha shares similar specs to the Mi Pad then Xiaomi’s device could be a cheaper alternative to the upcoming Shield tablet.
- 7.9-inch IPS display
- 2048×1536 326 PPI
- NVIDIA Tegra K1
- 2GB RAM, 16/64GB Flash, extensible to 128GB via microSD card
- 8MP rear / 5MP front camera
- 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi
- 6700 mAh battery
As far as availability goes, the Xiaomi Mi Pad will become available in China this coming June. The 16GB version is going to be priced at 1,499 Chinese yuan or roughly $240 while the 64GB version is going to be priced at 1,699 Chinese yuan or roughly $270. There’s still no information when it will be released in the international market however if it does make it outside of China then its price might be slightly higher. Right now the company is expanding its market presence to include Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico. The company currently sells its devices in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore.