Xiaomi has taken the world by storm after surging the smartphone space with its plethora of handhelds starting with the very first Xiaomi Mi 1 that was released in 2011. The device saw a preorder count of over 300,000 units and such has been the case of subsequent smartphones from the fast-growing Chinese company.
Today, the company has reached out to over 50 countries and they are continually expanding their boundaries to other markets. Recently, Xiaomi disclosed to the media that they will be making an entry into the African market before the year runs out (specifically Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya).
The move is to increase the overall market share of Xiaomi thereby bringing the company shoulder to shoulder with other big players in the smartphone space (provided it succeeds in selling over a 100million smartphones before the end of this year as the company visioned).
Currently, Xiaomi stands out as the fifth largest smartphone producer in the world and the company’s influence spreads across the entire tech industry into other technical types of equipment (so as to make a notable presence in the industry as a whole).
The Chinese giant (technically), made an entry into the tablet market especially to compete with the iPad (specifically the Mini) which is currently dominating the large screen market. The end result is an iPad lookalike that is beautiful and well-crafted while still packing amazing specs that fit well in the mid-tier to premium-tier space.
Display and Build Quality
Xiaomi takes a familiar approach with the Mi Pad, as it’s a strong reminder of the iPhone 5C just as the Xiaomi Mi4C is as they both feature the same color options of the now dated plasticky iPhone.
Mi Pad is an all glossy plastic protected device with a glass front. The framework of the tablet was entirely crafted using a magnesium alloy that is high resistance to shocks and also lightweight.
At the back of the device, towards the bottom, are speaker grills and to the top on the left side of the tab is a micro SD card that can be removed with a pin. To the top of the right side, we have the volume rockers and power button both with a good tactile feedback.
On the front of the Mi Pad we have a 2k screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 and a whopping 326PPI cramped in a 7.9-inch panel. The Mi Pad is available in colors of Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, White and Gray.
Performance and Camera
Xiaomi put what you would call the best of what was available as at the time it was released to power its first tablet. The Nvidia K1 system on chip had only been released then (February 2015) and Xiaomi was one of the first companies to feature the chipset (shortly after its arrival in the market) in its Mi Pad.
The K1 is a 32bit chipset based off ARM’s V7 Cortex A15 core design coupled with NVidia’s Kepler GPU architecture with a total GPU core count of 192.
The central processing unit runs at a max clock speed of 2.2Ghz with a total of 5 individual cores and it’s based off the 28nm node manufacturing technology with a max memory support of 8GB which can either be DDR3L or LPDDR3.
The CPU has a single level 1 cache with 64k size (32K to instruction and other 32K to data). The X1 is a bit dated and might not be good enough for you, but it’s certainly no slouch as it packs one of the most impressive specs you can find in any CPU of 2015 – particularly because of the Kepler GPU which supports OpenGL 4.4 and OpenGL ES3.1 for a more optimized 3D gaming experience.
We also have a 6700mAh Li-Polymer battery (that has more resistance to overheating) to keep you running all day long without needing a recharge while you’re out making the device the perfect travel companion.
The Tegra K1 is coupled with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM to keep your pistons firing to the max, be it gaming, to rendering 4k content, you’ll be just fine with little to no problems. The unit is only available in two storage configurations of 16GB and 64GB and the rest of the internals essentially remain the same.
In the camera department, we have a rear shooter graced with an 8MP sensor and a secondary camera with a 5MP rating (both having a 2.0 aperture). The camera stacks up well to the standards of tablet devices of today and its quality is in line with the sensors you may find in midranges of today.
Software and network
We have Xiaomi’s MIUI 5 skin atop Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box with promised updates to the subsequent versions of the software. Xiaomi did a great job optimizing the software with their user base that has surpassed over 50 million people worldwide.
The latest update to the MIUI software is at version 7 which brings critical bug fixes and new features to further enhance user experience and you will be receiving this timely on your Mi Pad. Network support is limited to just 802.11ac WiFi connectivity (Sadly) and there’s no GPS or a 3G/LTE variant.
This might be a deal breaker for some, but the device is all around a solid choice; given the specifications, you have a close to perfect alternative to the iPad Mini that will give you an optimal experience no matter what you throw at it.
At $193.23, The Mi Pad is an amazing tablet that doesn’t sacrifice on aesthetics in anyway. You’ll be getting a full blown performance with a uniquely customized UI/UX ironed out to suit your day to day Android experience.
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