Xiaomi’s Mi Pad gets a 2017 refresh

by Haadi Bakar
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If you think Apple’s new US$329 iPad is still quite pricey, then you might want to check out Xiaomi’s new tablet it’s putting up on sale on its official website today.

The new Mi Pad 3 costs just 1,499 yuan (around B$300), but looking at the tablet’s premium build quality and specs, you’d expect this tablet should’ve cost at least a couple of hundred dollars more.

The Mi Pad 3 is a refresh of Xiaomi’s two-year-old Mi Pad 2, retaining the 2015 model’s metal unibody exterior and a 7.9-inch quad-HD (2048 x 1536) LCD display. It’s physically identical to the Mi Pad 2 in terms of dimension and weight, measuring 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm and weighing at 328 grammes.

Under the hood, however, Xiaomi’s new tablet gets a speed boost, rocking a high-performance hexa-core 2.1GHz MediaTek MT8176 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.

The tablet also has a new 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture lens and LED flash, as well as a 5-megapixel f/2.0 aperture front shooter.

With the built-in 6,100 mAh battery, Xiaomi claims the Mi Pad 3 can push through 12 hours of multimedia consumption and 867 hours of standby time. The tablet also supports 5V/2A fast charging.

The Mi Pad 3 runs Android Marshmallow OS that’s overlayed with Xiaomi’s MIUI8s skin.

For now, there’s only one colour and storage configuration for the Mi Pad 3; Champagne Gold and 64GB of storage space.

It’s certainly a nice looking tablet (unibody metal is always good to look at and hold), and at that price point, you’d only be getting underpowered plastic tablets from other brands.

Xiaomi is known for making high quality smartphones and selling them at aggressively lower costs than its rivals.

The Mi Pad 3 goes on sale in China today and can be purchased from Xiaomi’s online store. It’s uncertain whether the Chinese tech firm is making the Mi Pad 3 available outside China.



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