Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 announced – here are the details

by: Darcy LaCouveeNovember 24, 2015

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Xiaomi has had some fun in the last few days, teasing their own device announcements for a November 24th event. The 5.5-inch Redmi Note 3 is the main event, sneaking in the Mi Pad 2 rather unconventionally ahead of time, releasing all but device availability through a photo gallery on Facebook.

Further info has since been released. Let’s take a closer look at the new Xiaomi Mi Pad 2.


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The new Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is not a huge departure from the Mi Pad before it. You still get a 7.9-inch device with more than respectable specifications for the price. MIUI 7 is still behind the glass, based on Android 5.x Lollipop. An additional version with Windows 10 was also announced, with more details to follow and a later release date than the Android version.

The metal construction of the Mi Pad 2 is significantly thinner than the first take on this tablet. Measuring in at 6.95mm thick, it also looses a good amount of weight, down to 322g. For reference, the Mi Pad was 8.5mm thick and weighed 360g.

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In place of the previous processing package, NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 is out and the Intel X5-Z8500 is used in its place. This is a 14nm contructed 64-bit processor with four cores clocked in at 1.44GHz, bursting up to 2.24GHz. Backing this up is Intel HD Graphics and 2GB of RAM.

Two storage options are available, the entry level 16GB model is complemented by a 64GB option. Sadly, there is no evidence at this point for expanded storage on this WiFi only tablet. But we’ll be sure to come back and clarify this if we are found to be incorrect.

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While tablet photography is still not really a thing, the 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture and the 5MP sensor on the front should offer up a decent experience. Speaking of decent, the display comes in with 326ppi, that means 2048 x 1536 resolution on this 7.9-inch panel.

Xiaomi opted to include the new USB Type-C as the power and data transfer port for the Mi Pad 2.

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Finally, to keep the lights on, Xiaomi has equipped a 6190mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery into the Mi Pad 2. With support for 5V, 2A fast charging, they claim a whopping 648.8 hours of standby time, 100 hours of music playback with the display off and 12.5 hours of screen on time. These are claims I am very interested in testing for myself at some point.


ProcessorIntel Atom X5-Z8500, 1.44GHz quad-core, 64-bit
Display7.9-inch IPS
2048 x 1536
Internal Storage16GB or 64GB
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi ac
Camera8MP rear with LED flash
5MP front
Size200mm x 133mm x 6.95mm
ColorChampagne Gold and Dark Gray

Pricing and final thoughts

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For us North Americans, there has only ever really been one problem with Xiaomi products – availability. While the Mi Pad 2 is no exception to this experience, it will be available in China before the end of the month. The Windows 10 powered option will come later in December. A North American release would be a pleasant surprise, but we’re not holding our breath.

Look for great pricing options for the Mi Pad 2, with the 16GB model set to sell for RMB 999 (US$156) and the 64GB model for RMB 1249 (US$197.)

I dare say, a well spec’ed Android tablet with 64GB of internal storage for under $200 is a solid deal these days. It is no surprise the original Mi Pad made it on to our list of best cheap Android tablets, and this new Mi Pad 2 will soon take its place.

What do you think, is the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 the type of tablet you’d like to get your hands on?

  • Mohammad Hussain

    YES YES YES YES YES Xiaomi’s Reign is Restarting!! Competitors!! FEAR !!

    • Captain_Invisible

      When they start to actually sell their devices, we can talk.

      • trapchan

        they sold their device …. in china

  • Renascienza

    Nice device indeed, but you can’t really talk about a tablet *flagship* offering just 2Gb RAM, as there is flagship smartphones packing 6 inches 2K screens and 3Gb of RAM on the market.

    • well, nexus 9 runs on 2gigs of ram too

      • Renascienza

        Well, Nexus 9 is from a past generation. Pixel C is the current Google Nexus Tablet.

        • Well pixel c isn’t exactly a nexus, and a mipad 2 64gb config for $200 what more can you ask for?

  • the 64gb version runs a lot in my head, I definitely want to see a hands-on of this :) specially the gaming part

  • I have the MiPad 1 and it’s still amazing. It deserves a little more love and Xiaomi needs to get us the unlocked bootloader but despite that it’s an amazing tablet that lives forever and outperforms almost any Android device out there.

    • Black Eagle

      Does it have access to the Google Play store?

      • BluntEdgeNexus

        yup with global roms, it comes with Google services pre installed

      • duncan

        Xiaomi products tend not to have google apps (including. Playstore) when shipped from china, however they are easy to install. There are a few different methods described on the internet. Installing the apks and such.

  • SOLID! what a splash this will make.

  • qinghai

    Still no sim support.. *sigh* :(

    • duncan

      It’s possible to get external wireless devices to add sim functionality to a tablet or other android device. They may come in the form of a key ring or a watch, have a simcard slot, and connect via Bluetooth. With the appropriate app, texts and calls can be made by that tablet via the Bluetooth link, over the mobile network of the sim card used.

      In case you are interested.

  • abhishek

    I was waiting for this from 2 month Battery and prosser both are low ? I am very disdisappointed And one more thing is it getting hot wile playing game And will be the price of 16 and 64 gb and suggestions which will be better mi pad 1 mi pad 2 .

    • catapult

      dude the processor is pretty powerful and very battery efficient, intel’s latest, intel uses very different technologies, its the latest 14nm design with clock speed upto 2.44ghz its massive dude, and guess what if u want theres a windows 10 version too

      • Black Eagle

        You are very right. I might order a Android and Windows version. As long as I can get the Google Play store on it.

        • catapult

          U will get Google play store on the Android version, and windows market place on the windows 10 version, also all the native win32 apps that u use on pc will work on windows 10

          • Black Eagle

            Thank you for your response. That’s great news. They seems like great tablets for the price. Now I just have to get it ordered and sent to the USA when available.

          • catapult

            I will suggest 64 gb version for windows 10 at least, u know its space requiring os, I use mipad 1st gen, its 16 gb and works fine

    • Captain_Invisible

      That’s complete nonsense…

      • catapult

        Seriously, if that processor can breeze through windows 10 well, its more than capable to fly with Android, u guys seriously underestimate how powerful Intel chips can be, wait for the reviews, they will sure compare it with nvidia tegra k1 equipped mipad first

  • Captain_Invisible

    $197 for the 64GB version… If they started selling their devices in Europe I would instantly buy it, even though it’s nowhere near stock Android.

  • ébrenjáró

    No SIM and GPS support again???? Very disappointing.

  • Scr-U-gle

    Wish it was an iPad, glad to see the Andrones still lust after an iPad but are suckered by cheap knock offs that might last 18 months.

    • duncan

      Have you ever used a Xiaomi product ? They may be Chinese, and they may have a low price compared to other products on the market. However they are not cheap knock offs. They are quality products. They must be good as they are the world’s 3 biggest producers of smart phones. I can talk from experience they they are very good quality for a very good price.

  • flye

    I would skip their miui os version, it’s crap. however Windows 10 is very interesting.

  • Reuben

    I want the Windows one. That would be awesome.

  • John Bautista

    This looks like a great improvement from the already great Mi Pad 1 according to this comparison http://versus.com/en/xiaomi-mi-pad-2-vs-xiaomi-mi-pad . I’m expecting monstrous performance from that Atom X5. I’m just disappointed that the battery capacity has been downgraded, probably to make the device thinner. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a bit more of thickness in exchange for a bigger battery, to keep things running even longer :( But whatever, that’s just my personal opinion and I guess a lot of pips out there would also like the thinner form factor. :)