Xiaomi introduces its first tablet, the Tegra K1-powered Mi Pad

May 15, 2014
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Up and coming Chinese company Xiaomi made itself known in the smartphone industry through unconventional sales tactics and low prices, and now it’s setting its sights on the tablet business, with the freshly announced Mi Pad.

The Mi Pad is a 7.9-inch tablet running the Jelly Bean-based MIUI ROM and powered by Nvidia’s impressive Tegra K1 chipset, first announced in January. The Mi Pad is the first device announced to feature K1, which combines four Cortex A15 2.2GHz CPU cores, a low-power companion CPU core, and a Kepler-based GPU with 192 cores. With 2GB of RAM, the Mi Pad should be a beast for gaming, but we worry about battery life, especially with that high-resolution 2,048 x 1,536 display.

 

Xiaomi Mi Pad (6)

Other Xiaomi Mi Pad specifications include 16GB or 64GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB), a 6,700 mAh battery, dual stereo speakers (rear mounted), an 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front one.

Everything’s packed in a tight 8.5 millimeters body that weighs just 360 grams. However, the design is too close to Apple’s iPad Mini for our liking, and Xiaomi even admitted that it inspired itself for the Mi Pad’s colorful plastic design from Apple’s iPhone 5C. The resemblance continues when it comes to MIUI, which features flat, bright icons with rounded corners and color gradients.

Xiaomi Mi Pad (7)

The Xiaomi Mi Pad will be available in six color options – white, black, green, blue, yellow, and pink. The 16GB version will go for the equivalent of $240, while the 64GB model will cost just $30 more.

Unfortunately, there’s no firm release date attached to the Mi Pad for now. Xiaomi announced a “beta” launch in China in June, but did not provide any details on an international rollout.

At the same launch event in Beijing where it introduced the Mi Pad, Xiaomi also launched a new Mi-branded smart TV. Powered by Android and offering an eye pleasing 4K resolution, the 49-inch set will cost just $640.

Xiaomi typically sells its devices through flash sales where it makes available a limited number of units that typically sell out in minutes. But the company recently began establishing a brick and mortar retail presence as well.

Xiaomi products currently sell in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Under the leadership of former Android lead Hugo Barra, the startup will extend this year in 10 of the world’s largest markets, including India, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico.

Comments

  • Corey Watford

    I wish there were more 4:3 Android tablets from high end manufacturers :(

    • MasterMuffin

      Why o.O

      • Jusephe

        Because people like that ?

        • MasterMuffin

          Why O.o

          • Corey Watford

            Becuase 16:9 Widescreen isnt best for everything, and besides movies-which I have a tv at home for I find 4:3 better for things I do on a tablet-Browsing the web, reading,etc

          • MasterMuffin

            Well you’re weird (;P) but I respect your opinion :)

          • Parijat Mishra

            16:9 and 16:10 are good for media consumption (widescreen videos and all that), but things like web browsing, reading pdfs and magazines are MUCH better in 4:3.

            Also, this is a personal opinion, but tablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio look more aesthetically pleasing. widescreen tablets just look like stretched out smartphones to me.

          • Corey Watford

            MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY

  • MasterMuffin

    Specs and price are nice but meh

  • Jayfeather787

    This looks awesome!! I mean, the outside look like an ipad and an iphone 5c had a baby, and the UI looks like apple as well, however, I think that the specs are incredible! Finally, a Tegra K1 powered device has come out!! I really want to get my hands on this, and then put a custom ROM on it!

    • MasterMuffin

      I wouldn’t count on having any custom development on this

      • Jayfeather787

        :( I hope it does, but you are probably right.

    • Second

      If this comes with stylus and digitizer, I can throw my ipad out the window..

    • wat

      MIUI is a custom ROM

  • fiddle

    I am an Android fan but this really looks like a knockoff of iPad mini (or iPad air), plus iPhone 5C’s color theme. I doubt they can get away without apple suing them if they decide to expand to foreign market.

    • Who cares anyway

      Hey, you know that this is a Chinese company. Right? They have different copyright laws in their country.

  • Luka Mlinar

    What’s the deal with the cheap looking iPhone 5c plastic back. I thought these wore the guys that said “don’t call us Apple” or something like that.

  • Air Balloon

    And the lawsuit from Apple comes in 3….2…..1……

    • s2weden2000

      n0pe…

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!

  • jack Koch

    The only thing holding me back is whether or not i’ll be able to get cyanogenmod or aosp on it, and disable the physical button and replace with virtual buttons i’m sold