Xiaomi’s Mi Pad Review
The recent unveiling of Xiaomi’s Mi 4 will bring about a new class of disruption in the mobile market since users who were looking to purchase a powerful smartphone for multitasking purposes could only achieve that after they had spent an abounding number of cash on it. Not anymore, with companies like Xiaomi and One Plus, consumers who can only afford the lower tier range of smartphones can now become proud owners of devices that perform at par with the current generation flagships and that too at half the price. Xiaomi’s attempt at producing the company’s debut tablet will no doubt reap large amounts of fruit for the company; just wait till you hear what is stocked inside this bad boy and the price it comes with.
- NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset
Now, NVIDIA might not be a major league player in providing smartphone vendors with its chipset like Qualcomm, ARM and MediaTek, but the truth is that since NVIDIA is the leading provider of everything graphics, it takes just common sense to know that this company would never fall short of providing a superior mobile chipset that not only provides considerable amount of processing performance, but energy efficiency as well. The same chipset that is present in NVIDIA’s upcoming Shield 2 tablet is also present in the Mi Pad and that only means performance, performance and more, performance. Currently, if NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset is pitted against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, it will be the Tegra K1 taking home the gold without breaking a sweat. If you don’t believe us then have a look at the specifications of the K1 processor present in the Mi Pad.
- GPU Architecture: NVIDIA Kepler
- Number of cores: 192 NVIDIA CUDA Cores
- CPU Cores and Architecture: NVIDIA 4 Plus 1 Quad Core ARM Cortex A15 “r3” (2.2 GHz present in the Mi Pad)
- Memory Type: DDR3L and LPDDR3 (2 GB present in the Mi Pad)
The 2.2 GHz clock speed should suffice to tilt your head towards this product. If not, then reading the next segment of the review will probably help to change your decision.
- Additional RAM
For the multitasking junkies, the Mi Pad is loaded with 2 GB of RAM that will help to supplement the performance of the Tegra K1 chipset. Let your hands and their respective fingers run free because we both know that the amount of RAM present in this device is not going to finish anytime soon.
- Expandable storage available for users
The surprising thing about the tablet is that it is the first product from Xiaomi (out of a total of three) that actually possesses an option for expandable storage. The Mi 3 and the Mi 4 smartphones were devoid of such a feature so Xiaomi might have been feeling extremely generous when they decided to incorporate the feature. Users can add a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 128 GB. The Mi Pad comes in two storage types; a 16 GB one and a 64 GB one (which is the same storage capacity present in the Mi 3 and Mi 4 devices).
- Screen size and resolution
The Mi Pad comes with a screen size of 7.9 inches and a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Though the higher resolution might have an adverse effect on the battery life, here is where things get really interesting when the battery life of the Mi Pad is concerned. The tablet comes with a whopping 6,700 mAh battery, which is just outstanding. According to the company, the Mi Pad will be able to keep running up to 86 hours of music playback, and up to 11 hours of video playback.
- Other features you should know
The Mi Pad comes packing with an 802.11 ac wireless standard adapter, which can deliver a maximum bandwidth of 1300 Mbps. The advantage of having a better wireless standard will mean that users will be able to experience flawless levels of voice calling quality, web browsing and video streaming thanks to the transmission speeds this standard is able to deliver.
Is the price just right?
The Xiaomi Mi Pad is available in the following capacity variants:
- 16 GB, which has a price tag of $241
- 64 GB, which has a price tag of $273
With that price, it’s a no-brainer which tablet should be your next purchase. To acquire the 64 GB model, all you will have to do is add an additional $32 and you will get 4 times the amount of internal storage. If that was not enough for you, you can always pick up a high performing microSD. SanDisk has a reputation of delivering such cards that deliver amazing read and write speeds, but they also come at a hefty price tag ($199.99). However, if you have sufficient amounts of cash left over, then there should be no reason why you should not spend more to spoil yourself. After all, a high performing tablet with a killer price tag does not hang around in stock the whole year round. So pull up your pants, and your socks and go buy the Mi Pad.rt
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