Xiaomi Mi Pad Announced, Looks Like the iPad Mini

You have to hand it to Chinese companies for coming up with compelling pieces of hardware.  Xiaomi, one of the more popular Chinese brands, recently unveiled the Mi Pad, an Android-running tablet that is similar to Apple’s iPad in so many respects.

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This is the Xiaomi Mi Pad. Doesn’t it remind you of the iPad Mini?

For the main specs, the Xiaomi Mi Pad is amazing.  It has a 7.9″ 2048×1536 pixel display (326 ppi) and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip with a 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 32-bit CPU, 192-core Kepler GPU and 2GB of RAM.   The Mi Pad also comes in either 16GB or 64GB variants, both with microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB of additional storage.  For shooting chops, the Xiaomi Mi Pad offers an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP front shooter.  The battery of the Xiaomi Mi Pad is 6,700mAh which is reportedly good for 11 hours of video playback and 86 hours of music playback.

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The interesting bit is the price.  The Xiaomi Mi Pad is priced at $240 for the 16GB and $273 for the 64GB variant.  These are ultra-affordable for the tablet’s specs.  The Xiaomi Mi Pad will be available in June but international availability has not been announced yet.  Hopefully this arrives in the Philippines soon.

Here’s a video featuring the Xiaomi Mi Pad.  The ad reminds me of a Nokia Lumia ad.

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