Xiaomi had introduced Mi Pad to the market on May 2015 but the first tablet from the uprising Chinese company took months before leaving its homeland. Xiaomi Malaysia will start selling the tablet on the 10th of February 2015. It was priced at RM799 in Malaysia, which is more expensive than what we anticipated. As comparison, the 16GB model is sold in China for 1,299 Yuan, which is around RM740 by direct conversion.
A little recap of the device, Mi Pad is powered by NVDIA Tegra K1 quad-core 2.2GHz Cortex A15 processor and the 192-core Kepler GPU. Mated with 2GB of RAM, theoretically the chipset is powerful enough to handle whatever you can do with an Android tablet. The huge 6,700mAh battery should be able to carry you through hours of use.
In case you wonder how the Mi Pad looks like, it is basically an iPhone 5C being blown up to the size of an iPad Mini. The similarity does not end here. The 7.9″ IPS display has the same 4:3 aspect ratio and the 2048×1536 resolution found on the iPad Mini with Retina Display. The design of the MIUI also resembles Apple’s iOS, except that it is running on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Some people may have some comments regarding the similarity of design (myself included). However, the truth is that iPad has defined what people expect from a tablet and following the trend does not seem to be a bad idea at all. What Mi Pad cannot compete with iPad is the variety of apps customized for tablets. Android tablet apps are typically just blown-up from the phone version and the bigger screen does not bring much efficiency.
Mi Pad has a 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing shooter too. Other reviews has shown that the cameras are acceptable for a tablet. Just don’t expect any wonder from both of them. Neither LTE nor 3G are supported by Mi Pad. Dual band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are the ways for the tablet to connect to the rest of the world.
Although a lot of colours are shown during the launch, only the less interesting white model will be available in Malaysia. You do not have freedom opt for the 64GB model too as only the 16GB model is available. Luckily, Mi Pad can support up to 128GB of MicroSD card.
Mi Pad is a tablet worth considering. At the price of RM799, it is one of the most powerful Android tablet. You can get the first generation iPad Mini too with the price but what you get will be a 2-year-old device. If you can fork out a little more, the iPad Mini 2 is available at RM969. In my opinion, the iPad Mini 2 is a better option for the wide offering of apps in the App Store and based on past record, all iPads can last for years without any problem. If your budget is quite limited, you can opt for Mi Pad which is good enough for general use. You can learn more about Mi Pad on their website.