Xiaomi un­veils Mi Pad 3

MARIE BREWIS looks at Xiaomi’s lat­est An­droid tablet

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Xiaomi re­cently cel­e­brated its sev­enth birth­day. What bet­ter way to mark the oc­ca­sion than with the launch of a new tablet: the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3? Suc­ces­sor to its Mi Pad 2, the Mi Pad 3 is an af­ford­able An­droid tablet with a 7.9in screen, 64GB of stor­age and a ca­pa­cious 6,600mAh bat­tery.

Re­lease date

The Mi Pad 3 is on sale in China, though in the UK there is no of­fi­cial launch date, be­cause Xiaomi prod­ucts are not of­fi­cially sold over here. But don’t let that put you off.

Price

At the time of writ­ing, the Mi Pad 3 is avail­able for £209 from Geek­buy­ing at fave. co/2qzBLnH, which the site says will ship in one to seven days.

Fea­tures

The Mi Pad 3 is a very well-spec­i­fied com­pact tablet with plenty of per­for­mance, stor­age and bat­tery power. It

runs MIUI 8, in com­mon with all Mi mobile de­vices, and fea­tures sev­eral up­grades over the Mi Pad 2 but is more of a re­fresh than a to­tal re­write.

Whereas its pre­de­ces­sor came with 2GB of RAM and 16- or 64GB of stor­age, the Mi Pad 3 fea­tures 4GB of RAM and 64GB of stor­age as stan­dard. Bat­tery ca­pac­ity has also in­creased from 6,160- to 6,600mAh, with bat­tery life now ex­pected to reach up to 867 hours on standby and 12 hours for media play­back. The cam­era has been up­graded from 8Mp to a 13Mp, f/2.2 model.

You’ve less choice when it comes to colour, though, with the new tablet avail­able only in Cham­pagne Gold. The Mi Pad 2 was ad­di­tion­ally avail­able in Dark Grey. The pair oth­er­wise look very sim­i­lar.

One thing to note is that while the Mi Pad 2 could run An­droid or Win­dows, the Mi Pad 3 is re­stricted to An­droid only. This is due to a pro­ces­sor change – from the x86 com­pat­i­bil­ity of the Te­gra K1 in the Mi Pad 2 to the new Me­di­aTek MT8176 chipset that in­te­grates two 2.1GHz Cor­tex-A72 cores and four 1.7GHz Cor­tex-A53 cores.

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