Xiaomi unveils Mi Pad 3
MARIE BREWIS looks at Xiaomi’s latest Android tablet
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.
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.
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.
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.