First Impression :
Xiaomi has made a name for itself in the global market by delivering premium products at mind boggling affordability. Now the Chinese company is entering the tablet market with the MiPad, a 7.9in tablet with a high resolution screen, powerful GPU and proficient camera. Xiaomi has copped a lot of slack for imitating the design and now even the name of Apple\’s iPad.
-Design & Build
Front on the MiPad is a splitting image of Apple\’s iPad, save for the presence of the Apple home button. Three capacitive buttons common to Android devices line the bottom of the display. The back of the MiPad tells a similar story. A high resolution camera sits in the top right hand corner while stereo speakers marked by perforated grilles
adorn the bottom of the tablet. ˜Mi\’ markings and charging ports too are arranged in the same fashion as they are on an iPad. The only thing differentiating the MiPad from and iPad is the glossy plastic back, but you could say that it was inspired from an iPhone 5c. The Retina IPS LCD display spans 7.9in and has a high 2048×1536 resolution with 324 pixels per inch which provides for an excellent viewing experience from any angle.
–Performance and Camera
The MiPad\’s slender body encases hardware that rips through any game and app that is on offer. Inside is a 2.2GHz quad-core CPU from NVIDIA, a 192 core ULP GeForce Kepler GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 6700mAh battery and internal storage options of 16GB or 64GB. A microSD slot on the side of the tablet can expand storage by a further 128GB. This hardware cocktail serves the MiPad well by sifting through the software quickly, juggling multiple applications and by delivering a fun gaming experience. Internet addicts will be disappointed to realise no version of the MiPad is compatible with a SIM card. The tablet is well versed in Wi-Fi by supporting dual-band 802.11ac and Wi-Fi direct. Bluetooth 4.0 is also featured, but there is no in-built GPS receiver or support for near field communications (NFC). The battery life was great with over 12 hours of screen on time.
The MiPad\’s homescreen is organised into two sections: screens to the right act as an application draw, while screens to the left can be dressed in widgets. The widgets are aesthetically designed for the tablet form factor, but unfortunately only five such widgets are available. The MiPad has an 8 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p recording and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. Photos captured with the rear camera have rich colours but compromise on detail due to a large amount of image noise. The lack of a flash and HDR mode causes the camera to struggle in dimly lit environments. Like most tablets then, the MiPad\’s cameras are more of a contingency plan than your primary shooter.
Xiaomi\’s MiPad is competing the iPads and not the android tablet market, as it blows the android competition when especially considering the price tag. There are a few things missing but the MiPad\’s industry leading Tegra K1 beating at its heart, stunning screen and complementing loud stereo speakers make this tablet an ideal buy for the rabid multimedia user.
¢ 7.9 Retina IPS LCD display with 2048×1536 pixels
¢ 2.2GHz quad-core Tegra K1 with 192 core ULP GeForce Kepler
¢ 16/64GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
¢ MicroSD card support up to 128GB
¢ 8MP rear cam and 5MP front cam
¢ 6700Mah battery
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