Xiaomi Comes Back To The Tablet Game With the New Xiaomi Pad 5 – Xiaomi has introduced its first pill in just a few years, the Xiaomi Pad 5. (The final one was 2018’s 8-inch Mi Pad 4; Xiaomi just lately phased out its Mi product branding.) It’s launching within the firm’s European markets.
The Xiaomi Pad 5 is an 11-inch pill with a WQHD+ 120Hz show, quad audio system, 6GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 860 processor — that’s the brand new speed-bumped model of the 855, Qualcomm’s flagship chip from 2019. Around the again there’s a 13-megapixel digicam, and there’s a 8-megapixel sensor on the entrance.
The Pad 5 fairly inescapably seems like an iPad Professional, from the slim bezels and flat edges to the tablet-specific MIUI customizations just like the apps dock. The construct isn’t as strong, and the display doesn’t fairly sit as flush with the chassis, however the inspiration is evident. The display and speaker high quality are each superb, although, and efficiency has been clean — I’ve discovered it to be a greater than competent machine for tablety issues like watching video and so forth.
I’m less clear on how well it’ll work for productivity. Xiaomi product marketing head Abi Go tells The Verge that the company thinks of the Pad 5 as a “portable workstation” as well as an entertainment device, and there’ll be stylus and keyboard accessories in some markets. I haven’t been able to test those, though, and the track record of Android tablets in this arena is not great.
Still, it’s rare enough to see a good Android tablet at all these days, even if you’re just looking for a consumption device, and the Xiaomi Pad 5 compares quite favorably to Apple’s iPad lineup on price. It’ll cost €349 (~$413) for a 128GB version, or €399 ($472) for 256GB. The iPad Air is its most similar rival, and that starts at €679 ($803) for 64GB in Europe — though of course, it has the not inconsiderable advantage of being an iPad.
Xiaomi hasn’t given a specific release date for the Pad 5, only saying that it’ll vary by region.