Today Xiaomi has just launched the much-anticipated Mi Mix 4 smartphone with first under-display camera. Along with it, the brand also launched two new semi-premium tablets at a very competitive price. These are Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro. Both offers some very powerful performance, excellent displays, nice built, and tons of features. But why semi-premium instead of premium? Let’s find out.
Design & Display:
Both Mi Pad 5 & 5 Pro has a very similar slate like design which looks like premium tabs with the likes of Apple & Samsung. The front is all glass with thin bezels around, the frame and back are of aluminum. Both have an 11-inch 10-bit IPS LCD display with 2560×1600 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and up to 500 nits brightness. There’s support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and TrueTone technology. This TrueTone technology can adopt the color tone and brightness according to the ambient lighting. The aspect ratio is 16:10, typical tablet ratio.
The vanilla variant weighs at 511 grams and the Pro weighs at 515 grams. Both are just 6.9mm thin. The vanilla one comes with Black and White color options, whereas the Pro one comes with Black, White and Green color options.
The Mi Pad 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 860 chipset, and 5 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 870 chipset. The former has Adreno 640 GPU and later has Adreno 650 GPU. The vanilla model comes with 6+128GB & 6+256GB storage options, while the Pro also has 8+256GB variant along with these two options. All has UFS 3.1 storage type.
Now I will tell you all why I mentioned both as semi-premium tablets. That’s because the vanilla variant has an older Snapdragon 860 chipset, which is less powerful to last year’s Snapdragon 865. It would have been better if the Mi Pad 5 had Snapdragon 870 and 5 Pro had Snapdragon 888 chipset. But that’s just my opinion on why these are (specifically Pad 5) are not premium. Because other features and hardware are very premium.
Speaking about other specs like the Camera, then the Mi Pad 5 has single 13MP camera on the back with f2.0 lens and up to 4k@30fps recording. On the front there’s 8MP selfie shooter with f2.0 lens and 1080@30fps recording. The 5 Pro (Wi-Fi only) has same 13MP sensor with 5MP depth sensor. The Pad 5 Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) has bigger 50MP main sensor with the same 5MP depth one. Front is again an 8MP shooter.
Both runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 on top. This time Xiaomi says that the MIUI present here is more optimized for tablets than before, and there’s support for multi window in up to 300 apps. The vanilla Pad 5 packs in an 8720mAh battery with 33W fast charging, and 5 Pro has slightly smaller 8,600mAh battery with faster 67W charging speed, fastest on any tablet in the world.
Both Mi Pad 5 & 5 Pro has support for new Xiaomi Stylus and Magnetic Keyboard. The Sylus has 240Hz touch sampling rate, has two buttons on sides, and is just 12.2 grams. It can work for 8 hours on single charge and it can be charged by placing it on the Pad’s magnetic connector on its side. The keyboard is like any other portable magnetic keyboard with three color options. Both accessories will be sold separately.
Connectivity wise the vanilla Mi Pad 5 has Wi-Fi option only, while the Pro variant has a Wi-Fi only model as well as Wi-Fi + 5G cellular option. It has 6 bands of sub6 5G bands. Other connectivity options are Bluetooth 5.0 (vanilla), Bluetooth 5.2 (Pro), GPS (Pro), and Type-C port. Vanilla model has 4 stereo speakers on the sides whereas the Pro has total 8 stereo speakers. Both has Dolby Atmos support.
Pricing & Availability:
- Mi Pad 5 (6+128GB) – CNY 1,999 (INR 23,000 approx.)
- Mi Pad 5 (6+256GB) – CNY 2,299 (INR 26,400 approx.)
- Mi Pad 5 Pro (6+128GB) – CNY 2,499 (INR 28,700 approx.)
- Mi Pad 5 Pro (6+256GB) – CNY 2,799 (INR 32,150 approx.)
- Mi Pad 5 Pro (5G) (8+256GB) – CNY 3,499 (INR 40,200 approx.)
- Pre-orders already started in China.
- No details about global availability as of now.
So, these are the Mi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro. I think it should launch in international markets like India, where the trend of online classes is going up because of the on-going pandemic. As budget tablets would be very helpful for students. What do you think about these two tablets? Let us know in the comments below.