The successor to last year’s Mi Pad has been announced. Like Xiaomi’s other products, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has an Apple-esque design, powerful internal specs and, more importantly, incredibly affordable price.
The changes are many, but perhaps the most drastic of them all is the introduction of Windows 10. A version of the tablet will offer a different experience in December for people who think the MIUI-based Android isn’t enough for their needs. Note that the Xiaomi Pad 2 isn’t a dual-boot tablet; users must a buy tablet version with the OS of their choice.
To allow for Windows, Xiaomi also made a prominent alteration in the processor. The company has made the switch from an Nvidia chip to an Intel—specifically the 64-bit quad-core processor Intel Atom X5-Z8500. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 further features 2GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB onboard storage and Intel HD graphics.
Available in dark grey or champagne gold colors, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is clad in all metal with a 7.9-inch 2048-by-1536 display. Such external appearance makes Mi Pad 2 superior to the original Mi Pad and its plastic construction. Thinner and lighter, this new tablet comes with a USB Type-C port, 6190mAh battery and 8-megapixel rear- and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Specs
- Android (MIUI 7) or Windows 10
- 7.9-inch display (2048×1536 QXGA), ~324ppi
- 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor
- Intel HD Graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16/64GB internal storage
- 8-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- USB Type-C port
- Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm
- Weight: 322g
- Li-Ion 6190mAh battery
The official price of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 in China is CNY999 (approx. Php7,370) and CNY1,299 (approx. Php9,580) for the 16GB and 64GB versions, respectively. No release information has been announced for the Philippines yet.