The Poor Man’s iPad Mini: Xiaomi Mi Pad is only $249 but offers trail blazing specs


Most manufacturers are trying to bring the prices of their devices lower and those that do (While offering decent specs ofcourse) are facing great success. Just take a look at devices such as the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5, the Moto G and the like, you will find them at low prices and great specifications that just don’t befit the device’s price belt.


While the race for reaching the bottom in terms of price has only begun for Silicon Valley Companies, it had always been a trend, a guidebook to follow by for Chinese Manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Oppo (Less Oppo since it too is releasing flagships with high prices), etc. Chinese Phones have always offered flagship specs at a rock bottom price, though many parts, while being high-specced were of low quality.

For example, while many had a quad-core processor,often they were of Mediatek make and based on older/slower architectures which were far behind in performance, to say, the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor in the Nexus 5.

However, trends always change and nowadays Chinese Manufacturers are releasing devices with top-notch specs and amazing design, while somehow maintaining their cheap price tags.

Some Chinese Manufacturers are also implementing features not seen on other phones, something unheard of before. For example, the Oppo N1 was the first Officially Google Certified phone which ran Cyanogenmod out of the box. Looks like the trend has caught on.


Xiaomi has unveiled the Xiaomi MI Pad, which claims to be the first device with the NVIDIA K1 processor, which packs a hell of a punch: NVIDIA claims that it’s graphical prowess is more than that of the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Yes, the consoles are more than 5 years old, but still, that is one hell of a achievement, when taking into account the size comparison between the consoles and the phones and tablets.

The processor is clocked at 2.2 Ghz and is supplemented by a plentiful 2GB of RAM. Accommodating for that power-sucking processor is a mammoth 6700mAh battery.

It also has a 8MP back  and a 5MP front camera. You can expand the built in storage via MicroSD card to upto 128GB.

The size of the screen is 7.9 inches and has a resolution of 2048*1536 pixels, which brings it to a 324 ppi, which is completely identical to the Nexus 7’s 7 inch 1080p screen with 323 ppi.

If the screen size and resolution didn’t give it away, this tablet is closely resembing the iPad Mini. Even the design and the OS interface (Which is a customized version of Android) look inspired…er..copied from the iPad Mini. Heck, the company’s founder even mentioned Apple in his statement: “We hope to put pressure on Apple”.

Xiaomi Mi Pad

Copying aside, this device offers lots of value, so buy it now (Unless you are concerned about your public image for using Chinaware). It will release in six colours for 1499 yuan ($249) for the 16GB version and 1,699 yuan ($275) for the 64B version. Mind you, that is extremely cheap for a device of this caliber: It features one of the fastest chipsets, for god’s sake!






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