Android tablets may well face a general decline in demand, but clearly, that hasn’t stopped Xiaomi from releasing a new Android tablet. The company’s Mi Pad series of tablets are some of the few Android tablets that are worth recommending because of their respectable specifications and affordable prices, at a time when most Android tablets have outdated specifications.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is not a typical cheap Android tablet. It has a high-resolution display, a capable SoC in the form of the Snapdragon 660, and metal unibody construction. Let’s take a look at its specifications:
13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
Video recording up to 1080p at 30fps
5MP front-facing camera
The Mi Pad 4 has metal unibody construction, which instantly gives it a more premium look and feel than most budget Android tablets. The tablet has relatively small bezels, and Xiaomi is promoting how it can be used with one hand. The display’s 16:10 aspect ratio also helps in this respect.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip. The SoC has four big cores in the form of the Kryo 260 Performance (based on Arm Cortex-A73) clocked at 2.0GHz (downlocked in the Mi Pad 4), paired with four Kryo 260 Efficiency (Cortex-A53) cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Snapdragon 660 uses the Adreno 512 GPU, which is more powerful than the Adreno 509 of the Snapdragon 636.
The tablet comes in two variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. It does not have a microSD card slot.
The Mi Pad 4 has a 8-inch WUXGA (1920×1200) IPS LCD with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display’s aspect ratio and resolution are different from its predecessors. Technically, the Mi Pad 4 features a lower resolution display than the Mi Pad 3 and the Mi Pad 2. The move to a 16:10 aspect ratio from a 4:3 aspect ratio may also be thought of as a downgrade for productivity tasks, but opinions on this can vary.
The tablet is powered by a 6600mAh battery with regular 10W charging. It has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 5.0, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is powered by MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, which means that it’s required to have Project Treble support.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 – Pricing and availability
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is available in Black and Rose Gold colors. Pre-orders for the device have gone live in China, with availability scheduled for June 29. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant costs CNY 1099 ($170), while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant costs CNY 1399 ($215). The LTE variant costs CNY 1499 ($230).
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