Today Xiaomi has made its first step into the tablet market. After releasing quite a few smartphones and dabbling in rather diverse spaces such as TVs and wireless routers, Xiaomi took the wraps off of its first tablet, the MiPad.
This is basically the Chinese company’s own competitor to the iPad Mini with Retina Display from Apple. If the name itself isn’t proof enough, know that the MiPad has the exact same screen size and resolution as Apple’s small tablet, though it comes in very colorful plastic reminiscent of the iPhone 5C more than anything else.
All that said, perhaps the MiPad’s main claim to fame is the fact that it’s the first device ever to sport Nvidia’s latest mobile chipset, the Tegra K1.
The Xiaomi MiPad has a 7.9-inch 2,048×1,536 touchscreen, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 192-CUDA core GPU, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP Sony BSI rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 6,700 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 202.1×135.4×8.5 mm, and it weighs 360 grams.
It obviously runs Android, but that may be hard to tell because of the heavy MIUI skinning on top. The MiPad will come in two versions. The one with 16 GB of storage will cost 1,499 yuan (which means about $240 or €176 at the current exchange rates). The 64 GB MiPad is priced at 1,699 yuan ($272, €199).
The MiPad will be made available in a limited fashion through a mysterious ‘beta’ program in June, though it’s unclear when exactly it will be out for all to get. White, black, green, blue, yellow, and pink are the launch colors. For now there’s no word on whether there will be a 3G or 4G enabled MiPad coming in the future.
And like with all Xiaomi wares, keep in mind that you probably won’t see this officially in your country, unless you live in China or a select few other places in Asia. Of course you can expect the MiPad to show up at your favorite unofficial source for Chinese mobile stuff in due course, though as it usually happens it may be more expensive in that case than the prices unveiled today. But if you’ve bought from such retailers in the past, you’re probably already used to the situation.