The very much talked about Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet has finally arrived here at Tablet-news.com, after we bought it from Italian retailer Xiaomishop.it. This model’s sales started on July 1st in China, where the product is priced at $240. It was so appealing, it sold all the 50k units available initially in just under 4 minutes. And today… we unbox it!

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This slate is actually the most powerful Android device right now, thanks to its Tegra K1 processor. The 7.9 inch slate is priced at 299 euros at Xiaomishop.it, plus a 14 euro fee for delivery to European countries. We got our unit in about a week, which is pretty cool. The device’s box feels like a combo between the Samsung wooden-like boxes and the Amazon device packages. Inside we find a charger, manual, USB cable and a metal key to remove the microSD card tray from the slate.

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Mi Pad features a glossy plasticky case, that measures 8.5 mm in thickness. This model runs KitKat on top of an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz (Cortex A15), with MIUI on top of the OS. We get a 7.9 inch screen with a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, a 192 core GPU and a 6700 mAh battery. The product comes with 16 or 64 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM and a back 8 MP camera with a Sony sensor. It weighs 360 grams and has a 5 MP selfie camera and 6 color choices for the case.

This models resembles the iPad Mini quite a bit and it’s a very solid rival for the iPad model. Sadly, there are no Google apps on board, including Google Play Store, but we’ll show you to how to get them in a tutorial. We’ll be back with a full review very soon.

  • Robert Jasiek

    Thanks for the early unboxing video.

    Is MIUI an Android ROM with root access or is it as restricted as normal Android? Can (or when can) we expect to see the Mi Pad be distributed in other European countries with the appropriate power adapters suitable for those countries?

    Concerning the hardware, at the moment, I would be sceptical only about these aspects: mirroring display (how does it compare to other tablets with mirroring displays?), brightness (in the unboxing video, the display does not seem to be particularly bright; can it be used well outdoors in the shadow or in the sun?), battery (how many hours of WLAN surfing use at which brightness?), WLAN quality (how many walls, which maximal distance is possible for a reliable connection?).

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