Xiaomi has launched their first tablet that closely resembles the Apple iPad Mini. If you thought Samsung was notorious for copying Apple, China's Xiaomi is in its own class. The company's Mi Pad tablet looks so much like the Apple iPad mini. The tablet was introduced at an event in Beijing by Lei Jun, Xiaomi's CEO. Xiaomi announced a mid-June China availability the tablet.
The Xiaomi MiPad comes with a 7.9-inch QXGA (2048x1536 pixel) IPS Retina display resolution with a pixel density of 324ppi, all of which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen. Notably, this seems to be the same Sharp-made display Apple uses on the iPad mini with Retina. Its screen resolution of 2,048x1,536 pixels matches Apple's Retina Display, Xiami boasts.
The design resembles what you might get from a mating of the iPad mini and the iPhone 5C. The tablet is thicker and heavier than the iPad mini at 0.33 inch and 12.7 ounces, and the back is made of plastic. It also comes in multiple colors, including pinkish-red, blue, bright green yellow, gray and white.
Although the MiPad is quite affordable, it doesn't scale back on the hardware, and is in fact the first tablet in the world to feature NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. The K1 comes with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex A15 CPU, but the GPU is where it stands out, with its 192 CUDA cores. The K1 is the first mobile SoC that leverages a PC-class GPU, in this case the Kepler architecture. NVIDIA has also implemented a fifth Cortex A15 core in the Tegra K1 designed for low power utilization.
The Xiaomi MiPad tablet sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with a Sony BSI sensor that can shoot full-HD resolution videos. It also features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that includes an OmniVision sensor. Both cameras come with a f2.0 aperture. Connectivity options of the tablet include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Mi Pad has 2GB of RAM and 16GB or 64GB of onboard storage. It supports up to 128GB of extra storage via microSD. At a slender 8.5mm thick, it weighs 360g -- a little thicker and heavier than Apple's tablet. The 6700 mAh battery should easily give a usage time of over 7 hours
However, the MiPad doesn't cost as much as an iPad mini, as the 16 GB version is set to retail for around Rs. 14,268 (CN¥1,499), while the 64 GB version will be available for Rs 16,174 (CN¥1,699). The 16 GB retina iPad mini currently retails for $379.00 on Amazon
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