Today China saw a launch of one of its most anticipated tablet product in their market. Today as well Xiaomi has launched their Mi Pad 2. They are one in the same thing actually.
The Mi Pad 2 that launched in China today are offered in 16GB and 64GB flavours, you can also choose between Cherry Pink, Dark Grey and Champagne Gold for the all metal body. Within the all metal body is Intel’s Atom X5-Z8500 processor clocked at 2.2GHz paired with 2GB RAM, 6190mAh battery, USB Type-C, an 8-Megapixel rear camera, and topped off with a 7.9-inch 1,536 by 2,048 IPS display paired with a 5-Megapixel front facing camera. The best bit of this tablet though, well at least for the 64GB version one ; is that it is offered with either Android or Windows 10. You read that right, the rumours are true after all.
Within its first minute of launch Xiaomi has all its 64GB variants of the Mi Pad 2 sold out. Reports from Xiaomi also said that the 16GB version has already been sold out too but not within the same time frame of its larger capacity twin brother. Of course at this time there are no complete report or an accurate report on how many tablets Xiaomi have prepared for today’s sale or exactly how many tablets are sold to the Chinese market.
While we think that the fact that Xiaomi exclusively sells its devices online helps with the record-breaking speed of sales we do think that there could be other factors that affects the sales this time around. For one, we are suspecting that offering Windows 10 could attract all kinds of attention. Last few weeks we saw that this feisty tablet could run certain League of Legends game. So we know the kind of potential this tablet has wit Windows 10. With that kind of suspicion we are quite convinced that most, if not all the 64GB tablet that is sold today would be equipped with Windows 10.
Of course the bump in the storage size of the tablet would play a factor as well in the neck-breaking speed of sales. We all love tablets; its small, portable form factor, larger display real estate means better readability and more pleasurable multimedia viewing, practical, more productivity and so on. Now the main thing that people look at when they go for a device like this is the storage size that the tablet offers. Of course bigger is better and the demand for the larger sized storage has been there all along, so why not.
Currently the sold out Mi Pad 2 retails at Chinese Yuan 999 (MYR663) and Chinese Yuan 1299 (MYR862) for the 16GB and 64GB variants respectively. The older Mi Pad retails for MYR699 and you can only get one with 16GB of internal storage. There are no official reports or rumours yet on when the Mi Pad 2 will arrive at our shores as of now but expect it to come at about the first half of the year 2016. Judging by the way it is priced over in China as well we can expect that the 16GB to be somewhat similarly priced with the current outgoing Mi Pad. The bigger capacity sibling though, we are actually guessing that it would be priced at about MYR899 onwards. We cannot wait to see how it would do here though.