The original Mi Pad was in its own right a respectable device with its high resolution 2,048 x 1,536 pixels packed in its 7.9-inch IPS display coupled with NVidia’s Tegra K1 with all four cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. The fact that it is sold at a way lower price point compared to its competing products also made it a very attractive pacakage – that is, if you are not already attracted by its wide range of colour choice. To some, changing what is already good product could mean disaster. There is however plenty to improve on with the Mi Pad and of course two weeks ago Xiaomi came around with its succesor.
The new Mi Pad 2 is Xiaomi’s successor to a wildly attractive Mi Pad has a makeover from a plastic back to an all metal chassis, they even went to make the small tablet even smaller by making it 18% thinner at 6.95mm. The old tablet comes in at 8.5mm, not like that is not already thin enough. An all metal chassis does have its drawbacks, for one; metal is heavier than plastic – so the tablet will be heavier right? You could not be more wrong. The new Mi Pad 2, despite its full metal body weighs lighter than the older Mi Pad with the Mi Pad 2 at 322g compared to the hefty 360g of the Mi Pad. It also seems like Xiaomi is moving in the direction of USB-C as standard now that Mi Pad 2 will be equipped with one.
Another interesting move would be that the new Mi Pad 2 will boast an Intel processor, an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 quad-core to be specific. The 14nm 64-bit processor will be clocked at 2.24 GHz, which some of you may notice is not that much of a diference from the older Tegra K1, but remember that the Atom processors are actually made and developed for smaller laptops originally. The procesor is paired with 2GB or DDR3 RAM which is no different than the previous tablet as well but with the Atom processor, the tablet should perform like butter.
Like the older Mi Pad, the Mi Pad 2 will come in a 7.9-inch screen and have the same resolution at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels crammed in the IPS display it rocks up front. The cameras too remain the same at 8.0-Megapixels out the back and 5.0-Megapixels up front. Those though should already be plenty enough by today’s standards. Also a worthy mention is that it is capable of 1080p video shoot, pretty standard nowadays though.
One of the few downsides to the Mi Pad 2 is its battery. First, it is non-replaceable; but then again that is not an issue nowadays so ignore that. Secondly it has a 6,190mAh battery. Why is that an issue? It is smaller than the older Mi Pad’s at 6,700mAh. The problem with that would be a reduced battery life just like what we saw in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 compared to the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab S. But then again we cannot say for sure how much the battery life will be affected on the new Mi Pad 2 until we test it on our own. Also due to the fact that this is a metal bodied tablet noew colour choices will be dwindled down to either a Dark Grey one or a Champagne Gold one; gone are the days where you can have the Mi Pad at different pastel colours.
Other than the two colour choices the tablet will come with a 16GB or a 64GB flavour with an option to expand up to 128GB via MicroSD. Also although this comes in as an Android tablet you can opt for a Windows 10 version one if you like. With Windows 10 you can run a couple of games on the tablet itself as some that has got their hands on it tried in China. In fact they have run Counter-Strike 1.6 on the tablet. That is not the most sophisticated nor the latest game that you run these days but then again that is a feat. Not only that they actually have ran League Of Legends on the device with no issues. For you LoL fans out there, have fun with it.
The new tablet has gone on sale in China at 999 Chinese Yuan or RM660 or you can opt for the bigger memory capacity one at 1,299 Chinese Yuan or RM860. About the same as the older tablet but then you are getting a nicer metal finish and an Intel processor. There are no claims or reports on when the Mi Pad 2 will arrive in the Malaysian or the South East Asian shores yet but we do believe that it would arrive early next year or latest in the second quarter of next year. No promises though as Xiaomi tends not to release some of their launched devices to other regions other than their own (China). If you’d like though there are third party retailers out there that can source one for you.