Xiaomi is a household name in China with a number of smartphones coming out of the company. In fact, the company is actually known as the "Apple of China" with its regular offerings coming in the market to compete with Apple products that are so popular is China.
Xiaomi has now made an official entry into India with a host of smartphones (and a new tablet) that will look not only to meet the user expectation, but will also stand against other big names operating in the market.
However, keeping the launched smartphones at bay for the time being, we are focusing our attentions on the new Xiaomi-made MiPad tablet offering. And in case you aren't aware, the device is a major rival to the Apple iPad Mini with Retina display.
Going through the specs of the tablet once again, the MiPad comes with a 7.9-inch (2048 × 1536 pixels) display at 326 ppi with 4:3 aspect ratio. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is manufactured by Sharp / AUO.
The tablet is powered by a massive 2.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor with 192-core Kepler GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. The latest slate runs on Android-based MiUI ROM optimized for tablets.
Apart from that, Xiaomi has offered a standard imagining hardware in the tablet. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5-element lens, Sony BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture. Also add a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with OmniVision sensor and f/2.0 aperture at the front face of the device. Xiaomi has not left any loopholes in the tablet.
It houses a 16GB / 64GB of internal storage unit and is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. Connectivity option is limited to WiFi 802.11/b/g/n/ac Dual Band (2X2 MIMO). The tablet measures 8.5mm thick and weighs 360 grams and comes powered by a monstrous 6700 mAh battery.
But while all the specs and numbers sound impressive, the main concern, in this regard, is for Apple. This is because the new Xiaomi tablet is already a sort of a threat to the Apple iPad Mini with Retina display.
So here are the 5 top reasons how the Xiaomi MiPad could be the ultimate threat to the well being of the Apple iPad Mini.
Before heading over to whatever features that's inside the new MiPad, there has to be a special mention made about the massive battery that's placed inside the tablet. Sure the iPad Mini offers a 23.8 Wh battery (that's said to offer up to 10 hours multimedia use), but the MiPad's massive 6700mAh battery is in a class of its own.
Sure a battery is an important factor for a device. But after the battery, the second major thing that's worth mentioning is the RAM offering in the device. While the iPad Mini offers 1GB of RAM, the new MiPad goes a notch up and offers 2GB of RAM. So expect zero lag time.
How many times have we consulted the AuTutu Benchmarking app to know the real details of a smartphone or a tablet? Well, this time it isn't any different. Going by the stats the Chinese company has put up on its official site, while the iPad Mini scores 28,555 points in the test, the MiPad scored 41,801 points. And if you know your AnTuTu well, that's quite the score.
Cameras on a tablet aren't actually that big a deal. In fact, if you want a good camera device, you might as well go for a new smartphone with such capabilities. But Xiaomi, as it seems, thinks differently. And the company has fitted the MiPad with an 8-megapixel rear camera with 5-element lens, Sony BSI sensor, f/2.0 aperture. Apart from that, there's also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with OmniVision sensor and f/2.0 aperture.
The iPad Mini, comparatively, offers a 5-megapixel rear camera, coupled by a 1.2-megapixel front-facing snapper.
If there's one thing Apple has been criticized about in the past following both its iPhone and iPad offerings is the fact that the devices don't offer an external microSD slot. While the iPad Mini still has an internal memory storage option that goes up to 128GB, the MiPad anyway offers that whole 128GB-worth space via support for the SD slot.