It’s been a while since Xiaomi launched it’s Mi Pad 2 in 2015 – which in Xiaomi time is a lot. While rumors of a 9.7″ iPad like competitor goes out the window here with the new Mi Pad 3 being almost identical to it’s predecessor at 7.9 inches. We’re talking the same unibody design, measuring 200.4 x 132.6 x 7 mm. The 1536 x 2048 QXGA LCD display (non omeled) remains the same too. It was a quiet launch on Xiaomi’s part with the tablet now live on Xiaomi’s website.
Full rundown on specs:
CPU: Hexa core MediaTek MT8176 SoC with 2x Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Battery: 6600 nAh
Camera Rear: 13MP f/2.2
Camera Front: 5 MP f/2.0
OS: MIUI 8
Size: 200.4 x 132.6 x 7 mm
Materials: Metal unibody, LCD glass front
Screen: 7.9″ 1536 x 2048 QXGA LCD, 326 PPI
Price: CNY 1499 approx. $215-$220 USD
The 4:3 screen ration is not a crowd favorite for media consumption when it comes to gaming and videos. But some like this aspect ratio for web browsing. Xiaomi has gone with MIUI 8 this time round which is actually a very well refined OS. The rumors of a Windows tablet (similar to the Mi Pad 2) did not become a reality here. There are many cool benefits to MIUI 8 though, like the double sign-in for apps, and like previous MIUI versions, re-skinning is very easy with the amount of themes and skins MIUI has.
Battery life looks great with the 6600mAh battery which Xiaomi has packed into this slim design. Xiaomi claims 12 hours for local video usage and 867 hours on standby. We’ll have to see just how these numbers translate to real world internet connected usage.
Unfortunately the new Mi Pad 3 is lacking MicroSD support, which many competitors who have 8″ or sub 8″ tablets include, such as the LG G Pad III, but makes up for it here with 64gb, which for many users that use a music and video streaming service would suffice.
It looks like we may have to wait until the MiPad 4 for something in the 9.7″ range, or maybe a tablet Max version, similar to what Xiaomi has done with the Mi Max phone line.