After a three-year wait, Xiaomi has finally launched the Mi Pad 5 series in China. The new tablet series comprises the vanilla Mi Pad 5 and the high-end Mi Pad 5 Pro which equally has a 5G version. The new tablet comes with several high-end features including 5G connectivity on the Pad 5 Pro which places it on a good pedestal to take on the likes of iPad Pro. The features also give us assurances that the premium slate was worth the long wait.
When it comes to the specifications, the Mi Pad 5 series is equipped with a large 11-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 2560X1600 pixels, a high refresh rate of 120Hz, a PPI of up to 275, and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. The slate is also said to support hardware anti-blue light and true color display functions.
In order to deliver a premium audio experience and video experience, all the models support Dolby Atmos. The Pad 5 has four built-in speakers while the Mi Pad 5 Pro is equipped with eight speakers in a dual-core arrangement. The mid-bass and treble are divided by a dedicated sound unit, which can bring better bass diving and treble extensibility.
The Mi Pad 5 Pro and the 5G version are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor while the Mi Pad 5 is equipped with Snapdragon 860 processor. The Mi Pad 5 series is available in several memory options including a 6GB+128GB version and 6GB + 256GB version for the Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro. The Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G is available in a sole 8GB RAM + 256GB storage version.
The Mi Pad 5 is equipped with a single 13-megapixel rear camera while the Pro version is upgraded to a dual-camera setup made up of a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel depth-of-field lens combination. The camera setup on the 5G version is even more powerful as it is equipped with a massive 50-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel depth-of-field lens. All the models feature an 8-megapixel selfie shooter that also supports Face unlock.
In terms of battery life, the vanilla Pad 5 packs an 8720mAh battery with 33W fast charging support and the Mi Pad 5 Pro crams an 8,600mAh battery under the hood and equally supports a 67W ultra-fast wired second charge.
Xiaomi is introducing a new MIUI For Pad operating system for the Mi Pad 5. This mimics what Apple does with the iOS for Pads which it christened iPadOS. The MIUI For Pad brings several customizations onboard the tablet, making it easy to use various apps, giving users a near-PC level experience. The OS is said to be adapted to more than 300 mainstream applications at present.
In addition, MIUI For Pad also supports custom input methods, split screens, small windows, parallel windows, and other functions, bringing a more convenient entertainment, office, and leisure experience.
Xiaomi also introduced a stylus pen and keyboard-style double-sided protective case alongside the tablet. The Stylus uses a two-button design of which the main button supports quick notes and switching brushes while the secondary button supports long-pressing to take screenshots and switching colors. At the same time, it supports PPT page turning operation.
To use it, you only need to put the stylus pen on the side of the Mi Pad 5 Pro to automatically pair. The stylus can be fully charged in 18 minutes and a full charge can be used to write continuously for 8 hours.
On its part, the keyboard-style double-sided protective case has an independent ESC button that supports canceling operations and exiting the full-screen state.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 & Mi Pad 5 Pro Pricing & Availability
Here are the pricing details of all the Mi Pad 5 series models.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pricing:
- 6+128GB – 1999 yuan (~$308)
- 6+256GB – 2299 yuan (~$355)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro Pricing:
- 6+128GB – 2499 yuan (~$385)
- 6+256GB – 2799 yuan (~$432)
- 6+256GB (5G) – 3499 yuan (~$540)
The Mi Pad 5 is available in three colors: Black, dazzling white, and dark green. The Mi Pad 5 Pro comes in Black and dazzling white colors, while the 5G version will be available in Deep scalloped color matching.
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