News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday November 24, 2015.
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As well as launching the Redmi Note 3 smartphone today, Xiaomi also unveiled a brand new tablet, the Mi Pad 2. The slate lands as a very attractive 8-inch device with potent specs and a price tag that will guarantee that Xiaomi will have a success on its hands in China and Asia.The Mi Pad 2 is an attractive tablet with a svelte aluminium design, although honestly it looks so much like Apple's iPad Mini range that we are left in no doubt from where Xiaomi drew its inspiration. In terms of specifications, the Mi Pad 2 comes with a 7.9 inch screen with 1536 x 2048 pixels for Full HD resolution, an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, storage versions of 16GB or 64GB, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front lens, and a massive 6010mAh battery that also has quick charge capabilities. Arguably the biggest news about the Mi Pad 2 is that it will be launched with the Android OS or the Windows OS. Xiaomi is hedging its bets yes, but the company is throwing its weight behind Windows and this platform and the core configuration for the Windows 10 version is 64GB of native storage. MobileBurn thinks Windows 10 slates will make huge strides against iOS and Android, so Xiaomi getting on board early is a good business move. However, we would love to see the company launch a 4GB of RAM version of the Mi Pad 2, just to give the device a real kick when dealing with the full version of Windows 10. Not that we are complaining too much, especially as the Mi Pad 2 is a real bargain: Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 16GB price: $156 (999 yuan) Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 64GB: $203 (1,299 yuan) Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 64GB version running on Windows: $203 (1,299 yuan)
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.