After being long rumored and talked about, Xiaomi’s very first tablet has been released today, called the MiPad. The Chinese company is expanding its reach, by launching various products, as we’ve recently seen them launch some really cheap mini-routers. The MiPad was unveiled in Beijing a few hours ago, coming with attractive price points: about $240 for the 16GB version, and about $270)for the 64GB flavor. Of course, there tablet will come at a bigger price in external markets, but let’s hope that not by too much.
The MiPad isn’t a first only for Xiaomi, as it carries the powerful Tegra K1 SoC, which makes it the first tablet to pack the powerful processor, as a result of the ongoing collaboration between Xiaomi and Nvidia. The Tegra K1 SoC includes a 2.2GHz “4+1” core CPU along with a 192-core PC-class Kepler GPU. We’ve seen the two companies work together on the launch of the MiPhone 3 smartphone, which came with the Tegra 4 processor. The MiPad comes with Android 4.4, has a 7.9-inch display with a high resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, resulting in a sharp 326 ppi density with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
On the inside we also find 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of built-in storage with microSD expansion of up to 128GB, a 6,700mAh battery and stereo speakers. It’s curious that Xiaomi skipped the traditional 16/32/64 storage scheme, and I don’t really see the reason behind this move, just maybe that it makes the production easier. Xiaomi’s first tablet also comes with two cameras: a 8 megapixel one on the back and a 5 megapixel one on the front. But probably the biggest drawback with the tablet is the fact that it currently comes in Wi-Fi only flavor.
The tablet is an obvious attempt at challenging Apple, and especially the iPad Mini, since it comes with exactly the same size and the 8.5mm-thick glossy plastic body looks like a bigger sized iPhone 5c. Not to mention that the company founder, Lei Jun, been dubbed several times as the ‘Steve Jobs of China’, said at Beijing launch event for the new Mi tablet: “we hope to put pressure on Apple.” Mind me, even the official website seems to be very reminiscent of how Apple’s webpages for its products look like.