With a lot of leaks and rumors surrounding it, and with the official poster released a couple of days back revealing everything we wanted to know, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 has officially been launched today in Mainland China. The tablet market seems to be dying but Xiaomi is making an attempt to resurrect it by providing great specs at an extremely competitive price.
The Mi Pad 4 comes with an 8-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, thanks to the unusual 16:10 aspect ratio. The display also sports rounded corners, very much like every other smartphone currently. Under the hood, the Mi Pad 4 is a performance beast, at least on paper. The Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2 GHz handles CPU duties coupled with the Adreno 512 GPU. There are 3 or 4 GB LPDDR4x RAM options along with 32 or 64GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage. There’s also support for storage expansion through micro SD.
The rear of the device houses a single 13MP camera unit with an aperture of f/2.0 with video recording capabilities up to 1080p. On the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera with the same f/2.0 aperture. Both the cameras over HDR as well as options such as face beauty and other AI modes which are natively supported on MIUI 10. The tablet does not have a fingerprint scanner but instead opts for face unlock, which is software based unlike Apple’s or Xiaomi’s own FaceID on the iPhone X or the Mi 8 Explorer Edition. To power all of this, there is a 6000mAh battery which does not support quick charging, which is a shame given the huge capacity.
The Mi Pad 4 will be available in two variants – One with LTE capabilities and one with Wi-Fi only. The Wi-Fi only variant comes with either 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage priced at 1099 Yuan ($127/INR 11,400) and the 4 GB variant with 64GB of storage is priced at 1399 Yuan ($162/INR 14,500). The LTE variant will only be available in the 4+64GB configuration and is priced at 1499 Yuan ($173/INR 15,600). Color options include Black and Gold and the availability starts from June 29th.
There is no word yet about a global launch or the availability of the Mi Pad 4 outside of Mainland China. However, the Mi Pad 4 looks like an extremely compelling option given the aggressive price tag as well a the scarcity of good android tablets in the market.