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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 & Mi Pad 3 Pro Specifications Revealed

Xiaomi revealed at the end of last month that they would be launching a couple of new tablets soon which gave rise to some rumors and leaks about the next generation of Mi Pad i.e., Mi Pad 3. The specifications were leaked previously via some slides and today; we have almost every major specifications of Mi Pad 3 along with the Mi Pad 3 Pro leaked. It seems like the 3rd generation of Mi Pad has taken a little extra time to be launched as it is already a year and a half since Xiaomi launched the Mi Pad 2.

XIAOMI Mi PAD 3 & MI PAD 3 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

Starting off with the display, the Pad 3 has a 7.9-inch display which is same as it’s predecessors but the chances are that we might see a better resolution this time. It has 4GB of RAM coupled with 64/128GB internal storage space. Android Nougat runs out of the box with company’s MiUI. There will be two storage variants of Pad 3, and the price tag is going to be ¥1299 ($188) and ¥1599 ($231) respectively.

Now coming to the Mi Pad 3 Pro, it features a 9.7-inch display and it powered by an Intel 8750 processor. There is 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB internal storage. Surprisingly, it will ship with the Windows 10 OS and price will start from ¥1699 ($246).Lastly, talking about the launch date, sources have revealed that both these tablets will be announced next month along with the Xiaomi Mi6. Stay Tuned.

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Обзор Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: мощный, компактный, недорогой

С момента выхода Mi Pad 3 прошло довольно много времени и в сети начали появляться слухи о том, что Xiaomi не будет продолжать выпускать планшеты. Но позже производитель официально заявил, что это всего лишь слухи и новая модель всё же увидит мир через некоторое время. А не так давно Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 был официально представлен и сейчас доступен к покупке.

Благодаря обновлённому процессору Snapdragon 660 AIE и демократичному ценнику, линейка планшетов Xiaomi остаётся одним из самых конкурентоспособных продуктов на рынке. Мы предполагаем, что Mi Pad 4 станет очень популярным на территории стран постсоветского пространства и многие люди при выборе планшета будут обращать внимание именно на него. Те, кто уже положил глаз на это устройство, должны обратить внимание не только на производительность, форм-фактор и автономность, но и на пользовательский опыт. Что ж, надеемся наш обзор Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 вам поможет, мы постараемся передать свои впечатления.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Внешний вид и экран

Если смотреть на характеристики поверхностно, вы можете подумать, что 8-дюймовый экран Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 и 7,9-дюймовый экран Mi Pad 3 практически не отличаются друг от друга. Но на самом деле между ними нет ничего общего. Соотношение сторон экрана предыдущего поколения планшетов – 4:3, в то время как экран новинки получил новое соотношение – 16:10, что уменьшило длину всех четырёх его сторон. Вот почему Xiaomi Mi pad 4 кажется таким “тонким” и компактным.

Mi Pad 3 был идентичен iPad mini 2 по части экрана. Глядя на Mi Pad 4, мы видим большую разницу между двумя последними моделями. Было заявлено, что Mi Pad 4 проектировался таким для более удобного использования одной рукой. Планшет стал чуть компактней и, очевидно, его стало легче контролировать. Конечно, для того чтобы держать плоский 342-граммовый предмет одной рукой в течение длительного времени, вам всё ещё нужно провести некоторое время в спортзале, подымая железо. 😊

Кроме того, доля экрана относительно корпуса стала на 12,5% выше, чем у 7,9-дюймового Mi Pad 3. А вот его разрешение было уменьшено до 1920 x 1200 точек. Это шаг назад по сравнению с разрешением 2048 x 1536 в Mi Pad 3. Для чего это было сделано? Меньшее разрешение снижает нагрузку на процессор, ведь ему придётся обрабатывать меньше пикселей. В результате общая производительность будет увеличена. Помимо этого, благодаря уменьшению разрешения экрана, увеличится автономность устройства. Сопоставив плюсы и минусы, вы сами должны решить хорошо это или плохо конкретно для вас.

Несмотря на то что мы имеем дело с планшетом, Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 оснащён фронтальной камерой, которая способна делать хорошие селфи и уж точно подойдёт для видеозвонков. Её разрешение – 5 Мп и она поддерживает портретный режим. Кроме того, поскольку производитель отказался от сканера отпечатков пальцев, Mi Pad 4 получил функцию разблокировки по лицу.

Подобно новым смартфонам Xiaomi, углы экрана в Mi Pad 4 скруглённые, что гармонично сочетается с закруглёнными иконками и элементами интерфейса MIUI. В целом планшет выглядит современно. Разница с предыдущим поколением очень даже заметна.

Обернув планшет, мы увидим металлический корпус, который подвергся пескоструйной обработке, что обеспечило лучшие тактильные ощущения. Mi Pad 4 также оснащён задней камерой разрешением 13 Мп. Она поддерживает HDR, фирменную функцию автоулучшений фотографий и запись видео в 1080P при 30fps. Неплохой функционал как для планшета.

Поигравшись немного с камерой мы поняли, что Mi Pad 4 способен делать хорошие снимки, естественно, когда света достаточно. В планшете нет стабилизации изображения или расширенных функций камеры, поэтому он не заменит вам смартфон с действительно хорошей камерой.

Ещё перед запуском, компания делала акцент на том, что Mi Pad 4 это идеальное устройство для использования одной рукой. Мы ожидали получить компактное, тонкое устройство. Так и получилось. Толщина планшета составляет 7,9 мм, что сопоставимо с большинством смартфонов.

На нижней грани разместились решётки динамиков и интерфейс USB Type-C. Входная мощность порта – 5 В/2А, а это означает, что Mi Pad 4 не поддерживает быструю зарядку. Это немного разочаровывает, особенно когда вспоминаешь о большой ёмкости батарей в планшетах. Заряжается устройство долго.

Удивительно, но в отличие от последних смартфонов, в Mi Pad 4 остался 3,5-мм аудиоразъём, что безусловно нас порадовало.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Характеристики и производительность

Дисплей 8″ 1920×1200 IPS LCD  16:10
Процессор Snapdragon 660 AIE, Adreno 512
Память RAM: 3/4 Гб ROM: 32/64 Гб + MicroSD
Автономность 6000 mAh, 5V/2A зарядка
Подключение Bluetooth 5.0, wifi, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm
Камера 13MP f/2.0 5MP
Размеры 200.2 x 120.3 x 7.9 мм 342.5 грамм

В сравнении со своим предшественником, Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 получил обновлённое аппаратное обеспечение. Как мы уже говорили ранее, внутри планшета установлен Snapdragon 660 AIE на базе 14-нм техпроцесса. Этот процессор используется в смартфонах среднего ценового диапазона, Xiaomi Mi Note 3 или Mi 6X к примеру.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 набирает 144920 попугаев в AnTuTu. Это на 10 тысяч больше, чем смартфоны, оснащённые этим чипом. Мы также тестировали игровую производительность планшета запустив Honor of Kings. Как и ожидалось, игра работала довольно гладко. Несмотря на случайные проседания кадров, в основном игра выводила картинку с частотой 55 кадров в секунду и более. Считаем такой результат хорошим.

Учитывая, что это планшет среднего ценового диапазона, цена которого начинается со 170 долларов США, он оснащён мощным чипом, который способен обеспечить отличную производительность в играх и не только. В повседневных задачах он хорош.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Программное обеспечение

В дополнение к хорошим характеристикам, Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 поставляется с оптимизированным программным обеспечением. Более того, его можно считать одним из самых оптимизированных Android-планшетов, доступных в сейчас на рынке.

Тот самый “шарик навигации”.

Прежде всего, отметим, что в Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 пропали виртуальные наэкранные кнопки, которые были в Mi Pad 3. Планшет теперь управляется с помощью умных жестов. Кроме того, пользователь в любое время может вызывать “шарик навигации”, который появляется с краю. Очевидно, это будет полезно для устройства с таким большим экраном. Xiaomi также позаботилась о внешнем виде MIUI на планшете. Используются увеличенные плоские элементы в системных приложениях, меню и прочих интерфейсах. Большой экран устройства используется в полной мере и не выглядит увеличенным в масштабе интерфейсом смартфона.

Отметим и функцию разделения экрана, она особенно полезна в устройствах с большими экранами. Вы можете одновременно открыть видео на youtube и вести переписку в мессенджере или, скажем, играть во что-то. Xiaomi заявляет, что батареи ёмкостью 6000 мАч хватит на 12 часов воспроизведения видео или на 8 часов беспрерывной игры. Это хороший показатель для планшета.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Цена и выводы

При повсеместном увеличении размеров экранов в смартфонах, малогабаритные планшеты становятся всё менее популярны. Даже iPad mini сейчас не так востребован, как раньше. Тем не менее нельзя отрицать, что такими планшетами по-прежнему пользуется большое количество людей. И пользуются они ими в основном дома. Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 является одним из лучших предложений на рынке в этом смысле. Экран 16:10 и чип Snapdragon 660 AIE подтверждают, что Mi Pad 4 был разработан для игр и просмотра видео. Кроме того, ценовой диапазон от $169 за младшую (3/32) версию и до $230 за старшую (6/64) с LTE позволяет избежать прямой конкуренции с серией iPad mini от Apple. В качестве Android-планшета покупка Mi Pad 4 будет оправданной.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 and Mi Pad 3 Pro details leak

After several months of “silence”, rumors regarding the fate of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 tablet  have risen again and this time they look more interesting than ever.

An unknown Chinese source insists that the Chinese company plans to unveil two variants of the most awaited tablet: a Mi Pad 3 and a Mi Pad 3 Pro model with really impressive features. The Mi Pad 3 will retain the original 7.9-inch display size like its predecessors (with an unknown -so far- resolution)and it will be equipped with 4GB RAM and 64/128GB of storage options. It is expected to run on Android 7.0 Nougat and will be priced at ¥1299 ($188) and ¥1599 ($231) respectively.

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But -wait- there’s more: there will be a second variant of the device called Mi Pad 3 Pro, equipped with a 9,7 inch display with an unknown yet resolution but similar storage/RAM option as its younger model. It will be powered by an Intel Atom x7-Z8750 SoC and will be equipped with Windows 10 with a price tag that will begin from ¥1699 ($246).

That’s all the info we have so far on these two upcoming models so all we have to do for now, is to wait for their official launch scheduled to take place during the same day of the Xiaomi Mi 6 unveiling, sometime in May.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 & Mi Pad 3 Pro Specifications Revealed

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Starting off with the display, the Pad 3 has a 7.9-inch display which is same as it’s predecessors but the chances are that we might see a better resolution this time. It has 4GB of RAM coupled with 64/128GB internal storage space. Android Nougat runs out of the box with company’s MiUI. There will be two storage variants of Pad 3, and the price tag is going to be ¥1299 ($188) and ¥1599 ($231) respectively.

                             

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Now coming to the Mi Pad 3 Pro, it features a 9.7-inch display and it powered by an Intel 8750 processor. There is 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB internal storage. Surprisingly, it will ship with the Windows 10 OS and price will start from ¥1699 ($246).Lastly, talking about the launch date, sources have revealed that both these tablets will be announced next month along with the Xiaomi Mi6. Stay Tuned.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Vs Mi Pad 3 Tablet PC. Whats The Major Differences?

Weeks ago, Xiaomi launched the Mi Pad 4  alongside Redmi 6 Pro. The Xiaomi Mi pad 4 is the successor of the Mi pad 3 which was launched last year. The Pad 4 comes with some new innovation as expected, some of which includes an AI-powered face unlock mechanism, larger screen and so on. The face unlock is one feature that has dominated the smartphone market in the first half of the year and Xiaomi thought it wise to include it in the new Pad. But is the Mi Pad 4 a notable upgrade to the Mi Pad 3? Well, only a comparison can really tell us that. Let’s get to see a detailed comparison between the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4  and the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3.

Read also: Xiaomi Mi Band 3 ($33.59) Vs Mi Band 2 ($20.99): Should You Buy The New Fitness Tracker?

Design

The Mi pad 4 and 3 sports the same production material, both feature a front glass with a metallic unibody design. The Mi pad 4 is quite larger, taller and with more weight than its predecessor Pad 3, this can be attributed to its larger display and improvement. The Mi Pad 4 is 7.9 mm thick and has a total weight of 342.5 grams while the Pad 3 measures 7 mm in thickness and weighs 328 grams. This shouldn’t be a big deal as it is still way lighter than most Pad of its kind.

Talking about there display, Both devices sports an IPS LCD panel, the Mi Pad 4 comes with an 8.0-inch screen while the pad 3, on the other hand, has a screen size of 7.9 inches. This shows that the screen of the pad 4 is slightly larger than that of pad 3. To the resolution, The Mi Pad 4 packs a 1200 x 1920 pixels resolution with 283 pixels per inch density and 16:10 aspect ratio while the Mi Pad 3 sports a 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution with 326 pixels per inch density and 4:3 aspect ratio.

Hardware & Software

Now to the hardware, the pad 4 is powered by a powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which runs on an 8-core processor that’s clocked at 2.2GHz with an Adreno 512 graphics processor unit(GPU). While the Mi Pad 3 is powered by not-so-powerful hexa-core MediaTek MT18176 processor clocked at 2.1GHz with 6-cores processor clocked at 2.1GHz with a PowerVR GX6250 graphics processing unit.

Moving to the Pad memory, the Mi Pad 4 comes in two variants – 32GB ROM with 3GB RAM and 64GB with 4GB RAM, while the Pad 3 offers 64GB internal memory and 4GB RAM. The higher variant of the newest Pad from Xiaomi also has LTE connectivity, while the Mi Pad 3 does not support this feature.

Software? let’s see. The Mi Pad 4 runs on Android Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box. The UI feature includes an improved notification pane, a split-screen mode, app shortcuts and more. This software even promises up to two times faster app load times and better background memory management. On the other hand, the Mi Pad 3 was launched with MIUI 8 which is running atop Android Nougat.

 Camera

Coming to the camera, there is really no upgrade on the Pad 4, just that the Pad 4 supports facial identification, which is a win for it. The devices sport a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture on the Mi Pad 3 and f/2.0 aperture on the Mi Pad 4. While at the front, It packs a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture for both devices.

Read also: 10 Xiaomi Products That Would Transform Your Home For Good

Battery

Under the hood of the Mi Pad 4 is a 6000mAh capacity battery, which is actually somewhat smaller when compared to its predecessor. Mi Pad 3 actually comes with a 6600mAh capacity battery, so battery life should be more or less comparable on both models. While the Mi Pad 4 features a smaller battery, it is powered by a significantly more efficient 14nm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor as opposed to the 28nm MediaTek MT8176 chipset powering the Mi Pad 3.

Conclusion

From the comparison, Mi Pad 4 sports some significant upgrade over its predecessor when it comes to the core hardware specs. The Pad 4 also offers 4G LTE connectivity, something that is missing on the Mi Pad 3. Both devices are on some level in the camera department but the Pad 4 features facial identification which is not in Pad 3. In total, the Mi Pad 4 is still an impressive improvement over its predecessor the Mi Pad 3. Talking about the price Xiaomi has not increase the price of its new tablet PC,  the new Mi Pad 4 starts at a lower price than its predecessor in China.

Where To Buy Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 And Mi Pad 3 Tablet PC

Both devices can currently be purchased on Gearbest. Like earlier stated, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 comes in two variants, The 3GB +32GB is currently available for $170.17, while the 4GB +64GB is available for $219.38. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3(4GB+64GB), on the other hand, is available for $170.99

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Xiaomi’s affordable Mi Pad 3 is a tablet everyone can enjoy

“Xiaomi's Mi Pad 3 excels at the essentials, but is overshadowed by Apple’s cheap new iPad.”
  • Hits the tablet size sweet spot at 7.9-inches
  • High-resolution screen
  • Attractive design
  • Frustrating software and operation quirks
  • Mediocre camera

Do tablets still have a place in the world? They’re not the trend they once were, and even Apple — the one company making tablets that sell in any quantity — has dropped the price on its 2017 entry-level iPad model to encourage people to buy or upgrade. At $330, the iPad is an all-around affordable option, but you’ll have to search for an Android tablet if you want something cheaper.

Xiaomi has released a new version of its Mi Pad, called the Mi Pad 3. It’s an iPad Mini-sized device with Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface over the top of Google’s operating system. It’s cheaper than the iPad Mini 4 and the new iPad, at around $270; but you’ll have to import one if you want it in the U.S.

Is it worth the import? No. While there’s nothing horribly wrong with the Mi Pad 3, its small quirks and issues do not justify the $270 price tag, especially when the new iPad is just $60 more. Let’s take a closer look.

This looks familiar

What does the Mi Pad 3 look like? Well, picture an iPad Mini 4 without the Apple branding, and you’re pretty much there. The two are shockingly similar. The 6.9mm thick aluminum body has a flat back with a camera lens in the top right, the corners are smooth and rounded, and the overall dimensions are almost identical. The screen is the same size at 7.9-inches, as is the 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.

There are some differences. The dual speakers are mounted on the back of the tablet, facing away from you when looking at the screen, and the sleep/wake button is on the side of the body, not the top. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, or any physical home button — instead the Mi Pad 3 uses capacitive navigational icons below the screen. We miss the tactility of a physical home button, largely because  the Android keys aren’t especially responsive, and do require very precise taps to operate.

It’s a comfortable device to hold, and those with average or larger hands will have no problem holding it in one hand, thanks to its low weight. The texture on the back is pleasant to touch, but although the Mi Pad 3 is beautifully made, there is a slight flex in the center of the aluminium back panel. It’s not enough to cause concern, but enough to notice when it’s pressed.

There’s little to fault the way the Mi Pad 3 looks, mainly because it’s very close to the established and attractive style of the iPad Mini. It’s not something that overly concerns us — styling it after something hideous would do that — and we find the smaller 7.9-inch tablet size to be convenient, while still being suitably larger than our phone to make using it worthwhile.

Crisp screen that needs better color calibration

Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 3 has a 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel, IPS LCD screen on the front, which is good enough for a 326 pixel-per-inch density, and a wide 178-degree viewing angle. It’s very bright, and we rarely needed to increase the brightness over 50 percent, which is good for battery life.

There’s a reading mode for nighttime use, which lowers the amount of sleep-damaging blue light emitted by the screen. It’s easily activated from the Android notification shade, and adds a yellowish look to the display, but there’s a slider to adjust the degree of intrusion. Dig through the menu and you’ll find an unusual black and white mode, which not only extends the battery life, but does a decent job of reducing eye strain when reading.

The Mi Pad 3’s size really does make it a great video-consuming machine.

The screen’s color and contrast can be tweaked under a separate menu, and we found it was worth taking the time to calibrate. Out of the box, in standard configuration, the whites didn’t appear crisp enough; but things improved when the display was switched to “cool.” Everyone will see it differently, which is why we welcome the chance to tailor the display’s look to our own taste.

Playing HD video from Netflix and Crunchyroll produced great images filled with color, and while we enjoyed the viewing experience, the 4:3 aspect ratio adds black bars to the top and bottom of most videos.  Still, the Mi Pad 3’s size really does make it a great video-consuming machine. It’s not too big that it’s annoying to hold, but is still much more watchable than a 5.5-inch screen on a phone. Text looks excellent — crisp and well-defined — especially when browsing the web and reading ebooks.

The screen looks great, but we have one annoyance. The tablet doesn’t compensate for your palm resting on one side while scrolling with another finger. At first, it’s like the touchscreen isn’t working at all, then you realize it’s because the hand you’re holding the tablet with is also touching the edge of the screen. Remove it, and everything’s fine. Other times, it can activate certain features. It depends on how you’re holding the Mi Pad 3 — so doesn’t happen all the time — but when it does it’s highly irritating.

Fluid software, few tablet-friendly apps

Our Mi Pad 3 came with Android 7.0 Nougat installed, complete with an Android security patch from February, and Xiaomi’s global MIUI version 8.2, so everything is in English. Google Play and associated apps came pre-installed on our imported Mi Pad 3, along with a variety of standard apps including a calendar, a weather app, a calculator, an FM radio, and a browser.

Surprisingly, the tablet offers a slightly different user experience to a Xiaomi phone. Because it’s very smooth, and MIUI is supremely uncluttered, the tablet has a very Apple-like feel to it. The menus aren’t messy and it’s not filled with superfluous apps, making fast, daily use a pleasure. The most obvious additional feature Xiaomi has added is a widget page, viewable by swiping right on the main home screen. The widgets can be altered to your preference, making it a handy and attractively presented shortcut page.

Using Netflix, YouTube, popular games, Google apps, and several big-name social network apps downloaded from the Google Play store provide a tablet-friendly experience, but stray too far from the best known apps, and things aren’t so good. You don’t even have to look that hard either, the Instagram app doesn’t feel like it has been adapted for use on a tablet very well, for example. The more obscure, or dated, your favourite app is, the less likely it’ll look that fantastic on the Mi Pad 3. This isn’t a problem with the device, but a problem with Android on tablets as a whole.

There are other quirks unique to the Mi Pad 3. Even though it runs Android 7.0 Nougat, there’s no split window multi-tasking available with MIUI 8.

Adequate performance

Xiaomi previously used an Intel processor for its Mi Pad tablet, but this time it has chosen a MediaTek chip — the MT8176 — to power its slate, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. It’s not a common processor, having been used in few mainstream tablets sold in the U.S. and Europe.

Put through some benchmarking workouts, the scores are uninspiring.

In our general use, the MediaTek chip performed adequately, happily powering games such as Danmaku Unlimited in HD mode, and casual titles like Crossy Road. Graphically-intensive and faster-paced games like Reckless Racing put some strain on the tablet, and slow downs did occur. Put it through some benchmarking workouts, and the scores are uninspiring. AnTuTu returned a score of 74,646, and 3DMark’s Sling Shot Extreme gave it just 749. The Intel Atom-powered Lenovo Yoga Book managed 1,192, for comparison.

Unfortunately, there’s no MicroSD memory expansion, and 32GB of internal memory isn’t very much. Be prepared to slim down movie and music collections stored on the device itself, or stick with streaming services. There is a 3.5mm headphone socket though, and the 6,600mAh battery is charged through a USB Type-C port. We’ve been using the Mi Pad 3 for almost two weeks, and it has needed charging twice, not including the initial charge. Leaving it on standby overnight saw around 7 or 8-percent of the battery disappear.

Mediocre camera

The rear camera on the Mi Pad 3 is packed with 13 megapixels, autofocus, and an f/2.2 aperture. It’s highly unlikely the Mi Pad 3 will ever be someone’s primary camera, and it’s probably a good thing. The pictures it takes are only acceptable, and nothing more. Colors do pop, and plenty of detail is revealed zooming in on close-up images; but it doesn’t have an HDR mode, and overcast skies were washed out. Around the front, there’s a 5-megapixel camera with the same aperture, and it’s good for video calls and selfies.

Warranty, availability, and price

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 isn’t sold in the U.S. or Europe, and must be imported through a specialist. Our review Mi Pad 3 was supplied by Geekbuying, a well-known importer of Chinese electronics. At the time of writing it costs $270 with free shipping. The tablet was sent to us with a courier, did attract a small customs charge in the U.K., and arrived securely packaged.

Geekbuying offers a one-year warranty on the products it sells, including tablets, but doesn’t cover them if there has been water damage, mistreatment, or abuse. It’ll repair returned hardware for free within the warranty period, and has a warehouse in California that can be used instead of sending the device back to China. To take advantage of this, a $3 charge has to be paid at checkout during the original purchase. There’s also an English-speaking customer service helpline available.

Unlike the company’s smartphones and their lack of wide U.S. network support, the Mi Pad 3 is a premium Xiaomi product everyone can enjoy, and its screen is great for video and reading.

Is there a better alternative?

The Mi Pad 3’s natural competitor is the Apple iPad Mini 4, which is at least $130 more; however, potential tablet buyers should really be looking at the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad, which starts at $330. That’s close enough to the Mi Pad 3’s price to make it attainable, and the iPad has a far more varied catalog of fully tablet-compatible apps that makes it a wiser choice if you’re planning to use the device a lot. We’d strongly recommend the iPad.

If you’d prefer not to buy an Apple product, our favourite Android tablet at the moment is the Galaxy Tab S3, but this is more than twice the price of the Mi Pad 3. Outside of this, the world’s awash with mediocre to average Android tablets, including the $300 Samsung Galaxy Tab A and the Asus ZenPad Z10, or even the $135 Amazon Fire 8. We wouldn’t recommend any of them in particular, and feel the Mi Pad 3 is a more premium device that’s at least on a par with the Galaxy Tab A, provided you’re happy to import one.

How long will it last?

The Mi Pad 3 isn’t water resistant, but the body is well-built and the metal back won’t shatter if it gets accidentally knocked. That said, if you’re planning on handing the Mi pad 3 over to your kids, you may want to find a sturdy child-proof case. Xiaomi isn’t the fastest with supplying Android version updates, as they usually require its UI to be reworked first, which takes time. This does change if you’re happy to use Xiaomi beta releases though, but we doubt everyone will be happy to do so.

Tablets aren’t the same as phones, and rarely need replacing. A three-year old tablet is far more capable than a three-year old smartphone. Many tablet owners just want to play video, browse the web, and check social media accounts. For this, the Mi Pad 3 will last for some time.

Should you buy it?

No. There’s nothing horribly wrong with the pretty, fast, and capable Mi Pad 3, but with Apple offering the new iPad for only $330, there’s not much of a reason to go for the Mi Pad 3. If Apple is a dirty word in your household, then it’s a different story, and the Mi Pad 3 stacks up nicely against the many similar options out there.

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