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Xiaomi clones the iPad Pro for half the price: $386

  Xiaomi is the latest company to show renewed interest in Android tablets.




mi pad (credit xiaomi)


Android tablets are totally coming back, right? Google has launched a few tablet apps lately after years of neglect, it gave talks at Google I/O on how to design tablets apps, and the Android 12 developer preview shows that the company is working on a taskbar-like UI for big-screen devices. Now, the world's most popular Android device manufacturer, Xiaomi, is releasing an Android tablet for the first time in three years.



The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro seems just a little inspired by Apple's flagship tablet, the iPad Pro. Xiaomi regularly produces wild, technology-packed designs, but at times, it also falls back into its old ways of being an Apple clone manufacturer. This is one of those times.

The company's new tablet has an 11-inch, 120 Hz, 2560×1600 LCD and is relatively high-end, with a Snapdragon 870 SoC (that's a 7 nm chip with four Cortex A77 cores and four Cortex A55 cores). The base unit comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with options for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There's an 8600 mAh battery, NFC, a side fingerprint reader/power button, Wi-Fi 6 support, a USB-C port, and a whopping eight speakers, all split between the left and right sides. The frame and back are both aluminum, and the tablet weighs 515 g.


The one part of the design you could complain about is the front camera, which is on the left side of the device in landscape mode, so it's not very useful for landscape video calls. The placement is especially strange because the keyboard accessory, side speakers, and side fingerprint reader all encourage landscape use as the primary mode. The reason for the odd camera location might be support for the pen accessory, which uses the top edge of the tablet (in landscape) to magnetically attach and wirelessly charge.



Cloning Apple is positively an awful Xiaomi propensity, however the organization is likewise keeping its beneficial routines—specifically, delivering good equipment at low costs. The Mi Pad 5 Pro beginnings at CNY 2,499 (~$386), or about a large portion of the cost of the section level 11-inch iPad Pro, which is $799. There's additionally a cell adaptation with a probably better essential back camera (50MP versus 13MP), the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G, which times in at about $540—still around a large portion of the cost of the $1,000 cell iPad Pro. Xiaomi is additionally selling iPad-style extras, similar to a console for about $62, which is way less expensive than the $300 Magic console for the iPad. A pointer sells for about $62, smoking the $129 Apple Pencil with regards to cost. There are likely 1,000,000 different ways the iPad Pro is quicker and more cleaned than Xiaomi's contribution, however for a large portion of the cost, numerous shoppers will think of it as adequately close.



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