Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Series Launched: Cheaper iPad Alternatives

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 series has generated a lot of buzz in recent times because the Android tablet scene has not been quite as exciting and with Xiaomi’s reputation, the amount of anticipation is warranted. Following a series of leaks and rumours, the Mi Pad 5 lineup is finally here with the Mi Mix 4. You’ve got the standard stylus pen, and keyboard accessory available to use with the Android tab which does not entirely deviate from what we were expecting. Xiaomi is coming for the iPad Pro with this release and you can see from the event that that is the competition.

There are three variants of the Mi Pad 5 launched which includes the ordinary Mi Pad 5, Mi Pad 5 Pro and the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G. The last two are the same except that the 8GB RAM variant and 50MP primary rear camera is only available in the 5G model.

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Mi Pad 5 Series Key Specs and Features

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 (WiFi)

  • 11-inch. 2560 x 1600 pixels LCD screen with 275 PPI.
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
  • 6GB RAM with 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • 33W fast charging
  • MIUI for Pad
  • Face Unlock
  • Four Dolby Atmos Speakers
  • 8720mAh non removable battery

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro / Pro 5G

  • 11-inch. 2560 x 1600 pixels LCD screen with 275 PPI.
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • 6GB / 8GB(5G) RAM with 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 13MP / 50MP(5G) + 5MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
  • 67W fast charging
  • MIUI for Pad
  • Face Unlock
  • Eight Dolby Atmos Speakers
  • 8600mAh non removable battery

The only variant with cellular connectivity is the Mi Pad 5 5G but that is not all it offers though, you get a better camera and more RAM to play with.

Stylus and Keyboard

Mi Pad 5 series stylus and keyboard

Also, you’ve got the Stylus weighing 12.2g which you can charge wirelessly by sticking to the side of the tablet and lasts for 8 hours on full charge. The stylus has a response rate of 240Hz and is sold separately for 349 Yuan ($55). Also, the keyboard case is sold separately and also serves as a protective cover for the Mi Pad. It is connected to the pad through POGO pins and you can cop one for 399 Yuan which is about $60. You can get the ordinary magnetic case without the keyboard for 99 Yuan – approximately $15.

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Display and Design

For visuals, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 series all sport the same display sitting at 11-inches with a Full HD+ LCD screen which has a max brightness of 500nits. More so, there is a TrueTone display, with Dolby Vision, 10-bit colour and HDR10 support. Not to mention the anti-bluelight and 120Hz refresh rate and you could tell there is a lot Xiaomi put into the Mi Pad 5 lineup display.

Mi Pad 5 series

The iPad inspiration is clear here even up to the size and the Mi Pad 5 tablets does not miss the polished sleek design. The Xiaomi tablet has a thickness of just 6.86mm while weighing 515g which gives it a modern and premium kind of appearance.

Battery and Camera

Although the entire Mi Pad 5 lineup is the same size, the battery capacity differs and that can chucked up to the disparity in the components of the tablets. This standard Mi Pad 5 Pro and Pro 5G both have a capacity of 8, 600mAh while the standard Mi Pad 5 has more capacity at 8, 720mAh which is due to the fewer features this option have. However, you also get 33W fast charge on the Mi Pad 5 while the other two have a 67W fast charge built-in.

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In addition, you have a simple 13MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera setup on the ordinary Mi Pad 5. On the Mi Pad 5 Pro, you’ve got a dual rear camera having the same primary camera as the Mi Pad 5 with an added 5MP depth sensor and the same selfie cam. Elsewhere, the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G has a 50MP main sensor paired with a 5MP depth sensor as well and the same camera up front as the rest.

Hardware and Software

Continuing the iPad inspiration, Xiaomi has MIUI for Pad on the tablets, an OS optimized for the Mi Pad 5 series with 300 apps especially suited to run in tab mode on it and an iPad-esque multitasking feature built-in. As for the SoC, there is Snapdragon 860 on the Mi Pad 5 and Snapdragon 870 on the higher variants. The tablets come with 6GB RAM except for the 5G model that has 8GB with a choice between 128GB and 256GB for storage.

Pricing and Availability

The release has been only confirmed for China so all the prices are in Yuan. That being said, the Mi Pad 5 will go for 1999 Yuan ($308) and 2299 Yuan ($355) for the 128GB and 256GB options respectively. The Mi Pad 5 Pro has a pricing of 2499 Yuan ($386) for 128GB and 2799 Yuan ($432) for 256GB. At the top is the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G which comes with 8GB and 256GB ROM priced at 3499 Yuan ($540).


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