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Xiaomi’s sleek Mi Pad 2 breaks cover with full-metal body and USB Type-C

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Nov 25, 2015 )    |    Gadgets


The first Mi Pad launched more than a year ago and keeping its lineup refreshed, Xiaomi introduced the successor of its first tablet with the new Mi Pad 2. With so much to compete in the tablet market segment, the Mi Pad has delivered its own set of experiences not normally found on most Android tablet that this device is built upon, taking at no less than the Apple iPad mini, the Mi Pad on slowly catches up and is quite successful even though it competition makes it a tough one to sell, but Xiaomi looks like its not going to give up just yet and ultimately released a worthy successor to last year’s offering.

From the looks of it, it’s pretty much evident that Xiaomi has really done its home work and as the new Mi Pad 2 came went out, we could easily forget that their was something similar to the Mi Pad 2 that came out more than a year ago. The Mi Pad 2 is packed in a thinly piece of metal with most notably at about 6.95 mm in thickness, it isn’t as thin as the iPad mini 2 from Apple which happily settled at 6.1 mm but it’s almost negligible difference makes the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 something to consider over the competition given the vastness of applications that the tablet supports, to the user experience that Xiaomi is investing on its own MIUI 7 interface which drives the new tablet, to the significant price differences of both tablets.


Like the recently announced Redmi Note 3, the Mi Pad 2 is constructed in a full-metal unibody design and measures at 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95 mm and weighs around 322 grams. It comes with a high-resolution 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution giving a total of 326 ppi pixel density. It comes with a fairly capable set of imaging hardware with 8 Megapixel shooter of the back while the front is equipped with a 5 Megapixel Selfie front camera with the obvious purpose to it and for high-resolution video calls.

It may not be your all-rounder tablet but the Mi Pad 2 does have enough room for extras and one of them is the dual-speakers from are found right at the bottom back of the device. While most of the manufacturers of today still focus itself on developing tablet devices with a standard micro USB 2.0 port, Xiaomi on the other is bringing the growing popularity of USB type-C connection to the new Mi Pad 2 which will eventually enables the device to quickly charge its high-capacity 6190 mAh embedded battery and transfer files from the Mi Pad 2 to other devices through the new USB connector. Aside from this feature, the tablet also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as its main connectivity options.


Aside from its external construction, what’s even more important with the new Mi Pad 2 is its processing power. Unlike the original Mi Pad which is powered by NVidia’s Tegra K1 Chipset, The Mi Pad 2 is driven by a 64-bit Intel Atom X5 Z8500 “Cherry Trail” chipset which runs at 2.24 GHz and includes an Intel HD Graphics processor and is coupled by 2 GB of RAM for a smooth user experience. It also comes in two different storage flavors where user could either chose between 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage space. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 runs on MIUI 7 a customized version of Android 5.1 (Lollipop) designed exclusively for Xiaomi devices with a special set of software features including the highly useful Reading mode for users who wants to take their Mi Pad 2 as their e-book and e-magazine reader.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 will be available in Dark Grey and Champagne Gold color options with a prices that starts at $156 for the 16 GB model while the 64 GB model would cost only $203. Apart from MIUI 7 which is based on Android, Xiaomi will also offer the Mi Pad 2 with Windows 10 given users more flexibility on which platform they want their tablet to boot and that is a good thing since there’s still no other manufacturer in the market currently that do such an option.