Xiaomi clones the iPad Pro at half the price: $ 386 | GeekComparison

Android tablets are making a comeback, right? Google has recently launched a few tablet apps after years of neglect, it held talks at Google I/O about designing tablet apps, and the Android 12 developer preview shows the company working on a taskbar-like user interface for large numbers of users. screens 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 a bit inspired by Apple’s flagship tablet, the iPad Pro. Xiaomi regularly produces wild designs full of technology, but sometimes it also falls back into its old ways of being an Apple clone manufacturer. This is one of those moments.

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). cores). The base unit comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, with options for 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. There’s an 8600 mAh battery, NFC, a fingerprint reader/power button on the side, Wi-Fi 6 support, a USB-C port and a whopping eight speakers, all distributed on the left and right sides. The frame and back are both made of aluminum and the tablet weighs 515 grams.

The only part of the design you could complain about is the front camera, which sits on the left side of the device in landscape mode, so it’s not very useful for landscape video calls. The placement is especially odd 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 may be support for the pen accessory, which uses the top edge of the tablet (in landscape) to magnetically attach and charge wirelessly.

Apple cloning is certainly a bad habit from Xiaomi, but the company also sticks to its good habits of releasing decent hardware at low prices. The Mi Pad 5 Pro starts at CNY 2,499 (~$386), or about half the price of the entry-level 11-inch iPad Pro, which is $799. There is also a mobile version with a presumably better primary camera on the rear (50 MP vs. 13 MP), the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G, which clocks in at about $540 — still about half the price of the $1,000 cellular iPad Pro. Xiaomi also sells iPad-style accessories such as a keyboard for about $62, which is much cheaper than the $300 Magic keyboard for the iPad. A stylus sells for around $62, with the $129 Apple Pencil being smoked when it comes to price. There are probably a million ways the iPad Pro is faster and more polished than Xiaomi’s offerings, but at half the price, many consumers will consider it close enough.

For now, all these prices have been converted from CNY, as the device is currently only sold in China. However, that’s where all Xiaomi devices start, and they’re usually rolled out more widely.

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