Can you believe it’s been three whole years since Xiaomi last unveiled an Android-based iPad alternative? Three years in which the tablet market suffered a number of quarterly declines followed by some pretty unexpected worldwide growth driven in equal parts by the likes of Samsung and Lenovo as by Apple.
Mi Pad 5 price, specs, and features
The “regular” Mi Pad 5 variant starts at an incredible $310 or so (1,999 yuan) in its manufacturer’s homeland with a Snapdragon 860 processor under its hood, as well as a massive 8,720mAh battery capable of fully recharging in 91 minutes with 33W speeds, four Dolby Atmos-enhanced speakers, a 13 + 8MP dual rear-facing camera setup, and perhaps more importantly, a silky smooth 120Hz display sporting 2.5K resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) and measuring 11 inches in diagonal.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro (5G) price, specs, and features
Unlike the Mi Pad 5, which can’t go higher than a 6GB RAM count, the Mi Pad 5 Pro is available with up to 8 gigs of the good stuff… in a 5G-enabled version fetching CNY 3,499 ($540).
The non-5G Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro settles for a dual camera system composed of 13 and 8MP imaging sensors, and both the 5G and non-5G versions come with the exact same 120Hz 11-inch screen as the non-Pro Mi Pad 5 supporting everything from Dolby Vision to HDR10 and TrueTone technologies.
On top of it all, the Mi Pad 5, Mi Pad 5 Pro, and Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G can be paired with a host of interesting first-party accessories including everything from a keyboard cover to a stylus, and although you’ll have to pay extra for those, their prices are hardly prohibitive, which is yet another reason why we really, really, really hope Xiaomi will eventually bring these bad boys to an international audience.