Rumours about a Xiaomi-Microsoft partnership have been rife ever since the former announced support (albeit limited) for the Mi 4.
With tablet PCs finally starting to be devices that aren’t just designed to consume media, popularity of Windows tablets is soaring. Needless to say, there have been rumours of the next Mi Pad — the Mi Pad 2, presumably — having Windows 10 support out of the box.
Earlier today, we caught hold of an image from a benchmark database that suggests the Mi Pad 2 will have an Intel processor. Desktop Windows requires an x86 processor, and like a tonne other Chinese tablet makers, it looks like Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 2 too will have an Intel Inside.
As for the exact make and model of the SoC that will feature on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, it’s going to be the Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM that’ll take care of the core of the tablet. On the software side, it’ll either be Android 5.1 Lollipop (that’s what the leaked device ran), Windows 10, or both.
Interestingly, synthetic benchmarks report a loss in performance on this new Mi Pad 2 compared to the first-gen, Tegra K1 powered Mi Pad. Single and multi-core scores this time around are 985 and 3268 points on the new Mi Pad 2, while the original manages close to 1100 and 3400 points respectively.