Xiaomi MiPad 3 gets a silent launch with a $217 price tag

Xiaomi MiPad 3 gets a silent launch with a $217 price tag

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Xiaomi MiPad 3

As a little bit of surprise we have the latest Xiaomi tablet being launched today, without fanfares or any additional hype or fuss. Maybe they once again trying to copy Apple’s latest treatment of announcing the gutted “new ” iPads, who knows. But no matter what the Xiaomi MiPad 3 is officially out now and has plenty to offer actually.

Chinese tablet makers more or less completely abandoned the 4:3 aspect ratio 7.9″ tablets so it’s great to see Xiaomi sticking to their guns and releasing this in my eyes superior form. The display is the usual Retina one with 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution and 326 ppi. The build is once again a metal alloy build only 6.95 mm thin and weighing 328 g. So far it’s listed as available only in the champagne gold and remains to be seen if there would be any other colors later.

Inside the things are kept in check with a pretty powerful hexa-core MT8176 chipset with big.LITTLE architecture and top cores clocked at 2.1 GHz supported by the IMG GX6250 GPU. Memory capacity is also solid with 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM in dual channel 64 GB eMMC 5.0 as the inner storage, as usual no sign of the microSD slot for possible expansion. Cameras are 13 Mpix one with f/2.2 for the rear and 5 Mpix f/2.0 for the selfie front one, but no word about actual sensors used.

 

Battery capacity looks very solid with 6600 mAh and 5V/2A fast charging, doubt it can go as long as the 12 hours of video playback, but still. Charging is done via the USB Type-C port, which is the only port available on the chassis. So all the connectivity needs to be handled by the 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi or low-power Bluetooth 4.1 tech. The tablet is running on MIUI 8 and because it’s running on ARM processor there won’t be any Windows or dualboot version coming later on.

Pricing of the Xiaomi MiPad 3 will extremely competitive with an official price set at 1499 yuan (roughly $217) and it should go on sale already tomorrow April 6th at 6pm through various chinese channels. International availability will certainly follow soon too.

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  • newphoenix

    This does not deserve to be mi pad 3, change the soc, double the memory, smaller battery. Don’t see why it is $217 and why MTK8176 instead of X5-8550.

    • Martin Fabián

      8 GB RAM is pointless for an Android tablet, who would want a smaller battery and MT8176 is perfectly fine for an 8″ portable device. Pricing is also fine considering the premium build. At least that is my point of view 🙂

      • goodwill

        I agree, The specs are ok for the price and the premium build. Odd that he wants a smaller battery tho.. haha

    • realjjj

      That Atom SoC is much slower and practically discontinued.http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/7980855?baseline=8110885

      As for more RAM, it’s rather costly nowadays and 2x the RAM would push the price to 300$.

    • Wow dude you’re pretty dumb for saying that X5 is better MTK8176. And it’s a mid-range priced tablet and 4gb for ram is pretty fine given the price. I haven’t seen an android tablet that needs 8gb ram, and why do you want a smaller battery for a tablet? You really are a dumbass.

    • Joe Mont

      My guess is better battery life and higher margins, probably too few people using Windows on it given its a tablet and has no keyboard.