Apart from the budget Redmi 2 smartphone, Xiaomi has launched its sole Android tablet Mi Pad in India. Though the tablet market in India experienced a strong growth in Q4, 2014, according to IDC, Indian budget tablet manufacturers like iBall and Datawind did really well with their inexpensive tablet products.

Xiaomi is trying its luck in the segment by offering a mid-budget configured tablet at a budget price. The Mi Pad is a 7.9-inch Android tablet with a powerful specification available for Rs. 12,999. At the Xiaomi Redmi 2 launch, we spent some time with the tablet and here is our first impression of the product.

  • The Xiaomi Mi Pad measures 202 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm and weighs 360g. The device is well built and easy to hold. Mi Pad boasts a 7.9-inch 1536x2048 pixels display at 324 PPI. The screen is made on 4:3 aspect ratio hence its easy to read content, play games and read books in both landscape and portrait mode.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
  • The WiFi-only tablet features an 8MP rear and a 5MP front camera. However there is no flash provided with the back camera for low light shooting. At the rear bottom there are a couple of speaker meshes for audio output.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
  • The volume rocker and power/sleep button sits on the right side, 3.5mm audio out at the top and micro USB port at the bottom. In fact all the Mi branded devices share the same button layout which are easy to operate has quite ergonomics too.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
  • Powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC, the MI Pad packs 2GB worth RAM, 16GB ROM expandable up to 128GB. Though Mi Pad is a WiFi only tablet it supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and features a MIMO antenna to achieve more bandwidth.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
  • The Mi Pad also equips touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the display. The capacitative buttons glows up when the screen is active. The biggest advantage of featuring such a button is that they remain usable if the display doesn't respond for some reason and saves display space to show more content at the bottom of the display.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
  • It runs on the Android Kitkat 4.4 OS with an overlaid MIUI 6 interface. Mi Pad consumes half of the device memory after installing necessary applications, which means you need to be depending on your external storage for archiving media files. Offered at Rs. 12,999 through flipkart, the Mi Pad is a decent deal for your hard earned money.IBTIMES India/ Anirban
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