Xiaomi Manages To Replicate The iPad Pro

Xiaomi has been on the rise lately. It has managed to topple Samsung and claim the top position for itself as one of the leading tech companies. The Chinese-based companies have produced budget-friendly devices with premium features that have appealed to the majority of the consumers.

Android tablets seem to be making a comeback. In recent years tablets had gradually phased out but it seems tech companies such as Google are hoping to bring them back. Xiaomi is releasing an Android tablet for the first time in three years, keeping up with the tablet renaissance.

Xiaomi Manages To Replicate The iPad Pro

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5

Apple's top tablet, the iPad Pro, appears to have influenced the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro. Xiaomi is known for its wacky, technologically advanced designs, but it also has a history of being an Apple clone producer. This unfortunately seems one of those times.

With a Snapdragon 870 SoC (a 7nm CPU with four Cortex A77 cores and four Cortex A55 cores), the company's latest tablet boasts an 11-inch, 120 Hz, 25601600 LCD and is quite high-end. The base model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage available as upgrades. The device will face no issues carrying out complex tasks such as file switch.

There's an 8600 mAh battery, NFC, a side fingerprint reader/power button, Wi-Fi 6, a USB-C port, and eight speakers spread over the left and right sides. The tablet's frame and back are both made of aluminum, and it weighs 515 grams.

The front camera, which is on the left side of the smartphone in landscape mode and hence not suitable for landscape video calls, is the only flaw in the design. It's especially perplexing since the keyboard accessory, side speakers, and side fingerprint reader all strongly suggest using landscape as the preferred mode, but the camera disagrees. Support for the pen accessory, which uses the top edge of the tablet (in landscape) to magnetically attach and wirelessly charge, could be the explanation for the peculiar location.

Summing Up

Although cloning Apple is not ideal, nevertheless the device is extremely affordable. The Mi Pad 5 Pro starts at CNY 2,499 ($386), which is less than half the price of the $799 entry-level 11-inch iPad Pro. Furthermore, the Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G, a cellular version with a reportedly stronger primary rear camera (50MP versus 13MP), costs around $540—roughly half the price of the $1,000 cellular iPad Pro.

Xiaomi is also offering iPad-style accessories such as a keyboard for around $62, which is significantly less than the $300 Magic keyboard for the iPad, and a stylus for around $62, which again is cheaper than the $129 Apple Pencil. There are undoubtedly a million ways in which the iPad Pro is speedier and more refined than Xiaomi's offering, but for half the price, many users will prefer the cheaper model and be willing to sacrifice a few features rather than get a high-end Apple iPad device. We hope that Xiaomi releases a new tablet with its innovative design soon.


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