Two years after it launched the Mi Pad 2, Xiaomi has finally launched its third Mi Pad tablet, dubbed the Mi Pad 3. Oddly, the company chose to quietly add the tablet to its official website instead of holding a media event to announce it.
In terms of design, the new Mi Pad 3 is pretty much identical to the Mi Pad 2 with a metal unibody build. It is nearly identical to its predecessor in as far as dimensions go, measuring 200.4 x 132.5 x 7mm. However, it is slightly heavier, weighing in at 328 grams. As you would expect, the display is the same 7.9-inch IPS LCD unit with 1536 x 2048 resolution and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.
Instead of an Intel x86 chip, the Mi Pad 3 runs on a MediaTek MT8176 hexa-core SoC with two ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The SoC has been paired with ample 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. There is no microSD card slot on the Mi Pad 3, so you will have to make do with the 64GB of built-in storage.
In the battery life department, the new Mi Pad 3 is a definite step-up over the Mi Pad 2. It packs a larger 6600mAh capacity battery, which Xiaomi claims will deliver up to 867 hours of standby time and 12 hours of video playback. There is an upgraded 13MP camera at the back, coupled with an f/2.2 aperture lens.
While availability info hasn’t been shared yet, the Mi Pad 3 has been priced at RMB 1499 in China, which converts to SGD 304.