The Mi Pad 2 swaps the Tegra SoC from the original Mi Pad with an Intel Atom processor.
Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 3 earlier today, and as it had teased a few days ago, the company has also taken the wraps off the Mi Pad 2. Like the Redmi Note 3, the Mi Pad 2 features a metallic body and packs high-end hardware at a very low price.
The biggest change in the Mi Pad 2 is the use of an Intel Atom X5-Z8500 quad-core chip instead of the highly powerful Tegra K1 in the original Mi Pad. Xiaomi is targeting the Mi Pad 2 at video viewing and gaming so it’s likely the Intel SoC will be able to offer enough horsepower, but it’s still something that takes the charm off the Mi Pad 2 ever so slightly despite it being an upgrade.
The design is where the new Xiaomi tablet offers an upgrade, with a fully metallic construction for the 6.5 mm thin body. Also interesting is the fact that the company has launched two variants of the Mi Pad 2: one that runs Android, and another runs Windows 10. The Windows 10 model is possibly one reason why Xiaomi opted for an Intel chipset, as it ensure compatibility with software isn’t an issue.
The screen size and resolution of the Mi Pad 2 remains the same as its predecessor, with a 7.9-inch LCD display packing a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16/64GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel primary camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter, and a 6,010 mAh battery that supports fast charging. Android 5.1.1 powers the software, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 skin on top.
The Mi Pad 2 is priced at 999 Yuan (roughly $160) and 1,299 Yuan (roughly $200) for the 16GB and 64GB Android models, with the Windows version costing the same as the 64GB Android variant (there is no 16GB model running Windows). Like the Redmi Note 2, the Mi Pad 2 will only be available in China, though markets like India should also be seeing a release going by the availability of the original Mi Pad.