Formerly known as the Xiaomi Mi iPad 5 in China, the renaming device will soon be launched in other markets such as the UK. The Xiaomi Pad 5 is packed with some decent specs at an affordable price which can be a great choice for any new student who is just going back to school and looking for an affordable tablet.
The specs include a 13MP rear camera that can be used to scan documents and an 8MP front camera capable of 1080p video for any video meeting you have. The 11-inch LCD screen also looks great with its 2560 x 1600 (or 2.5K) resolution, and with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support you’ll get some extra image and audio pizza when you wrap up.
The only downside is the CPU. While you won’t see any problems with everyday use, the Xiaomi Pad 5’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset can give you a little more leeway on the spot.
If you’re interested in checking it out yourself, the Xiaomi Pad 5 will launch in the UK on September 23 for 6 369 for the 6GB and 128GB Cosmic Gray models. If you snatch before September 25, you can get only the initial price of 9,299 birds. We have not yet heard any details about this launch in the United States or Australia.
Analysis: Xiaomi Pad 5 vs iPad (2021)
If you’re in the market for a new tablet, you’ll definitely want to take a look at both the Xiaomi Pad 5 and the iPad (2021). We haven’t had time with the two yet, but based on the specs we can explain how the pair stand against each other.
Both devices offer almost identical camera specs, although snappers swap around. The new iPad will give you 12MP on the front and 8MP on the back, while the Xiaomi will give you 8MP on the front and 13MP on the back. That extra megapixel probably won’t make much difference.
When it comes to displays, the Xiaomi has a slight advantage over Apple’s 10.2-inch 1620 x 2160 LCD offering with its 11-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD screen. You won’t even get Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos support on the iPad, but we’ll have to see how well the Xiaomi Pad 5 handles them if that’s a major flaw – because it has the hardware to make the most of it. There is no software.
Apple’s only serious win seems to be the processor, as the iPad’s A13 bionic chipset typically outperforms the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860. With regular daily use, you won’t notice much difference but it’s worth considering. You need a little more omph than your tablet.
Finally, at the price, they are actually quite similar. If you snatch the initial Bird Deal for the Xiaomi Pad 5, you’ll find the best deal in the Deal 299, even though the Base iPad (2021) is only £ 319- £ 50 less. The downside is that you’ll get half the storage on the iPad (only 64GB compared to 128GB) but depending on your usage plans that might not be much of a hassle.