After the affordable Mi Pad was released, it was only fitting that its successor was going to be announced in order to continue providing users with a price/performance tablet. There are several features that you will find interesting about Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, so let us get on down right to the product. Here is everything you need to know about the Chinese flagship tablet.
Chipset and processor analysis of Intel Atom x5-Z8500
For those of you who do not know this, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is running Intel’s Atom x5-Z8500 chipset. While the company’s choice was not bad, we feel that it would have been far better had the tablet featured an x7-Z8700 chipset so that it would be able to provide a nice competition for the likes of Microsoft’s Surface 3, which features the aforementioned SoC. We did compare the specifications and features of Surface 3 against Teclast X98 Pro, and thanks to a very healthy price/performance ratio, Teclast X98 Pro would seem like the better purchase since it could run both Android and Windows.
Coming to the performance analysis of Intel Atom x5-Z8500 chipset, given below are some charts which pit the chipset against its other counterparts, along with specification differences.
Here are all the specifications of the chipset in order to give you a better idea on how it performs.
|Intel Atom x5-Z8500|
|Number of cores||4|
|Number of threads||4|
|Processor Base Frequency||1.44GHz
|Scenario Design Power (SDP)||2 watts|
|Max Memory Bandwidth||25.6 GB/s
|Processor Graphics||Intel HD Graphics
|Graphics Base Frequency||200MHz
|Graphics Burst Frequency||600MHz
|Number of Displays Supported||3
Since it is fabricated on the 14nm architecture, and has a power draw of 2 watts (in some scenarios), you can expect more battery life from Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 compared to the battery life that you would experience from the first Mi Pad. There are several things you do not know what Intel’s Cherry Trail processors are capable of doing and PCWorld has outlined five things concerning the overall features of the chipset.
- Multiple OS can be run (this means Android and Windows can run since Intel’s chipsets are made on the x86 architecture. Other chipsets such made by Qualcomm, MediaTek and several others use ARM’s architecture and can only run Android, or a single OS)
- Stronger graphics
- No big change in battery life (when compared to previous generation chipsets of Intel)
- No big change in basic application performance (when compared to previous generation chipsets of Intel)
- Not just for tablets
- 3D camera functionality
In short, the tablet will run smoothly, but if you want to use it for work purposes, then it is highly recommended that you purchase a Windows 10 variant. While it is limited to applications compared to Android, it will display a much more recognizable environment for work-related activities.
*Keep in mind that when you purchase your Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, you will be asked if you want the tablet to come running with Windows 10 or Android. If you are not experienced in running or changing operating systems, it is not advised that you change it yourself, otherwise your tablet might stop work altogether*
Screen size and display
There is not any difference between the screen size and resolution of Mi Pad and Mi Pad 2. Both of them have a screen size of 7.9 inches, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. There are a noticeable amount of bezels when you grab the tablet for the very first time, but the screen covers 72.7 percent of the entire tablet, which is really impressive since you will have ample viewing room. According to Xiaomi, which is known to most consumers as ‘The Apple of China’, the 7.9 inch screen features a Retina display, which is the tech that Apple uses for its mobile products.
There is not a whole lot of difference between Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 and its predecessor, but we are certain that the company used a better display tech in order to conserve as much battery life as possible for the user.
Advanced connectivity options (both wireless and wired)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 features the latest and greatest connectivity options available for you in terms of both wired and wireless. Coming to the wired part, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 features a USB-C port, which is able to perform the functions of delivering both an astounding amount of power and data transfer speeds. USB-C ports have a maximum speed limit of 10Gbps, and are able to deliver up to a 100 watts. This specification limit cannot be achieved by microUSB 3.0 let alone microUSB 2.0, so you will be able to charge the tablet effectively and transfer data across storage peripherals at a much faster rate.
As for the remainder of the connectivity options, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 features the following components.
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 11ac Wi-Fi adapter
- USB-C 1.0
According to Wikipedia, the maximum theoretical data transfer rate of Bluetooth 4.0 is 24Mbps, and since Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has a Bluetooth 4.1, it obviously means that data transfer speeds will be higher than 24Mbps (this will also require the other device to possess a Bluetooth 4.1 chip, otherwise the speeds will be limited to Bluetooth 4.0).
Large battery capacity
We can understand why Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 placed in a smaller battery capacity compared to the original Mi Pad. Wanting to maintain its moniker of ‘The Apple of China’, the company wanted to keep its current flagship tablet much lighter and thinner than its predecessor, which obviously forced it to make some sacrifices. However, before you start getting negative ideas, you should know that thanks to the Intel processor, which is made on the 14nm process, you will have a much more efficient chip compared to NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset, which was made on the 28nm process.
So despite the smaller battery capacity, you will still be able to experience a healthy amount of backup time, provided you are not performing continuous stress-related tasks on it. For those of you wondering about the capacity of the tablet, it is 6,190mAh and is a Lithium Polymer cell and supports 5V 2A power inputs.
Camera sensor details
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 features two camera sensors; an 8MP rear and a 5MP front one. Keep in mind that the tablet does not possess an LED flash on either side, but it does have a wide aperture of F/2.0 for the rear camera, meaning that you will be able to capture high-resolution images in low-light conditions. Another thing you should know is that you will be able to record 1080p videos at 30FPS while capturing from the rear camera.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 comes in two internal storage models; 16GB and 64GB. Right now, both models are available at Gear Best and Everbuying (buying links have been given above and below in case you did not know this), with all pricing and hardware specifications listed below.
|Mi Pad 2 hardware specifications and pricing|
|Chipset||Intel Atom x5-Z8500|
|Processor turbo boost speed||2.24GHz|
|Chipset power draw and lithography||2 watts and 14nm|
|Internal storage||16 or 64GB|
|External storage capability||Yes (up to 128GB)|
|Screen size||7.9 inch IPS LCD|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536|
|Rear camera||8MP (with F/2.0 aperture|
|Video recording||1080p (from rear camera)|
|Charging port||USB-C 1.0|
|Available colors||Dark grey, Champagne gold|
|Pricing||Lowest price is $193.79 and available on Everbuying|
Things you need to read before purchasing your Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet
There are a few things you should know before you actually purchase your Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. They have been given below.
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 can run Windows 10, but you will have to purchase the 64GB internal memory version in order to make this possible (Windows 10 requires more space).
- The tablet provides support for a microSD card slot up to 128GB but you should purchase a high-performance storage card in order to maintain speed.
- The quad-core processor will be running at a speed of 1.44GHz. When the application requires more speed, Intel’s Turbo Boost technology will kick in, allowing the processor to run at a maximum core clock speed of 2.24GHz. You might have noticed that some websites listing the speed as 2.24GHz, but the base clock speed of the tablet is in fact 1.44GHz.
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 can run both Android and Windows 10. However, you will have to decide before hand which OS you want the tablet to run. If there are additional guides on how to change your operating system after receiving your tablet, then we will be publishing them right here.
After looking at the all the hardware specifications, we felt that Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 could have done well in the specifications area, particularly where processor clock speed and RAM are concerned. However, getting a $200 tablet is still a terrific deal and if you are on the hunt for a capable tablet that does not shrink the overall balance of your bank account, then this product is definitely for you.