Though the tablets market is said to decrease gradually, we see many products coming our way from top brands and the second-tier manufacturers. This simply means there is a certain group of customers that are ready to purchase large-screen mobile devices. For the Chinese market, Xiaomi is one of the few brands that insist on launching Android tablets. As for now, the company has launched the fourth generation of its tablets. If compared with the previous products, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 has undergone major changes in product form. To conform to the trend, the manufacturer launched the Plus version. So let’s see how this ‘big guy’ performs. Many may think it’s the larger variant of the original model, but we guess there are some real differences between the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus and the regular model.
Larger Screen and Larger Battery Explain the Suffix ‘Plus’
The packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus adopts a simple white color as the main color. The large number “4” on the front indicates its identity, and the ‘Plus’ with a small font size on the upper right corner of the 4 indicates we are dealing with the larger version. In fact, we can realize it’s a ‘big guy’ when looking at the packaging.
On the back of the package, some key information of the product is marked. The “Plus” in this name is very veritable because the key parameters of the performance have not changed, but the screen size and battery capacity have been increased.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus’ box includes the data cable, charger, quick start guide, and the card pin. Because the tablet does not support fast charging, the one included in the box supports 5V/2A output.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus increases the screen size to 10.1 inches. Although it uses a screen ratio of 16:10, it still looks longer in terms of visual perception. Probably it’s related to the fact the previous Mi tablets used 3:2 aspect ratio. From another perspective, the screen ratio of 16:10 will be more suitable for the audio and video experience, which is also in line with the slogan of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 series.
The resolution of this screen is 1920 x 1200 pixels. Because of the increase in screen size, the PPI has also changed from 283 to 224. This is enough to support for some display features such as eye protection mode, enhanced mode, and night screen. However, from the comparison of official parameters, the contrast has also changed from 1200:1 to 1000:1. For the old Xiaomi tablet users, this screen may be somewhat disappointing. But other users should be quite satisfied.
Though the manufacturer does not promote it to be comfortable for single-hand operations like the original model, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus can be held in one hand. But this does not make sense. People are not looking for a 10.1-inch tablet to implement single-hand operations. They are more interested in the visual experience it can bring.
Due to the increase in overall body size, the battery capacity of the Xiaomi Tablet 4 Plus has also increased from 6000mAh to 8620mAh, an increase of 43.6%. Such a large increase in power has a very significant improvement in battery life. Of course, this is also a preferential treatment for large screens.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus also adopts an integrated metal body, and the surface is sandblasted. So it’s very pleasing when touches. The top part is designed in the way to ensure the wireless signal and the antenna part does the same for the network signal. As you guess, it’s made of plastic.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus sports a 5MP front shooter as well as a 13MP rear camera. Both of them support HDR and beauty features. The front camera also supports face recognition. In fact, for tablet users, it’s not that important to pack a strong camera. It’s mainly used for HD video calls.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus supports memory card expansion and LTE network. The former one can be implemented via a microSD card, while the other supports nano-SIM card.
In the hardware part, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus also uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor, which is paired with 4+64GB and 4+128GB combinations. It does not have the option of providing 3GB RAM like the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4. So the starting price has also come to 1899 yuan ($279). By the way, the128GB version is priced at 2099 yuan ($308). For the tablet, the Snapdragon 660 should be enough, and the resolution of the FHD will not put too much pressure on the GPU.
Movie Watching Effect is Improved
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 series officially introduced as tablets for audio and video entertainment. Because the screen size has changed from 3:2 to 16:10, you can make better use of the screen size advantage in watching movies. Plus, it comes with a numerous video and audio content by Xiaomi. Don’t worry about audio and video resources.
In fact, most of the tablets can be used for movie watching. However, there is still a little regret for the audio and video experience. If the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus could add a front speaker at the top of the screen, it would provide way better experience when holding horizontally.
As for the game part, we tried to play the relatively popular Honor of Kings and PLAYERUNKNOWN games. From the experience point of view, because the Honor of Kings is constantly optimized, the Snapdragon 660 works perfectly with multi-thread mode and has a stable performance in high frame rate mode. However, for the second game, because of the problem of tablet model recognition, the game cannot be set to ‘HDR HD’ mode. Although the frame rate can be adjusted to high and the entire frame number is relatively stable.
As for the gaming experience with a big screen, because the border of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is relatively narrow, it is not too difficult to click on the screen when the thumb is pressed. But like the case of the Honor of Kings, if the player wants to view the map of other areas, the thumb has to move up a long distance. Similarly, if you need to adjust the angle of view on the battlefield, the thumb should also move a long distance. But fortunately, the buttons of both games support user customization, and users can adjust according to their preferences.
As for the experience of the system itself, MIUI’s tablet version has not changed much in recent years. This time it was upgraded to Android 8.1, the overall stability and fluency should be considered a certain improvement. The app store is also divided into two search result tabs, ‘Tablet’ and ‘Mobile.’ However, the full-screen gesture operation of Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is a bit strange because of the big screen. So we prefer to use the on-screen virtual buttons (for large screens).
With a larger screen and larger battery capacity, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus builds a complete audio and video experience with its own converged video platform. There are also more applications for the tablet, whether at home or on the go. Though the hardware performance is not the best, it still provides a stable performance. With the price of less than 2,000 yuan, it is considered to be a good competitive advantage in the current Android tablet market.
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Translated from Chinese (Source)
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus Review: A ‘Big Guy’ For Entertainment