Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Review

It’s been rumored as the Xiaomi’s tablet line is cut. But later the manufacturer officially refused those rumors, saying a new model is coming. Not that long ago the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 was unleashed. It comes not only with an updated processor of the Snapdragon 660 AIE, but also remains as one of the most competitive products in the market. So we guess there will be many customers thinking about whether it is worthy to buy or not. Those who are thinking about this should pay attention not only to the performance and cost-effectiveness but also the actual experience. Let’s start playing with it.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Appearance

If looking at the specs sheet, many will think the 8-inch screen of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 and the 7.9-inch screen of the Mi pad 3 won’t differ much for a regular user. But in reality, they have nothing in common. The previous generation model comes with a 4:3 aspect ratio, while the new model uses a 16:10 aspect ratio, narrowing the width of four sides. That’s why the Xiaomi Mi pad 4 becomes more slender.

In this sense, the Mi Pad 3 was identical to the iPad mini 2. But when looking at the Mi Pad 4, we realize the real difference between these two models. As advertised, the Mi Pad 4 has been made for more convenient use with one hand. As a small-sized tablet, the Mi Pad 4 is obviously easier to control. Of course, if you want to hold a 342.5g tablet for a long time, obviously you still need to spend some time at the gym.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

In addition, the screen share is 12.5% higher than the 7.9-inch 4:3 Mi Pad 3’s screen share. It is worth noting that our protagonist has been reduced to 1920 x 1200 in screen resolution. So we have to state it is a step backward in comparison to the Mi Pad 3’s 2048 x 1536 resolution. Of course, this also moderately relieves the pressure of processor rendering. At the same time, it is more power-efficient, and the pros and cons must be measured by users themselves.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Though we are dealing with a tablet, the Mi Pad 4 comes with a front camera that can be used for taking quite good selfies and making high-quality video calls. It comes with a 5MP resolution and supports self-portraits mode. Plus, as the manufacturer has removed the fingerprint scanner, it supports face unlock.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Like the latest Xiaomi smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 uses a rounded screen design, which looks quite attractive with the icons and design elements of MIUI9.6.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

On the back, it uses a metal body that is sandblasted, making it provide better touch feel. In order to expand the use cases of the tablet, the Mi Pad 4 also sports a rear camera of 13MP. The latter supports HDR, beauty, and 1080P 30fps video recording.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

As the below photo samples show, this tablet is capable of taking great photos when there is sufficient light. But there is no image stabilization or advanced camera features. So it won’t replace your smartphone with a good camera.

Before the launch, the tablet was promoted as an ideal device for single-hand operations. So it’s been expected to see a slim body. Its thickness is 7.9mm, which is almost comparable to smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

On the bottom, it carries a USB Type-C interface. It supports 5V/2A power input. This simply means it doesn’t support fast charging. It’s a bit disappointing when remembering the large capacity batteries of tablets.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Surprisingly, the Mi pad 4 didn’t cancel the 3.5mm audio jack like many smartphones released recently.

Xiaomi Mi pad 4 Performance

In comparison to its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 comes with an overhauled hardware. As we said, it’s packed with a Snapdragon 660 AIE chip based on a 14nm process node. This processor can be found on various super mid-range smartphones, including the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 and the Mi 6X.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

This processor (on this tablet) scores 144.920 in AnTuTu. This is 10K higher than the performance provided by this chip on various smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

At the same time, we also tested its gaming capabilities via Honor of Kings. Not surprisingly, it was played quite smoothly. Despite the occasional fluctuations in the frame rate, in most cases, the frame rate can still be maintained at 55fps or more.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Obviously, this is a mid-range tablet priced at starting 1099 yuan. But it is packed with a powerful chip, which is capable of providing an excellent performance and grabbing the first position in the niche.

Xiaomi Mi pad 4 Software

In addition to the hardware enhancement, the Xiaomi Mi pad 4 comes with an optimized software. Moreover, it can be considered one of the most optimized Android tablets currently available on the market.

First of all, we can notice the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 cancels the virtual buttons seen on the Mi Pad 3 and supports the latest MIUI gesture operation functions. Not only that, the user can also call out the navigation ball at the edge of the screen at any time. This is obviously necessary for a large-screen Xiaomi tablet.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Xiaomi also specializes in the use of flat-panels in system applications such as settings and menus, making full use of the characteristics of large screens and further improving the efficiency of use.

Like the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3, this one also owns an exclusive tablet application store. Its content has been specifically made for this tablet. However, the current level may not be as large as iOS. So users can also search and download the mobile versions of the applications.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

Our protagonist sports a large screen, which assumes using the split screen function but itself. Say you can open two players at the same time or play a game on one part and watching a video on the next.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

According to Xiaomi’s introduction, the 6000mAh battery can play video for 12 hours or play games for 8 hours.

Final Words

We know with the screen size increase on smartphones, the small-size tablets have been showing poorer performance and got less attention from the customers. Even the iPad in this area is no longer as glamorous as it used to be. However, it is undeniable the tablets still have a large number of users. They are mostly used at home. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is among the best offers in this sense. The 16:10 screen and a Snapdragon 660 AIE chip prove the Mi Pad 4 has been designed for purposes of playing games and watching videos. Moreover, the price range of around a thousand yuan also makes it avoid direct competition with the iPad mini series. As an Android tablet, the positioning of the Mi Pad 4 is quite clear.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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