Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 was powered by an Intel Cherry Trail, but the Chinese company has decided to go back to ARM for the third iteration of their MiPad tablet as they used Mediatek MT8719 hexa-core Cortex A72/A52 processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, and the same 7.9″ display with 2048 x 1536 resolution.
- SoC – Mediatek MT8176 hexa-core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ 2.1 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores @ 1.7 GHz, and Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU
- System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
- Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, no micro SD slot
- Display – 7.9″ capacitive touch screen IPS LCD display with 2048 x 1536 resolution
- Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack,
- Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- Camera – 5MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash
- USB – 1x USB type C port
- Battery – Non-removable 6,600 mAh LiPo battery good for 12 hours of typical use
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – 200.0 x 132.6 x 6.95 mm
- Weight – 328 grams
The new MiPad will run MIUI 8 based on Android (not sure Marshmallow or Nougat). Beside the new processor, Mi Pad 3 is quite similar to Mi Pad 2, but other changes include a bump from Bluetooth 4.1 to Bluetooth 4.2, and a larger battery (6,600 vs 6,190 mAh). Weight is about the same at 328 grams against 322 grams.
Price in China starts at ¥1499 (~$218), but GeekBuying has already started taking pre-orders for $299.99, and expects to ship in about a month. More details may be available on the product page (in Chinese only).