Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Tablet Launched with Mediatek MT8176 Hexa-Core Processor, 7.9″ Display

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.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 specifications:

  • 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).

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8 Replies to “Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Tablet Launched with Mediatek MT8176 Hexa-Core Processor, 7.9″ Display”

  1. Refuse to buy another mediatek device, my redminote3 stuck with android 5 while other device with snapdragon got update after update.

  2. i bought the original mi pad (1) and still waiting for xiaomi to release a firmware update past kitkat.

  3. > USB – 1x USB type C port

    Okay, but what flavour of USB is it really? It would be great if it was USB C 3.0 (or 3.1) with alternative mode for something like HDMI or DisplayPort.

    The tablet is more than powerful enough to be docked, and it would be great if it could be used with an external monitor. Android is moving toward supporting a docked mode. If the USB C port doesn’t support alternative modes for display output, then I don’t see the point of this tablet.

  4. No thanks, I don’t like MIUI and Xiaomi will presumably be really slow at releasing kernel source (I have MiPads 1 and 2, the kernel source releases for both of them were broken and unbuildable, and custom ROMs are really struggling because of that).
    I’m also surprised that it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.

    Mind you, all that could be forgiven because the Chinese specs page says the front camera is 500 megapixels! Selfie heaven 🙂

  5. @RobBrownNZ
    Chinese have a different way of writing numbers. In English, there are thousands, and millions. In Chinese, they have those two, plus a name for “10,000” pronounced “Wan”. They normally express camera resolution in Wan, so 500 Wan – 500 x 10,000 = 5 millions.

  6. @Mum

    Looks to be USB 2 from looking at other MT8176 devices, they also don’t mention USB 3 on the Mediatek website which they likely would if it supported it.

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