It came as a surprise for all people right after Xiaomi announced the Mi Pad 3 Android tablet in China yesterday. Instead of holding a big media event, the company simply published the Mi Pad 3 on its Chinese website. This event shows us the successor the Mi Pad 2 released in 2015.
Like the Mi Pad 2, its design is still striking with a metal unibody build. When comparing dimensions, both two tablets weigh in at 328 grams and measures 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm. Also, the Mi Pad 3 shares the same 7.9-inch IPS display with 2048 x 1536 resolution and a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch as its predecessor.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is currently powered by a hexa-core SoC from MediaTek known as the MT8176. It is worth saying that the SoC consists of four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz. Besides being coupled with 4GB of RAM for many tasks, the tablet can support up to 64GB of internal memory; however, it is pitiful that there is no microSD card slot support.
In terms of the battery department, The Mi Pad 3 is a bigger update than Mi Pad 2 in terms of battery, as it owns a 6600mAh capacity unit. This power is equivalent up to 867 hours of standby time and 12 hours of video playback time. The rear camera is also upgraded with a 13MP primary snapper, coupled with an f/2.2 aperture lens.
Nonetheless, the Mi Pad 3 will only offer the Android variant, which runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 skin on top. Since the company does not use the x86 processor on its new tablet, so Windows cannot be installed on it.
In spite of sale-related doubts, the Mi Pad 3 has been revealed at a price of 1499 yuan (around $220) in China.