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Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, First Step in Tablet Territory

September 11, 2014

Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9The Chinese company Xiaomi is coming up in the world folks. After they hit the market with a bunch of high end smartphones, now they’ve released their premier tablet. Enter Mi Pad 7.9, ready to pick up the fight with the world’s finest. And by world’s finest, I mean Apple’s Ipad mini 2, of course. Because, if you fight and win against the pack leader, well, it’s usually enough…and that’s gang theory, don’t mind me, I’m ranting.
Moving along with the review, my reference to Apple was not random, Xiaomi being considered by some people in the industry as the Chinese Apple. You know, those pesky Chinese, they copy and they imitate everything…now it’s Apple’s turn and that’s not a bad thing. Because you know that saying, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
And, in terms of design, the Mi Pad 7.9 really looks like an Apple product. Nota bene : all Apple’s products are made in China by Foxconn, so let’s keep things real here.
The resemblance to an Apple tablet is more than skin deep (even if it looks cheaper, the Xiaomi that is) : even if it’s made of glossy plastic, the Chinese tablet has a 7.9 inches wide display, just like the mini 2, it shares the same 1536×2048 resolution and the operating system looks/works almost identical to Apple’s iOS. Yes, it’s an Android with an iOS skin. The horror, the horror…I can hear the voices.
But wait, there’s more! Being their first tablet ever released, the Chinese company is offering a real treat for its customers : the Mi Pad 7.9 comes with an AWESOME display, a highly portable/ergonomic design, a solid system on chip (very competitive and efficient hardware, that is, especially for gamers) and, well, the price is unbeatable.
Even if you choose the 64 GB or the 16 GB version, the Xiaomi will cost you significantly less (at least $140 less) than any of its competitors.
Let’s take a look at the key features of the tablet, shall we?

Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 First Step in Tablet TerritoryAs I already told you, the main thing about this tablet is the 7.9 inches wide screen which offers stellar performance. It’s an IPS LCD unit, protected by Gorilla Glass 3, so it’s as good as it gets.
The system on chip is a very potent Nvidia Tegra K1 with 2 GB of RAM and a quad core 2.2 ghz Cortex A15 CPU (this is the first device that uses the Tegra K1 on the market today); as you can easily imagine, this baby will work like a dream regardless of the “punishment”.
The Android version is 4.4.4 (lucky number 4) and Xiaomi did an awesome job with their in-house made MIUI customizations.
There are 2 cameras, a frontal 5 Megapixels one for video-calling/ taking selfies and the main one, an 8 Megapixels unit on the back (capable of recording full HD @1080p/30 frames per second, yes yes) with impressive image quality for a tablet.
With a SD card slot and a massive 6700 mAh battery augmented by an unbeatable price, boy, the Mi Pad 7.9 will make a lot of companies cringe in fear.
There are a few drawbacks to our love story, because nobody’s perfect : some may argue that the plasticky built of the tablet is somehow cheapish looking and stuff like that. But hey, if you want high end build, are you ready to pay high end prices, just for the looks? If so, go for Apple.
Another annoying thing is that the tablet is only available online. But all things considered, I think I can live with it, at least for a while.
Keep in mind that even if the tablet is made of plastic, it still has an unibody design. It’s true that it’s heavier and bulkier than an iPad mini 2, but the design is pretty cool, with rounded corners and very comfy to use and to hold.
The gorgeous screen has a respectable 324 ppi density and comes with generous viewing angles. The massive battery will offer up to thirteen hours of video playback, making it a beast in this niche, if not THE beast (Read best).
Keep in mind that Xiaomi doesn’t offer cellular connectivity on this baby, and that’s a bummer. You’ll be able to use the tablet only in Wi-Fi mode/Bluetooth. But, in our day and age, of the internet that is, everything can be done online, even phone calls. Think Whatsapp, Viber, Yahoo, Skype and the like. Yes, you’ll still be able to call your friends, but if the “phone capability” is high in your priorities, this is not the droid you’re looking for.
Bottom line, this is the definition of the best bang for the buck concept, if you can live without the cell phone thing. Xiaomi delivered in full with their first tablet : this is a compact, affordable, solid built and with high end specs gadget at an affordable price.

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