Xiaomi MiPad

At an event in Beijing today, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun unveiled the manufacturer's first tablet, called the MiPad. The tablet looks like a plastic version of the iPad mini as far as the design is concerned, and even comes with the same screen size and resolution.

However, the MiPad doesn't cost as much as an iPad mini, as the 16 GB version is set to retail for around $240 (CN¥1,499), while the 64 GB version will be available for $270 (CN¥1,699). (The 16 GB retina iPad mini currently retails for $379.00 on Amazon)

Although the MiPad is quite affordable, it doesn't scale back on the hardware, and is in fact the first tablet in the world to feature NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. The K1 comes with a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex A15 CPU, but the GPU is where it stands out, with its 192 CUDA cores. The K1 is the first mobile SoC that leverages a PC-class GPU, in this case the Kepler architecture. NVIDIA has also implemented a fifth Cortex A15 core in the Tegra K1 designed for low power utilization.

The presence of a PC-level GPU means that the MiPad can deliver performance in spades when it comes to gaming. Other specs include a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and pixel density of 326 ppi, 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16/64 GB storage and a microSD card slot to expand storage a further 128 GB, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera and a 6,700 mAh battery in a chassis that weighs 360g. Naturally, the tablet runs a Xiaomi's MIUI software.

In terms of connectivity, you get Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.0 along with the usual host of sensors. There wasn't any mention of a cellular variant just yet, nor has Xiaomi announced global availability. But Chinese users can grab the MiPad through a beta test program starting June.

Source: Xiaomi, Engadget


Reader comments

Xiaomi unveils the MiPad, first tablet to feature NVIDIA's Tegra K1


Any word on whether this is headed to other territories, specifically the UK? For that price I'd snap one up!

Really? Same look, same resolution, almost the same name as something else we know. Android tablets are creating their own identities, I think it is silly to copy Apple, and actually have an event to show off your copying. Affordable android tablets with decent specs is no longer anything to write home about. Distasteful. MiPad? Seriously?

Posted via Android Central App

$270 for a 64gb and the specs it boasts is really impressive, I don't care if it's an Android iPad, it's the right price. Bang for your buck here

Posted via Android Central App

I can understand your argument in that some companies sell cheap Android tablets that pride themselves on being released with 4.4 KitKat. However, let's take the 64gb option: 64gb, microSD availability up to an extra 128gb(!!!) storage, a 6700mAh battery, and (of all processors possible) a frick'n Tegra K1 ....... and for around $270?!?!?! Yes, that's an affordable price, but decent specs.... Not even close. Those are truly delicious specs, and a price tag to drool over. I have no problem with how it looks. The internals alone is the selling point for me.

Really? this isn't just decent spec, it's top of the line spec and with plenty of storage at a very decent price. Nexus 7 is decent spec, this is just fantastic spec.

Posted via Android Central App on nexus 7 (2nd gen)

I was having this same discussion with someone yesterday. No one could agree. What is the proper pronunciation for Xiaomi? Because the "mi" at the end of their name would likely answer this question.

According to Wikipedia, it's pronounced " Xiǎomĭ " and literally means "xiao - little" and "mi - rice". Interesting.

A futher lookup, to confirm how to pronouce " ĭ " shows that it's pronounced as a short "i", with inflection similar to a long "e", like the "i" in "Sirius".

I would take that to imply that it *is* in fact pronounced "Me Pad" or something close to it.

"Mi" is the chinese word for "rice". In 2011 Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi, suggested that the company name comes partly from thie Buddist concept "A single grain of rice of a Buddhist is as great as a mountain".


Rotten Apples only bringing lawsuits on Samsung and no one else.
But even if they tried to bring a lawsuit against a Chinese manufacturer, they wouldn't win anything anyway...

The processor is the only reason I'd consider this. When nvidia announced the k1 they claimed it, along with the 192 core gpu, could play any current pc or console video game. Very impressive if you ask me

That, and the price make this a very attractive tablet

Posted via Android Central App

MIUI is some flavor of Android? What version? Is this KitKat with a different skin? Will it have the Google Play store and all the usual Google apps?

There is no KitKat based version yet. You can simply find out more about it by searching on YouTube.

via android central app

MIUI is a fork of Android that's been around since about Android 2.2. It has frequently been criticized as looking too similar to iOS, but I really suspect that was Xiaomi's goal from the beginning. It is a "fork" like CyanogenMOD or Amazon's FireOS so, while you can install the play store, there are no guarantees that all apps will work properly, since this OS is not subject to passing Google's Compatibility Test Suite.

Cool. Is the bootloader unlocked or at least unlockable, so we could replace with some other ROM, if desired?

Even if it is bootloader unlocked, it would still need a developer community behind it, and Xiaomi phones/devices aren't big with that.

via android central app

What have you been smoking someguy01234? All miui hardware comes with root access put the box and the Xiaomi/Miui community is the biggest most active in the world. Most countries have their own developers who offer a huge range of options almost immediately.
Have you ever actually owners a Xiaomi phone? I've had three very first Mi-One and Mi-2S and I ask that you do some research before giving BS answers so confidently. You donkey!!

They copied the apple presentation and graphic design too. what do you expect when you get another country to make all of your products for you with slave labor? it is also kind of hard to feel bad for apple or even call them an american company when they pay zero taxes. screw apple and http://goo.gl/JLzueu

I knew the K1 was going to be a beast (192 friggin graphics cores?!) but this graphic made me go "DAYUM!".