Mi Pad 3 has been launched now officially here. It popped up on the company’s Chinese website today, without any official announcement. It was surprise for us Xiaomi, since the new offer is more of a refresh than a huge upgrade.
The chassis, the Mi Pad 3 is practically identical to the 2015 model. It has the same metal unibody design, measuring 200.4 x 132.6 x 7 mm and weighing in just a few grams more at 328 g. The 7.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel LCD also seems to be unchanged, But, don’t get us wrong, it is still a pretty decent setup.
Mi Pad has new Mediatek MT8176 chipset that leaves raises a few eyebrows. Rocking two 2.1 GHz Cortex-A72 cores and four 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 ones, it should be more than capable, especially combined with 4GB of RAM – a twofold upgrade. However, we can’t help but miss the x86 compatibility of the Intel chip or the exceptional GPU performance and gaming pedigree of the ULP GeForce Kepler GPU in the Tegra K1 before it. It seems Xiaomi just can’t decide on a particular chipset line.
Currently, there is no Windows version of the Mi Pad 3, but at least its Android is skinned by the newer MIUI8. Other notable improvements in the tablet include a bigger 6,600 mAh battery, which promises up to 867 hours of standby and 12 hours of multimedia consumption. The main camera has also been upgraded to 13MP, f/2.2. But, we won’t fixate on that any further, since we condemn tablet photography in all its forms.
The Mi Pad 3 is only offeres a 64GB version and there is no microSD card support. The local price is set at CNY 1499, or around $220 and there is still no word on availability.