Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 runs Android 5.1 or Windows 10 at $155 and up
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that, because it packed an Intel Atom x5 chip, the Android-running Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 recently benchmarked in pre-release form would also offer a Windows 10 alternative on the software side of things. Especially when you consider how the Chinese manufacturer has been warming up to Microsoft of late.
Earlier today, alongside the mid-range, budget-friendly Redmi Note 3 phone, the Mi Pad 2 was announced, and just as expected, it lets you choose your preferred OS. Once again fairly similar to an iPad mini, the 7.9-incher touts an all-metal body, and delivers 2,048 x 1,536 resolution for a pretty remarkable 326 ppi density.
The Intel x5-Z8500 “Cherry Trail” processor inside is hardly a powerhouse, and in certain tasks, it could even fall behind the OG Nvidia Tegra K1, but so far, it’s only taken care of Windows tablet and convertible business, so at least for productivity purposes, it must be the right choice.
It’s not like you can complain either way, given the 16GB Mi Pad 2 is priced at 999 Yuan ($155), and 64GB models with Android 5.1 Lollipop or Windows 10 are set to cost a measly CNY 1,299 ($200). For that money, you also get 2GB RAM, 8 and 5MP cameras, 6,190 mAh battery juice, Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1, and a reversible USB Type-C port.
A beaut in both dark grey and champagne gold, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 manages to somehow keep the lights on for up to 12 hours on a single charge despite measuring under 7mm in thickness, and tipping the scales at 322 grams, close to 40 grams less than the 2014 edition. November 27 will see the Android flavor ship to early adopters, while the Windows configuration rolls out sometime in December.