Xiaomi Mi Pad may be an iPad mini rip-off, but it packs some heavy hardware

NVIDIA had a rough year in 2013 when it came to its SoC business. After the Tegra 3 and Tegra 2 before it were featured on a number of high-profile phones and tablets, OEMs balked at the Tegra 4, and we saw it used in few devices outside those NVIDIA directly had a hand in making. Now the company’s got its new Tegra K1, an apparent powerhouse of a chip revealed back at CES in January. Will the K1 succeed where the Tegra 4 failed? That remains to be seen, but today we get the ball rolling as we learn about one of the first devices to feature a K1, the Xiaomi Mi Pad.

Let’s not beat around the bush here: this is an iPad mini with Retina display knock-off. The hardware layout, camera placement… it’s like Xiaomi is begging for a lawsuit. And the Mi Pad’s display, with a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 panel in a 4:3 aspect ratio is a dead ringer for the iPad mini’s.

OK, now that we’ve got that “Apple did it first” fit out of our system, how does the Mi Pad look as a tablet of its own? Well, that K1 should give the tablet some killer performance, with a quad-core A15 processor and 192-core Kepler GPU. It comes in 16GB and 64GB storage options, each expandable via microSD, and packs 2GB of RAM. There’s an eight-megapixel main camera, nice high-res five-megapixel front-facer, and the whole thing is powered by a 6700mAh battery. Five color options are available, but so far the Mi Pad looks to be WiFi-only – no mention of cellular variants.

And pricing? Pretty darn affordable. The 16GB model will sell in China for what works out to about $240, while the 64GB model will go for closer to the equivalent of $270.

Source: Xiaomi (MIUI)
Via: Droid-life

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