Xiaomi seems to have drastically toned down its aggressive marketing and noisy product launches following less than stellar 2016 box-office results, discreetly taking the wraps off the Redmi Note 4X, Mi 5c and Mi Pad 3 so far this year while still carefully preparing the higher-profile Mi 6.
Yes, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is out… only in China, of course, quite a long time after the second-gen Mi Pad, yet ever so slightly revised to include decent specs at a reasonable price.
Namely, you get the same old 7.9-inch IPS LCD screen with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution that the OG iPad mini 4 also sports, as well as an eerily familiar metal unibody design, and identical 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm dimensions.
Somehow, the Mi Pad 3 manages to squeeze a larger 6600mAh battery into that slender body, with important upgrades in the RAM and rear-facing camera department over the Mi Pad 2 worth highlighting the most.
Instead of 2, there are 4 gigs of random-access memory in tow now, plus an almost unusually capable 13MP main snapper for a relatively affordable tablet. Since Windows 10 support is apparently out of the equation, a MediaTek processor replaces Intel power. Not exactly a great one, but at $220 or so (CNY 1,499), the hexa-core MT8176 will have to do. With 64GB internal storage space, MIUI 8 software (based on Android Nougat, we hope), USB Type-C connectivity and a 5MP selfie cam completing the respectable spec sheet.