Xiaomi isn’t giving up on tablets yet and they have just revealed its new Mi Pad 3. Despite getting a new model number, the Mi Pad 3 looks pretty much the same as the current Mi Pad 2 that was announced back in 2015.
Apart from making affordable smartphones and smart home appliances, Xiaomi is introducing a special Mi Pad 2 in collaboration with Hasbro. The device is listed on their China Mi Store as a crowdfunding product and it has already exceeded its goal of 1,000 backers.
All hail the existence of grey importers, allowing early adopters everywhere to get their hands on devices not readily available in their country of purchase. DirectD is a household name in our country and despite setting abhorrent prices on some of their inventory.
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Apart from the metal clad Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has also released its latest flagship tablet – the Mi Pad 2. Offering the same compact 7.9″ size, the new tablet gets an all metal body which is a huge leap over the plasticky predecessor.
Compared to the previous version, the new Mi Pad 2 is 18% thinner at 6.95mm (Mi Pad: 8.5mm) and it is 11% lighter at 322g (Mi Pad: 360g). The Mi Pad 2 is also narrower and shorter as well, thanks to its reduced bezel design.
Blowing away competition during Single’s Day is no easy feat. Especially when consumers in China are so spoiled for choice when it comes to mobile electronics. Xiaomi lead the pack during the momentous day, raking in a cool RM 856 million but was that enough reason for them to release the Redmi Note 3 so early? Well they did it anyway, and for the first time it features an all-metal design, biometric security and a huge battery.
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Let’s roll back for a second to let everyone know the timeline of leaks, rumours and announcements of Xiaomi‘s purported two device launch. Word had gotten out of TENAA that a smartphone had passed its certification; after which details of the Mi Pad 2 were spotted on Geekbench.
Then on it got a whole lot for confusing, as invitations of the event went out and Xiaomi’s President leaked photos of the two devices. We’re going to try and make it easier for everyone to understand, at the same time giving out two cents on the whole situation.
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We finally have some information on Xiaomi’s long awaited sequel to the Mi Pad, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. Someone who was in possession of a prototype Mi Pad 2 put it through Geekbench and the results reveal some of the Mi Pad 2’s internals.
Xiaomi’s compact 7.9″ Mi Pad is getting a RM100 price cut from its original RM799 pricing. If you’ve bought one recently, Xiaomi is giving a rebate in a form of a RM100 coupon to those that purchased between 25th August to 31st August. This RM100 coupon will be issued by 10th September and you have 7 days to use it to purchase anything from the Mi Store.
UPDATE: All remaining Mi Pad stocks have sold out.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad went on sale yesterday and it was sold out in just over a minute. If you failed to get this RM799 Android tablet, it appears that it is still available at time of writing. Despite being “sold out”, this could be released stock from those who have checked out but didn’t complete their payment.
If you’re interested, you better act fast before the remaining units are sold out. Orders can be made directly from the Mi Pad product page. On top of that, they are also giving discounted power bank bundles where the 10,400mAh unit can be included for an extra RM36, or the 5,200mAh version at RM28 during check out. The Mi Pad is only available in white and it comes with 16GB of storage that’s expandable with microSD.
Thanks Wei Aun for the tip!
UPDATE: The Mi Pad goes on sale on 10th February at 12PM.
The Mi Pad is coming to Malaysia, and it offers high-end specs at a remarkable price. Xiaomi Malaysia is currently having a giveaway on their Facebook page and some of its fans have already discovered its official product page. If you’re curious about the price, the Mi Pad carries a RM799 price tag and it comes only in white with 16GB storage capacity. The price isn’t too far off from its mainland China’s 1,299 CNY pricing which is about RM745.
To recap on the specs, the Mi Pad comes with an iPad mini 3 spec’ced 7.9″ 2048×1536 IPS display that pushes a pixel density of 326ppi and it is toughen with Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood it gets a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset with 192 CUDA cores GPU and is mated to 2GB of RAM.