Xiaomi’s second tablet looks a bit like its first: both models have 7.9 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel displays and a more than passing resemblance to an iPad mini. But while last year’s model was powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and had a plastic body, the new Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 features an Intel Cherry Trail processor, and a metal design.
The Mi Pad 2 is also one of Xiaomi’s first devices that will be available with an option of Windows or Android software.
Xiaomi says an entry-level Mi Pad 2 will be available soon in China for RMB 999, or about $156 US.
That price gets you a tablet with an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, a 6,190 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, an 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera.
Xiaomi will also sell a 64GB model for about RMB 1299, (about $203).
Both models will be available in grey or gold colors and both measure about 7mm (0.3 inches) thick and weigh 322 grams (11 ounces). That makes the new tablet a tad thinner and lighter than the original Mi Pad.
The Android version of the tablet will feature Xiaomi’s MIUI software, which includes some new features such as a reading mode that reduces blue light to make reading in bed easier.