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.

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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.

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9 replies on “Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 2 tablet runs Android or Windows, starts at $156”

  1. Would it kill Xiaomi to make a tablet with a Mediatek SOC? A tablet should make it through the day on a single charge. I’ll pay the kickback that they would normally get from MS and Intel ($20?).

  2. bleh. I have a MiPad, it hasn’t gotten a single OS update since I took it out of the box. It’s abandoned, and the custom rom community hasn’t paid it any attention. Avoid.

    1. So that’s the kicker. Too bad, these chinese devices keep looking better but for that price I guess they can afford to walk away.

    2. Definitely a valid complaint, but it shouldn’t be as bad a problem with this one (if you get it with windows).

    3. Yeah, that’s the best part about Windows on tablets and phones, compared to Android. You can count on updates and upgrades even for cheapo, no-name brand devices.

  3. android or windows? why not android and windows. I already have one of these devices that dual boots and love it.

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