Xiaomi has introduced its first pill in just a few years, the Xiaomi Pad 5. (The final one was 2018’s 8-inch Mi Pad 4; Xiaomi not too long ago phased out its Mi product branding.) It’s launching within the firm’s European markets.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is an 11-inch pill with a WQHD+ 120Hz show, quad audio system, 6GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 860 processor — that’s the brand new speed-bumped model of the 855, Qualcomm’s flagship chip from 2019. Around the again there’s a 13-megapixel digicam, and there’s a 8-megapixel sensor on the entrance.

The Pad 5 fairly inescapably seems like an iPad Professional, from the slim bezels and flat edges to the tablet-specific MIUI customizations just like the apps dock. The construct isn’t as strong, and the display doesn’t fairly sit as flush with the chassis, however the inspiration is evident. The display and speaker high quality are each superb, although, and efficiency has been clean — I’ve discovered it to be a greater than competent system for tablety issues like watching video and so forth.

I’m much less clear on how properly it’ll work for productiveness. Xiaomi product advertising and marketing head Abi Go tells The Verge that the corporate thinks of the Pad 5 as a “portable workstation” in addition to an leisure system, and there’ll be stylus and keyboard equipment in some markets. I haven’t been in a position to check these, although, and the monitor file of Android tablets on this area isn’t nice.

Nonetheless, it’s uncommon sufficient to see an excellent Android pill in any respect as of late, even if you happen to’re simply in search of a consumption system, and the Xiaomi Pad 5 compares fairly favorably to Apple’s iPad lineup on worth. It’ll value €349 (~$413) for a 128GB model, or €399 ($472) for 256GB. The iPad Air is its most related rival, and that begins at €679 ($803) for 64GB in Europe — although in fact, it has the not inconsiderable benefit of being an iPad.

Xiaomi hasn’t given a particular launch date for the Pad 5, solely saying that it’ll fluctuate by area.

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