Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, review: a worthwhile renovation for price, performance and appearance

I suppose you already knew, in addition to phones, Xiaomi also makes tablets. It creates them with the same principles as the rest of the products they have in the catalog: offer enough for little money, without thinking too much about the western market, and with the occasional criticism, such as its reasonable resemblance to other devices.

This family of tablets is called MiPad, and it is the gadget that concerns us in this analysis, in its second version. To be more specific, we are dealing with the Mi Pad 2, which comes with many more changes than would be expected: a new internal hardware signed by Intel, and a metal body, as it seems to be the norm in its new creations.

There is a lot of Chinese tablet that tries to look like iPad mini, Mi Pad 2 offers its format transported to Android, for half the price

The tablet, in its two generations, has been accused of being an iPad mini clone, and at some point it is not without reason, as is the case with the appearance and format used.

But there are many more interesting things in it to stop us in those kinds of comparisons, if it has become famous it is not only for being affordable, it offers things that may interest many potential buyers of Android tablets.

See complete gallery »My Pad 2 (16 photos)

Technical specifications

Physical dimensions 200.4 x 132.6 x 7 mm, 322 grams screen IPS 7.9 inch Resolution 1,536 x 2,048 pixels (326 dpi) Processor Intel Atom X5-Z8500 RAM 2 GB Memory 16 / 64GB (cannot be expanded) Software version MIUI 7 on Android Lollipop Connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 Cameras 8 megapixels. 5 megapixel front Battery 6,190mAh (non-removable) Price My Pad 2 16GB: 199 euros / 64GB: 250 euros

My Pad 2, video analysis


The new metal body suits you very well

More elegant, thin and light than the first Mi Pad. Its appearance is the section that wins the most in the renovation

Not only does the plastic disappear, but it is thinner than its big sister: only 6.95 millimeters thick with a not cold finish to be metal. You also have to assess its weight, only 322 grams.

There is a fairly good design work on this tablet, which we repeat, it is valuable in a fairly affordable product. The change in appearance compared to the first Mi Pad is more pronounced when considering that the plastic of the original was ‘glossy’, and now it is much more elegant.

The taste for detail also extends to color, available in various metallic shades: gold, pink, and gray. We did not find any point that can envy a ‘premium’ tablet like the most expensive Samsung or iPads.

Why Intel?

Intel is having a hard time getting into a mobile device that is sold en masse, here it has managed to sneak into one of the best-selling tablets in China

Xiaomi chose the hardware for the previous model very well, an Nvidia Tegra K1 that seemed like a solution for much more expensive devices, but it was there and to this day it continues to work very well. Why switch to Intel? Well, it has to do with the claims of the Chinese brand to play with two operating systems.

The Mi Pad 2 can be obtained in Android and Windows versions, and in order to run the Microsoft operating system they had to opt for X86 hardware. Looking for a bit, the best option ahead was to use Intel, which is also eager to participate in a product that sells heavily.

Xiaomi likes Qualcomm, and this Mi Pad is the first product to use Intel, will it be the first of many?

The chosen one is an Intel Atom X5 Z8500, with four 64-bit cores that can work up to 2.2GHz. Our tablet is the Android version, and there we can say that the thing promises, although there is some optimization work ahead.

It is a more powerful chipset in general than the Nvidia of the previous model, but many tests indicate that it is not as powerful in the graphic part, its inferiority is priced at 25% in pure GPU works. Taking into account that it has to do with a screen with 2,048x1,536 pixels, the thing is complicated, but the reality is that it behaves quite well.

A tablet to play? It is not the most powerful on the market, but it works well with most major titles. Comfortable for size and weight

Testing demanding games the performance is good, enough for a tablet of 200 euros. I can complain about low frame rate on a FIFA 16 or Mortal Kombat X, which may well be due to a lower GPU, or less optimization. Others like Asphalt 8 or Real Racing 3 are doing very well.

In the normal use of the tablet it is convenient to know that there is a Performance / Balanced operating mode, depending on which is active, it is noticeable in the change of screens and transitions.

As for RAM memory, it has 2GB in DDR3 format. I think it would have been nice to double that amount to improve the life of the tablet, and to make the Windows version work better, but if they wanted to have such a low price, it seems that there was no other way. At Benchmaks Intel hardware plays a good role:

See complete gallery »Benchs (7 photos)

Autonomy

It was not going to be free to shake the tablet and turn it into metal, the first victim is the space for the battery, which is now 6,190 mAh. Remember that last year's model had a 6,700mAh unit, possibly the balance is achieved thanks to the technology used to create the Intel chip: 14nm.

Regardless of the actual power achieved, the people of Intel have in hand manufacturing with 14nm technology. Greater autonomy and less warm-ups

It may seem for this reason that autonomy is not its most remarkable aspect, but it is not bad at all in practice - almost always greater than 5 hours of extensive use, such as playing. If the use is for moderate browsing or reading, we can quickly leave after ten hours. Speaking of reading, there is a Reader mode, which adapts the screen and extends the autonomy.

We have also passed specialized tests such as PCMark, we go above 8 hours (it does not stop testing until it reaches 20%, with the brightness at half and the WiFi connected).

I have not found major problems in warm-ups, it seems that Intel has worked the hardware quite well in this. I do not know if things will change with Windows 10, much more demanding with resources.

The battery is smaller than the previous model, 6190mAh. Not noticeable in autonomy

Remarkable display, square format

The Mi Pad especially resembles Apple tablets because of its format, and that is that they went from panoramic screens considering that 4: 3 was the best option to consume content on tablets, also the one that created the best form factor to take it with. hands.

Same size and pixel density as an Apple mini tablet, they knew who they had to look like

Even the screen size is traced with 7.9 inches, and the same screen resolution: 2,048x1,536 pixels. Total, that retina screen for the Xiaomi product, and a perfect setting to browse, watch videos, or play.

A lot of definition, great touch operation, and good quality of parameters in the IPS LCD panel, except for the brightness levels, which could be better, something that is noticeable outdoors.

We must value that the screen is built in what is known as "fully laminated", or what is the same, all the components - LCD, touch sensor and protection - are embedded in the same element. They get a better thickness with it, also better benefits, and it is not normal among Chinese tablets.

The basic option gives us 16GB, I would choose 64GB

If you can choose, the price difference between the two sizes of the Mi Pad 2 is great, but if you opt for 64GB you will take away some problems in the future. Neither model can be expanded, as there is no microSD card slot.

In addition, the possibility of installing Windows on existing models is not at all clear, since today there are two tablets that are sold as different models, but what is certain is that in the 16GB the Microsoft system does not fit. If in the future they teach us the way to put Windows in the Android version, changing the ROM, better if you have 64GB.

The version that I have is 16GB and I can say that it leaves 12GB free for us at the factory. We remind you that this model has a price - before shipping costs - of 199 euros, while the top model goes to 250 euros.

Cameras

We can not ask pears to the elm, an affordable tablet that also has incredible cameras, it sounds impossible. The truth is that they are more than decent, both 8 and 5 megapixels. Both record in 720p, and the front side looks great in video conferencing.

The lens used is best used in close-up shots, such as macros, than in landscape photos or with many highlights. On the negative side we can miss an LED for the rear, which is always useful in other things like becoming a flashlight.

See complete gallery »Photos (12 photos)


Connectivity and audio

The most striking thing about a tablet with few connections is its reversible USB Type-C port, which is centered on the bottom of the Mi Pad 2. Through this standard you can send data, charge and even video, there is only than having the right adapters and software.

It also has its downside, and that is that there is still little supply of cables and adapters, or at least it is not what we have at home. Comment that despite the modernity of the connector, there is no fast charge (about three hours to fully charge it).

The tablet does not come with headphones, it only comes with a cable with a USB Type-C connector. Those in the image belong to HTC and Oneplus respectively

The rear speakers are pretty good, they give us decent volume for video and games, and they can be heard clearly. Say that in the back there is a pair of microphones, so there is even noise cancellation and we use it as a communication method, for example, video calls.

Good sound system in an affordable tablet, we highlight its speakers

The sound output that comes out of the jack is also very usable, with good headphones you hear better than usual, clear and without interference.

The tablet can only be purchased in WiFi format, no 4G or GPS, and there is no NFC either. Yes we find FM radio, something not very common in tablets.

MIUI 7

With a very attractive image, identical to the one we have known on phones, MIUI is presented on this tablet in its version 7. There is also its weakness, and that is that there is nothing that takes advantage of the larger screen size, again we We found an enlarged phone interface, nor do I find the widgets interesting.

MIUI 7 is simple, customizable, and updated frequently. Does not take advantage of the tablet size

Smooth in most cases, it is mounted on Android 5.1. Depending on the version that comes standard, we can find more or less bugs, you should always try to have a stable ROM. The one I am using is a 7.1.5.

There is a lot of irrelevant Chinese application that we must put aside, and some main ones are not working well, like the browser, easy solution: load Chrome. Putting Google services is a job that we have to do the same, if the ROM does not come with them. There are different ways, from an installer found in Google Play, to putting the APKs in us.

I like that the interface, at all times, has a landscape version, and a vertical one. Many gestures, customization possibilities, a mode for the little ones to use, another for reading, an FM radio, or a LED that changes color with notifications.

See complete gallery »MIUI 7 (13 photos)

Xataka's opinion

If I forget prices, by qualities, this is a tablet that could well buy me. It is also a tablet that I would have a hard time recommending, since you need to be a bit adept at updating, pending stable ROMs, knowing how to put them in, and then putting Google services on them - if you don't have them -. It is not difficult work, but it is not comfortable, nor is it for everyone.

With everything in order, the Mi Pad 2 is very comfortable to use due to its weight and dimensions, it also likes to check when you have it in your hands that it is very well made. Some will hate me for making comparisons, but I would say that it is the closest thing there is to an iPad mini, with Android.

It has its complications by not having a software adapted to our interests, but for its price we will find little better in design and specifications

We are facing a remarkable gadget for those who have no problem messing around, something less interesting for those who want everything to be correct since the package is opened. Of course, the price is outstanding.

Once known in its Android version, I am looking forward to knowing what Windows 10 is like on this device, I hope to have the opportunity to test the Microsoft system on a Mi Pad 2. That Windows version already appears on the store's website that the tablet has left us to test, at a price of 259 euros.

7,9

Design9 screen Performance7.5 Camera7 Software7.5 Autonomy8

In favor

  • First-class construction
  • Remarkable display, high resolution
  • Price
  • Good speakers and audio output (there is FM Radio)
  • USB Type-C port, reversible

Against

  • No microSD slot
  • There is only a WiFi version, we do not have GPS
  • MIUI 7 has to be polished and take advantage of the tablet size
  • Find the stable operating system, add your language and Google Play

The terminal has been loaned for testing by TinyDeal. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.

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