Availability, price and specifications of the Xiaomi Pad 5 series



As part of Xiaomi’s August 10 livestream, the company showcased both its Mi Mix 4 smartphone and the Mi Pad 5 series – a long-awaited return to the tablet space for the company – seeking to worry rivals like Apple and Samsung.

Xiaomi has grown steadily in recent months, occupying virtually all smartphone segments with at least one capable entry and offering one of the best value for money in the market; Sitting at 338 in the Fortune Global 500 and surpassing Apple and Samsung for the first time in global smartphone sales (based on July figures from Counterpoint Research).

The company then extended the reach of its new slate family beyond China by announcing the Xiaomi Pad 5 (note the loss of the “Mi” brand, follow a name change statement the company released August 24) as part of a worldwide launch on September 15.

Read our Xiaomi Pad 5 review to find out what we think about it, or read on for the full specs and everything you need to know.

Where is Pad 5 available?

Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun initially announced the Mi Pad 5 series in China as part of his August 10 annual keynote, with the basic Wi-Fi-only Pad 5 making its global debut later on September 15.

In China, the Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro are both available, while the UK, Europe, and the rest of Asia only get the regular Pad 5. None are available in North America.

We discussed the worldwide release of the Mi Pad 5 – as well as publisher Dom Preston’s hands-on experiences with the tablet at the European launch event – in Episode 83 of our weekly Fast Charge podcast, which you can watch here:

How much does the Mi Pad 5 cost?

The Pad 5’s global release is led by the 6GB RAM / 128GB option at € 349 / £ 369, while double the storage brings the cost to € 399 (not available in all markets) – see where to buy Pad 5 for the best deals.

In China, the standard Mi Pad 5 starts at CNY ¥ 1999 (around £ 220 / € 260 / US $ 310) for the base 6GB RAM / 128GB storage option, while double the internal storage increases the price at 2,299 (around £ 255 / € 300 / $ 355).

The Mi Pad 5 Pro, meanwhile, costs from 2,499 (around £ 280 / € 330 / $ 385) for the base storage benchmark 6GB RAM / 128GB, while double the storage adds again. Additional 300 (totaling 2,799 or around £ 310 / € 370 / $ 430).

There’s also the top-of-the-line Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G, which boasts 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as standard, priced at 3,499 (roughly the equivalent of £ 390 / € 460 / $ 540).

As expected, the international prices end up being significantly higher than the direct conversion figures, however, it is clear that based on the hardware offered by Xiaomi, he still wants to reduce the competition.

For reference, the 2018 Mi Pad 4 was a decidedly mid-range tablet, available internationally on the gray market from import retailers at a respectable starting price of less than £ 250 / € 290 / $ 350, while the 2020 11-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 starts at £ 619. / € 699 / $ 649 and Apple’s latest M1-powered 11-inch iPad Pro can be purchased from £ 6,199 / 749 / € 879 / $ 799.

What features does the Mi Pad 5 offer?

As the initial launch of the Mi Pad 5 series approached, there was talk of a trio of tablets, with two particularly close in design and functionality, while the third offered a more modest feature set.

On stage on August 10, Lei Jun unveiled the Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro, which, as already mentioned, are available in both WiFi and 5G versions, although there is little more than additional cellular connectivity offered. by the 5G variant.

All three slates feature the same 11-inch 2.5K 120Hz LCD panel and their proportions mean they are all also compatible with the additional keyboard cover and stylus that Xiaomi launched at the Chinese event.

The keyboard cover (priced at 399 or around £ 45 / € 50 / $ 60) connects via POGO pins and features keys with a 1.2mm travel, and doubles as a protective case for the Mi Pad 5/5 Pro, while the ¥ 349 stylus (equivalent to £ 40 / € 45 / $ 55) magnetically attaches to the side of the tablet frame and charges wirelessly; offering up to eight hours of use per charge, weighing 12.2 grams and offering a 240Hz response rate.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 press image with keyboard

At the global launch on September 15, the company mentioned the Xiaomi Smart Pen in some markets, but it looks like the keyboard hasn’t overtaken Chinese models.

The more modest Mi Pad 5 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 860 chipset and a larger 8,720mAh battery, while both versions of the Mi Pad 5 Pro pack a Snapdragon 870 SoC and 8,600mAh cell.

Here is the complete technical sheet of the Mi Pad 5 / Pad 5:

  • 11 inch 2.5K (2560×1600) 120Hz LCD
    • HDR10
    • Dolby Vision
    • 10 bit color
    • True tone
    • Blue light protection
  • Four surround sound speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB or 256 GB of storage
  • 13Mp rear camera
  • 8Mp front camera
  • MIUI for Pad
    • Supports 300 optimized applications
    • Integrated multitasking on split screen
  • 8720mAh battery
    • Fast charge 33W (91 minutes at 100%)
  • 6.85 mm thick
  • 511 grams
  • Supports keyboard cover and stylus (each sold separately)
  • Colors: White, black or green (depending on the market)

And here is the technical sheet of the Mi Pad 5 Pro:

  • 11 inch 2.5K (2560×1600) 120Hz LCD
    • HDR10
    • Dolby Vision
    • 10 bit color
    • True tone
    • Blue light protection
  • 8 surround sound speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC
  • 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM (5G model only)
  • 128 GB or 256 GB of storage
  • Rear cameras:
    • 13Mp rear camera (WiFi model)
    • 50Mp rear camera (5G model)
    • 5Mp depth camera
  • 8Mp front camera
  • MIUI for Pad
    • Supports 300 optimized applications
    • Integrated multitasking on split screen
  • 8600mAh battery
    • Quick charge 67W (67 minutes at 100%)
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 5G optional
  • 6.85 mm thick
  • 515 grams
  • Supports keyboard cover and stylus (each sold separately)
  • Colors: White, black (WiFi) or black (5G)

In addition to an update on MIUI 12, the company also used the slates to showcase ‘MIUI for Pad’ – its Android-based tablet experience, which includes apps optimized for the Pad’s larger screen and multitasking. split-screen resolutely iPad OS. interface.

New Redmi tablet?

As the Chinese launch of the Mi Pad 5 series approached, an FCC listing referred to another tablet made by Xiaomi with model number 21051182G.

Although this mysterious slate did not manifest itself during Xiaomi’s events of August 10 or September 15, it is believed to be an affordable and brand-new Redmi tablet, which could still be released in the coming months.

Based on details taken from the FCC listing and China’s 3C certification platform, the alleged Redmi slate would run on MIUI 12.5 (presumably in its MIUI form for Pad), dual-band Wi-Fi, and two 4260mAh batteries (for a total capacity of 8520mAh), with fast charging of 22.5 W.

There is also talk of a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 or Snapdragon 765G chipset, instead of the aforementioned Snapdragon 860/870 chips from the Pad 5 line.


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