Last month we had reported that Xiaomi might be working on the Mi Pad 3 and its Pro variant. Now the company has gone official and launched the Mi Pad 3, the device is going on sale tomorrow in China. This is a rather muted launch with not much fanfare, most likely to keep the hype on for the next major reveal which is to be the Mi 6 sometime later this month.
The latest iteration of the Mi Pad is powered by an unspecified MediaTek processor clocked @2.1GHz coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Xiaomi has put a 13-megapixel camera at the rear with a 5-megapixel sensor up-front for selfie duties. The display on the tablet is a 7.9-inch IPS panel with a 2048 x1536 pixel resolution output. For connectivity the Mi Pad 3 comes bearing Wi-Fi 802.11 up-to the ac standard which allows it to operate on the less cluttered 5GHz band. It also features a low-power Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless tethering to other smart devices. To power all this hardware, Xiaomi has crammed in a 66mAh battery into the chassis with support fast charging via a USB Type-C connector capable of handling 5V/2A current input. On the software front the Mi Pad 3 is running MIUI 8 which is based on Android v.6.x Marshmallow.
The Mi Pad 3 chassis is made from a metal alloy material, this allows it to be a robust looked with a textured finish. This is further polished using a sandblasting process which does not negate the texture but in-fact enhances it and provides a comfortable feel when held in-hand.
If you are in China, you can pick up the latest iteration of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 for about ¥1, 499 (~$217) from April 6th onwards from various online and offline retail channels.
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