When we learned Hugo Barra would be leaving Google for China-based Xiaomi, we thought they’d be up to some amazing things in the future. Turns out they just wanted to create iPhone 5C clones and stretch the living death out of them. That’s what the Xiaomi MiPad is, the company’s first tablet ever. And with the Android-based MIUI, the software is basically reminiscent of iOS 7, as well.
All jokes aside, the tablet is actually pretty decent on its own merit. Stuffed inside is NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset, which is some pretty serious horsepower that no other OEM has officially been able to get inside of a device. It features a quad-core 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor with a GeForce GPU that houses 192 CUDA cores.
The display weighs in at 7.9 inches with a very nice resolution of 2048 x 1536. You’re also getting 2GB of RAM 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and the ability to expand that storage with a microSD slot compatible with up to 128GB. The device also sportws 2 cameras — an 8 megapixel 1080p on the rear, and a 5 megapixel camera for video calls on the front. Not too shabby.
Even more interesting is the supposed price point — all of this is said to be coming our way for around $240 for the 16GB model or $275 for 32GB, though you should not that these are direct conversions from the Hong Kong yuan, and are not completely indicative of pricing in other markets. Still, it should be a pretty affordable device for those who wouldn’t mind some Tegra K1 love this summer. Be on the lookout for its arrival in June.