Xiaomi’s first tablet is basically a huge iPhone 5C clone (with a nice Tegra K1 inside)


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.

xiaomi mipad lineup

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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. 5MP Front Facing Camera or GTFO. LoL!! People are doing good doing this.

    But what’s with the screen ratio? Would this be a 4:3 aspect ratio?

    1. Yes, it’s a 4:3 aspect ratio, like the iPads.

  2. Yeah, as reluctant as I am to admit it, I have an iPad Mini Retina… this is a dead ringer.

    1. You should be proud and happy to have what you enjoy no matter the brand or model, you are the one that interacts with it you are the only one the device needs to please. Don’t worry about what some kids on the web spout off about it.

      1. Precisely! Always my point exactly.

        1. Heh, I’ve been an Android fanboy for years, but I picked up the LTE version when T-Mobile put them on sale. I like it, though it’s taken some getting used to. I’m pretty much platform agnostic at this point, though I don’t think I’ll ever make the switch to an iPhone. I’m loving my M8 and looking forward to seeing what the G3 and N6 have in store.

    2. It’s a good device. The holy wars need to stop!

  3. Ugly as sin but for that price in black I’d pick one up.

  4. I’ve been looking for a 4:3 aspect tablet but im not sure about this brand. Im pretty sure there wont be any updates.

    1. Xiaomi is actually a very descent brand and one of the biggest in China. Their products have a pretty big community so custom roms are no problem (I’ve got 4.4.2 on my almost year old M2s) + their own MIUI rom get’s updated very often ;)

      1. Did you have to buy it directly from China, I’ve been reading that it’s not a sure thing that this will be released in the US.

        1. Yeah I bought it from China, my favorite site is ibuygou,com, they are the most western oriented, other sites I have succesfully used are lightake,com and All three of them are very thrustworthy. Just make sure you use paypal in case something goes wrong during shipping, and waranty is of course not as easy because you have to send it back to China.
          Best thing to do is search for some forum topics about this, read up about it and then decide if you feel the price advantage is worth the hastle :)

  5. I have to admit I enjoy reading from my wifes Ipad mini. not to fond about reading PDF’s on 16:10 aspect tablets

  6. This is pretty much what I would expect an iPad airC to look like.

  7. lol xiaomi is pathetic. no shame. that is ridiculous. talk about no thought and straight up blatant copy of the ipad mini. xiaomi will never go global with copycat products like this.

  8. Great Screen great price and the K1. Hmm. This maybe the tablet I have been waiting for. Wonder about the WiFi though, dual band? Hope so then its an all around winner to me.
    you can change the launcher with Go Launcher Pro.

    1. i P r o T a b l e t — is one site to offer the Xiaomi tablets and has more details on the Mi models as well as six other tablets to launch in May, including the first hybrid Windows – Android dual boot tablet and a mega-size 12-inch tablet model

  9. to be fair they all ripped off nokia’s lumia range including zapple

    1. And guess where the “Flat UI” came from? :)

  10. I think the tablet is really better than average on its own legitimacy. Stuffed inside is NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset, which is some really genuine strength that no other OEM has formally had the capacity to get within a gadget. Tablet in this article looking very cool. Thanks for sharing this article.
    10 Inch Tablet

  11. With all the ugly ass colors of the 5c to boot

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