In the last 2 years there has been a bit of confusion in the tech world, in fact smartphones are getting closer and closer to tablet size and performance by increasing the screen diagonal while tablets are increasingly looking like laptops, such as 2 in 1, always more powerful and powerful. To restore the balance we think Xiaomi proposing the tablet Mi Pad 3, which does not wink at either smartphones or notebooks and behaves precisely for the category to which it belongs, but hurry because now you can find it on offer at 234 euro at the store Gearbest.com which I thank for sending the sample.
As usual Xiaomi dedicates a minimal packaging to its products, and even for the Mi Pad 3 we find inside as well as the tablet, only the Type C charging or data cable, and a generous power supply with 5V / 2A output with a Chinese type connection which therefore requires an adapter to be used but also a small one manual in Chinese. Very minimal equipment but in the end what to expect more?
DESIGN AND MATERIALS
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 from the first contact immediately gives a feeling of have a premium product in your hands even though it belongs to the mid-market market, in fact the body is entirely made of brushed metal and maneuverability is guaranteed by the weight of 328 grams, a display from 7,9 inches and one thickness of only 0.80 cm, while the product measurements are equal to X x 19.90 13.20 0.80 cm. The construction is appreciable in any form of the tablet, which we note for example with the side buttons on / off and the volume bar on the right side of the tablet, which are well aligned to the body and especially do not have that annoying movement game that we often find on similar products of other brands.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 keeps much of the design of its predecessor and so we find ourselves back the jack input from 3.5mm for headphones on the top, but also the USB Type C port in the lower profile while on the back are well two system speakers which offer a very powerful and well-balanced stereo sound on all frequencies. Unfortunately the position is questionable as both in the gaming phase and maybe when we place the tablet on a surface the sound is attenuated in an obvious manner. On the back there are also the 2 microphones, one of the system and the other for noise reduction, which are appreciated during video chats.
They also feature the design of a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 5 megapixel front camera placed above the display next to the sensor for ambient light and a small led for notifications which can only be set to ON / OFF for notifications (choosing individual applications) or for any switching on during recharging. Finally below the display we find the 3 backlit navigation keys that turn off automatically when we rotate the tablet so as not to be accidentally touched and close the application in use. Note the absence of any memory expansion or SIM card slot.
The display mounted on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is a unit from IPS from 7,9-inch Retina type offering a resolution of 2048 x 1536 (QXGA) to 326 PPI which results in brilliant and faithful colors even if unbalanced in yellow tones, so it is preferable to calibrate the display at cold temperatures. I'm supported quietly movies in MKV format as well as UHD and 4K resolutions and there is also the convenient reading function useful for the night and to attenuate the intensity of the blue light. The resolution of the screen, however, on some applications such as YouTube will not be fully exploited in fact the videos will be played with a cinematic effect to 16: 9 leaving black bands at the top and bottom of the same that I personally do not drive crazy. In my opinion, a big flaw is unfortunately poor oleophobic treatment reserved for the display that in this case will often be cleaned with a cloth to avoid having millions of them to make a scenario for the movies or TV series that we will see on the Mi Pad 3.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is powered by one CPU MediaTek MT8176 un Hexacore with maximum frequency at 2.1 GHz, subdivided into two clusters of 4 core with Cortex A53 to 1.7 GHz architecture, which tend to keep power consumption low and perform much of the operation, while the 2 core with Cortex A72 2.1 GHz architecture comes into play in the most complex operations we will have the tablet like games such as Real Racing 3. However, general fluency is always great and even in advanced gaming sessions there are never any problems with overheating and the 7,9 inch display seems to be the right size for FPS games like Modern Combat 5 that thanks to GPU IMG GX6250 it manages to create a great immersion sensation.
Also 4 GB of RAM L they seem sufficient to offer a more than satisfying user experience as well as i 64 GB of internal memory of the eMMC 5.0 type guarantee good autonomy in terms of space to store photos, music and more, even if installing more heavy games at the same time may not be enough. From this point of view the expansion for the micro SD card would have been a winning choice by Xiaomi.
Do not miss it Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to associate it with headphones or a keyboard and then use the tablet with programs like Word, Excel etc .. but above all the module is present WiFi with dual band support both to 2.4 GHZ and 5 Ghz, which behaves superbly by getting the signal even in remote areas of the home, while the GPS module is absent given the typical use of the tablet's living room.
The two system speakers, although placed in the back of the tablet, are able to unleash a very clear and crystalline sound making listening to music a real joy in order to cheer up the moments of relaxation in which, perhaps, on the sofa we are reading the reviews offered by xiaomitoday. en. Of course also listening through earphones or headphones is really great and the same can be further improved by calibrating it with software integrated into the MIUI.
The software is more "simple" than what we are used to seeing on Xiaomi smartphones, although we find on board the tablet the MIUI 8 based operating system Android 7.0 Nougat. We immediately note the absence of the Themes application with which to customize the graphic interface of MIUI which in the version we test is the 8.2 in China Stable version. I received the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 with one rom faded which I removed immediately seeing some bugs that distinguished it.
In China Stable, the Play Store and the associated Google services are absent, but we xiaomists are geeks and this is what makes our heart beat for the Chinese company. So I installed the GAPPS (I invite you to click on this link to see how I did), and from that moment I could however, benefit from the Play Store and the various annexed services.
It is however convenient to find in a dedicated page all the widgets offered by MIUI such as the calculator, the calendar etc ... so as to have everything needed at the office level at touch. Unfortunately, however, the lack of dedicated functions and all the features offered by Xiaomi with the MIUI 8 can cause suffering to the end user who must resort to the use of third-party applications saturating the RAM and ROM memory.
The front camera is entrusted to a module from 5 megapixel with f / 2.0 aperture which offers sufficient quality for selfie to post on various social, or to make video chat via Skype or similar applications. Instead the rear room from 13 megapixel with f / 2.2 aperture captures images and videos with resolution 1080p to 30 fps with clean and vivid colors, but the software is much simpler than what we are used to to find on the Xiaomi devices.
In fact the settings are reduced to the bone allowing us to just choose video resolution or apply filters in real time to photos. Surely we will not be photographers with the tablet and for this reason Xiaomi has thought of equipping it with an essential and minimal software typical of the points and snaps, even if the absence of the autofocus is something that makes the nose turn up a little.
Finally, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 comes with a generous battery from 6600 mAh which is recharged through the supplied power supply 5V / 2A in approximately 2 hours. The battery guarantees long sessions of use in which we can get quietly about 6 hours of screen lit. that are reduced to 4 in the case in which we use it for gaming, but in everyday use they allow us to forget about switching on the tablet for several days and find it however sufficiently charged to use it again. And if we are really reduced to the bone with the charge, we can enable the convenient function that allows the display to return only the gray scale in order to save on consumption.
PRICE AND CONCLUSIONS
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is therefore the classic tablet for living room use but it can also be taken with you on trips by train while enjoying a movie or reading our favorite newspaper directly on the tablet's crystal display. Undoubtedly at present the Mi Pad 3 is not perfect, but the price in relation to the quality is really tempting, especially in view of the fact that they are coming out prime rom xiaomi.eu and that the official Global Stable will soon arrive. The telephone functions are absent but I remember that as mentioned at the beginning of the review Xiaomi has brought back the balance in the smartphone, phablet and convertible world and precisely for definition the tablet must not have certain functions. If you are interested in buying I suggest you buy it on the storeGearbest.com one of the most reliable and competitive.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 comes into direct competition with its Apple rival, the iPad Mini at a price that is at least halfway. Performance is definitely great for those looking for a device that does not show a "hybrid" in the category it belongs to. Good battery life and good performance under any use that is either office or gaming.
- Battery life
- Maneuverability and ergonomics for gaming
- Loyalty of the colors returned from the display
- Price in relation to performance and materials
- Lack of Play Store and Google Services
- Minimal software and no specific features
- Low oleophobic display