Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 debuts with metallic design. USB Type C and Intel Atom processor

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is now official. The Chinese company is gunning to grab a considerable amount from the iPad mini market share. This second iteration of the popular Android slate now comes with a metal-clad design and a thinner form factor.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2: The Metallic Build

In fact, it's now 6.95-millimeter. It's way slimmer compared to last year's 8.5-millimeter depth.  For the sake of comparison, Apple's iPad mini 4 is only 6.1-millimeter thick. Another bump from the latest slate is the Intel Atom X5 Z8500 processor which is technically made from 14nm process. The original Mi Pad, on the other hand, packs an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip. The Intel SoC is coupled by a 2GB of RAM which obviously pulls up apps faster and helps achieve smoother multitasking operations.

Other noteworthy features include the USB 3.1 Type C which shaping up to be a gold standard in mobile connectors nowadays. There's also the newer version WLAN 802.11 AC for faster WiFi connectivity.

For the camera buffs, you'll be delighted with the 8MP/5MP rear-and-front combination. The former offers an LED flash with f/2.0 aperture; while the selfie shooter packs a wide-angle camera. Basically, the thinner tablet also comes with smaller battery capacity - 6190 mAh. It is believed to have a 648.8 hours of standby time.

There's an Android 5.0-based version of the slate donned with dark grey and champagne gold hues. The 16GB model is priced at RMB 999 (Php 7358) and the 64GB version comes with RMB 1299 (Php 9567 as of this writing's ForEx) asking price. Plus, Xiaomi is also making a 64GB version of the slate which boots with a Windows 10 operating system.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Specs

7.9-Inch QXGA IPS Display with 2048 x 1536 pixels at 326 ppi
200.4x132.6x6.95mm, 322 grams
Intel Atom x5 Z8500 processor
Up to 2.24 GHz quad-core CPU
Intel HD GPU
8-megapixel AF primary camera with BSI Sensor
LED Flash
5-megapixel secondary camera
16/64GB  Internal Storage
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 3.1 Type C
Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer
MIUI based on Android 5.x Lollipop
Windows 10 (64GB variant)
6,190 mAh Battery
RMB 999 (Php 7358) for 16GB
RMB 1299 (Php 9567) for 64GB
Dark Grey, Champagne Gold
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