To take on Apple iPad mini and other small tablets in the market, Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi has announced its first Android tablet Mi Pad priced at $240 will be available from next month.
Xiaomi has been developing a series of devices running the MIUI Android firmware to compete with market rivals, Samsung and Apple. Apart from the new addition of Tablets, the company’s is also offering Wi-Fi routers, set-top boxes and plush toys to consumers. Xiaomi hopes to tap the revenue in the tablet market as Apple is the only major tablet-maker in China with its iPads’ range.
“We hope to put pressure on Apple,” said Lei Jung, CEO of Xiaomi during the launch event of the tablet.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad has a 7.9-inch display with an impressive high-resolution of 2048 x1536 and 326ppi with 4:3 aspect ratio. The device is powered by 2.2 GHz ‘4+1’ core CPU with Nvidia Quad-core Tegra K1 with 2GB of RAM. Along with the 8GB or 16 GB of the tablet there is also a Micro SD slot which supports upto 128GB. The 6,700 mAH battery is unremovable and the device also has a 8MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera.
However the device runs on MIUI, a customized version of the Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and is strikingly similar to the iOS 7 on iPad. The company will be offering the tablet only to some users next month and eventually would be made available to all users later. Xiaomi is focused on entering into the International smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The company shipped about 11 million smartphones in its first quarter with 60 million being its target.
Xiaomi MiPad tablets along with its new range of smartphones will enter the markets in countries like Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Russia, Vietnam, Turkey, Brazil and Mexico this year.
The Wi-fi only Xiaomi Mi Pad is priced at 1,499 yuan ($240) for the 16GB version and 1,699 yuan ($270) for the 64GB version. More details can be found on their official site (source link below).[ Source ]