16 September 2021
UPDATE (September 15th, 2021):
Xiaomi has officially unveiled the Mi Pad 5 tablet globally. There are two configuration variants 6GB/128GB and 6GB/256GB priced at EUR 349 and EUR 399 respectively. The available color options include Pearl White and Cosmic Gray. The sale will begin on September 23rd with a limited-time flat EUR 50 discount on the base model.
Original (August 11th, 2021)
Xiaomi has finally made a return to the Android tablet market with the launch of the Mi Pad 5 series. The last time it made such an announcement was about three years ago. The new lineup features two main models: Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro. The tablet also has a 5G variant but that is limited only to the Pro model. These were announced alongside the Mi MIX 4 smartphone launch.
Both Mi Pad 5 series tablets sport an 11-inch LCD TrueTone display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. There is support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision and it offers 500 nits peak brightness and 275PPI pixel density. The standard model comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor with Adreno 640 GPU. On another hand, the Pro model features Snapdragon 870 chipset with Adreno 650 GPU.
All three variants (including the 5G option) have different configurations which we have mentioned alongside their respective pricing towards the end of this coverage. In the camera department, the Mi Pad 5 features an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Pro variant has 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras and the Pro 5G variant has 50-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras. There is a single 8-megapixel front shooter available with all three of them.
Xiaomi has packed the Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro with an 8,720mAh (33W fast charging) and 8,600mAh battery (66W fast charging) respectively. These tablets will boot MIUI for Pad based on Android 11 out of the box. Other notable features include USB Type-C port, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi 6, Dolby Atmos, and stylus support. The standard model comes with four speakers and the Pro model has eight speakers with Hi-Res Audio compatibility.
Mi Pad 5:
- 6GB/128GB for CNY 1,999 (about $308)
- 6GB/256GB for CNY 2,299 (about $355)
Mi Pad 5 Pro:
- 6GB/128GB for CNY 2,499 (about $385)
- 6GB/256GB for CNY 2,799 (about $432)
Mi Pad 5 Pro 5G:
- 8GB/256GB for CNY 3,499 (about $540)
Xiaomi has also launched a couple of Mi Pad 5 accessories named Keyboard Folio and Xiaomi Inspiration Stylus. These are priced at CNY 399 (about $62) and CNY 349 (about $54) respectively. All of these products are available for pre-orders in China but there are no details regarding global release plans.