(Pocket-lint) - Right connected cue, the precise day aft Apple announced a caller iPad mini, Xiaomi is bringing the Android tablet combat into absorption with its Pad 5.
It's not a large astonishment that a caller Xiaomi tablet was connected the cards, though, arsenic the precise aforesaid tablet was announced successful China backmost successful August for that market. The cardinal take-away for this September uncover is that the Pad 5 is slated for European release.
So what to expect of this tablet? It's an 11-inch device, featuring an LCD alternatively than OLED screen, and is built connected somewhat older Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 hardware.
Therefore it couldn't rather beryllium called ultra high-end - which is what had originally been suggested backmost successful May of this year - but that's each successful the interests of keeping pricing effective.
After all, it's reasonably uncommon to spot Android tablets announced these days, with lone Xiaomi and, to immoderate extent, Lenovo stoking the fires extracurricular of Amazon's much closed-book approach.
And Xiaomi has packed successful immoderate charismatic trinkets. There's a 120Hz refresh rate, for starters, to support visuals smooth. The WQHD+ solution delivers a stack of pixels (2960 x 1440). A stylus pen is compatible, should you privation to constitute oregon gully onto the tablet's surface.
In the UK the Xiaomi Pad 5 volition motorboat connected the 23 September, priced astatine £369 (with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage). That surely undercuts the iPad mini's asking price, truthful you tin spot Xiaomi's targeted intent here, that's for sure.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published connected 15 September 2021.