Packages

  • Tablet
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

The device comes in a compact package, only the essentials are included. Interestingly, Xiaomi is gradually phasing out cheap cardboard boxes in favor of more traditional ones.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

What was the first Mi Pad like? On the Apple iPhone 5c, which has greatly increased in size: a plastic case, bright colors - everything is like in a budget iPhone. Apparently, Apple continues to inspire Xiaomi, because the Mi Pad 2 is similar to the iPad mini. Same aluminum body, same aspect ratio and display resolution. However, the hand will not rise to write that this is a minus. The usual strict design, albeit borrowed from another company. By the way, aluminum does not feel the same as in the iPad, it is more rough and matte.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Three versions of the device will be available for sale: dark gray, golden and pale pink, we tested the first of them.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Most of the front side is occupied by a 7.9-inch display, above it are the front camera eye, light sensor and LED indicator.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Under the display, there is a panel of touch buttons, which in 2016 can already be safely called atavism. Why Xiaomi continues to use them is unclear. The left button brings up recent apps, the center button is the home button, and the right button is the back button. However, in the notification shade in the toggles, you can easily turn off these buttons so that you do not accidentally press them while playing games or reading.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

And there are many different settings for short and long presses on these buttons

Going to controls:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Right end. Power button and volume rocker

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The top end. 3.5 mm headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The bottom end. USB Type C

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Rear cover. Two stereo speakers and a peephole of the main camera. The speakers have excellent sound quality and a large headroom

For two weeks of use, there were no complaints about the device, it is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 200.4 132.6 7 322< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 202 135.4 8.5 360
Apple iPad mini 4 203.2 134.8 6.1 299
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 198.6 134.8 5.6 255< /td>

Mi Pad 2 has typical dimensions for 8-inch tablets. Of course, against the backdrop of the flagship iPad mini 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, it looks a little worse, but it outperforms the previous generation in terms of size and weight. To be honest, during the use, I did not feel much difference between it and mini 4. Yes, it is visible on the numbers, but almost imperceptible live.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The tablet is thin and light, it is comfortable to hold with one or two hands, it will easily fit into a small handbag or a large backpack.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristics Value
Screen size 7.9 inches
Display resolution 2048x1536 dots
PPI value 326
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

According to first impressions, I really liked the display: it has a wide range of brightness, natural soft colors, good viewing angles, a clear picture, and a good oleophobic coating. Most users will be very pleased with it.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

However, everything is known in comparison. I had an Apple iPad mini 4 at hand, and I decided to compare the Mi Pad 2 screen with it. As it turned out, mini 4 has a higher maximum brightness level, slightly brighter colors and better viewing angles. The difference is small, but it is visible. For example, indoors, the Mi Pad 2 display glares a little when the light is on, while the mini 4's picture remains perfectly distinguishable. In general, the mini 4 percent screen is ten percent better than the Mi Pad 2, and without a direct comparison, you most likely will not see the difference.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

There is a separate reading mode that shifts colors to warm tones to reduce eye strain. By the way, the settings of this mode are quite extensive, you can set it to automatically turn on in certain applications, as well as the intensity of the fade to a warm range.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

There is also a special color scheme setting in principle.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Summarizing: for its price, the Mi Pad 2 has an excellent quality screen that will suit most tablet owners.

Operating system

The device runs Android 5.1 and MIUI 7.2.1. Before proceeding directly to the description of the firmware, I would like to apologize to our readers for my conclusions about Redmi Note 2 based on the pre-installed firmware. The Mi Pad 2 that came to me also by default had a firmware with duplicated numbers, this time I immediately reflashed it, fortunately, it turned out to be done quickly, without any custom recovery and unlocks.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

At the moment, there are two firmware for the tablet: Android or Windows 10. It is important to understand that these are not dual-boot, but separate full-fledged operating systems, so when buying, you will have to choose between Android and Windows. By default, the Windows version is only available for devices with 64 GB of memory, but w3bsit3-dns.com has instructions for flashing and a 16 GB version of the tablet. As they write on the same w3bsit3-dns.com, after such an installation, you will have about 4 GB of memory free.

I tested the 16 GB version with Android and MIUI, so I'll talk about it. The first drawback that will not be solved by flashing is the lack of the Russian language. There is no official firmware with Russian support on Mi Pad 2. There are several custom ones, but, judging by the reviews, not all and not always work in them. So keep that in mind before ordering your tablet.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Also, Google Services is not installed by default, but everything is solved by installing GoogleInstaller, more details here.

As you can see, Xiaomi decided to jump from NVIDIA to Intel. I suspect that the companies could provide a significant discount on these chipsets, or Xiaomi were interested in releasing a Windows version of the device.

However, for ordinary Android users, switching to Intel will not bring any problems. I'll tell you more, this is one of the fastest tablets I've tested. Launcher, browser, settings, opening applications, games - everything flies on it. The difference in application launch speed is especially noticeable, in most other devices this process is a little slower. There are no problems with toys either, most of them run at maximum settings.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

By the way, by default, the tablet has a sticker from Intel, I think many of you remember how hard they peel off laptops. So, in Xiaomi, the sticker is glued to a special transparent film, when removed, the sticker is also removed.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Offline work

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 6190 mAh
Battery type Li-Pol
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness (airplane mode on) ) 6 hours 30 minutes
Running time in reading mode at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 15 hours 45 minutes

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

It has already become the norm among manufacturers to put small 4000 mAh batteries in thin tablets, as a result, the device itself only works for a couple of days in everyday use. Fortunately, Xiaomi did not follow this trend, the tablet has a capacious 6190 mAh battery. As you can see, in our tests it shows good results, and in everyday use (web surfing, reading, social networks, instant messengers) it shows good performance - about six hours of active screen.

The time for a full charge from the supplied charger is two hours, the device supports Quick Charge, but the built-in battery charges evenly, without jumps.

Camera

Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 8 MP
Front camera resolution 5 MP
Aperture value 2.0
Video resolution 1280x720 dots
Frames per second Up to 30 fps
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound Yes

The tablet takes good pictures on a sunny day, with room lighting the quality is noticeably reduced. By default, the video device writes in HD resolution, although FHD support is indicated everywhere. The camera simply did not have a setting for switching the shooting quality.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct supported
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, all popular profiles are supported, including . A2DP
GPS None
Mobile data None
USB On-The-Go Yes

In terms of interfaces in the tablet, everything is very sad, there is no version with support for mobile networks, no GPS module, no slot for a memory card. It's amazing how Xiaomi cut off several potential audiences for their tablet at once with such a restriction.

Conclusion

In Chinese online stores, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 sells for $200 for the 16GB version and $250-300 for the 64GB version.

Let's start with the positives: I liked the excellent speed of the device, the case materials and build quality, the good display, USB Type C support and the powerful chipset. The key disadvantages are as follows: "raw" firmware without support for the Russian language, the need to manually install the Play Store, the lack of a slot for a memory card and support for mobile networks, the lack of a GPS module.

As a result, Mi Pad 2 can be used as a reader, bedside tablet or gaming device. The 64 GB version can also be used to watch videos, although the aspect ratio makes this process not particularly convenient.

Despite the mentioned shortcomings, I liked the tablet, I could even use it as the main one after the appearance of a stable international firmware. I strongly recommend that you weigh the pros and cons before purchasing this device to understand if it is suitable for your use cases.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet review

There are several versions of Mi Pad 2, the key differences are in colors and memory capacity (16 or 64 GB), you can also choose a modification with Windows 10 or MIUI 7. It is important to understand that there is no dual-boot in the device, therefore if you suddenly want to change the operating system, then be prepared to read the manuals on w3bsit3-dns.com/XDA.

Characteristics

  • Class: flagship
  • Form factor: monoblock
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Android 5.x + MIUI 7.x or Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Atom x5-Z8500
  • Processor: quad-core, 2.24 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB, no memory card slot
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP, EDR), USB Type C connector for https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk charge/sync, 3.5mm headset,
  • Screen: 7.9'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 2048x1536 pixels, automatic backlight level adjustment, oleophobic coating
  • Camera: 8 MP, video recording in 1080p (1920x1080 pixels), LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Navigation: missing
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position sensor,
  • gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: removable, Li-Pol, 6190 mAh
  • Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm
  • Weight: 322 grams
  • Price: from $200

Packages

  • Tablet
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

The device comes in a compact package, only the essentials are included. Interestingly, Xiaomi is gradually phasing out cheap cardboard boxes in favor of more traditional ones.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

What was the first Mi Pad like? On the Apple iPhone 5c, which has greatly increased in size: a plastic case, bright colors - everything is like in a budget iPhone. Apparently, Apple continues to inspire Xiaomi, because the Mi Pad 2 is similar to the iPad mini. Same aluminum body, same aspect ratio and display resolution. However, the hand will not rise to write that this is a minus. The usual strict design, albeit borrowed from another company. By the way, aluminum does not feel the same as in the iPad, it is more rough and matte.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Three versions of the device will be available for sale: dark gray, golden and pale pink, we tested the first of them.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Most of the front side is occupied by a 7.9-inch display, above it are the front camera eye, light sensor and LED indicator.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Under the display, there is a panel of touch buttons, which in 2016 can already be safely called atavism. Why Xiaomi continues to use them is unclear. The left button brings up recent apps, the center button is the home button, and the right button is the back button. However, in the notification shade in the toggles, you can easily turn off these buttons so that you do not accidentally press them while playing games or reading.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

And there are many different settings for short and long presses on these buttons

Going to controls:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Right end. Power button and volume rocker

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The top end. 3.5 mm headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The bottom end. USB Type C

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Rear cover. Two stereo speakers and a peephole of the main camera. The speakers have excellent sound quality and a large headroom

For two weeks of use, there were no complaints about the device, it is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 200.4 132.6 7 322< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 202 135.4 8.5 360
Apple iPad mini 4 203.2 134.8 6.1 299
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 198.6 134.8 5.6 255< /td>

Mi Pad 2 has typical dimensions for 8-inch tablets. Of course, against the backdrop of the flagship iPad mini 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, it looks a little worse, but it outperforms the previous generation in terms of size and weight. To be honest, during the time of use, I did not feel much difference between it and mini 4. Yes, it is visible on the numbers, but almost imperceptible live.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The tablet is thin and light, comfortable to hold with one or two hands, it can easily fit in a small handbag or large backpack.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristics Value
Screen size 7.9 inches
Display resolution 2048x1536 dots
PPI value 326
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

According to first impressions, I really liked the display: it has a wide range of brightness, natural soft colors, good viewing angles, a clear picture, and a good oleophobic coating. Most users will be very pleased with it.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

However, everything is known in comparison. I had an Apple iPad mini 4 at hand, and I decided to compare the Mi Pad 2 screen with it. As it turned out, mini 4 has a higher maximum brightness level, slightly brighter colors and better viewing angles. The difference is small, but it is visible. For example, indoors, the Mi Pad 2 display glares a little when the light is on, while the mini 4's picture remains perfectly distinguishable. In general, the mini 4 percent screen is ten percent better than the Mi Pad 2, and without a direct comparison, you most likely will not see the difference.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

At the moment, there are two firmware for the tablet: Android or Windows 10. It is important to understand that these are not dual-boot, but separate full-fledged operating systems, so when buying, you will have to choose between Android and Windows. By default, the Windows version is only available for devices with 64 GB of memory, but w3bsit3-dns.com has instructions for flashing and a 16 GB version of the tablet. As they write on the same w3bsit3-dns.com, after such an installation, you will have about 4 GB of memory free.

I tested the 16 GB version with Android and MIUI, so I'll talk about it. The first drawback that will not be solved by flashing is the lack of the Russian language. There is no official firmware with Russian support on Mi Pad 2. There are several custom ones, but, judging by the reviews, not all and not always work in them. So keep that in mind before ordering your tablet.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Also, Google Services is not installed by default, but everything is solved by installing GoogleInstaller, more details here.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The second drawback is the problem with applications. For example, MX Player did not start for me (of course, the solution is again on w3bsit3-dns.com, but still), the Kindle application for Android gave an error several times.

Third — different fonts for Russian and English, I suspect that this issue is solved by themes, but I couldn't find a suitable one right off the bat. In addition, periodically in some applications, fonts “jump” and formatting flies.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

I suspect that over time a stable international version of the firmware with support for the Russian language will appear for the tablet, but for now the situation looks like I described.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Performance

Characteristics Value
Chipset Intel Atom x5-Z8500
Processor Quad-core, 2.24 GHz
Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics< /td>
RAM size 2 GB
Internal storage capacity 16 /64 GB
Memory card available No

As you can see, Xiaomi decided to jump from NVIDIA to Intel. I suspect that the companies could provide a significant discount on these chipsets, or Xiaomi were interested in releasing a Windows version of the device.

However, for ordinary Android users, switching to Intel will not bring any problems. I'll tell you more, this is one of the fastest tablets I've tested. Launcher, browser, settings, opening applications, games - everything flies on it. The difference in application launch speed is especially noticeable, in most other devices this process is a little slower. There are no problems with toys either, most of them run at maximum settings.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

By the way, by default, the tablet has a sticker from Intel, I think many of you remember how hard they peel off laptops. So, in Xiaomi, the sticker is glued to a special transparent film, when removed, the sticker is also removed.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Offline work

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 6190 mAh
Battery type Li-Pol
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness (airplane mode on) ) 6 hours 30 minutes
Running time in reading mode at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 15 hours 45 minutes

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

It has already become the norm among manufacturers to put small 4000 mAh batteries in thin tablets, as a result, the device itself only works for a couple of days in everyday use. Fortunately, Xiaomi did not follow this trend, the tablet has a capacious 6190 mAh battery. As you can see, in our tests it shows good results, and in everyday use (web surfing, reading, social networks, instant messengers) it shows good performance - about six hours of active screen.

In terms of interfaces in the tablet, everything is very sad, there is no version with support for mobile networks, no GPS module, no slot for a memory card. It's amazing how Xiaomi cut off several potential audiences for their tablet at once with such a restriction.

Conclusion

In Chinese online stores, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 sells for $200 for the 16GB version and $250-300 for the 64GB version.

Let's start with the positives: I liked the excellent speed of the device, the case materials and build quality, the good display, USB Type C support and the powerful chipset. The key disadvantages are as follows: "raw" firmware without support for the Russian language, the need to manually install the Play Store, the lack of a slot for a memory card and support for mobile networks, the lack of a GPS module.

As a result, Mi Pad 2 can be used as a reader, bedside tablet or gaming device. The 64 GB version can also be used to watch videos, although the aspect ratio makes this process not particularly convenient.

Despite the mentioned shortcomings, I liked the tablet, I could even use it as the main one after the appearance of a stable international firmware. I strongly recommend that you weigh the pros and cons before purchasing this device to understand if it is suitable for your use cases.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet review

There are several versions of Mi Pad 2, the key differences are in colors and memory capacity (16 or 64 GB), you can also choose a modification with Windows 10 or MIUI 7. It is important to understand that there is no dual-boot in the device, therefore if you suddenly want to change the operating system, then be prepared to read the manuals on w3bsit3-dns.com/XDA.

Characteristics

  • Class: flagship
  • Form factor: monoblock
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Android 5.x + MIUI 7.x or Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Atom x5-Z8500
  • Processor: quad-core, 2.24 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB, no memory card slot
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP, EDR), USB Type C connector for https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk charge/sync, 3.5mm headset,
  • Screen: 7.9'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 2048x1536 pixels, automatic backlight level adjustment, oleophobic coating
  • Camera: 8 MP, video recording in 1080p (1920x1080 pixels), LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Navigation: missing
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position sensor,
  • gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: removable, Li-Pol, 6190 mAh
  • Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm
  • Weight: 322 grams
  • Price: from $200

Packages

  • Tablet
  • Charger
  • PC cable (also part of charger)

The device comes in a compact package, only the essentials are included. Interestingly, Xiaomi is gradually phasing out cheap cardboard boxes in favor of more traditional ones.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

What was the first Mi Pad like? On the Apple iPhone 5c, which has greatly increased in size: a plastic case, bright colors - everything is like in a budget iPhone. Apparently, Apple continues to inspire Xiaomi, because the Mi Pad 2 is similar to the iPad mini. Same aluminum body, same aspect ratio and display resolution. However, the hand will not rise to write that this is a minus. The usual strict design, albeit borrowed from another company. By the way, aluminum does not feel the same as in the iPad, it is more rough and matte.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Three versions of the device will be available for sale: dark gray, golden and pale pink, we tested the first of them.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Most of the front side is occupied by a 7.9-inch display, above it are the front camera eye, light sensor and LED indicator.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Under the display, there is a panel of touch buttons, which in 2016 can already be safely called atavism. Why Xiaomi continues to use them is unclear. The left button brings up recent apps, the center button is the home button, and the right button is the back button. However, in the notification shade in the toggles, you can easily turn off these buttons so that you do not accidentally press them while playing games or reading.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

And there are many different settings for short and long presses on these buttons

Going to controls:

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Right end. Power button and volume rocker

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The top end. 3.5 mm headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The bottom end. USB Type C

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Rear cover. Two stereo speakers and a peephole of the main camera. The speakers have excellent sound quality and a large headroom

For two weeks of use, there were no complaints about the device, it is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks.

Dimensions

Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams)< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 200.4 132.6 7 322< /td>
Xiaomi Mi Pad 202 135.4 8.5 360
Apple iPad mini 4 203.2 134.8 6.1 299
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 198.6 134.8 5.6 255< /td>

Mi Pad 2 has typical dimensions for 8-inch tablets. Of course, against the backdrop of the flagship iPad mini 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, it looks a little worse, but it outperforms the previous generation in terms of size and weight. To be honest, during the time of use, I did not feel much difference between it and mini 4. Yes, it is visible on the numbers, but almost imperceptible live.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The tablet is thin and light, comfortable to hold with one or two hands, it can easily fit in a small handbag or large backpack.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Screen

< /tr>
Characteristics Value
Screen size 7.9 inches
Display resolution 2048x1536 dots
PPI value 326
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

According to first impressions, I really liked the display: it has a wide range of brightness, natural soft colors, good viewing angles, a clear picture, and a good oleophobic coating. Most users will be very pleased with it.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

However, everything is known in comparison. I had an Apple iPad mini 4 at hand, and I decided to compare the Mi Pad 2 screen with it. As it turned out, mini 4 has a higher maximum brightness level, slightly brighter colors and better viewing angles. The difference is small, but it is visible. For example, indoors, the Mi Pad 2 display glares a little when the light is on, while the mini 4's picture remains perfectly distinguishable. In general, the mini 4 percent screen is ten percent better than the Mi Pad 2, and without a direct comparison, you most likely will not see the difference.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

There is a separate reading mode that shifts colors to warm tones to reduce eye strain. By the way, the settings of this mode are quite extensive, you can set it to automatically turn on in certain applications, as well as the intensity of the fade to a warm range.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

There is also a special color scheme setting in principle.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Summarizing: for its price, the Mi Pad 2 has an excellent quality screen that will suit most tablet owners.

Operating system

The device runs Android 5.1 and MIUI 7.2.1. Before proceeding directly to the description of the firmware, I would like to apologize to our readers for my conclusions about Redmi Note 2 based on the pre-installed firmware. The Mi Pad 2 that came to me also by default had a firmware with duplicated numbers, this time I immediately reflashed it, fortunately, it turned out to be done quickly, without any custom recovery and unlocks.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

At the moment, there are two firmware for the tablet: Android or Windows 10. It is important to understand that these are not dual-boot, but separate full-fledged operating systems, so when buying, you will have to choose between Android and Windows. By default, the Windows version is only available for devices with 64 GB of memory, but w3bsit3-dns.com has instructions for flashing and a 16 GB version of the tablet. As they write on the same w3bsit3-dns.com, after such an installation, you will have about 4 GB of memory free.

I tested the 16 GB version with Android and MIUI, so I'll talk about it. The first drawback that will not be solved by flashing is the lack of the Russian language. There is no official firmware with Russian support on Mi Pad 2. There are several custom ones, but, judging by the reviews, not all and not always work in them. So keep that in mind before ordering your tablet.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Also, Google Services is not installed by default, but everything is solved by installing GoogleInstaller, more details here.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

The second drawback is the problem with applications. For example, MX Player did not start for me (of course, the solution is again on w3bsit3-dns.com, but still), the Kindle application for Android gave an error several times.

Third — different fonts for Russian and English, I suspect that this issue is solved by themes, but I couldn't find a suitable one right off the bat. In addition, periodically in some applications, fonts “jump” and formatting flies.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

I suspect that over time a stable international version of the firmware with support for the Russian language will appear for the tablet, but for now the situation looks like I described.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Performance

Characteristics Value
Chipset Intel Atom x5-Z8500
Processor Quad-core, 2.24 GHz
Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics< /td>
RAM size 2 GB
Internal storage capacity 16 /64 GB
Memory card available No

As you can see, Xiaomi decided to jump from NVIDIA to Intel. I suspect that the companies could provide a significant discount on these chipsets, or Xiaomi were interested in releasing a Windows version of the device.

However, for ordinary Android users, switching to Intel will not bring any problems. I'll tell you more, this is one of the fastest tablets I've tested. Launcher, browser, settings, opening applications, games - everything flies on it. The difference in application launch speed is especially noticeable, in most other devices this process is a little slower. There are no problems with toys either, most of them run at maximum settings.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

By the way, by default, the tablet has a sticker from Intel, I think many of you remember how hard they peel off laptops. So, in Xiaomi, the sticker is glued to a special transparent film, when removed, the sticker is also removed.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Work offline

Characteristics Value
Battery capacity 6190 mAh
Battery type Li-Pol
Hours of HD video playback at maximum brightness (airplane mode on) ) 6 hours 30 minutes
Reading time at 30% brightness (airplane mode on) 15 hours 45 minutes

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Xiaomi Mi Pad 2

It has already become the norm among manufacturers to put small 4000 mAh batteries in thin tablets, as a result, the device itself only works for a couple of days in everyday use. Fortunately, Xiaomi did not follow this trend, the tablet has a capacious 6190 mAh battery. As you can see, in our tests it shows good results, and in everyday use (web surfing, reading, social networks, instant messengers) it shows good performance - about six hours of active screen.

The time for a full charge from the supplied charger is two hours, the device supports Quick Charge, but the built-in battery charges evenly, without jumps.

Camera

Characteristics Value
Main camera resolution 8 MP
Front camera resolution 5 MP
Aperture value 2.0
Video resolution 1280x720 dots
Frames per second Up to 30 fps
Press focus Yes
Stereo sound Yes

The tablet takes good pictures on a sunny day, with room lighting the quality is noticeably reduced. By default, the video device writes in HD resolution, although FHD support is indicated everywhere. The camera simply did not have a setting for switching the shooting quality.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct supported
Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, all popular profiles are supported, including . A2DP
GPS None
Mobile data None
USB On-The-Go Yes

In terms of interfaces in the tablet, everything is very sad, there is no version with support for mobile networks, no GPS module, no slot for a memory card. It's amazing how Xiaomi cut off several potential audiences for their tablet at once with such a restriction.

Conclusion

In Chinese online stores, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 sells for $200 for the 16GB version and $250-300 for the 64GB version.

Let's start with the positives: I liked the excellent speed of the device, the case materials and build quality, the good display, USB Type C support and the powerful chipset. The key disadvantages are as follows: "raw" firmware without support for the Russian language, the need to manually install the Play Store, the lack of a slot for a memory card and support for mobile networks, the lack of a GPS module.

As a result, Mi Pad 2 can be used as a reader, bedside tablet or gaming device. The 64 GB version can also be used to watch videos, although the aspect ratio makes this process not particularly convenient.

Despite the mentioned shortcomings, I liked the tablet, I could even use it as the main one after the appearance of a stable international firmware. I strongly recommend that you weigh the pros and cons before purchasing this device to understand if it is suitable for your use cases.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 tablet review

There are several versions of Mi Pad 2, the key differences are in colors and memory capacity (16 or 64 GB), you can also choose a modification with Windows 10 or MIUI 7. It is important to understand that there is no dual-boot in the device, therefore if you suddenly want to change the operating system, then be prepared to read the manuals on w3bsit3-dns.com/XDA.

Characteristics

  • Class: flagship
  • Form factor: monoblock
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Android 5.x + MIUI 7.x or Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Atom x5-Z8500
  • Processor: quad-core, 2.24 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB, no memory card slot
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP, EDR), USB Type C connector for https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk charge/ sync, 3.5mm for headset,
  • Screen: 7.9'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 2048x1536 pixels, automatic backlight level adjustment, oleophobic coating
  • Camera: 8 MP, video recording in 1080p (1920x1080 pixels), LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Navigation: missing
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position sensor,
  • gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: removable, Li-Pol, 6190 mAh
  • Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm
  • Weight: 322 grams
  • Price: from $200
  • Class: flagship
  • Form factor: monoblock
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Android 5.x + MIUI 7.x or Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Atom x5-Z8500
  • Processor: quad-core, 2.24 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB, no memory card slot
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP, EDR), USB Type C connector for https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk charge/sync, 3.5mm headset,
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP, EDR), USB Type C connector for https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk https://cars45.com.gh/96LHdLGCUiZEGXmxhheC5LBk charge/sync, 3.5mm for headset,
  • Screen: 7.9'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 2048x1536 pixels, automatic backlight level adjustment, oleophobic coating
  • Camera: 8 MP, 1080p video recording (1920x1080 pixels), LED flash
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Navigation: missing
  • Sensors: accelerometer, position sensor,
  • gyroscope, light sensor
  • Battery: removable, Li-Pol, 6190 mAh
  • Dimensions: 200.4 x 132.6 x 7mm
  • Weight: 322 grams
  • Price: from $200
  • Packages

    • Tablet
    • Charger
    • PC cable (also part of charger)

    The device comes in a compact package, only the essentials are included. Interestingly, Xiaomi is gradually phasing out cheap cardboard boxes in favor of more traditional ones.

    Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

    What was the first Mi Pad like? On the Apple iPhone 5c, which has greatly increased in size: a plastic case, bright colors - everything is like in a budget iPhone. Apparently, Apple continues to inspire Xiaomi, because the Mi Pad 2 is similar to the iPad mini. Same aluminum body, same aspect ratio and display resolution. However, the hand will not rise to write that this is a minus. The usual strict design, albeit borrowed from another company. By the way, aluminum does not feel the same as in the iPad, it is more rough and matte.

    Three versions of the device will be available for sale: dark gray, golden and pale pink, we tested the first of them.

    Most of the front side is occupied by a 7.9-inch display, above it are the front camera eye, light sensor and LED indicator.

    Under the display, there is a panel of touch buttons, which in 2016 can already be safely called atavism. Why Xiaomi continues to use them is unclear. The left button brings up recent apps, the center button is the home button, and the right button is the back button. However, in the notification shade in the toggles, you can easily turn off these buttons so that you do not accidentally press them while playing games or reading.

    And there are many different settings for short and long presses on these buttons

    Going to controls:

    Right end. Power button and volume rocker

    The top end. 3.5 mm headphone jack

    The bottom end. USB Type C

    Rear cover. Two stereo speakers and a peephole of the main camera. The speakers have excellent sound quality and a large headroom

    For two weeks of use, there were no complaints about the device, it is perfectly assembled, there are no backlashes and squeaks.

    Dimensions

    Height (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Weight (grams) Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 200.4 132.6 7 322 Xiaomi Mi Pad 202 135.4 8.5 360 Apple iPad mini 4 203.2 134.8 6.1 299 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 198.6 134.8 5.6 255

    Mi Pad 2 has typical dimensions for 8-inch tablets. Of course, against the backdrop of the flagship iPad mini 4 and Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, it looks a little worse, but it outperforms the previous generation in terms of size and weight. To be honest, during the time of use, I did not feel much difference between it and mini 4. Yes, it is visible on the numbers, but almost imperceptible live.

    The tablet is thin and light, comfortable to hold with one or two hands, it can easily fit in a small handbag or large backpack.

    Screen

    Characteristics Value Screen diagonal 7.9 inches Display resolution 2048x1536 pixels PPI value 326 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

    According to first impressions, I really liked the display: it has a wide range of brightness, natural soft colors, good viewing angles, a clear picture, and a good oleophobic coating. Most users will be very pleased with it.

    However, everything is known in comparison. I had an Apple iPad mini 4 at hand, and I decided to compare the Mi Pad 2 screen with it. As it turned out, mini 4 has a higher maximum brightness level, slightly brighter colors and better viewing angles. The difference is small, but it is visible. For example, indoors, the Mi Pad 2 display glares a little when the light is on, while the mini 4's picture remains perfectly distinguishable. In general, the mini 4 percent screen is ten percent better than the Mi Pad 2, and without a direct comparison, you most likely will not see the difference.

    There is a separate reading mode that shifts colors to warm tones to reduce eye strain. By the way, the settings of this mode are quite extensive, you can set it to automatically turn on in certain applications, as well as the intensity of the fade to a warm range.

    There is also a special color scheme setting in principle.

    Summarizing: for its price, the Mi Pad 2 has an excellent quality screen that will suit most tablet owners.

    Operating system

    The device runs Android 5.1 and MIUI 7.2.1. Before proceeding directly to the description of the firmware, I would like to apologize to our readers for my conclusions about Redmi Note 2 based on the pre-installed firmware. The Mi Pad 2 that came to me also by default had a firmware with duplicated numbers, this time I immediately reflashed it, fortunately, it turned out to be done quickly, without any custom recovery and unlocks.

    At the moment, there are two firmware for the tablet: Android or Windows 10. It is important to understand that these are not dual-boot, but separate full-fledged operating systems, so when buying, you will have to choose between Android and Windows. By default, the Windows version is only available for devices with 64 GB of memory, but w3bsit3-dns.com has instructions for flashing and a 16 GB version of the tablet. As they write on the same w3bsit3-dns.com, after such an installation, you will have about 4 GB of memory free.

    I tested the 16 GB version with Android and MIUI, so I'll talk about it. The first drawback that will not be solved by flashing is the lack of the Russian language. There is no official firmware with Russian support on Mi Pad 2. There are several custom ones, but, judging by the reviews, not all and not always work in them. So keep that in mind before ordering your tablet.

    Also, Google Services is not installed by default, but everything is solved by installing GoogleInstaller, more details here.

    The second drawback is the problem with applications. For example, MX Player did not start for me (of course, the solution is again on w3bsit3-dns.com, but still), the Kindle application for Android gave an error several times.

    Third — different fonts for Russian and English, I suspect that this issue is solved by themes, but I couldn't find a suitable one right off the bat. In addition, periodically in some applications, fonts “jump” and formatting flies.

    I suspect that over time a stable international version of the firmware with support for the Russian language will appear for the tablet, but for now the situation looks like I described.

    Performance

    Specifications Value Chipset Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Processor Quad-core, 2.24 GHz Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics RAM 2 GB Internal storage capacity 16/64 GB Memory card No

    As you can see, Xiaomi decided to jump from NVIDIA to Intel. I suspect that the companies could provide a significant discount on these chipsets, or Xiaomi were interested in releasing a Windows version of the device.

    However, for ordinary Android users, switching to Intel will not bring any problems. I'll tell you more, this is one of the fastest tablets I've tested. Launcher, browser, settings, opening applications, games - everything flies on it. The difference in application launch speed is especially noticeable, in most other devices this process is a little slower. There are no problems with toys either, most of them run at maximum settings.

    By the way, by default, the tablet has a sticker from Intel, I think many of you remember how hard they peel off laptops. So, in Xiaomi, the sticker is glued to a special transparent film, when removed, the sticker is also removed.

    Offline work

    Specifications Value Battery capacity 6190 mAh Battery type Li-Pol HD video playback time at maximum brightness (airplane mode enabled) 6 hours 30 minutes Reading time at 30% brightness (airplane mode enabled) 15 hours 45 minutes

    It has already become the norm among manufacturers to put small 4000 mAh batteries in thin tablets, as a result, the device itself only works for a couple of days in everyday use. Fortunately, Xiaomi did not follow this trend, the tablet has a capacious 6190 mAh battery. As you can see, in our tests it shows good results, and in everyday use (web surfing, reading, social networks, instant messengers) it shows good performance - about six hours of active screen.

    The time for a full charge from the supplied charger is two hours, the device supports Quick Charge, but the built-in battery charges evenly, without jumps.

    Camera

    Characteristics Value Resolution of the main camera 8 MP Front camera resolution 5 MP Aperture value 2.0 Video resolution 1280x720 pixels Number of frames per second Up to 30 fps Focus by pressing Yes Stereo sound Yes

    The tablet takes good pictures on a sunny day, with room lighting the quality is noticeably reduced. By default, the video device writes in HD resolution, although FHD support is indicated everywhere. The camera simply did not have a setting for switching the shooting quality.

    Wireless interfaces

    Interfaces Wi-Fi available Yes, b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct supported Bluetooth Yes, 4.1 LE, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP GPS No Mobile data No USB On-The-Go Yes

    In terms of interfaces in the tablet, everything is very sad, there is no version with support for mobile networks, no GPS module, no slot for a memory card. It's amazing how Xiaomi cut off several potential audiences for their tablet at once with such a restriction.

    Conclusion

    In Chinese online stores, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 sells for $200 for the 16GB version and $250-300 for the 64GB version.

    Let's start with the positives: I liked the excellent speed of the device, the case materials and build quality, the good display, USB Type C support and the powerful chipset. The key disadvantages are as follows: "raw" firmware without support for the Russian language, the need to manually install the Play Store, the lack of a slot for a memory card and support for mobile networks, the lack of a GPS module.

    As a result, Mi Pad 2 can be used as a reader, bedside tablet or gaming device. The 64 GB version can also be used to watch videos, although the aspect ratio makes this process not particularly convenient.

    Despite the mentioned shortcomings, I liked the tablet, I could even use it as the main one after the appearance of a stable international firmware. I strongly recommend that you weigh the pros and cons before purchasing this device to understand if it is suitable for your use cases.