Monday, January 17, 2022

Xiaomi set to launch Mi Pad 5 and Mi Mix 4 today; what we know!

After a short hiatus, Xiaomi will be reviving the Mi Pad series of tablets, and the Mi Mix series of phones. These are two series of gadgets that Xiaomi hasn’t updated for years now. People even thought Xiaomi was completely killing them off.

However, now that the launch date has been set for August 10th, that’s today, the company has been throwing teasers all over, we know for sure, the break for these series of devices is over.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5:

With the Mi Pad tablets, Xiaomi will be looking to enter the premium tablet market currently dominated by Apple, with Samsung and Huawei trying out. Leaks suggest there will be three Mi Pad 5 tablets:

  1. Mi Pad 5 Lite
  2. Mi Pad 5 and the
  3. Mi Pad 5 Pro

All the three, according to GSMArena will feature a 10.9″ IPS LCDs supporting 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Teaser

Leaks also suggest the Mi Pad 5 Lite will be powered by the Snapdragon 860 while the other two will feature the Snapdragon 870.

There have also been talks about Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support, Stylus and Keyboard support, and fancy camera tech. However, as yet, it is unclear which of the three will have what features.

The Mi Pad 5 will be launching at a time when there seems to be a sort of awakening of Android Tablets. Many companies seem to be interested in making Android tablets, it’s crazy. Even Mediatek has announced a whole new chip targeting Android tablets.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Teaser

So the Mi Pad 5 will be coming at a time when it will be facing competition not only from Apple, but from a vast number of Android makers. Given they’ve had a pretty good run, and come on top as the number one seller of phones in June, you can expect Xiaomi to be very aggressive in terms of pricing for the Mi Pad 5 series.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4:

The Mi Mix series has always been the company’s headliner for crazy tech, or crazy design.

This time round, Xiaomi wants the world to see it’s underneath-the-display camera system. And it will be crazy to see just how good they’ve managed to make the display get as transparent as possible to allow the selfie camera to take good shots.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4

Leaks say the phone will come with:

  1. A Snapdragon 888+ SoC
  2. 108MP main camera
  3. 120W Ultra-fast Wired Charging
  4. 50W wireless charging
  5. 20MP Under-the-display Selfie camera
  6. 480 Hz touch-sampling rate
  7. UFS 3.1 storage
  9. 120 Hz refresh rate
  10. IP68 Rating and more.

As a huge player, and currently the number one seller of phones, Xiaomi’s decisions will definitely be influencing the market in a huge way. They cannot now be downplayed. A launch such as this will definitely affect other manufacturers’ launches, devices, and way-forward.

Let’s wait and see! (Also, Samsung’s Unpacked is tomorrow).


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