Redmi Pad Review: A Decent Tablet For The Masses

Redmi Pad Review: A Decent Tablet For The Masses
  • Redmi Pad Starting from INR 14,999.
  • The tablet has a 10.6-inch LCD display with a 90 Hz refresh rate.
  • Redmi The tablet is powered by MediaTek Helio G99 SOC processor.
Today Redmi launched a new tablet called Redmi Pad in India. Priced below INR 15,000, the Redmi Pad is a budget tablet option aimed at the masses. These wishes can be attributed to the success of the Xiaomi Pad 5, a premium tablet with a slightly higher price tag and slightly better internals.

Redmi claims that this tablet has been designed with performance and cost of materials in mind. For example, a 10.61-inch screen with a MediaTek Helio G99 gaming SoC and a 90Hz refresh rate. On paper, the design looks good, but there are many alternatives in the market. The real question is whether he can prove he is the best in his class. This? Let's unite, people, people, people, people, people, people.

Cost and Availability
Redmi Pad is available in 3 configurations. There is a base variant with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage priced at Rs 14,999. Also a 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 17,999. Finally, the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 19,999. All options are Wi-Fi only. D2C is available on Amazon and Redmi website.

The Redmi Pad borrows its design language from the Xiaomi Pad 5. Like the Mi Pad 5, the Redmi Pad holds securely and its flat edges provide extra grip without digging into your hand. The Redmi Pad has a sleek design, just half an inch thick and looks great. I asked my peers to estimate the price based on the design; Many thought it was an expensive tablet when they first got it.

It takes up a lot of space compared to the large screen size. Redmi takes care of the weight distribution in the tablet. Another important feature is tablet retention.
I use a variation of graphite gray; This is the best option for me. The tablet looks good in this color scheme. There are also silver moon and mint green colors.

The tablet has an IP52 level of water and dust resistance, which again ensures that you can travel with it without any problems.

Redmi offers cases for the Redmi Pad. I don't have it in hand yet, but I'll update when I get to use the piece.

Other design elements include the power button on the top right corner of the tablet, which allows it to be placed in portrait mode. When you place the tablet horizontally, it changes its position to the upper left corner. In both cases, the power button is easily accessible.

Also, when the tablet is in portrait mode, there's a volume rocker on the right, which is horizontally on the top left. Like the power button, they are tactile and easy to reach.

I would like to mention that the Redmi Pad 5 power button does not have a fingerprint sensor. The tablet comes with facial recognition. Yes, it is suitable for the budget tablet segment, but I want Redmi to improve its position here as well.

Then the tablet has four speakers. The tablet lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is fine by me, but may be a useful feature for some. I use TWS headphones and prefer wired headphones. But if you want to use wired headphones, you can use a Type-C 3.5mm converter. When asked about the lack of a 3.5mm jack, Redmi's development team says it's a solvable issue.

We also see a microSD card slot on the tablet that supports up to 1TB of storage. Spoiler, no sim card slot, I will share my opinion in performance section.

Perhaps the most important aspect of a tablet is the screen. The most common use for a tablet is content consumption, and Redmi has taken care of that. The Redmi Pad has a 10.6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2000x1200 pixels.

I used the Redmi Pad over the weekend to enhance my favorite content and the display did not disappoint. Large screen size, color accuracy and generally comfortable HDR ensure excellent picture quality.

The icing on the cake is that the Redmi Pad supports HD content for Prime Video and OTT apps like Netflix. Therefore, there is no significant concession in visual quality. Watching Andor on Disney+ Hotstar on Redmi Pad was fun. Space battles, chases, and low light shots looked great. This really surprised me, because despite being a budget LCD screen the dark bezels are not milky

The screen is also great for reading, especially with the right weight and design. I am browsing few web pages and reading books on my tablet and its quite satisfactory for me.

The maximum brightness of the Redmi Pad is 400 nits, which is the level of a tablet. Screens can be very bright indoors. But when you're thinking of having a picnic and watching something, on a clear day it might seem unappealing.

It's a hit and miss Redmi Pad keyboard I've never felt comfortable typing on a tablet. Unfortunately, the Redmi Pad doesn't change that. Writing on the table will improve the situation. But drilling while holding the screen vertically is not an easy task. So I quit taking notes here and relied mostly on voice prompts.

The solution to this problem is to use a Bluetooth keyboard compatible with the tablet. But I recommend using laptop to save time.

Another thing to note is the lack of style on the Redmi Pad. This is not surprising, because there are not enough competitors in this price segment either. However, the tablet works with third-party styluses on the market.

I would like to mention that the auto-brightness feature does not work on the Redmi Pad. This usually avoids adjusting the brightness around the tablet bezel. It disappears completely. I believe this can be fixed with an OTA update.

The Redmi Pad 5 display supports a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz. I found it useful for both reading and gaming. My only gripe with the screen is the lack of an adaptive refresh rate. This makes the transition between websites and games very smooth.

Complementing this display is a quad-speaker setup, which I'm glad was chosen by Redmi. The speakers here are very loud and provide even distribution of sound. In my experience, the speakers here seem louder than the Xiaomi Pad 5. They have a certain amount of emotion and audio detail at low and medium volumes. The longer the list, the more it is, but if you are watching something with colleagues, you will not be disappointed.

User experience

Redmi Pad 5 runs Android 12 with MiUI. As we saw on the Xiaomi Pad 5, the MiUI skin here is optimized to work with tablets. For example, you won't find a default app drawer. Instead, apps stay on the home screen. Optimizing a widget improves performance and improves the user experience.
I installed my google package on redmi pad. And since then, it's been my favorite tool for creating calendars. Considering the screen space, the split screen feature works like a charm.
MiUi lets you open two apps simultaneously in two floating windows. The average consumer may rarely use it, but it's nice to have such a feature built-in.

Xiaomi has improved MiUI over the years and this product lives up to the tradition. No more viruses on the tablet, a wonderful sight. It's clean and easy on the eyes.

The animations are classic for Xiaomi, but I'm not complaining, they look great on this screen.

However, there is one area where the Redmi tablets have the same issues as the Xiaomi Pad 5. Lack of fingerprint sensor. The Redmi Tab uses facial or PIN recognition, but it's not a fancy method. It is used to unlock the front camera and it is not working 100% as expected. And I often catch myself writing passwords.

Redmi Pad 5 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity G99 SoC. This is a really new tablet chipset that offers great tablet performance. In six days of use, I didn't experience any lag or nasty app crashes.

My variant has 6GB of RAM, which is enough to run apps on board. As most of them are basically OTT programs. But apart from that, multitasking from one website to another or with multiple apps in the background was no problem either.

RAM can store applications for a long time. I usually switch between Netflix and Youtube. Even with the constant shifting, I landed where I left off within the frame.

Now Redmi claims that the Redmi Tab can work with games. I tried it and the response was correct. Yes, you can run games like COD Mobile on your tablet with good HD graphics settings. But the default format limits the sense of real fun to play. This is not a complaint, but a fact: tablets of this size are not designed for gaming. Or at least serious games.

I also ran the Geekbench 5 benchmark to test gaming performance on the tablet. That's not bad for a tablet with a single-core score of 551 and a multi-core score of 1894.

To be honest, the only thing I enjoyed playing here was mountain running, because I could enjoy it with my tablet on the table. Another fun game I used to play with my peers was Ludo. Yes, these are simple and boring games, but playing them on the big screen is more fun

My version has 128 GB of memory. This is enough to store around 20+ full HD movies in apps and games. If you are thinking of upgrading to Redmi Tab, I suggest you go with 128GB.

Now the Redmi Pad does not have a SIM card slot. Yes, having a built-in SIM card offers some benefits, especially the ability to transfer data. It allows you to watch or download content on the go Yes, you can also make phone calls, but tablets have never been a good choice for making calls in my opinion.

To me, the complete lack of choice shows choice here. The Redmi Pad has all the features to make it a content consuming device. So you can download all your movies or TV shows and run your own business Also, I have seen that most of the Redmi Pads are used at home.

This does not mean that removing the SIM card slot on the Xiaomi Pad 5 was correct.

Before closing this section, it's worth talking about battery life. The Redmi Pad has an 8000 mAh battery. And to be honest he is very hard to kill. It's been my primary viewing device for the past five days and I've only connected it twice If you are a light user, the mileage may be 3 days. The tablet supports 18W fast charging, but given the large battery, it takes two and a half hours to charge from 0 to 100%.

the camera
Cameras have never been the strength of budget tablets and the situation here is no different. The Redmi Tab has an 8MP primary camera, which reads like a super camera in a module.

The camera itself is not very impressive. Images often lose saturated color. Performance improves slightly in natural light, but it's by no means social media-worthy.

The main camera can record 1080P video at 30 fps. Shots were less detailed and color tones were warmer However, the sound quality was clear.

Everything is fine here though. The Camera app comes with a built-in scanner that you can use to scan documents. This is very convenient as we use our tablets to store files and documents.

The front camera has an 8 MP sensor. Images lack detail and colors are cold. Unlike the original camera, the images here are incomplete.

But, if I talk strictly about video calls, it is definitely better than most webcams available on laptops.

Going back to the topic of this review, the Redmi Pad is really a tablet for the masses. The price and powerful feature set you want in an entertainment device. If you're looking for a tablet for viewing content, this is probably a great choice. It is a great option for kids and students to watch videos or do homework. However, if you are a creative person and looking for a tool to edit photos or create illustrations, then this is not the best option for you.

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