In the year In 2015, Xiaomi launched its first tablet in India. At Rs 12,999, it seemed too good to be true: it had a good screen, a good processor, great battery life and a good design, and it was ahead of the competition. " Buy with your eyes closed" was our advice to Mi Pad.
Not much seems to have changed in the seven years since then.
A few hours ago, Xiaomi launched its latest tablet in India. At Rs 12,999 (starting price), it seems too good to be true: it has a good screen, a good processor, great battery life and a stunning design, and it's miles away from the competition. Our recommendation for Xiaomi's latest tablet, the Redmi Pad, is the same as the original.
Close your eyes and buy.
Redmi Pad review: Defying the "curse of compromise" in the budget tablet segment
We know the title and first few lines are dead giveaways, but they pretty much sum up the Redmi Pad. It's been a while since we last had a product that made complete and utter no sense in terms of value for money. Products are rare. With great prices, there are some deals. Corners are cut here and there. There is definitely a problem here. Some features are missing and some hardware may not be ready from scratch. We've been using the Redmi Pad for about a week and haven't noticed any issues. Yes, we can always pick this and that, but overall it's as close to a perfect price point as we've seen in a long time.
In fact, in 2022, the Redmi Pad, Xiaomi's second tablet (after the Xiaomi Pad 5) with a starting price of Rs 12,999 or Rs 16,999 (price of the best variant) is probably the best quality product on the market right now. The market. Technology market. This includes phones, laptops, watches, wearables and whatever else you want. We don't know what Xiaomi changed to get that price on the box, but we're glad we did. The cheap tablet market is in desperate need of a good product, a cheap Android companion to the iPad. While there is no dearth of tablets from popular brands (Nokia, Motorola, Realme, Lenovo) in the sub-Rs 20,000 tablet segment, there is bound to be a big deal in terms of low-cost performance. In most cases, this affects processors (budget cards get old, chips slow down) and batteries. Some cheap tablets also look like very cheap tablets.
Redmi Pad: Doesn't look like a budget card at all.
Redmi Pad is not like any other budget tablet. And it will amaze you from the moment you hold it in your hand. The construction is really very high quality, with a combination of metal and glass. We have created a mint green color and a very slim and elegant shape with straight sides and a narrow bezel display.
Ultra thin at 7.1mm and weighing 465g, it's lightweight and easy to carry – easily fits into most pockets. Yes, that soft back does take away from the quirks, but it's still a very nice looking tablet. We think the Mint Green looks better than the Xiaomi Pad 5, which costs more. It's longer than the iPad, but it's less wide.
Redmi Pad: Not defined as a budget card either.
This elegant design comes with excellent specifications that far outweigh the price of the device. The 10.6-inch 10-bit LCD screen is incredibly bright and colorful with 2K resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. With four speakers (two on the top of the tablet and two on the bottom) and support for Dolby Atmos, the Redmi Pad is great for watching videos and shows. It is a tool. The display handles images and videos well, and the speakers are powerful enough to fill a small room with high quality distortion sound. There's no 3.5mm audio jack though, which is a bit of a shame at this price as most people still use wired headphones.
The MediaTek Helio G99 chip makes the Redmi Pad a great gaming option. This is a relatively new processor that is far superior to anything the competition has to offer and solves the biggest problem with budget tablets: performance. The Helio G99 is not only better than the popular Helio G96 that we saw in the Redmi Note 11 Pro earlier this year, but it also seems to be able to handle many mid-range phones on the Dimensity 700 chip. In fact, it looks like the famous Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 (in the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus, which starts at Rs 20,000). The tablet comes with three RAM and storage options: 3GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB and 6GB/128GB. Storage can be expanded up to 1 TB with a microSD memory card slot.
The tablet can run many games at low settings and many at high settings. Call of Duty needed a bit of a toning down, but Grimvalor played surprisingly well and Knights of the Old Republic was a joy on the big screen. However, our favorite gaming experience was the Alto Odyssey, which took the speaker and screen combo to a zen level. Gaming on the device is definitely better than any tablet under Rs 20,000 and of course many smartphones are also available at this price.
Redmi Pad: Also the performance side
Multitasking on the Redmi Pad also works very well. The Redmi Pad runs MIUI 13 on top of Android 12, which is actually a step away from the Xiaomi Pad 5, which is now receiving Android 12 with an update. As we wrote in our Xiaomi Pad 5 review, we liked Xiaomi's setup on the tablet interface and it works well on the Redmi Pad as well. Some complain that it is too similar to the iPad operating system; We don't think we have much to complain about.
You can run multiple apps, switch between them, and if you switch to the two main RAM options (4GB/128GB and 6GB/128GB, the base 3GB won't work), you can run apps side-by-side on the screen. It has floating windows to control the application while working from Run Mode section and others. We do not recommend you to overdo it (not the Xiaomi Pad 5), but in general it works very well. There's no active stylus or keyboard cover support for the Redmi Pad, but it's compatible with all capable styluses and works well with any Bluetooth keyboard for those who want to switch to productivity mode on it.
Talking about performance, the Redmi Pad doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, but it does have a very fast face recognition. However, you will need a password for financial transactions. The tablet has a decent 8.0MP rear camera and an excellent 8.0MP selfie/video calling camera on the front, which Xiaomi placed on the long side rather than the top of the tablet for better positioning for video calls. In the coming days, the front camera will get a feature called Focus Frame, which adjusts the frame to your movements and zooms in when needed. Welcome to iPad Shades.
Redmi Pad: Long battery life with proven software improvements
The nuances of Apple tablets are evident in the Redmi Pad's battery life. The 8000 mAh battery inside the device can easily last a whole day, which means lots of browsing, gaming, word processing and watching a lot more videos (it's great for that). We have ten to ten hours for watching videos or playing games, which is in the range of the iPad. The tablet supports 18W charging and a 22.5W charger is included. Charging takes about three hours, but that's average at this price.
As mentioned above, the Redmi Pad runs MIUI 13 on top of Android 12. We're told the tablet will receive two more Android updates, three years of Android security updates and three years of MIUI updates. In terms of connectivity, you get Bluetooth and Wi-Fi but no SIM connectivity (understandable at this price).
Redmi Pad: without competition
The starting price of Rs 12,999 for the 3GB/64GB base model is incredible, though it compromises some multitasking capabilities, while the 4GB/128GB variants are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB/ 128GB, Red. The pad is incredible value for money. And it really has no competition in terms of what it brings to the table. In fact, the performance is so good that we have no hesitation in recommending it as the best tablet you can buy not only under 15,000 Birr, but also under 20,000 Birr.
The budget tablet that everyone has been waiting for since the tablet market recovered from the pandemic is the best. If the iPad is too expensive for you, you finally have a good, well-functioning and affordable tablet from 2015!
Our advice is from 2015: close your eyes and buy .
Buy Redmi Pad
- Beautiful design
- Very good advertisement
- Soft translator
- Good battery life
- Good sound
- No 3.5 mm audio jack
- There is no fingerprint scanner.
- The base model does not support some multitasking functions.
Redmi Pad Review: At a starting price of Rs 12,999, the Redmi Pad is one of the most affordable tablets in the Indian market.
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