A little while back I did a detailed unboxing article on the Xiaomi mi pad 5 pro since then I’ve been testing both the pad 5 and the pad 5 pro and it’s been a good 10 weeks or so.
let’s take a look at how Xiaomi’s pad 5 has fared what’s to like and dislike about this new tablet from Xiaomi.
now amongst the tablets that Xiaomi’s launched this the pad 5, it’s the only one they sell globally the 5 pro and the mi pad pro 5g at least for now they are limited to china.
so I feel it makes a lot of sense to start with what the pathway can’t do what it lacks not just in comparison to the uh to its more expensive stablemates but just in general in comparison with other similar tablets.
Cons of mi pad 5
so first there is no fingerprint scanner on mi pad 5 pro or the lack they’re off while the pro the version has one built into the power key.
And that’s been cut here you don’t get face to unlock via the selfie camera though the next thing to note is the lack of a headphone jack you don’t even get an adapter in the box.
so that’s a little bit of a bummer number three on my list is MicroSD this one’s the most disappointing to me tablets are media consumption devices after all and the extra storage would have been very much appreciated here.
And finally, numero Quatro GPS is not a big deal on a tablet that does not have data connectivity but it is still one worth mentioning.
You know-how in the past for some phones Xiaomi and redmi have gone with the glass back but a plastic frame but this one’s the exact opposite we have a metal frame and a plastic back I like it.
Though the matte plastic finish is quite excellent it doesn’t pick up a bunch of fingerprints or smudges and personally, I think with tablets the feel of the sides is more important than the back.
Ports and buttons
Now coming back as far as placements go to the top, we have Dolby vision atmos branding alongside two speakers a microphone, and the power key volume rockers and two more microphones are present to the right and to the bottom.
We have another couple of speakers with one final microphone and of course the USB type c port.
There are a couple of other things to the right you see this is where the Xiaomi smartpen connects it attaches magnetically and the tablet keeps it charged kind of very second-gen Apple pencils now to the left you have this connector that lets you use Xiaomi’s first-party keyboard.
Both of these are optional accessories though in some markets at least initially Xiaomi is including the pen with every knee pad they ship.
Xiaomi Smart Pen
The Xiaomi smartpen you know talking about it, it’s quite nice to use the palm a rejection here is accurate.
It’s comfortable to hold and use it’s got 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity look closer and you’ll see it has two buttons press this one tap on the screen to launch the notes app and you can start writing or sketching.
The same button now lets you switch between brushes and when you press and hold it you trigger the eraser there’s a tiny bit of delay with triggering anything though let’s see this every time I’m done writing a letter I’m actually pressing the button but it takes a little bit of time for that change to trigger.
now the other button you can press to cut out part of the screen for a screenshot you see how slow and deliberate I am here because any quicker and it’s not going to work now that’s not to say there’s a lot of latency it just happens whenever you want to trigger something if you’re just using.
It’s not an issue it’s pretty responsive in that case so hopefully, they can fix this with an update in the future I know I also like how unlike the apple pencil you can use the Xiaomi smartpen for navigation with apple can’t multitask or switch between apps.
You need to resort to you know using your finger again but you can do all that and even swipe from the corner for a quick screenshot that’s an extra feature that’s a bonus.
Now coming to the keyboard it is okay I mean having used both Apple and Samsung’s implementations is a kind of dead mess having a trackpad might not be as big a deal for some but for my keyboards and pointing devices.
They kind of go together with the experience here just felt a little chattering the keyboard itself feels as spacious as possible given the 11-inch tablet we are dealing with the 1.2-millimeter travel I mean typing on this was nice.
Do know that the way Xiaomi is implemented this keyboard means the angle at which the tablet is when you when the keyboard is attached it’s fixed you can’t change it which is something you could do with both apple and Samsung but this angle seems to be fine for most use cases.
Talking about use cases one major use case for tablets especially these days is video conferencing whether it’s talking to loved ones over skype or attending a class or that business called over zoom the selfie camera.
I really wish it was a line for landscape instead of portrait the camera itself does fairly well this is an 8 megapixel f2 with electronic stabilization that shoots good selfies and the selfie video was much better than I anticipated.
Now to the back, we have a single 13-megapixel f2 camera, and from a tablet camera perspective, it feels solid as you can see the images turned out just fine even low light shots with night mode enabled weren’t horrible and if you should shoot video I’d recommend you not to I mean not because 4k30 isn’t usable.
I mean just don’t be that guy from a software perspective we have the tablet version of miui which is just like the regular version of miui but with some cosmetic changes and weird omissions like saying the theme store I can’t believe it’s been seven whole years since the first Mi pad launched.
And we are still asking for team support now batting that.
The user experience is excellent everything feels smooth and fluid on this 120 hertz IPS panel would I have preferred AMOLED hell yes but this is a very good IPS panel.
It’s pretty punchy and has both hdr10, as well as Dolby vision, supports the resolution bdw is a little over quad HD so we get a very crisp 274 pixels per inch 16 by 10 aspect ratio display.
In hand feel
The Xiaomi mi pad 5 is pretty easy on the hands it’s a little over 500 grams it’s 6.9 millimeters thick even with the keyboard case on I didn’t mind the weight usually I mean I do remove the magnetic keyboard case.
From time to time when I read comics or something if I’m using it for a little too long but for the most part the mi pad 5 is pretty wieldable for a tablet with an 11-inch screen.
Gaming on this was a pleasant experience the excellent display the speakers and most importantly the soc on the inside Qualcomm snapdragon 860 which is basically a 855 plus with a new name but even a two-year-old flagship Qualcomm chip manages to perform perfectly fine.
We get 6 GB of ram and 128 or 256 GB of onboard storage.
Battery and charging
Rounding things off is an 8720 milliamp-hour battery the battery life on this thing is insane the idle drain is negligible so even I generally use tablets for a little bit of night reading or watching some videos in bed my usage isn’t particularly taxing so say it’s 45 minutes to an hour each day on average.
And I could get multiple days out of this the ideal battery drain is that low the bat 5 also supports up to 33 watts of charging but at least in some markets Xiaomi is only including a 22.5 watt charger in the box so what.
we have so far built-in design I’m going to call it excellent the display is very good, performance again very good, battery and charging I’m going to bring that back to excellent user experience I leave it very good.
I talk a few points for this being miui and having some ads in it but hey the global rom is supposed to be ad-free so feel free to change the rating if you want.
Price and competition
And finally, the price Xiaomi has priced the pad five at 1999 yuan in china that converts to roughly 23,000 rupees or 310 us dollars in Europe they’ve launched it at 350 euros though which is no surprise.
Given the European prices are generally much higher for this asking price Xiaomi seems to have put together one hell of a tablet probably the best bang for a buck android tablet available today in fact come to think of it there are only two other tablets that I could see myself recommending over this at around this price.
One the Lenovo pad pro 11 that’s the one that’s got pretty much the same specs it’s got an 870 instead just like the Xiaomi pad 5 pro it’s also priced the same as the pad 5 pro what I love about that tablet is the fact that it rates this 120 hertz LCD for a 90-hertz OLED which I think is perfect.
Now the other tablet I see as competition is whatever iPad’s priced around the same I mean with apple you’re gonna have to go back a few years to hit this price point and so the Xiaomi mi pad 5 is gonna be better on all fronts you know the display build.
whatever battery it is gonna have better specs but at the end of the day all, I mean this equation boils down to really apple versus android and sadly Apple has done a much better job with tablet adoption which means there are way more optimized apps for tablets on the apple side of things.
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