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Xiaomi Redmi Pad Review

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Review
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14 January 2023
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    In early October, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Pad — replenishment in the line of budget tablets of the company. The novelty offers a metal case, decent stuffing and autonomy for a reasonable price tag. But how does the device perform in practice? We find out by studying the opinions of foreign journalists.

    Appearance, screen

    The design and build quality of Redmi Pad feel pricier than its cost, but at the same time executed concisely and neatly. The case is 7 mm thick and made of aluminum, the prints on the back cover are almost invisible. There is no fingerprint scanner, but there is a face unlock feature. Of the connectors, in addition to the standard USB-C, there is a slot for microSD memory cards. However, there is no 3.5 mm jack.

    Xiaomi Redmi Pad

    • Display. The 10.6-inch IPS display has a 5:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1200×2000 (220 ppi). Nice bonus — the maximum refresh rate is 90Hz, which is not common in this price segment. The matrix produces a brightness of 400 nits and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. Overall, the Redmi Pad screen is large for a tablet in this class. In the parameters, color reproduction and refresh rate are configured: you can choose constant 60 Hz, or 90 Hz for dynamic content.

    Performance and autonomy

    The gadget is equipped with a mid-range processor, MediaTek Helio G99. The chip is manufactured using a 6-nm process and contains 8 cores: two Cortex-A76 (2.2 GHz) and six Cortex-A55 (2.0 GHz). The graphics are rendered by the GPU Mali-G57 MC2. The memory configurations are as follows: 3/64 GB, 4/128 GB and 6/128 GB. Basic version with 3 GB of RAM — not the best choice for long-term use, so reviewers recommend looking at older modifications.

    Xiaomi Redmi Pad

    • Performance. Editor Business Insider India reviews positively about the performance of Redmi Pad: the iron is enough for comfortable web surfing, watching video content and gaming at medium settings, such as Call Of Duty Mobile. Although the form factor for games is not the most convenient, the publication noted. In benchmarks, the novelty of the stars from the sky is not enough, but against the background of price competitors it looks decent. The absence of throttling is also important. In the Throttle CPU test, the device was able to maintain 87% of its peak performance for 30 minutes.

    Xiaomi Redmi Pad

    • Autonomy. An, 8000 mAh battery is responsible for autonomy. The charging speed is normal: a complete 22.5 W power supply replenishes the battery by 100% in 2 hours and 21 minutes. According to GSMarena measurements, Redmi Pad operates for 15 hours 46 minutes from a full charge. In web surfing mode and 13 hours 40 minutes. Plays the video.

    Stereo sound

    Redmi Pad received a four-speaker audio system with Dolby Atmos support. Thanks to this technology, the sound is quite voluminous and not too sharp, there are no unnecessary noises and vibrations. At the same time, the maximum volume is at -23.9 LUFS, which is rated as “Excellent” in the GSMarena rating. On the resource page, you can listen to sound recordings from the tablet speakers (approximate quality you can expect).

    MIUI cameras and features

    The tablet has two cameras of 8 megapixels: main and front. The first in good lighting produces frames with decent detail and dynamic range. The front camera is distinguished by an extended viewing angle of 105 degrees. And for video calls via Messenger and WhatsApp, the Focus Frame — it detects faces and keeps them in the center of the frame, cropping the image. Presently, journalists have not been able to test the chip, it will probably appear in future software updates. The maximum quality of video recording from both sensors — 1080p at 30 fps.

    Xiaomi Redmi Pad

    • Redmi Pad runs MIUI 13 based on Android 12. Xiaomi promises two major OS updates (presumably to MIUI 15 and Android 14) as well as three years of security patches. There is firmware optimization for tablets, but there are few unique features. The interface of regular utilities (“Settings”, “Notes”, “Explorer”) is conveniently divided into two halves. In the presence of a two-window mode, which, however, almost does not differ from the smartphone counterpart. It is also possible to dock two floating windows on the same screen.

    Summary

    Overall, the reviewers agreed that the Redmi Pad — one of the best solutions in the low-cost tablet segment today. There are significant drawbacks like the lack of a headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner. But the device pleases with a bright 90-Hz display, stereo sound, good performance and high autonomy. The cost of Redmi Pad, depending on the version, is: $145 (3/64 GB), $165 (4/128 GB) and $190 (6 + 128 GB).
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