Windows 10 might have been off to a shy start, but there are strong-minded voices who claim that Windows 10 is actually going to be the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever. Microsoft is putting a lot of effort into Windows 10, and chances are that it’s going to be here for a long time.
And Xiaomi seems to agree with this, and in a time when the most known mobile OEMs are focusing on Android, the Chinese startup has release a brand new Windows 10 tablet called the Mi Pad 2.
If you have been following news in the tech space, then it might sound familiar to you. And that’s because it is, and, after all, it’s obviously a second-generation; but before you ask, there wasn’t a Windows tablet by the name of Mi Pad before.
In fact, the Mi Pad was Android-only and ran Nvidia’s Tegra K1. With the Mi Pad 2, however, Xiaomi is allowing users to choose between Android or Windows 10. And yes, the tablet does look awfully similar to an iPad mini. Here’s the rest of its features:
- 7.9-inch metal-body, 2048 x 1536 resolution, 326PPI
- Intel Atom Quad-core X5-Z8500, 2.24GHz processor
- 2GB dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 8MP f/2.0 primary camera | 5MP front camera
- 6190mAh battery with 5V/2A fast charging
- 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm and 322 grams
The first-generation Mi Pad had a colorful plastic casing but the new Mi Pad 2 has an all-metal construction which makes it quite similar to the iPad mini.
As expected, the Mi Pad 2 is lighter and thinner than the first-generation Mi Pad, and instead of the Nvidia Tegra K1 chip it now runs Intel’s 64-bit Atom X5-Z8500 processor. Another nice feature is that the tablet comes with a reversible USB Type-C port, as well.
The 16GB Mi Pad 2 will be available in China from November 27th for a price of roughly $156, while the 64GB version will sell for around $200. You also need to know that the Windows 10 version will only be available with 64GB of storage and will go on sale in late December.
Previously it was believed that Xiaomi’s new tablet would dual-boot Windows 10 and Android, but users will actually have to choose between the two operating systems. Also, it’s highly unlikely that the tablet is going to be available for international buyers anytime soon.