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Xiaomi announces the second best iPad Pro and Tab S8 Ultra for power users

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We’ve seen a lot of announcements this week – Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 from Samsung, Razr 2022 from Motorola, and Mi Mix Fold 2 from Xiaomi. However, these weren’t the only products announced. For example, Xiaomi has announced a new tablet, the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro (through GSM arena) as well as a number of other products such as a smartwatch and earbuds.
The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is a refreshed version of the 2021 11-inch version of the tablet of the same name. The latest version is equipped with a larger screen, a more powerful battery and more RAM.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has a large 12.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Some aspects that most consumers don’t like have been down-specced, such as a 120Hz sampling rate instead of 240Hz and 8-bit color depth instead of 10-bit.

Xiaomi has increased the battery capacity from 8,600 mAh to 10,000 mAh and claims it will last more than two days. The slate supports 67W charging, allowing the cell to be topped up from empty to full in 68 minutes.

Despite the larger battery, the 2022 Pad 5 Pro is slimmer than the 2021 version (6.66mm vs. 6.9mm). It features a 50MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor and a 20MP front shooter.
The tablet is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, which fits between the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 888. So while he may not be as fast as the best tablets out there, it should still be fairly fast for the average consumer. It supports USB 3.2 Gen 1 technology and offers a DisplayPort that allows you to connect it to a monitor.

The slate runs on Android 12-based MIUI 13 and also supports a full keyboard and stylus.

The base model comes with 6 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 storage and costs CNY 3000 (~$445). The 8GB+256GB variant costs CNY 3,500 and the maximum version of 12GB+256GB costs CNY 4,200. Xiaomi will only sell WiFi variants.

Overall, this may not be the most specced tablet on the market, but it’s one of the best options in this price range, especially if you’re looking for a large screen with several days of battery life and a fast enough chip that costs no more than $1,000 (I’m looking at your Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra!).

As is the case with many Chinese products that we actually want, this may never make it to international markets.

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