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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Coming Soon? Bigger Screen, Bigger Battery, and More

by Habeeb Onawole 18

Tablet sales are dwindling every year but some manufacturers still manage to push out a couple of new models in the hope that those who want to upgrade their old tablets still have a list to choose from. Xiaomi which is known for its mobile phones already has two tablets under its belt: the Mi Pad which launched with an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip back in 2014 and the Mi Pad 2 with its Intel Atom processor released in November, 2015. It is over a year since the Mi Pad 2 was released, and there has been no news of a Mi Pad 3 until today.

Mi Pad 3

It is important to mention that Xiaomi has not released any statement about a new tablet launch, so please take this with a pinch of salt.

The Mi Pad 3 news comes in form of a leaked presentation. The new tablet is bigger than the previous ones, as it now sports a 9.7” retina display (2048 x 1536) compared to the 7.9” screen size of previous generations.

Mi Pad 3 Screen mi-pad-3-design

The body of the Mi Pad 3 is still an all-metal device but is now thinner at 6.08mm. However, it weighs more (380g) due to the large screen and bigger battery which has been bumped up to 8290mAh and has quick charge 3.0 support. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom which is flanked by speaker grilles on both sides.

Xiaomi is still working with Intel on this one and have equipped the Mi Pad 3 with a 7th Gen Core M processor (m3-7Y30) and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU. The document also says the RAM has received a massive bump to 8GB and users will be able to choose either 128GB or 256GB of storage. The Mi Pad 3 will also come with a fingerprint scanner.

Mi Pad 3 SoC Mi Pad 3 battery Mi Pad 3 Camera

While a tablet is not really the device you might want to pull out to take a picture, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a good camera for those moments when you have no other device nearby. Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 3 is getting hooked up with a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone flash and an 8MP front facing camera for video calls and selfies.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is expected to launch with Windows 10 and come pre-installed with the MS Office Suite and Cortana. It will also have an additional keyboard dock in case you need to use it for serious work. There is no mention of an android version and we are not going to be surprised if there isn’t one on the long run. Since Microsoft is Xiaomi’s new best friend, we guess the decision to make this a windows only device stems from the recent partnership between both companies.

Mi Pad 3 USB Type-C mi-pad-3-windows-10 Mi Pad 3 price Mi Pad 3 keyboard

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Pricing for the Mi Pad 3 according to the document will start at ¥1999 (~$289) for the 128GB version and ¥2299 (~$333) for the 256GB version. The additional keyboard dock will cost just ¥99 (~$14).

The Mi Pad 3 is expected to be released on the 30th of December.

What do you think about the new Mi Pad 3? Let’s read your opinion in the comment box.

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  • economistor

    Only one USB port???

  • Shofi’i Quraqurajava

    Nice nice very nice..
    Hope It cost around 300$ and It Will beat cube i7book with m3 6y30

  • Lupo

    This keyboard is ugly.

  • Fred

    How about an android version with a SD821 or a X20 with 4G?

    • princetom

      Why is all these Chinese dumb all of a sudden? I want 3g/4g connection.

      • Henk Janssens

        Pair your Windows or Android phone with it and you’ll have 3G/4G with a press of a finger on the tablet. Or even make it auto connect. And no extra sim needed.
        Just a very few people will need always on 3G/4G.

        • Rico Alexander

          That’s not an adequate solution, because it 1. eats phone battery life. 2. for iphone users autoconnect isn’t really autoconnect 3. people want always connected devices, not press button, turn on hotspot etc.

  • illystor

    The renders have no sign anywhere on the body of where such a keyboard accessory would dock with the tablet. The keyboard looks like a fairly generic dock as seen on things like the HiPro 10 and others, seemingly plastic body. If Xiaomi was planning on making a larger tablet and providing a keyboard accessory for it worth having, they would more likely emulate the Surface Type Cover keyboards, or at least something with higher quality and better design than that pictured above. Not saying that these are assuredly fake, but I guess I’m just a little sceptical at the moment.

  • Wolvie

    Hmmm if Original price is $333 then no hope already because china online re-seller will jack off the price to $500.

    With this kind of high pricing then i better buy lenovo Yoga 510 with better specs (keyb included) , cheaper price, and come with 1 year local warranty.

  • jimberkas

    i suspect this is bullshit.
    don’t want a 9.7 inch inch windows tablet anyway, its too small. had a 10.1 in windows tab with keyboard and just gave it away to sister in law. need at least 11.6 inch for windows! got an 11.6 inch windows and chrome book, much better. now i would be interested in an android version of this mi pad…

    • Wolvie

      Yeah i’ve been using Thinkpad X230 before. It got 12″ LCD and still feel too small for 8 flat working hour everyday.

      Cannot imagine using 10″ LCD for working LOL, maybe ok for entertainment for definitely not for working. Oh and i am quite sure it will ruin your eyes faster.

      • Henk Janssens

        Entertainment, news, reading and so on. For the occasional missing app, Bluestacks will do the job.

    • Henk Janssens

      It isn’t. It’s great.
      Also the Core M has the power to run Bluestacks. So there’s even no need for Android based tablets anymore.

  • Mega

    quite good

  • Henk Janssens

    For us Europeans we have to add tax and import duties.
    Still. Very nice. It’s on my short list.

  • Alexey Smirnov

    I want 8-9 inch display tablet.

    • Alexey Smirnov

      And i want MIUI on tablet.

  • ébrenjáró

    Let me guess, no GPS again.