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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Hands On: A Worthy Upgrade After Two Years? (Video)

by Joe 13

Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 was announced just a few days back and we have already got our hands on the 7.9-inch tablet. We got to play around with the tab for the past few days and our first Mi Pad 3 Hands on video is already out. You can check out the video below to see what’s new in the design and the changes in the hardware.

The new Xiaomi tablet comes with all the goodies that you would expect in a device in 2017. You have a large 7.9-inch 2K display up front along with a capable 6600mAh battery to power the device all day. In fact, Xiaomi claims that the tablet can playback videos for up to 12 hours on a single charge. We’ll confirm that soon. Inside, you have the less popular MTK MT8176 hexa-core processor sporting 2 x Cortex A72 cores + 4 x Cortex A53 cores inside. This along with 4GB of RAM provides pretty decent performance, but we’ll focus on the performance of the tablet in the full review coming soon.

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READ MORE: Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 with a Large 6600mAh Battery Launched, Priced at 1499 Yuan (~$217)

You get 64GB ROM inside with no MicroSD expansion — a shame since the original one had this feature. Further, the tablet starts at $220 in China, but as usual, the demand for the tab is quite high at the moment, giving its third party reseller pricing a boost. At present, you can get hold of the Mi Pad 3 on giztop for $249.99.

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A full review of the tablet is on the way after this Mi Pad 3 hands on video, so make sure to check back on or you can subscribe to gizmochina’s youtube account > enable notification to get an update when the video is out.

Also, read full Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 specs from here.

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  • Jack Wong

    New iPad for sure if that is the price tag for a Android tablet.

    • balcobomber25

      A comparable iPad costs $399.

      • Jack Wong

        It is still worth it, iOS + the hardware.

        • balcobomber25

          I’d take MIUI over iOS any day but that’s just me

          • MaxPower

            Me too. How can you compare any Android version with iOS and all its limitations? And let’s not forget the hardware limitations of the lightning port.

          • balcobomber25

            Yup. But I do recommend iOS for family and friends who aren’t good with technology.

          • randominternetperson

            Speaking of limitations this particular tablet doesn’t even have a micro sd card! Xiaomi is getting way over their heads just like Huawei.

          • MaxPower

            So the answer is Apple? With thousands of limitations?

  • princetom

    This is just steps backward from all indications.

  • Christo

    What were Xiaomi thinking? Putting in a crap SoC and taking away microSD? What a disappointment. No purchase from me.

  • Max Müller

    This tablets is crap. I thought it would be an 2 in 1 device with an intel core m5 and 8gb of ram. Running Windows 10. This is just a disappointment and a shame for Xiaomi. Their devices gets more and more crappy for their price.
    Why didn’t they asked their customers for their needs? If i buy a Chinese tablet soon it will be a teclast x5 pro or a cube i9.

  • Christo

    This is one of 2 Xiaomi devices that I was interested in purchasing this year that’s turned out to be a disappointment, that I’m no longer interested in now. The other being the Mi Max 2.

  • NextHype

    Xiaomi can’t compete with Teclast, Cube and Chuwi. This device doesn’t disappoint : completely off target, as usual. Too bad, Xiaomi could have pulled a nice dual boot device with Apollo Lake or Core M CPU and 4/6GB RAM. Now they can just sell their (“popular”) MT8176 crap to chinese grandmas.