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Xiaomi announced Mi Pad, the first Tegra K1 tablet

Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile phone company just announced the Mi Pad, the first tablet that features Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 processor. The tablet was unveiled at a conference in Beijing, and has received confirmation only for Chinese prices. There is no actual release date attached to Mi Pad, but there will be a beta test program in China in early June. Let’s see all the juicy details about this new tablet.

Tech Specs:

  • 7.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,536px display, 326ppi (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1
  •  “4+1” core 2.2 GHz
  •  192-core PC-Class Kepler GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/64GB storage
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 8 MP back camera
  • 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS,
  • 6700mAh non-removable battery

We’ve got a beast of a tablet in a very small form factor. The size of the screen and resolution are the same as an iPad Mini, so we can suspect that the device will be similar in size as Apple’s tablet. Everything is tucked in a case that’s only 8.5 mm thick, albeit made of glossy plastic. It will weigh 360 grams and will come in lots of colors: red, yellow, blue, green, white and black.

What will the Mi Pad cost? The 16GB version is priced at CN¥1,499, which is the equivalent of about $240, while de 64GB version costs CN¥1,699, or about $270. Considering costs for transport overseas from China, we can assume that when (if) it launches worldwide it may cost $249 for 16GB and $299 for the 64GB.

The announcement of a tablet is somewhat unexpected coming from Xiaomi, a company that stated in the past that has no intention on entering this market, but not a total surprise. Xiaomi launched it’s MIUI interface for the Google Nexus 7 in March, giving us some hints at what it’s working on.

What do you think about this new Mi Pad? Is it enough to put Xiaomi on the tablet manufacturer map?

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Old-school gamer with a cheeky tongue that gets me in trouble. When I'm not playing games, I'm writing about them, preferably in the vicinity of a fridge! Oh, and if you're a Justin Bieber fan, I'm afraid we can't be friends!

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