Last year, the Mi Pad 2 of Xiaomi made sparks: with its Intel chipset, the small competitor of the iPad Mini marked the spirits. Now its log jam would be on the point of arrival. And no more hiding its ambition: go get the Apple iPad Pro.

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The year Xiaomi introduced the Mi Pad 2, a very different model of the first tablet Xiaomi. For two reasons. First, the nVidia K1 chipset has been replaced by an Intel Atom SoC. Then, Android was replaced by another operating system: Windows 10. It must be said that the association Intel / Windows is particularly natural. However, for all those allergic to Windows (or anyone who does not want a second PC), Xiaomi had also planned an Android version.

A new tablet coming to Xiaomi in 2017

A year later, we naturally expect a new tablet to land one day at a time. And that should not be long. A press conference would be scheduled for December 30, 2016. And the tablet should be there in the first week of 2017. A certainty born of the escape of many institutional visuals revealing in detail the slate and its characteristics.

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On the program this year, Xiaomi would have planned not a competitor of the iPad mini, but an opponent for the iPad Pro 9.7.

  • Indeed, the size of the touch panel goes from 7.9 inches to 9.7 inches, the historical size of the Cupertino slate tiles.
  • The resolution is also identical: 2048 x 1536 pixels. That is 264 pixels per inch.
  • The shelf measures 6.08 mm thick and weighs 380 grams.
  • Inside, we logically find again an Intel SoC, but not an Atom model.
  • It would be an M3-7Y30, a 7th generation Intel Core with an Intel HD Graphics 615 processor. 

A competitor of the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface

Like the Mi Pad 2, the Mi Pad 3 should run under Windows 10, thus also positioning itself as an alternative to the Microsoft Surface. To run:

  • The OS, Xiaomi would have provided 8 GB of RAM and 128 to 256 GB of internal storage.
  • The battery, compatible with Quick Charge (curious information, because Quick Charge is a Qualcomm technology associated with Snapdragon), would offer a capacity of 8290 mAh.
  • It would recharge with a USB type-C port.
  • Dual speaker, fingerprint reader, aluminum chassis, the tablet also includes two photo sensors.
  • A first 8-megapixel front for video calls.
  • And a second 16-megapixel rear with dual tone flash and autofocus.
  • To use Windows 10 well, nothing beats a good keyboard.
  • An accessory is therefore provided for this purpose.
  • A complete keyboard dock with an integrated trackpad would be offered in addition to the modest sum.

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Let’s finish with the price: this tablet would be proposed to 2000 yuan in version 128 GB and 2300 yuan in 256 GB version. Either, respectively, 280 euros and 320 euros. We are far from the price of Surface and iPad Pro. Xiaomi will play as always the very aggressive price card.