Mi Pad 5 size rumor and potential launch date: Apple iPad Pro in Xiaomi clothing
Digital Chat Station has offered up some interesting news about the expected Xiaomi Mi Pad 5. Those hoping for something more pocket-sized will be disappointed to learn that the Chinese manufacturer has apparently decided against producing an 8-inch tablet and has instead gone larger. Apple iPad Pro larger. The leaker claims 11 inches is now the magic measurement, which just happens to be the display size of the smaller member of the current iPad Pro generation. Of course, there are hints that there will likely be more than one member of the Mi Pad 5 family, with both the Snapdragon 870 SoC and MediaTek Dimensity 1200 linked with the possible various models in the series (Plus, Pro, etc.).
Along with a rumored stylus, which suspiciously resembles an Apple Pencil, and a number of admittedly fan-made unofficial renders that clearly show the Xiaomi Mi Pad looking like an iPad Pro knock-off, it seems that Xiaomi is targeting the more affluent end of the tablet-buying market. As is well known, the company made its name by offering high-specced hardware for extremely competitive prices. However, it’s rumored the entry-level Mi Pad 5 with 8 GB + 128 GB configuration will have a domestic price of 3,999 yuan, which is about US$614, with an international market price obviously being much higher. The entry-level 11-inch Apple iPad Pro with 6 GB + 128 GB (RAM/storage) costs from US$799.
Whether the rumors and leaks are accurate or not can only be proven when Xiaomi actually releases the Mi Pad 5 – and it might not even bear that name. However, Xiaomi has already revealed that there is a Mega Launch event coming on March 29, and there is a possibility the 2021 Mi Pad might join the more likely suspects (Mi 11 Pro smartphone, etc.) for an unveiling on that date. While there is nothing wrong with the idea of a new premium-level Android-based tablet with attractive high-end specs hitting the store shelves, there has to be some hope that Xiaomi might implement the sort of enticing pricing strategy here that helped build its phenomenal success in the first place.