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The Realme Pad Mini and Buds Air 3 debut in India

The mighty, mini Realme Pad. (Source: Realme)
The mighty, mini Realme Pad. (Source: Realme)
Realme India has made the Pad Mini official today (April 29, 2022). The OEM has brought the Unisoc Tiger T616-powered, 8.7-inch HD+ display slate to its new market in both Wi-Fi only and 4G/LTE-enabled forms. It has landed alongside the Buds Air 3, Realme's latest TWS earbuds.

Realme's latest Android tablet for the Indian market might be the Mini variant of its line; nevertheless, the OEM touts it as "mighty" (and also "powerful") in its promos. This might be due to its "large" enough display with 3 eye health-friendly reading modes and battery, packed into a chassis that, as Realme asserts, is thinner than many new smartphones.

Then again, its standard 18W power brick will not be challenging that of the GT Neo 3 for speed any time soon. However, the Pad Mini is rated to fit right into a Realme fan's device ecosystem, which is the most Realme made of the tablet's Android 11-based UI during its presentation. Therefore, it might go well with more of Realme's latest products, the Buds Air 3 for preference.

These new TWS earbuds have been set at a price of INR 3,999 (~US$52), for which they offer active noise cancellation (ANC) to the appreciable tune of 42 decibels. In terms of looks, though, either the Starry Blue or Galaxy White colorways might go best with the gray or powder-blue Pads Mini, as the buds' third Nitro Blue option is clearly pitched as a Neo 3 accompaniment.

By contrast, the new Unisoc Tiger T616-powered Android tablet starts at INR 10,999 (~US$144) for a 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage base model. Upgrading this option to 4G/LTE connecitivity brings that up to INR 12,999 (~$170).

The Pad Mini's top-end 4GB/64GB SKUs are also to be released to the Indian market, in Wi-Fi only and 4G/LTE-capable variants. They are priced at INR 12,999 and INR 14,999 (~$196) respectively - however, all 4 new SKUs will have discounts of up to INR 1,999 (~US$26) during their first week on (May 2-9, 2022) to mark their brand's anniversary event.

The Buds Air 3 have also now arrived in India. (Source: Realme)
The Buds Air 3 have also now arrived in India. (Source: Realme)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-29 (Update: 2022-04-29)