Xiaomi Mi Pad vs. Mi Pad 2: Fun is not expensive anymore!

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, also available in Windows 10 version, comes with many improvements over its predecessor, but are these improvements worth the price tag? Let’s find out. The most notable change is the processor i.e. Mi Pad uses Nvidia Tegra K1 Quadcore processor, while Mi Pad 2 uses Intel Atom Quadcore 64-bit processor. The next big change is the design as Mi Pad 2 gets rid of all the shiny plastic and comes wrapped in a more premium-looking metal chassis.

Other than the different processors and design, there are also some subtle changes worth mentioning. Mi Pad 2 is 38 grams lighter than its predecessor, but that comes at the cost of a downgraded battery. The new tablet is also considerably thinner @18% and measures just 6.95mm, making it a pleasure to use and carry around, while it also features thinner bezels and a bigger screen-to-body ratio. However, Mi Pad 2 takes away the freedom of expanding storage as it does not features a micro-SD card slot, which could prove to be a deal breaker for many as not everybody would be willing to buy the 64GB version. Mi Pad 2 also features fast charging and a USB Type C connector, compared to its predecessor’s typical microUSB v2.0 connector. Let’s have a look at key specifications of both the devices before going any further.

Mi Pad Specifications

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Parts Specs
Build Glossy plastic body
cellular No Cellular connectivity
Dimensions and weight 202 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
Display 7.9 inch IPS LCD 4:3, 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution @326ppi,
protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating System Launched with Android Kitkat 4.4.4
Chipset/CPU/GPU Nvidia Tegra K1/Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15/ 192-core
ULP GeForce Kepler
Storage 16/64 GB, expandable up to 256GB via mico-SD card
Cameras 8MP Rear and 5MP front
Speaker Stereo speakers
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0, NO GPS & Radio
USB Connector microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Sensors Gyro, Accelerometer
Battery Li-Po 6700 mAh non removable battery


Mi Pad 2 Specifications

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Parts Specs
Build Metal Body
cellular No Cellular connectivity
Dimensions and weight 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95 mm, 322 grams
Display 7.9 inch IPS LCD 4:3, 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution @326ppi, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Operating System Android or Windows 10
Chipset/CPU/GPU Intel Atom X5-Z8500. Quadcore 2.24 Ghz/ Intel HD Graphics
Storage 16/64 GB, NO Card slot
Cameras 8MP Rear and 5MP front
Speaker Stereo speakers
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, NO GPS & Radio
USB Connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Sensors Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass
Battery Li-Po 6700 mAh non-removable battery with support for fast charging



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  • Stunning Display
  • Silky-smooth touch experience
  • Excellent performance
  • Decent cameras
  • Good battery life


Pros and Cons

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  • Mi Pad 2 is notably faster than Mi Pad
  • Newer tablet features metal design
  • Mi Pad offers expandable storage
  • Mi Pad offers better value for the money

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  • No cellular connectivity
  • 4:3 displays not suitable for watching movies and multimedia content
  • Limited availability


Design and Display

Mi Pad is a huge improvement over its predecessor when it comes to design as all the shiny plastic has been replaced with a metal chassis for a premium finish and feel. The new tablet is also lighter, thinner and has lesser bezels. Both tablets feature almost the same display, which are incredibly sharp and a pleasure to look at.


This is where things get interesting as Mi Pad is powered by a significantly more capable Intel Atom Quadcore processor. Online benchmarks show Mi Pad 2 scoring as much as double than its predecessor. Mi Pad 2 scores close to 80,000 compared to Mi Pad, which manages to score in range of 40,000-45,000 in Antutu benchmarks. Although benchmark results are not an accurate representation of the real-world performance, they do help in getting an idea about the raw power.


Although on paper the battery capacity has been reduced from 6700mAh to 6190mAh, this should not be a problem when it comes to real-world battery performance. The Mi Pad 2 comes with better battery optimizations and the Intel Atom processor is also more power efficient. One is expected to get considerably more battery juice out of the new tablet compared to the older one.

Storage and Operating System

Xiaomi possibly removed the sdcard slot in Mi Pad 2 due to its slimmer design, but many users won’t be happy with the decision. Unless you are buying a 64 GB version of the new tablet, lack of expandable storage can be a serious problem. With Mi Pad, you are limited to Android, but Mi Pad 2 opens up the world of computing and offers a variant loaded with Windows 10.  Both have their own advantages as Android is better optimized and a polished mobile OS, while Windows is more practical if you want to run desktop apps and want desktop-type computing on the go.


So what which one is better? It totally depends on your budget and what you want to do with the tablet. If you want the best value for money, then Mi Pad is arguably a much better deal, but if you are looking for a premium design and stunning performance, Mi Pad 2 is the clear winner. Both tablets come with a stunning display, decent performance and almost similar specifications (other than the processor) so you won’t be disappointed after buying either of them.

How to Buy

Just follow the links (first for Mi Pad, second for Mi Pad 2), which would take to the product page with shipping and other details. Both tablets (64 GB version) are available at a discount so hurry up before the stock runs out!

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