After Xiaomi had announced its Mi3 smartphone, its competitive price tag of $332 (USD) has surpassed other flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S4. Thanks to its Snapdragon 800 chipset coupled with its 2 GB of RAM, and a 1080 pixel display on a 5 inch screen, Xiaomi brought the perfect product in the shape of a smartphone. On this occasion, Xiaomi have replicated the perfect product by releasing a product that comes in the form of a high performing tablet. Named the Mi Pad, and being pitted against Apple’s iPad Air, here are five reasons why Xiaomi’s Mi Pad will easily beat Apple’s flagship tablet.
Lots of tablets are incorporated with Qualcomm’s power Snapdragon chipsets with Krait processors that are able to deliver superior performance in a consumer friendly price tag. For Xiaomi, they have gone two steps ahead by incorporating their Mi Pad with Nvidia’s K1 processor, which easily beats all rivaling mobile processors, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801. That automatically means that Apple’s A7 processor, which is currently present in its flagship tablet, the iPad Air, will easily be bested by Nvidia’s K1 processor. Keep in mind, that the A7 processor also happens to be a very powerful and energy efficient processor. The Mi Pad possesses a processor clock frequency of 2.2 GHz in a quad core package. In simple terms, what that means is that Nvidia’s K1 processor will be able to handle whatever demanding applications you can throw towards it, including free calling apps and demanding mobile video games.
Although Apple’s iPad Air is able to deliver superior performance when it is put head to head against other tablets, we will know who the victor will be once it is pitted against Xiaomi’s Mi Pad. Incorporated with 2 GB of RAM compared to Apple’s iPad Air 1 GB, the Mi Pad’s extra amount of RAM will allow you to multitask and open dozens of applications at the same time without experiencing any form of stuttering or delay from the device. That is the performance that people require these days. Perhaps this is the reason why Xiaomi has started becoming widely known as the ‘Apple of China’.
Now, in majority of the cases, only a handful of tablets have an option of expanding your storage capabilities. Where Apple is concerned, none of their products come with expandable storage options, which automatically mean that if you are the kind of person who requires a high amount of storage in their mobile device, then you are going to have to pay a lot to acquire Apple’s iPad Air. As far as, Xiaomi’s Mi Pad is concerned, you will be getting expandable storage options for a maximum storage capacity of up to 128 GB. Although purchasing a high performing micro SD card of such a high capacity will set you back quite a bit, the performance gain will be worth the trade – off. In all aspects, sticking this solution will be far cheaper than purchasing an iPad Air with a storage capacity of 128 GB.
Previously, the 802.11 n was widely known as the fastest performing wireless standard around. With a maximum speed bandwidth of up to 450 Mbps (Mega bits per second), you could achieve a satisfactory amount of streaming speed and internet browsing performance. With technology, something always better comes up along the way and that happens to be the 802.11 ac wireless standard, which has a maximum bandwidth of 1300 Mbps. Where Apple’s iPad Air is concerned, this particular product only supports the 802.11 n wireless standard.
If this tablet is connected to a network connection that supports the 802.11 ac wireless standard, then the tablet will only be limited to the 802.11 n’s maximum speed, which puts a relatively large limitation on it. However, Xiaomi’s Mi Pad supports the 802.11 ac wireless standard, so any wireless speed limitations that you were encountering in the iPad Air will easily be overcome by this tablet. The support for a faster wireless standard will only mean that your internet browsing and streaming speed will be much faster, and you will be able to experience flawless voice calling quality when you call your friends and loved ones through free calling apps.
No matter how good a product is, perhaps the biggest deciding factor of being acquired by a consumer happens to be its price. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi Pad comes in two storage capacity variants:
Currently, the iPad Air with the largest storage capacity model (128 GB) has a price tag of $799, which makes your tablet purchasing decision a whole lot easier. The plus side of purchasing a 64 GB Mi Pad will be that you will be paying nearly one third of the price and getting far better performance and features. In addition, if the internal storage of 64 GB in the Mi Pad is limiting you, you can always remove this, by choosing to purchase a 128 GB external micro SD card. SanDisk is popular for manufacturing high performing micro SD cards, and their 128 GB card will set you back by $199.99. Even if you decide to take this route, you will still have plenty of cash left over for which you can end up purchasing other products. The breakdown of the iPad Air’s storage and price table has been given below:
Keep in mind that the above pricing details have only been provided for the ‘Wi Fi only’ version. The iPad Air also comes in a ‘Wi Fi + Cellular connectivity’ version which is far more expensive than the normal version. However, since the Mi Pad does not feature a cellular connectivity option, it would have been pointless to include this comparison.
Armed with Nvidia’s K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, an option of expandable storage, a high performing wireless standard, a beyond HD resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels), and an unbeatable price tag, you can never go wrong if you decide to pick the Mi Pad over Apple’s iPad Air.
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