Chinese Smartphone Xiaomi has unveiled a tablet likened to a much cheaper version of Apple’s popular iPad. Guess what the firm called it. The Mi Pad, of course.
The Next Web reported Thursday Xiaomi unveiled the new product in Beijing bringing to an end plenty of rumors that popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi would be branching out into manufacturing tablets.
“The device has a 2GB RAM, a 16GB ROM, and will support up to 128GB via a memory expansion card. It comes with an eight-megapixel back camera and a five-megapixel front camera,” The Next Web said.
“We hope to put pressure on Apple,” Xiaomi’s Lei Jun said, adding Xiaomi spent as long as four years planning its first tablet.
Mi Pad measures 7.9 inches and is available in six colors. It has a 2048 x 1536 screen from Sharp and Youda, and sports the 2.2 Ghz Tegra K1 – the first tablet to use the Nvidia processor.
The tablet runs on a highly customizable MIUI firmware, which is based on Google’s Android.
Xiaomi will sell the tablet for 1499 yuan ($240) for a Wifi-only 16 GB version. A 64GB version sells for 1699 yuan (around $273).
According to next web, Xiaomi is yet to fix a launch date for the device, though the firm may start open testing in June, with further tweaks based on initial customer feedback