Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet launched in India: first impressions

Xiaomi Pad 5 is already available in the global markets since last year. The latest Xiaomi tablet offers decent performance but still misses out on a few things.

After a long break, the Chinese tech giant once again entered the tablet market in India. The company added a new member to its tablet portfolio in India. Xiaomi launched the all-new Xiaomi Pad 5. Meanwhile, this Xiaomi device is a feature-packed tablet, unlike any other in this price segment. The latest Pad 5 tablet also offers a high-resolution display and a powerful processor. Moreover, the new Xiaomi tab comes with a Xiaomi Smart Pen support.

There are a few notable omissions on the latest Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet with these key features. Meanwhile, these shortcomings could turn out as a deal-breaker for some tablet lovers. To discuss everything, first, let’s look at the new Xiaomi tab. Also Read – Oppo Pad tablet launch date in India

Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet officially debuts in India, with feature rich functionality
Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet officially debuts in India, with feature-rich functionality

Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet in India

The Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet is the latest premium tablet in the country. It comes with a 2.5k+ display, Dolby Atmos audio, and an octa-core Snapdragon processor. Furthermore, the all-new Xiaomi tablet comes in two storage options with up to 256GB of storage. The latest Xiaomi Pad 5 starts at Rs 26999 in India in terms of pricing. Let’s take a look at the pricing for these variants.

Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet price in India

Xiaomi Pad 5 price in India starts at Rs 26999 for the base variant with 128GB of storage. There is also another 256GB storage variant with a price tag of Rs 28999 in the country. The Chinese tech players also announced some introductory offers for this premium tablet during the launch event.

Xiaomi Pad tablet price starts at Rs 26999 in India, as introductory offer comes for Rs 24999
Xiaomi Pad tablet price starts at Rs 26999 in India, as the introductory offer comes for Rs 24999
  • Launch Offers and Color Options

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is available for sale in India at Rs 24999 for the base model with 128GB of storage as part of an introductory offer. The 256GB storage variant is available for Rs 26999. Keep in mind that this introductory offer will be up and running until May 7. Meanwhile, Xiaomi is offering this premium tablet in the Cosmic Grey color option.

  • Accessories with Xiaomi tablet

Interested customers can purchase their pad device via the Amazon India, Xiaomi India website, Mi Home Store, and other offline retailers. The company also launched the Xiaomi Pad Keyboard and Xiaomi 12 Pro in India. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Keyboard can connect with the tablet via contact pins. These contact pins are present at the bottom of the tablet. Keep in mind that the Xiaomi Pad Keyboard needs to be purchased separately.

Xiaomi Pad 5 Unboxing

The all-new Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet comes inside a big box packaging. The front of the box lists the important emphasizing features such as 2.5K+ display resolution, Dolby Atmos Audio, and others. Once we opened the box, we found the Xiaomi Tab and some documentation and paperwork. Besides this, we also found a USB Type-C to USB Type-A charging cable and a 22.5W Xiaomi charger. Although, the Xiaomi tablet can support up to 33W of fast charging.

The latest Xiaomi tablet box packaging with key features mentioned on the top
The latest Xiaomi tablet box packaging with key features mentioned on the top
  • Plastic build tablet

Design-wise the Xiaomi tablet is not very heavy. Here, the Xiaomi Pad 5 comes with a plastic build on the rear side. However, most of the brands generally offer metal back on their tablets. But this time, Xiaomi also did some cost-cutting and offered a plastic back. However, the frame of the tablet is metallic.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is not a one-hand device. To access the tablet, we need to use both hands. Talking about the front, the Selfie camera placement is also on the shorter side, i.e., while doing video calls and conferencing, we have to hold the tablet vertically. It would have been excellent if Xiaomi had placed the selfie camera horizontally rather than vertically.

Ports and Button placement on the latest Xiaomi tab device
Ports and Button placement on the latest Xiaomi tab device

Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet: Specifications

The premium Xiaomi Pad 5 runs on Android 11 and MIUI 13 for Pad. Meanwhile, this Xiaomi custom skin comes with several tablet-friendly optimizations. Moreover, it will allow users to run the apps in floating windows. Here, the interface is heavily customized. With many customizations, it worked smoothing during the basic tasks.

  • 2.5K Display with IPS Ratings

The latest premium Xiaomi tablet device sports a 10.95-inch 2.5k+ display. Furthermore, this display offers a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 120Hz refresh rate. This 10.95-inch display also comes on an IPS LCD panel. It provides a screen resolution of 1600×2560 pixels. Moreover, the 120Hz refresh rate makes the UI feel more fluid.

The fiifth iteration device key highlighting features and specifications
Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet key highlighting features and specifications

The Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet also sports HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision certification. It will help for better contrast and colors in terms of other display features. Meanwhile, it delivers a pixel density of 275ppi. Additionally, this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 650 nits. In our testing, we found that even the display is not AMOLED. However, still, the display quality is excellent. Viewing angles are also decent. The brightness is also good on this Xiaomi tablet.

  • Snapdragon processor on Xiaomi tablet

Under the hood, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC powers the Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet. Additionally, this processor is a 7 nm-based processor. Furthermore, this chipset pairs with Adreno 640 GPU and 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM as standard. The latest Xiaomi Pad also carries up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Meanwhile, another downgrade is that the device does not feature a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

In our usage experience, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 appears to be a bit outdated. But this processor is good enough for the tablet’s productivity and entertainment needs. Another sad part is that the latest Xiaomi tablet comes with Wi-Fi-only connectivity; we don’t get a cellular variant.

  • Gaming Performance

In terms of gaming performance, the Xiaomi Pad 5 aces. With a big display, we loved the gaming performance of this tablet. We played games like BGMI, CoD, and others on the highest settings. We did not notice any issues or frame drops while gaming. Additionally, the Xiaomi tab received an AnTuTu benchmark score of above 5.5 lacs on papers. Overall, the performance is excellent.

The latest tablet features a single 13MP rear camera which is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps frame rate
The latest Xiaomi tablet features a single 13MP rear camera which is capable of 4K video recording at 30fps frame rate
  • Single Rear Camera Setup

The latest Xiaomi tablet comes with a 13MP camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture at the back. This rear camera supports up to 4K video recording at a 30fps frame rate. Furthermore, the rear camera also supports document scanning in original, enhanced, and black and white modes.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 gets an 8MP selfie camera sensor with an f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. This front camera supports up to Full-HD+ video recording at a 30fps frame rate. Xiaomi claims that the dual microphone on the tablet will suppress the outdoor noise and reduce ambient noise. It will also enhance the audio of the speaker. Overall, the camera quality is decent.

  • Massive Battery with fast charging

Xiaomi Pad 5 packs an 8720mAh battery along with 33W fast charging support. However, as mentioned above, the company is bundling a 22.5W charger within the box. Xiaomi claims that the inbuilt battery can deliver over 16 hours of video playback time on a single charge cycle. The 33W fast charger is needed to be purchased separately. We understood that the battery could efficiently run for around 2-3 days with regular usage. The big battery is the only reason for this excellent performance.

Side-by-Side thickess comparision between Xiaomi Pad 5 and the iPad Air model
Side-by-Side thickness comparison between Pad 5 and the iPad Air model
  • Connectivity and Sensors

The Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v5.0. It also gets a USB Type-C with OTG support in terms of connectivity options. The Xiaomi tablet does not have GPS support. Similarly, for sensors onboard, the tablet includes an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensors, and Orientation sensor.

The fingerprint sensor is missing from the tablet. However, the Face unlocking feature works fine in lighting conditions. One of the biggest complaints from Xiaomi is the missing 3.5mm headphone jack on this tablet. Regarding other connectivity options, the Xiaomi tablet does support dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5. Moreover, it also gets OTG support with a USB Type-C port.

  • Other Features

The Xiaomi Pad 5 also includes quad speakers along with Dolby Atmos support. It also gets Hi-Res support for both wired and wireless. The quad speakers are highly impressive. The Dolby Atmos is icing on the top. Watching movies and videos on this tablet will be an excellent experience with excellent display and audio. Overall, the multimedia experience is top-notch on this Xiaomi Tab.

The company also launched the Smart Keyboard along the tab device
Xiaomi India also launched the Smart Keyboard along with the tablet device

Xiaomi Smart Pen support on Pad 5 tablet

The device includes a Xiaomi Smart Pen with pressure sensitivity of 4,096 levels and magnetic wireless charging capabilities. Along with Xiaomi Pad 5 stylus, the Xiaomi has also packed the tablet with a Smart Note algorithm. Meanwhile, this algorithm will help in the recognition of shapes and text. Furthermore, it will also compensate for tracking losses caused by latency. A Xiaomi Pen Engine also provides low latency with the included stylus.

Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet: Final Verdict

Compared to the initial Mi Pad released in India, Xiaomi’s Pad 5 appears to be a significant comeback. However, the Xiaomi Pad 5, on the other hand, is in a whole different pricing range. Meanwhile, the latest Xiaomi tab will compete against Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, Galaxy Tab S7 FE, and the well-known Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab. Also Read – Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 key specifications and other details

Written by Pulkit Sharma

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