Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 2.2GHz Quad Core
GPU: Intel Gen 8 12 EU
RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 16/64 GB eMMC
Windows 10 Home Edition
7.9 inch, IPS, Retina, QXGA
2048 x 1536 pixels, 326 ppi
Rear: 8.0 MP, Autofocus
Front: 5.0 MP
Wifi 802.11 ac/b/g/n, Dual Band Wifi 5.0/2.4GHz
USB Type C (Reversible)
Playstore (Android only), Reading Mode
Gravity, Hall, Ambient Light, E-Compass
1x USB type C (reversible)
1x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x Mini HDMI
200.4 x 132.6 x 6.9 mm
Quick Charging Support
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 in-depth Review: 64 GB Champagne Windows 10 version (May 14, 2016)
I have used this tablet about a month now and thus i can finally release this in depth look review. What I have is the Windows 10 version with 64 GB storage, for anyone’s information, there are two versions available of the tablet, another one with Android OS, another version presumed to have Dual OS but it is still speculative. Anyway, my review will feature the strengths and weaknesses of the tablet, I did not write this review at an earlier time because I want to fully use the tablet as my daily driver. To better appreciate this review, I will be comparing it with the Teclast X98 Pro.
What is my profile as a tablet user?
I have used the Nexus 7 2013 version the longest time and am happy with it, it’s still alive until now, 2 years already and it’s still kicking. Also I tend to favor Android tablets more since I mainly used Windows on my laptop or desktop, and also Windows Apps are not really user friendly. Also I love small tablets, because they are portable and easy to carry, thus I favor portability than size. Furthermore, I am not a heavy tablet user, Websurfing, light games, and more web surfing via WiFi. I tend to use Youtube and Facebook a lot. So that’s let’s begin…
Best looking Chinese Tablet
Although it is clearly a carbon copy of the iPad Mini, it’s worth mentioning that the build quality is one of the best in its class, clearly the best one of the best looking Chinese Tablet available. What I have is the Champagne or Gold version, the whole Tablet appears to be well put together and does feel like iPad Mini on Windows.
Performance (a case of expectation versus reality)
To be frank, it is powered by an Atom Chipset, so don’t expect it to be a powerhouse tablet, but rather just a capable tablet. Probably it will suit light to moderate task and best to be used for surfing the web and doing light office work. A close comparison to this tablet is the Teclast X98 Pro, which I did have the courtesy of reviewing before. Both tablets offer pretty much the same hardware, although the Mi Pad 2 only comes with half the memory at just 2 GB.
In terms of similarities, raw performance is identical, I did test it using AntutuBenchmark and was able to determine that both tablets perform the same. However, in terms of Real World Performance, there is a bit of difference, the Mi Pad 2 was able to handle multitasking better and my user experience is far smoother compared to the Teclast X98 Pro. This is especially noticeable on web browsing, I can honestly say that I prefer the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2.
On the other hand, both tablets have different eMMC Storage, and on my benchmark test using Crystaldisk, there was a wide disparity on the numbers, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has a faster storage option with both read and write speeds, come to think of it, it has one of the fastest eMMC storage available. Upon closer inspection, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is equipped with a Toshiba eMMC Storage which is considerably faster on theoretical benchmark test. On the other hand, the Teclast X98 Pro is equipped with a Samsung eMMC Disk.
USB Type C vs. Standard USB
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 comes with the new USB Type C reversible connector, this new add-on comes with a load of perks, including support for fast charging, and I can attest, that charging the tablet is indeed faster. However, it does come with some drawbacks, namely, OTG capable aren’t really a standard support for this connector, and thus, you need an adapter plus an OTG capable for this to work. So, I wasn’t able to fully test the transfer rate using the connector port.
The Teclast X98 Pro on the other hand, with only a standard MicroUSB Port, charging is tediously slow, transfer rates are also nothing special.
2 GB vs. 4 GB RAM
Here is another main difference between the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 and the Teclast X98 Pro. 2 GB RAM on a 64 bit Windows comes off a bit frugal, since that kind of system uses more memory. However, the tablet did manage to work smoothly, no issues at all, using Windows Edge, I was able to open 3 to 4 tabs just as easily and the overall Web surfing experience didn’t really suffer. You might think that it is a bit low, but on contrary, the system still manages to run apps without a hitch.
7.9 inch Retina vs. 9.7 inch Retina
My test isn’t scientific, but overall I didn’t have any issues with the display of both tablets. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 display is bright and works well even on direct sunlight. The Teclast X98 Pro works also well with good brightness levels.
Closer inspection to the hardware, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 supports Dual Band WiFi via a Broadcom chipset. The Teclast X98 Pro supports only 2.4GHz WiFi N via a Realtek chipset. Worthy to note, that Realtek chipsets are commonly used on most China tablets. Anyway, the MiPad connectivity overall is excellent, no random disconnections or issues. The Range is also satisfactory and even detects WiFi signals which Smartphones cannot anymore connect.
Not really that good, it offers the similar raw performance to the Teclast X98 Pro. Mainstream games like Dota 2 ran on low settings but with frequent fps bumps and inconsistent gameplay. It isn’t really a good substitute. Less demanding games ran fine but you do have to look at compatibility issues especially with older games.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is equipped with Dual Loudspeakers on the bottom of the tablet. Quality is fine and the range and volume actually are good, you can watch movies in a small room with no issues. I did have an issue with the Headphone Port, the volume seems to be too low, you can actually hear better using the loudspeakers compared to using a headset. I am not so sure about the issue but even at Full Volume, it still barely audible.
The Teclast X98 Pro in comparison has an abysmal loudspeaker, in fact, it has the same speakers on the Bay Trail version. Expected, considering that it is a reboot tablet.
My major issue with the Teclast X98 Pro was its unstable thermals. The tablet basically ran hot and even on low to moderate usage, the tablet’s temp are at its peak of 87C on the hottest core. This is especially evident on the rear part of the tablet, it can get toasty easily. So, the thermal design seems faulty and did conclude that it was a major concern of that tablet. In my stress test for the CPU, I used Aida 64 and ran it for a couple of minutes.
Compared to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, the thermals are way better. Don’t get me wrong, it still ran hot, but it ran hot only when you put much load on the CPU. For starters, the idle temps are lower at around 44C and it peaks to 85C on Full Load. What is good, is that the temps gradually go up, and on low to moderate usage, the temps stay at acceptable levels and the tablet never gets uncomfortably toasty. It seems that Xiaomi has made strides on the Thermal design of the tablet. Even though I already knew that Intel Atom Cherry Trail ran hot at stock.
Great Battery life
Battery life, a major aspect of a tablet is actually a major merit of the MiPad 2. On typical usage such as 25% brightness, Wifi on, youtube or browsing the web using Microsoft edge. I was able to get close to 5 hours at a single charge. Gaming on the other hand is a bit lower, around 2 to 2.5hrs. The battery performance is actually the best I have tested on a 8 inch tablet.
In comparison to the Teclast X98 Pro, battery life is a bit of an issue here. Even though it is equipped with a bigger 8000mAh battery, usage time is way below expected numbers. I was only able to get around 3.5 to 4 hours of use before i needed to charge the tablet again. The test was also done similar to the MiPad 2. Gaming was also far lower and thus, don’t expect to game for long.
The Best 8 inch Tablet I’ve tested
Let’s get one thing straight, I am not saying that the tablet is perfect. This conclusion is based on the value of the tablet plus the expected performance you can get. It isn’t a gaming tablet but more of an all in one tablet that never excels in one area. What truly interest me is the great battery life and the whole tablet is basically premium. The USB Type C connector did give me mixed reactions, but I do appreciate the fast charging support. My only major gripe is the fact that I also wanted to test Android. Even though it is listed to support on most online stores (Dual OS), but I haven’t heard of it as of late. It seems Xiaomi stuck with only one system per tablet conundrum. Anyway, the MiPad 2 is basically a Teclast X98 Pro done right. Faster Storage speeds and USB Type C connectivity gives it a step forward, not only that, build quality is one of the best there is.
Note: You can compare the tablet to other tablets of the same category here:Tablet Guide
PROS of Xiaomi Mi Pad 2
Premium build and construction
Modest Performance, what you expect from a Atom Chipset
Fast eMMC Storage (much better performance than other competition)
Surprisingly Good 8.0 MP rear camera, great quality on absolute lighting)
Very good loudspeaker performance (loud, sound is crisp)
Gorgeous Retina Display (Vibrant colors and deep contrast)
Fast and Stable WiFi Performance (Broadcom Wireless AC) – Dual Band WiFi
USB Type C (with support for Fast Charging)
Above average Battery life
Thermals are better at adapting (great thermal regulation) – good thermals even on high load
Dual OS Support is not yet available
Only 2 GB RAM, limited in terms of Multitasking
Gaming is very limited, forget about Dota 2, it is not playable
Windows 10 is frankly not the best OS suited for it
Overall, the best 8.0 inch Ipad Mini Look alike that I have tested but…
The catch is, that I think Android is the better suited OS for this tablet. The hardware is just limited and not really suited for gaming as well as serious performance. What the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 excels is in terms of All in One Multimedia Performance. Best for watching movies, Web browsing, and light gaming. The build quality is also the best available.