Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 vs. Teclast X98 Plus 2 – Is the Mi Pad 2 really faster?

A Tablet comparison between two popular tablets, and also explores the differences between them in terms of benchmark and real world differences in terms of gaming and overall performance.

SpecsXiaomi Mi Pad 2Teclast X98 Plus 2
ChipsetIntel Atom Cherry Trail
X5-Z8500 @ 2.24GHz
GPU: Intel HD Gen 8
Intel Atom Cherry Trail
X5-Z8300 @ 1.84GHz
GPU: Intel HD Gen 8
MemoryRAM: 2 GB LPDDR3
OSMIUI 7.2 (Android 5.1)Android 5.1 Lollipop
Display7.9" IPS, Retina
2048 x 1536 pixels
9.7" IPS, Retina
2048 x 1536 pixels
ConnectivityDual Band WiFi
USB Type C
WiFi 2.4GHz
USB Type C

A short comparison between the two.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, is an obvious copy of Apple’s iPad Mini. It comes with a slightly faster clocked Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500, the same on the Teclast X98 Pro. It also has a Retina Display and you can either get the Android or the Windows version. Unfortunately, no Dual OS version available. On this test, I am using the Android version and running MIUI 7.2, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Teclast X98 Plus 2, is part of the series of Tablets with the same name. It has the mainstream X5-Z8300, which you basically see on most Sub$100 to $200 tablets in the market. It also has a Retina Display, an iPad Air referenced design and runs native Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is relatively cheaper, compared to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, costing less than $200 for the 64 GB version.

Benchmarks (CPU)Cherry Trail X5-Z8500
2.24GHz Quad Core
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2
Cherry Trail X5-Z8300
1.84GHz Quad Core
Teclast X98 Plus 2
PCMark Work Performance5,6214,812
GeekbenchSingle: 1044
Multicore: 3158
Single: 935
Multicore: 2078

A good question that has always been raised. Is the Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 better than the X5-Z8300?

In this test, I am using the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Android version as a test unit, which represents the Z8500 version. And on the opposite side, the Teclast X98 Plus 2, for the Z8300, which has been the mainstream chip of most tablets nowadays.

In a bird’s eye view, the X5-Z8300 is just clocked a bit higher, and thus basing on the benchmarks above, you can calculate the difference perfectly. That is about 300 or 400 Mhz faster compared to the X5-Z8300. That is on turbo clocked frequencies, meaning, on demand use.

However, on real world usage, the difference is barely noticeable. Since Atom Chip isn’t a powerhouse chip compared to the Core M Skylake chips on the more premium tablets. The performance is on par or about the same. Only in benchmarks can you see the difference.

This results also holds true to the Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8700, which is the fastest version of the Intel Atom Series.

2 GB versus 4 GB

Not really a huge difference on Android but is far more noticeable on Window system. Especially with 64 bit system installed, 2 GB doesn’t cut it. I have experienced periodic slowdowns and even long loading  of application on just 2 GB.

Also I did notice that the Teclast X98 Plus 2 ran much smoother on Android compared to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2. The 4 GB RAM on the tablet really ease up Multitasking also a big help on gaming.

What OS better suits Intel Atom Chips?

Personally, I find Android as the perfect system for it. It works flawlessly on that system. Performance is also more optimized or faster. On my test, both Tablets ran great on the system, and even with Google Chrome browser for web surfing, the performance was great.

On Dual OS systems, you can use Windows but the system is not intended for heavy applications. You can use it for Photoshop, light applications and games but will struggle mostly on Multitasking.

So what if I want better performance?

If you like great performance or better multitasking. I think you should look for Intel Core M Skylake powered chips. The Cube i7 Book, Cube i9, Xiaomi Mi Air 12 offer these chips. The performance is 3 or even 4 times faster.

Intel Skylake Tablets or Ultrabooks

But there is still a catch…

Apparently, it can only support Windows 10, so Android platform  unlikely. If you want Dual OS Support, it seems the Intel Atom Chip is still the best choice.


Benchmarks (GPU)Intel HD Gen8
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2
Intel HD Gen8
Teclast X98 Plus 2
Memory2 GB RAM4 GB RAM
OSMIUI 7.2Android 5.1 Native
Ice StormMaxed outMaxed out
Ice Storm Extreme6,3209,965
Ice Storm Unlimited19,13619,407
3DMark Slingshot 3.01,3471319
3DMark Slingshot 3.11,194945
Mortal Combat X
Asphalt 8
Low Frame Rate and Lag
especially on Asphalt 8
Much smoother experience

Speaking of Gaming, both tablets offer the same Intel HD Gen 8, and you might think the performance is the same.

Here is where 4 GB RAM comes in. The Teclast X98 Plus 2 clearly wins in this category. Although the Benchmarks doesn’t paint a good picture of it. But the performance is much more fluid or smooth. Especially on Asphalt 8 where the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 really struggles.

So where does 2 v 4 GB Role have the biggest impact? In gaming of course. I tested it on two games, Mortal Combat X and Asphalt 8. But the Teclast X98 Plus 2 with 4 GB RAM offers a much better experience overall.

How about Mainstream Gaming or Gaming on Windows 10

Mainstream games like CS GO, LOL, Dota 2 etc… are not a good fit for the Intel HD Gen8, in fact, that GPU struggles to give a stable 30fps on Dota 2 and LOL. Frame drops and inconsistencies in performance make it unplayable.

So what Chipsets offer great gaming possibilities?

Intel HD515 of the Intel Core M3-Y630 Skylake Chip has great overall performance on most Mainstream games. Dota 2 for example even on 1080p, it can stable run at more than 50 fps on the lowest setting. The same can be said on LOL.

Intel HD515 Tablets or Ultrabooks

BenchmarksXiaomi Mi Pad 2Teclast X98 Plus 2
eMMCSamsung Disk
Read: 149.82 MB/s
Write: 5,201.33 MB/s
Hynix Disk
RAM5,201.33 MB/s3,604.47MB/s
Connectivity802.11ac dual-band dual antenna
Realtek RTL8723BS
USB Type C
Battery Life6190mAh (6 hours and 17 minutes of constant use)8000mAh (6 hours battery life)

Continuing with the comparison between these two tablets, It is clear, that the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has a big advantage on other areas. Such as Storage speed and connectivity, which is most often the biggest let downs of most cheap tablets. WiFi performance is very good and battery life is also great.


  • Intel Atom X5-Z8300 vs. Z8500 performance is actually on Par in terms of Real World Performance
  • 4 GB RAM has a huge effect especially in Games, that is why Teclast X98 Plus 2 has a much better gaming test
  • Mainstream gaming is unlikely on Intel Atom Cherry Trail
  • Dual OS support is the biggest advantage of Intel Atom Chipset
  • Intel HD Gen 8 struggles on most 3D intensive games

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