Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Full Review – Another Mi Pad?

Here is my Full Review of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, I made a long video showcasing the strengths and weakness of Xiaomi’s new Tablet. But does it live up to the hype?

You can watch my Full Review below, it is quite detailed, however, it is long though.

Honestly, I was expecting a bit much in making this review. Having used the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 for over a year, I was a bit disappointed as how this turned out. But here is my summary of the review above.

 Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
ChipsetMediatek MT8176 Hexacore 2.1GHz
GPUPowerVR GX6250
MemoryRAM: 4 GB LPDDR3
ROM: 64GB eMMC 5.0
OSMIUI 8.2.5 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Display7.9" IPS, Retina
2048 x 1536p, 326 ppi
Rear CameraRear: 13 MP
f/2.2 Aperture, 1080p, autofocus, touch to focus
Front Camera5.0 MP, f/2.0, Front Camera
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0
Dual Band WiFi AC (2.4/5GHz)
USB Type C
IO1x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x USB Type C
Dimensions199 x 132 x 8.0 mm
Weight: 331g
Battery3.7V 6600mAh
Quick Charge (USB Type C)

Should you buy this?

That depends, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is a good budget tablet, especially now that the price has lowered. It has everything you have to go for a multimedia table, great screen, good battery life, and also adequate battery life. But if you are after gaming? Skip this, or if you already had the Mi Pad 2, you should opt for something more.

Availability?

Xiaomi Mi pad 3 retails at $239 (until Aug 20)

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What is good about it?

  • The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 continues the premium build quality and design of the Mi Pad 2
  • Same gorgeous 7.9 inch IPS Retina Display, highly responsive with great image quality
  • 4 GB RAM has an obvious improvement in gaming
  • Pure Android now, based on Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Bloatwares are kept to a minimal
  • USB Type C with Fast Charging
  • Camera performance is similar to the Mi Pad 2c
  • Dual Band WiFi with fast and stable performance
  • Battery life around 6 hours plus, slightly better than the Mi Pad 2

Cons!

  • To put it bluntly, nothing has change from the Mi Pad 2 days
  • Not really an upgrade, especially on the Chipset, it feels more like a downgrade
  • MIUI 8.2.5 (Android 7.0 Nougat) is still very buggy, constant errors, and issues (update coming soon to fix these issues)
  • Also issues with transferring files using USB Type C

Expecting the Mi Pad 3 but got the Mi Pad 2 instead

Frankly speaking, I was disappointed upon seeing how this tablet performs. I loved the Mi Pad 2, even though it is also flawed. But overall it offered the best features of a portable Tablet and it looked like the iPad Mini. The Mi Pad 3 I would say is just a newer version of the Mi Pad 2, probably would have called it “Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 version 2”, because that is what it is. I see basically minimal changes on performance, although the added 4 gb RAM has marked improvements especially on gaming. But other than that, it is still flawed, and basically you are looking at Xiaomi Mi Pad 2’s long lost brother. Anyway, it is still a solid budget tablet, considering the price. It still has that awesome Audio Quality and Display to give it an edge.

This article has 7 Comments

  1. its a shame huh. i really really like first xiaomi mipad (tegra k1 still quite powerful for me than atom tablet, and i can play half life and trine on it) and was expecting their successor to be more better. with dual boot os, and playing mid end pc games on windows one.

  2. So, what’s your recommendation to for Mi Pad 2 upgrade? It’s hard to find Android tablet with 4GB of RAM and decent SoC, with the exception of Galaxy Tab S3 (or even S2) but it stands on different price league. I just can’t find one with Z8700/Z8750.

    1. Hello Mario,

      It is actually an OK tablet, just don’t get it for gaming. It is not a gaming Tablet. But for everything else such as Web browsing and multimedia, then it is quite good. The display is great, loudspeakers are better than other tablets I have tested, and WiFi connectivity is one of the best. Battery life also is quite good, around 6 hours.

      Best Regards,
      Vince

      1. I know, but I’m looking for a gaming tablet instead. While I do watch movies or read e-books sometimes, most of my usage scenario is gaming.

          1. Well in fact, Mi 5 is currently my daily driver. The reason I bought Mi Pad 2 for gaming was because I want bigger screen, but not too big as it stretches to netbook size. I know that Mi 5 gaming performance is greater, but the small screen doesn’t satisfy me and Mi Pad 2 performance is somewhat sufficient for my games. Looks like Mi Pad 3 simply has no competitor within the price range, except its own older brother Mi Pad 2.

          2. Hello Mario,

            Sorry but the Mi Pad 3 is not a gaming tablet. It is simply too slow. In fact, I will be uploading a comparison between the Mi Pad 2 and the Mi Pad 3, which will be done soon.
            Maybe the Huawei Honor Pad 2? http://www.bestchinatablets.com/huawei-honor-pad-2-another-ipad-mini-wannabe/

            It has Snapdragon 616 and Adreno 506 which I think offers a bit more performance, but it is still not in the same category as the Top tier Snapdragon 820 or 825

            Best Regards,
            Vince

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