Xiaomi’s Mi Pad series now reaches its fourth generation. The 8-inch Android tablet is available in three variations: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage, or the second option 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but with LTE and GPS modules.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC powers all variations and integrates both a Qualcomm Kyro 260 CPU and a Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU. The Mi Pad 4 is also equipped with 13 MP rear-facing and 8 MP front-facing cameras, the latter of which can unlock the device through AI-based facial recognition technology. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is the first device in the Mi Pad series that supports this feature.
The Mi Pad 4 is available in black or gold with a white front and 342 g (~12 oz). The device is particularly well-crafted for a cheap mid-range tablet and leaves an excellent first impression visually. The power button and volume rocker are the only hardware buttons, and both can be found on the right-hand side of the gadget. The buttons have a good pressure point and sit firmly within the device’s edge. The Mi Pad 4 exceeds expectations with its case plan and is comparable to a considerable lot of its increasingly costly rivals.
The display is made from scratch-resistant glass that easily breaks down into the device’s metal frame. While the Mi Pad 4 generally has small size bezels, it retains the thick top and base bezels that we have seen on many other Android tablets. These two bezels largely contribute to a 77% screen-to-body ratio that would seem rather low by current smartphone standards.
Our test device is outfitted with 64 GB of eMMC 5.1 memory, of which 51 GB remains once the OS has been installed. The Mi Pad 4 supports microSD card, in case you need more storage. Alternatively, you could select the Mi Pad 4 Plus, which accompanies up to 128 GB of capacity.
Besides, you could connect a memory stick via the USB Type-C port for additional temporary storage. You will need to buy an appropriate adapter as Xiaomi does not include any Type-C adapters with the Mi Pad 4. Equally, you could also connect other peripherals such as external keyboards or mice if you have the corresponding Type-C connector.
The Mi Pad 4 comes with MIUI 9, a Xiaomi Redmi modified version of Android Oreo 8.1. Our test device came with pre-installed Android security patch level 1 August 2018 and MIUI version 188.8.131.52 BETA, the last of which we have just observed running on the Xiaomi Mi 6X and Redmi 6 Pro. An update to MIUI 10 is as of now accessible in Xiaomi’s BETA branch as well.
MIUI is a profoundly redone variant of Android whose UI looks more like iOS than stock Android. MIUI 9 brings an abundance of new settings options and visual updates over its forerunner.
While tablets are rarely used for photography given that a significant number of people own a smartphone with better camera sensors, the Mi Pad 4 has a 13 MP rear-facing camera. The device is equipped device with an OV13855 PureCelPlus sensor made by OmniVision.
The sensor has a 1.12 μm pixel size and a relatively bright f/2.0 aperture but no image adjustment. The absence of adjustment makes it difficult to take photos utterly free of blur. Picture sharpness is generally excellent in the right lighting, but photos lack much detail. Colors are usually pale too. The rear-facing camera has a good high-dynamic range, so photos represent different areas of brightness well. Unluckily, there is slight image noise, even in good lighting conditions, which essentially worsens in low-light.
A tablet’s front-facing camera is usually used more than its rear-facing one. Therefore, it would make sense for the Mi Pad 4 to have a better front-facing than rear-facing one, but Xiaomi clearly thinks otherwise. Our test device is equipped with a 5 MP Samsung Isocell sensor that has an f/2.0 aperture. The sensor is good enough for video calls and occasional selfies, but exposure and sharpness are somewhat lacking. Moreover, color reproduction is much paler than that which the rear-facing camera achieves.
We conducted a battery life test with the Mi Pad 4 set to 150 cd/m² brightness. The test device lasted thirteen hours and forty-seven minutes. This runtime is only beaten by the MediaPad M3 Lite 8, which curiously has a 1,200 mAh smaller battery than the Mi Pad 4. Our test device lasts almost an hour longer with running a video on a loop, which is significantly longer than any of our comparison devices for which we have the data.
impressively good value for money
long battery life
PWM display flickering
relatively inaccurate GPS module
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is available at Banggood.com at an affordable price.