Xiaomi is known for making and selling good equipment for comparatively little money. We have tested for you the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Tablet of our review.
A tablet Mi Pad 4 running Android 8 and MIUI 9. An Android tablet that I wanted to use for my documents, with which I wanted to listen to my music, wanted to watch my TV shows and much more.
Can the device convince? How is it in everyday life? How long does the battery last? The answers can be found in the following review.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Specifications
|Xiaomi Mi Pad 4:||Specs|
|Display:||8.0 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 128GB|
|Cameras:||13.0MP main and 5.0 MP front cameras|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, and Bluetooth 5.0|
|Connections:||USB Type-C and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||223.0 x 155.0 x 8.0 mm|
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Design and Appearance
Anyone who has ever held an iPad Mini in his hands can imagine what to do with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4.
A superbly crafted tablet that is definitely reminiscent of the iPad Mini. The housing is made entirely of aluminum.
The tablet was delivered in the color “Rose Gold” and Black colors.
The tablet is only 8.0 millimeters thick, 19.9cm long and 13.2 cm wide. On the upper side of the device, you will find a 3.5mm jack connection, on the right the volume up and down keys and the power button and on the bottom of the device the USB-C port.
A charging cable and an adapter are included with the device. The Mi Pad 4 also has 3 soft-touch buttons below the display, which are also lit (if you’re tipping on it).
A notification LED is also installed on the front panel. By weight, I would rate the device with 320 grams as “okay”.
It is comfortable in the hand and the weight also high quality, yet not too heavy. Incidentally, the 320 grams are owed to the fat battery that Xiaomi uses.
What I do not really like about the design are the speakers. These sound pretty neat for a tablet, even though there is not much bass.
But what bothers me about the device is the placement of the speakers. These are located on the back of the device.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Display
Especially the display of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 in our analisis impressed me a lot. Xiaomi does not just hide any display.
The display measures 8.0 inches and brings a Full HD resolution with 1920 x 1200 pixels. This corresponds to a pixel density of 283ppi. Individual pixels can no longer be identified.
Among other things, it is difficult because the display reflects strongly. The colors look very “colorfast” in the device and are not alienated.
For the Mi Pad 4, Xiaomi has considered yet another mode – the so-called monochrome mode.
If this is activated in the settings (no shortcut), the entire display switches to black and white.
Alternatively, this mode can also be activated only for individual apps. Why the whole?
Well, this should spare the battery. In addition, the mode is somewhat reminiscent of the e-ink technology of e-book readers.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Hardware and Performance
While the Mi Pad 3 was still shipped with MediaTek MT8173 processor, my Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is a Snapdragon 660 installed. It has Adreno 512 GPU.
In the Antutu benchmark test, the tablet reaches a value of 144.000 points with the tested ROM (MIUI 8 V. 7.6.8). There would have been a few more points with the Chinese ROM.
The device also has 3 or 4GB of RAM (LPDDR3) available. The internal memory is 64GB (eMMC5.0) and unfortunately cannot be expanded by means of a memory card.
I have tested games on the device and all the games that I’ve played such as PUBG mobile work well.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Software
Xiaomi uses the Mi Pad 4 on Android 8.0 and thus on the currently still most officially available Android version.
The user will notice nothing of the underlying Android version because Xiaomi relies on its own MIUI interface for smartphones and tablets.
MIUI 9 is a very well-adapted version of Android, which is also maintained regularly by Xiaomi and brings many special features that you will not find in the pure Android version.
The system is well tailored to the respective devices and optimized. Visually, the whole thing is reminiscent of iOS.
So the tablet was delivered to me with a shop ROM. Although this masters the English language, but never get an update to face.
The ROM also had some problems with this ROM and sometimes I could not update or download any apps.
The Chinese dealers (in this case Gearbest) pack their own ROM on the devices, which support significantly more languages, but never get an update to face. So, of course, the devices can be sent to a wider audience.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Connectivity
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 in the test offers the way to make phone calls in a classic way.
Also, the device comes with dual-band ac-Wifi therefore and can handle both the 2.4GHz signal, as well as the 5GHz signal.
The reception of the device is good, also on our terrace, I had the reasonably good reception from my room.
Also included was Bluetooth 5.0, an ambient light sensor (automatic brightness of the display), a gyroscope, a direction sensor and, last but not least, a compass.
Unfortunately, one does not look for GPS in the device, which makes it unsuitable for navigating the streets.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Cameras
The Mi Pad 4 in the test has a 13 megapixel main OmniVision OV13855 Sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and can thus record videos in Full HD resolution.
The front camera holds 5MP and a f/2.0 aperture. The cameras of the Mi Pad 3 would say Xiaomi-typical. In good light, they take good shots, but not in a bad light.
What bothers me rather, are the few settings that you can make in the camera app. Unlike Xiaomi smartphones, there are virtually no settings to be made on the tablet.
Too bad, because the tablet remains more for those who want to take snapshots with it.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Battery
Who knows Xiaomi smartphones, who knows that the devices each appear with a really fat battery.
Okay, not all, but at least in the Redmi series, the batteries take around 4100mAh at 5.5 inches.
If you break down the battery to 1 inch and then reckon it to 7.9 inches high, then you would come to 5889mAh.
But this value is far exceeded by Xiaomi. So the Mi Pad 4 comes with a 6000mAh strong battery, therefore.
This is definitely a strong piece of battery for a tablet. As a similar tablet could be called the Huawei MediaPad M3. This device only has a 5100mAh battery.
I hunted the device with 100% battery at full display brightness through the PCMark battery test.
Different tasks such as reading documents, opening web pages and watching videos are automatically done on the tablet. Until the battery drops below 20%.
The Mi Pad 4 reached a value of 6 hours and 3 minutes, which I find quite neat for a tablet of this size.
If you screw down the brightness, of course, a much higher value can be achieved. By the way, the standby time of the device is given at about 205 hours.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Conclusions and Reviews
With the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, you get a smart and slim tablet, which is equipped with the latest version of Android and brings enough power under the hood in our review.
The tablet runs smoothly, quickly and reliably. It is, as accustomed by Xiaomi, super processed and offers with its good display a sharp picture.
In terms of performance, you do not have to compromise with 4GB of RAM, and the Snapdragon 660 processor also works well.
All in all, you get a lot of tablet for little money here and only have to make a few compromises. Its a cheap iPad Mini on Android. I can recommend the device in any case.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
At this moment you can buy a Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 tablet at a good price, depending on the amount of RAM and internal memory, the price will be from $239.99 to $319.99. So this is a good offer for a quality product with good performance and specs.