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Xiaomi, the Chinese tech giant has always been the one for providing value for money products. The legacy goes on with its new tablet, Xiaomi Pad 5 with Snapdragon 860 at the core. Coming with an 11-inch 120Hz IPS panel, this tablet is throwing some serious competition to other tablets of the same & even higher price ranged tabs. Here’s our Xiaomi Pad 5 Review.
Note:- There is no stylus, keyboard, or mouse in the box. The rest of the equipment needs to be purchased separately.
Xiaomi Pad 5 boasts a rectangular design with a glass front & aluminum chassis all around the body. It is covered by matte plastic at the back. The Android tab weighs 511 grams. There is a camera bump at the back housing the 13 MP camera. On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port, mic & two speakers grills. On the front side, the bezels are very thin & a selfie camera is on the top at the center. The back however attracts a lot of fingerprints in my usage. I found the build quality to be strong and sturdy. It doesn’t feel too heavy with two hands usage. I wish Xiaomi could have provided a back case. Overall, it seems like a premium offering with strong build quality.
The Pad 5 is no bummer when it comes to displaying quality & smoothness. Even being an IPS LCD panel, the color looks vibrant & punchy enough, thanks to the 10 Bit panel. It shines the best with HDR 60 content on YouTube. Similarly, the 120Hz smoothness amazed me with fluentness while scrolling, playing games, or normal usage. I wish the refresh rate was an adaptive one but it’s static. Still, the display of this tab has to be the best part. And another thing, the IPS panel performs too well, similar to an AMOLED panel on Pad 5. If you’re concerned about the display quality, this tab from Xiaomi will delight you for sure.
The USP of this tab is the silicon powering its core, the Snapdragon 860 chipset. This silicon is a no-brainer when it comes to day-to-day usage, multitasking, and gaming performance. Everything feels snappy and smooth, thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate along with the chipset. MIUI 12.5 running on top of Android 11 is a charm on this tablet. While I did notice minor UI lags once or twice. The MIUI skin is peculiarly not that perfect. The 6GB RAM on this tab does its job well but opening up too many apps might be that great. Background app killing is strong on MIUI skin as expected.
Writing notes, and articles with this bigger screen is an absolute delight. Also, the multimedia experience excels with quad stereo speakers. The audio quality is crisp and clear. Watching movies on this tab provides a wonderful experience. Editing photos & video rendering were also swift in operation. The performance might not be the fastest, but the SD860 can still thrive without a doubt.
A big screen means a wider area to place all of your necessary controls for action-packed multi-player games like PUBG & CODM. I played PUBG on this tab on both TDM & Classic Modes. No surprise, the SD860 assisted by a wider display was all good to go for engaging against enemies. As I’m a three-finger player, the gaming experience was just too good. Also on CODM, the multi-player (TDM FPP) mode was awesome. The Alcatraz map on BR (Classic Mode) was also fun to play with on a bigger screen. There were no considerable frame drops in both games. Apart from those games, I also played 120Hz supported games like Alto’s adventure, Bomb Squad, and Critical Ops. The fps did not break a sweat and it kept providing smooth 120fps smoothness. Xiaomi Pad 5 is also the one for the gamers out there.
Cameras on tablets are not exceptional usually. And this continues with the Xiaomi Pad 5 as well. I found the main 13MP camera capturing average quality photos under broad daylight. The front-facing camera is also not that bad. Attending zoom calls and other video calls was just okay enough via its camera. The video quality is also more than standard for an Android tablet. Here are some camera samples of Xiaomi Pad 5
The 8,720 mAh battery lasts for a day easily even with heavy usage. Doing graphics-intensive tasks, however, drains the battery a bit quicker. Accompanied by a 22.5W fast charger, it takes 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. The tab also supports up to 33W of fast charging. Xiaomi should have bundled the 33W charger. Nevertheless, the 22.5W is also not that slow.
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|Things I liked||Things I didn’t like|
|10 Bit Crisp Dolby Vision Display, 120Hz Refresh Rate.||No 240Hz touch sampling, limited to 120Hz touch sampling rate. No Adaptive Refresh Rate, it’s either 60Hz or 120Hz.|
|Awesome Quad Dolby Atmos Speakers||No Sim Card Support|
|Amazing Flagship Grade Gaming & Usual Performance with Snapdragon 860||Minor Hiccups on MIUI|
|Excellent Battery Life & Attractive Design||No 3.5mm Jack or MicroSD support. Also, No Fingerprint Sensor|
On my usage time of one week, Xiaomi Pad 5 never failed to impress me with its amazing display quality & nice performance. Be it for gamers or normal users, this tab delivers the best in its segment. Also, it is justifiable to say that no other Android tablet in Nepal can beat the Pad 5 as of now. The tab can also be used with an external keyboard & mouse.
An app called ‘PC Mode’ which you can sideload enables a PC-like feature for editing documents on WPS Office, Microsoft Word & so on. More or less, it becomes a mini laptop. The quad stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support produce amazing sound to cater sound multimedia experience. If only, Xiaomi had provided a 3.5mm headphone jack & microSD card support, it would have been wholesome.
Well, starting with 44,999 for the 6+128GB, hands down the Xiaomi Pad 5 is the king of Android tabs in Nepal without a doubt. So how did you find the Xiaomi Pad 5 Review? Are you planning to buy one? Do write your thoughts below in the comment section.
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