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Xiaomi Pad 5, hands on: A high-quality, long-lasting 11-inch Android tablet

Rsdaa 20/12/2021 103

Xiaomi Pad 5, hands on: A high-quality, long-lasting 11-inch Android tablet

When Xiaomi launched its 11T smartphone range, including the impressive 11T Pro, the company also released its latest tablet, the tablet xiaomi 5. For £369, this device packs a real punch. It has an 11-inch screen, a quad speaker array, a fast Snapdragon 860 chipset, and an 8,720mAh battery that Xiaomi says will provide more than 5 days of music playback, more than 16 hours of video playback and more than 10 hours of gaming. 

Xiaomi Pad 5, hands on: A high-quality, long-lasting 11-inch Android tablet

Might it be the perfect Android based alternative to Apple's new 9th-generation 10.2-inch iPad, which starts at £319? 

Although it's on the heavy side at 511g, the Xiaomi Pad 5's chassis feels robust. My review unit was Cosmic Gray, its backplate sporting a matte finish that makes it look like a slab of slate. There's also a Pearl White version, but this wasn't available in the UK at the time of writing.

The design is pleasingly minimal, with the power button on one short edge and the USB-C charge/connection port on the other. The grilles for the quad speaker array are also here, two at each short edge. One long edge houses the volume rocker plus a magnetic holder and charge point for an optional stylus. The other long edge has connectors for an optional keyboard. Neither the stylus nor the keyboard were available on Xiaomi's UK website at the time of writing. 

The only irritation in the hardware design is the stepped lozenge housing the rear-facing camera. This disturbs the visual appearance of the expansive grey back and looks a little ungainly. The single rear camera is a 13MP unit that will capture 4K, 1080p or 720p video, all at 30fps. The 8MP front camera sits in the bezel of one of the short edges and will capture 1080p or 720p video at 30fps. 

The 11-inch screen is exceptionally reflective and sits in very narrow bezels, offering up WQHD+ resolution (1,600 x 2,560 pixels, 275ppi, 16:10). The IPS panel's maximum brightness of 500 nits might struggle in high sunshine, but its 120Hz refresh rate ensures that content is smooth and crisp, and there's support for the DCI-P3 colour standard. 


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