Same purpose, different device class: The Redmi Pad aims to provide you with the best value for your money, much like the well-known Redmi smartphone line, which consists of low-cost and mid-range devices that typically offer a lot for their price.
Prices for the Xiaomi Redmi Pad begin at about 240 USD. The 10.6-inch Android 12 tablet has a MediaTek Helio G99 CPU with eight cores and up to 128 GB of storage. The 8000-mAh internal battery can be charged at up to 18 watts using the supplied charger. Although the Redmi Pad excels in a number of areas, we also found a few flaws while reviewing it.
Lightweight aluminum unibody chassis for the case
Although the Redmi Series primarily consists of more affordable smartphones and tablets, this does not mean that users will always have to forgo high-quality materials or construction. In a similar spirit, the Redmi Pad deviates from the archetype of the conventional low-cost device.
The 7.05 mm-high flat metal case looks and feels quality, and it also gives off the feeling that it is reasonably durable. The rigidity of the casing is more than adequate for daily use, despite the fact that it can be somewhat twisted from the shorter edges. The tablet, however, lacks an IP certification.
The Redmi Pad weighs 445 grams, making it relatively lightweight and lighter than all of its rivals in our evaluation with comparable dimensions, including the Apple iPad 2021 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022.
3 Memory Configurations for Connectivity
Three different configurations are available for the Xiaomi Redmi Pad. The tablet currently costs roughly 240 USD and has 64 GB of UFS-2.2 storage and 3 GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The prices for the 4/128GB and 6/128GB variants are approximately $250 and 280 USD, respectively. A microSD card having an exFAT file system and a maximum storage capacity of 1 TB can be used to increase the internal storage.
Currently, the Chinese market is the only place where an additional 8/128-GB configuration is accessible. At this point, it is unknown if it will travel to other areas.
Software for the Xiaomi Redmi Pad includes MIUI 13 and Android 12.
Using version 13.1 of Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface, the Redmi Pad runs Android 12. There isn’t a ton of extra software included by the manufacturer. Only the two third-party software WPS Office and Netflix, both of which may be uninstalled, are preinstalled, along with a modest number of Xiaomi tools and the Google apps. The tablet can stream HD-quality content due to DRM Widevine L1 support.
Not only can apps be run in fullscreen mode with MIUI 13, but they can also be run in windowed mode with many apps open at once. A second option is to automatically align two app windows such that they each occupy half of the screen. However, the 3-GB model does not support split view, hence using this function requires the 4-GB variant of the tablet (or higher).
GNSS and communication using Bluetooth 5.3 and WiFi 5.
The Xiaomi Redmi Pad only supports two connection channels with Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 5, as NFC and WWAN are not supported. The GPS module is also absent.
The Xiaomi achieves excellent consistent Wi-Fi transfer rates with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router that, with up to 369 Mb/s, are nearly as fast as Wi-Fi 5’s theoretical maximum. The router “waking up” is the reason of the initially slow transmission speed.
Unique Features for Group Video Chats on Cameras
On the tablet’s longest edge is an 8-MP selfie camera called the Xiaomi Redmi Pad. It has a field of view of 105 degrees, can record movies at a resolution of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, and has the FocusFrame feature, which is designed to improve group video conversations.
Similar in operation to Apple Center Stage is FocusFrame. The Redmi Tab’s selfie camera instantly recognizes all participants in video conversations and maintains their focus even when they move. Nevertheless, there are currently very few supported apps. FocusFrame is accessible for Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and WhatsApp, claims Xiaomi.
The primary camera can record video at up to 1080p at 30 frames per second and has an 8 Megapixel resolution. Similar to the selfie camera, it performs admirably in excellent lighting circumstances with good video quality, but suffers greatly in low-light conditions due to substantial image noise. The same applies to images.
Battery life of a Redmi Pad
An 8,000mAh battery powers the Redmi Pad, resulting in some impressive endurance figures. We spent 15:46 hours online and 13:40 hours watching looping videos. The Realme Pad X is the only recently tested device in the class to perform somewhat better, and the Oppo Pad Air and Honor Pad 8 cannot compete with the Redmi Pad’s durability.
The Saturated (default) and Vivid modes produce noticeably chilly color reproduction, however the Standard mode controls the blue shift and is quite accurate for sRGB content. Moreover, a color temperature wheel is provided for you to customize the color reproduction.
You can choose between the Default and Custom settings for the refresh rate setting, with the Custom option allowing you to select either 60Hz or 90Hz. In essence, the 60Hz custom mode will keep everything at 60Hz, whilst the 90Hz custom mode and the Default option will keep everything at 90Hz while you’re touching the tablet or if there is moving material in your browser, for example, and switch to 60Hz for idle or static content. The screen maintained the 90Hz refresh rate as we played Alto’s Odyssey, and the Game Turbo overlay reported anything between 72 and 90 frames per second.
We can hardly think of any obvious problems with theRedmi Pad, other from a rather constrained multi-window implementation in software (and let’s face it, not everyone particularly cares about multi-window). The 64GB/3GB edition, which has a very low specification and does not enable multi-window at all, should be avoided, but other from that, there is no reason why the higher tiers (128GB/4GB or 128GB/6GB) shouldn’t be recommended.