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2014-05-15_09h34_33

Back at CES 2014, NVIDIA took the wraps off its Tegra 4 successor, the Tegra K1. Since then, we've been waiting for the first device running this next-gen chip to hit the scene. Looks like Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is the first to take advantage of K1 with its first tablet, the MiPad.

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If there's one thing to be said about the MiPad, it's that it looks a lot like an iPad Mini. Not to disappoint under the hood, it's also spec'd comparatively to Apple's smaller tablet, featuring a similar resolution and the like:

  • 7.9-inch 2048x1536 display
  • Tegra K1 processor with 192 graphic processing cores
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/64GB storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front (both f/2.0 aperture)
  • MIUI
  • Six color option: black, white, green, blue, yellow, and pink

As a Xiaomi product, the MiPad is of course running the company's proprietary interface, MIUI. This version is said to have been designed from the ground up specifically for the larger screen, though it should still be familiar to anyone who has used MIUI in the past.

Like most Xiaomi products, it's unlikely that we'll ever see the MiPad outside of China. That's a bummer, too, as it's very reasonably priced for what it is - $240 USD for the 16GB model and $270 for 64GB. For more info on the MiPad, check out the links below.

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MIUI.com, MI

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Didn't they learn from Samsung? copying Apple is bad for business.

    • Cory S

      ...Samsung is the number one phone manufacture on the planet.

    • flosserelli

      Only if you get sued for it. Xiaomi is Chinese, and they don't give a rat's ass if Apple doesn't like it.

      • Thor Sigurdsson

        And they wouldn't get sued since their market is mainland China only :)

        • flosserelli

          Exactly.

    • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC

      Won't matter since most of these devices won't come outside of China anyway & suing a Chinese company in China won't be an easy task for Apple as well.

      • iKrontologist

        It won't stop Americans and Canadians from buying them online either! :DDD ....

    • Imparus

      Guys he was being sarcastic.

    • iKrontologist

      Bad for Business? lol.... it's Samsung secret to success... along with HTC for a while anyway. Get sued by Apple and your sales increase! lol.... Great Tactic and it shouldn't been on the Sun Tse "Art of War" list of tactics! Probably is, because Samsung has studied the Sun Tse "Art of War" thoroughly! :D ......seems Xiaomi has too! Rule 1. If your enemy has a big gun or sword..... get a bigger one. So that they did with Nvidia's K1 processor and 2 Gigs of Ram with up to 64gig memory and SD card slot!!!

  • papernick

    This is shameful. It looks *exactly* like an iPad Mini.

    • Franco Rossel

      Justo look at the name MiPad... M-iPad. Even if its of quality, sounds like a cheap Chinese knockoff.

      • Mystery Man

        But its better

      • CrazyPaladin

        It is a cheap Chinese knockoff. Actually every device from China is a cheap Chinese knockoff

        • Franco Rossel

          Even Oppo and OnePlus devices?

          • Cory Crew

            Yep, but it's cheap due to their artificial market inflation. Also cheap doesn't mean loss of quality. Plus, since a lot of the parts they use are made there, there is less of a loss that goes into parts acquisition and a profit can be made at a lower price point... Think Sorta what BLU is trying to due but their $1 to the world is actually worth $2 internally so if the company wanted to buy 2 $1 apple pies internally instead of buying 2 for $1 the apple pie make sees that $1 for what it's worth internally($2) and gives then 4 apple pies.

          • Franco Rossel

            Yeah, i get why they are cheap. I don't get why ALL Chinese devices are knockoffs. That's why i replied that to CrazyPaladin.

          • Cory Crew

            Oh, they aren't all knock offs, but they can get away with making knockoffs due to having a different patent system.

    • krazyfrog

      Not just the design but the display size and resolution and even the way they present it in their product images and videos reeks of Apple. Even Samsung isn't this shameless.

      • willisreagann

        i P r o T a b l e t -- is one site to offer the Xiaomi tablets and has more details on the Mi models as well as six other tablets to launch in May, including the first hybrid Windows - Android dual boot tablet and a mega-size 12-inch tablet model.

      • Maxim∑

        I hope Apple does sue if this even attempts to enter the US market

    • Quinton

      Yeah, I'm with you--this is a horrible shame.

    • gokh

      Its a big iPhone 5c

    • Nabil L

      You know, China and all..

  • Jooyoung Hong

    How did Hugo B. approve this..?
    Pains me to think he left google for this

    • Gaurav Arora

      Isn't he taking care of the accessibility part right now, so that they can make their products available in more countries? I doubt he is placing products and their designs on priority at the moment.

      • hoosiercub88

        No, don't you get it.. He works for the company now.. so any and every decision they make must be up to him. That's how internetz works??!?!!111

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        Fairly sure he would be because there's no way they'll ever be able to sell that in Europe/the US^^, design patents infringement and the like ;)

  • Spence1115

    iPad Mini clone or not, I'd still buy it...

    • lordmerovingian

      Me too.

    • Rob

      Best processor? 2GB RAM? 16/64GB Storage? Sd card slot? $240/270?
      Who would not want it

  • bL4Ck

    Ok, this is a chinese company we're talking about, but this is a bit too much.
    They used Apple style slides for the presentation, with products pics exactly like those in an Apple ad, and the product itself is a blatant iPad Mini clone with an iOSish style UI. This is clearly a PR stunt to get attention.

  • soundizer

    please include a stylus too. it will be perfect

  • Rodney Baitwa

    I dont think one needs to stand back a considerable distance and squint really hard to see the similarities between this and an Ipad mini.

    • Daldain

      Yeah, the rounded corners were a giveaway.

  • WhoaManWtF

    Does it come in black?

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

      It says it does in the article.

      • WhoaManWtF

        Somehow I read most of it but didn't scan through the color list.. I would say in black with those specs and form if I could get it for under 300 on my doorstep for the 64 gb one I'd probably get it..

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Come on, no LTE variant? Seriously?

  • RSA

    i wish all this Xiaomi products can cross that "China Wall" one day!

  • Sandeep !!

    Just in case anybody needs that greenery wallpaper.
    http://miuiandroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/wallpaper_004.jpg

    • Fadakar

      You read my mind, thanks. :)

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Reminds me of the stock WinXP wallpaper

      • ssj4Gogeta

        Just in HDR.

  • Phynex

    Come on, I'd rather have an actually useful iPad clone than an unique tablet that functions not nearly as well. If apple's doing so well in the tablet space, there must be something that android OEMs aren't doing right. I think for Xiaomi, a company that has never produced a tablet before, copying an already proven design is a wise move IMHO.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Oh god, those physical navigation buttons. This is shameful.

  • Forget_you

    alot like an ipad mini? its a damn clone lol. pathetic. Chinese companies will always be looked at as copycats and frauds if they keep pulling shit like this.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Hate that aspect ratio on the iPad, hate it just as much here.

    • hoosiercub88

      For web browsing, honestly.. this aspect ratio is kind of golden. For consuming videos and things it feels a bit awkard in a 16:9/16:10 world.. but 4:3 works really well for browsing the web.

      I'd consider one of these if it was priced in the realm of the Nexus 7.

      • David Peterson

        Priced at $240 for 16gb and $270 for 64gb .... but not outside of China :(

        • hoosiercub88

          Right, that's what I meant.. How much it'd cost to get one here.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I don't know, I haven't had much trouble web browsing on my Nexus 7. And the aspect ratio is dramatically better for everything else. It's also more comfortable to hold because of it.

        • hoosiercub88

          I have a 2013 Nexus 7, and I've never had any trouble using it. It is great for one-handed use, but generally when I'm using it, it's with two hands because I'm either playing a game or typing. I don't watch a lot of movies on it. I've played with an original iPad Mini and liked the form factor, they're not as unwieldy as they seem due to the aspect ratio. Web browsing was a more pleasant experience for me on it, despite the much lower resolution and my disdain for Safari and iOS, it was nicer seeing the entire page without having to zoom in on text blocks and things.

  • TRACE

    Well at least their operating system always looked brilliant.

  • dliao
  • someone755

    Title read; Initiate drool mode.

    Drool mode disabled; article reading complete -- initiate cry mode.

  • abobobilly

    Hokay, i am fine with the balatant copy Xiaomi did with this Mi-Pad ... but WTF is up with that display Resolution? Thats SO not android like.

  • Christopher Bement

    Sell it in the US with an unlockable bootloader then SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Srinivas Rajkumar

      sell it in us? dude apple bastards will screw their happiness.

  • MxY

    Didn't Apple copy design of first iOS from their products?

  • iKrontologist

    Looks awesome and with Nvidia's K1, it should destroy iPad Mini on benchmarks with two Gigs of ram! hahaha..... I'm going to buy on online for that price just to check out Nvidia K-1 processor! :D

  • Renan Lazarotto

    As long as it gets CyanogenMod support, I don't care if I have to import it from china, I want it.

    • Ilya Potekhin

      It won't. Xiaomi is known for not releasing kernel sources, so there can be no custom ROMs.

      • Renan Lazarotto

        Well, falling back to plan B: as long as it runs anything a pure android would run and as I can root it, I don't care if I have to import it from china, I want it.

  • artsr2002

    I like the iPad Mini. I like Android. I like this.

  • http://www.linenstrader.co.uk/ Ravikaleova

    Great Tactic and it shouldn't been on the Sun Tse "Art of War" list of tactics! Probably is, because Samsung has studied the Sun Tse "Art of War" thoroughly! seems Xiaomi has too! Rule 1. If your enemy has a big gun or sword,get a bigger one..
    Cheap 10 inch Tablet

  • deltatux

    I think AndroidPolice glossed over the fact that this tablet has Wireless AC support as well. For that price, that's amazing :D!

    Personally, if any one of my relatives goes to Hong Kong, I'm probably gonna ask them to get me one of these tablets. Wished they were powered by those dual core Project Denver cores instead though....

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