Xiaomi Mi Pad Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Complete Specs : NVIDIA Tegra K1 Powered Apple iPad Mini Look Alike Running Android 4.4 KitKat!

If the Apple iPad Mini had the plasticky build and candy-colored design language of the Apple iPhone 5C, I believe it would more or less look like the Xiaomi Mi Pad, which was officially announced last May 15, 2014 through an exclusive media event in Beijing, China.

Xiaomi MiPad

As you can see in these press photos, Xiaomi Mi Pad shamelessly borrows the iconic aesthetics of the Cupertino company's mini tablet -- from the position of the cameras both in front and at the rear, the flat back plate with curved edges, all the way to the 7.9 inch screen size with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and the ratio of the bezels framing the display.

Xiaomi MiPad

And the similarities don't end there. Although Xiaomi Mi Pad runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with its Quad Core 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU and Kepler GPU based NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, the OS is nonetheless heavily skinned by the company's MIUI interface, which - interestingly - looks a lot like Apple's iOS 7 as it dons the same flat look, thin sans serif default font, and pastel color scheme.

"The plastic iPad Mini for Android lovers"? I guess that's pretty accurate. And I'm sure that for a lot of consumers, that would be the main reason why they'd want to purchase the slate. But as for me, I'm thinking about getting the Mi Pad because of the powerful and energy-efficient NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC that powers it. That chip is being described as the "Snapdragon Killer" and I'm really curious about how well it handles specs-intensive 3D gaming and overall multimedia experience.

According to the US-based chipset maker, "This isn’t the first time [our company and Xiaomi] have worked together. Last year, we worked with Xiaomi on its flagship Mi3 smartphone – the first Tegra 4 phone. Xiaomi sold 100,000 of them in under 90 seconds last October. This year, Xiaomi is moving into tablets. Inside the Mi Pad: our 192 core mobile processor, Tegra K1. The ‘K’ in K1 stands for Kepler. That’s the parallel processing GPU architecture found in the world’s most powerful supercomputers. As a result, Tegra K1 offers visual and parallel computing capabilities never seen in mobile devices before. Tegra K1 supports the most advanced graphics technologies – including OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1, and DX12."

Sounds promising, right? Well, it appears we won't have to wait for long to get hold of the device. Insiders say that Xiaomi is already set to release the MiPad sometime next month, June 2014 -- which could be the same time that the company would start its operations in the Philippines (if not Q3 2014). As earlier disclosed by the Chinese company, Xiaomi Mi Pad will don an official price tag of 1,499 Chinese Yuan or roughly Php 10,500 with current conversion. The slate will be available in a variety of youthful and vibrant hues, namely, Blue, Pink, White, Green, and Yellow.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Xiaomi Mi Pad
Type Android Tablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions and Weight202.1 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm, 360 grams
Available Colors Blue, Yellow, Pink, White, Green, Grey
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 7.9 inches (~324 ppi) 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 CPU, Kepler GPU, NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixel, fixed focus, no flash
Front: 5 MegaPixel
Video Capture Full HD (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 player (TBC)
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery 6,700 mAh battery
Uptime 1300 Hours of Standby Time, 86 Hours of Music Playback, or 11 Hours of Video Streaming
Announcement Global: May 15, 2014
Availability China: June 2014
Philippines: TBA
Price Official SRP: 1,499 Chinese Yuan or $240