Xiaomi Pad 5 Review: A Lean, Mean, Fighting Machine


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Before I get into this review of the Xiaomi Pad 5, let me make a proper introduction. “Android is just not meant for large screens like tablets” is a tale as old as time. Google’s apparent abandonment of the platform means the rival iPadOS has gotten wayyyyy ahead—with the hopes of catching up getting slimmer each year. No wonder the number of Android tablet manufacturers is so scarce.

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But since the ongoing pandemic has—in a way—jumpstarted this market, we’re seeing new players enter the arena, while brands like Xiaomi have returned to the scene as well. And the new Xiaomi Pad 5 is one heck of a way to make comeback, to put it bluntly.

Xiaomi Pad 5 Specifications:

  • Body: 166.25 x 254.69 x 6.85mm, 511 gm, Glass-plastic hybrid build
  • Display: 11-inches IPS LCD panel, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10+, DCI-P3, 500 nits brightness
  • Resolution: WQHD+ (2560 x 1600 pixels), 16:10 aspect ratio, 275 PPI
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with MIUI for Pad on top
  • Rear Camera: Single (13MP f/2.2 sensor)
  • Front Camera: Single (8MP f/2.05 sensor)
  • Audio: Quad-speaker setup, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • Security: No fingerprint sensor, Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Color Temperature
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 8720mAh with 33W fast charging (22.5W adapter provided)
  • Accessories: Keyboard, Xiaomi Smart Pen (not available in Nepal)
  • Color Options: Pearl White, Cosmic Gray
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 44,999 (6/128GB) | Rs. 49,999 (6/256GB)
  • What’s inside the box: Tablet, Power adapter, USB-A to USB-C cable, quick start guide, warranty card

Xiaomi Pad 5 Review:

Design & Build

  • 166.25 x 254.69 x 6.85mm, 511 grams
  • Glass front, plastic back, aluminum frames

I mean, there are so many things to love here—starting with how well it’s built. Sure, it doesn’t have a premium all-metal or glass sandwich body, but I can’t emphasize enough how little that matters. The thing is, the matte coating on this plastic back feels ridiculously good on the hand.

But despite its hybrid build material, the Xiaomi Pad 5 weighs 511 grams—which puts it on the heavier spectrum as compared to other 11” tablets like the new iPad Pro (466 grams) or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 (500 grams).

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That’s not to say you’ll have any trouble handling it under everyday use. Granted most of the time I used the tablet rested on a surface when streaming videos and such, I had no difficulty carrying it with one hand whenever necessary.

The misleadingly thick bezels on the front make sure it’s prone to accidental touches as well. Then again, I still think a relatively even weight distribution throughout the chassis would’ve sweetened the pot though.

Also, curved edges. Yeah, these flat aluminum frames look cool and all but when it comes to delivering an ergonomic hands-on feel, the 9th gen iPad has it beat with its curved edges that feel much more comfortable to get used to.

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