Given the amount of products that, almost every day, Xiaomi produces, certainly could not miss the tablet appeals. And here, then, that arrives on the market Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, the successor of an 3 Mi Pad he has yes convinced but with reserve, mainly due to the MediaTek license plate. In this case, however, the story is quite different, since we find the most appreciated Snapdragon 660 on board. Find out all the details in our review.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Review
Inside the package we find the following equipment:
- Xiaomi Mi Pad 4;
- Asian 5V 2A charger;
- USB / USB Type-C cable;
- pin for the microSD slot;
Design and construction quality
Lo Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 presents itself with a pleasant, sober but well-made appearance. The metal body, in this case in Black color, is solid and gives a feeling of solidity not indifferent. The only plastic insert is the rear band at the top, for the transmission of the antennas. More generally, the returned look is in step with the times, with one reduction of frames which saved more than 1 cm in height.
On the right frame we find the Power button and volume rocker, while on the left the microSD slot. Superiorly there is the mini-jack input and the second microphone, while on the lower profile the two speakers and the main microphone. The Notification LED it's next to the selfie camera, as it's a bit small.
We are facing a compact solution with dimensions of 200.2 x 120.3 x 7.9 mm for a weight of 342 g. This allows an excellent portability, given the small size, as well as ergonomics to a facilitated hand. However, one wonders if, with smartphones closer and closer to the 7 inches, it would have been more useful to offer a wider diagonal.
In comparison to smaller dimensions, the display again has a diagonal from 8 inches and a resolution Full HD (1920 x 1200 pixels) with density of 283 PPI. The detail is certainly not high, since Mi Pad 3 boasted a higher density (324 PPI), but still adequate for its use and autonomy. And the form factor in 16:10, instead of 4: 3, it makes everything more slender. The front glass is flat, without 2.5D curvature, and has a sufficient oleophobic treatment but nothing more.
In addition to having a good lamination, the panel has technology IPS, ensuring very good viewing angles. More generally, the color rendering is very pleasant, with bright colors and a good contrast. In terms of brightness you could do something more for outdoor readability, while the touch screen has 10 support touches.
Software side it is possible to calibrate the contrast and the white point, by default slightly tending to yellow, besides being able to adjust the font size and activate the Night mode to filter the blue lights. Present also the double tap to wake.
Hardware and Performance
The hardware of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is probably its main strength. In fact, inside it finds space Snapdragon 660 Qualcomm, a medium / high end solution that we got to appreciate right on My Notes 3 and, more recently, on We are A2. The 14 nm chipset includes a Kryo 260 octa-core CPU to 2.2 GHz.
Then, to guarantee the performances 4 GB of RAM LPDDR4X-1866 dual channel e 64 GB (49.6 effective GB available) XMMUMX eMMC memory expandable via microSD up to 256 GB. This configuration guarantees a satisfactory use in all contexts, as far as I find that the software limits the general fluidity. For heaven's sake, I've never had any problems regarding bugs or strange mistakes, indeed. But even just using Nova Launcher an expert eye known as the frame rate when scrolling the interface is more fluid.
To be noted, then, that this tablet stops at the certification Widevine L3. This means that streaming on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video stops at 480p. We'll see if with the update to the Global ROM support will switch to the L1 level, with which to be able to stream in HD. No problem, however, when playing videos of various types, including mp4, mkv and 4K.
Speaking of gaming, the graphics part is managed by the GPU Adreno 512 to 650 MHz. This is not the most powerful graphics card in the industry but is still able to easily support games like PUBG to 30 fps with high details, even if you can not get the 60 fps even with the settings downward. No problem, of course, with the other games less pushed in terms of resources required. Keep in mind, however, that with the stress tests the CPU goes fast enough into thermal throttling, although the body temperatures are never particularly high.
Basato su Android 8.1 Oreo with security patches from June, the 4 Mi Pad has as its interface the MIUI 220.127.116.11 China Stable. As for smartphone you find that it is one of the best UI, I found it limited on tablets. In addition to a fluidity not very high (but not annoying, let's make clear), there is no drawer but above all it is not possible to manage the app grid in the home, having to settle for the 4 x 6. While the dock can hold up to 6 icons horizontally: why not even allow it on the screen, so?
Continuing, i widget can only be entered on the screen to the left of the home. On the other pages, however, we can only put shortcuts for quick settings. There is the Gaming Mode, to limit the connectivity of apps in the background during gaming sessions, and there is the Quick Ball to facilitate one-handed use.
In this regard, unlike the 3 Mi Pad, here you can choose between the on-screen keys and the full screen gestures. The latter are particularly useful if you hold the tablet with two hands, while a hand is a bit 'difficult. This is because the swipe from the side edge to use the Back button does not activate along the entire edge but more or less just above the middle of the edge.
In words it's a bit difficult to explain it, I suggest you watch the video. Of course, it is nothing penalizing, but they are small details that together can make the difference. On the other hand, Mi Pad 4 is sponsored by the company just to be a tablet "one-handed". And features like the Second Space and the Dual App are missing, as is the one-handed mode.
Photo / video quality and Face Unlock
The photographic compartment includes a rear sensor from 13 mega-pixels with opening f/ 2.0, while frontally we have a sensor from 5 mega-pixels, also with opening f/ 2.0. In general, the shots are quite good during the day, as for the drop in brightness you notice how the quality drops and it is not difficult to get shots a little 'wavy. This is due to the software, not really curated in terms of interface and management of shots. There is also Auto HDR, but his intervention is not always sudden, indeed. Videos can be recorded in Full HD to 30 fps, with good colors but details and stabilization not exciting.
Given the absence of fingerprint reader, the unlock can be managed via Face Unlock. However, I found this method more annoying than useful, given the poor accuracy of unlocking. Even in this case, perhaps an update could improve things, since I did not find this problem on Xiaomi smartphones.
Connectivity and audio quality
This variant of the tablet has its own connectivity Wi-Fi ac Dual Band with good speeds under both bands, as well as Bluetooth 5.0. There is also an additional variant with LTE and GPS support. Below is the door USB Type-C 2.0, therefore not compatible with external monitors, and passing a file from 1 GB from a PC takes about 27 seconds. Absent the FM radio and the not essential but useful IR sensor, since we are talking about a product "sofa".
A decent upgrade from the 3 Mi Pad is in the audio sector: no more anachronistic speakers on the back, but a double stereo speaker on the lower frame. A step forward not indifferent, although I would have preferred that the speakers were on opposite sides instead of the same. Both to amplify the stereo effect and to avoid plugging one by holding the tablet horizontally. The audio provided by the speakers has a rather high volume and a quality of the frequencies reproduced in the average.
And as per tradition Xiaomi, theinput mini-jack allows us to use wired headphones with high volume, even with high impedance headphones, and with a decent sound quality. There is no lack ofequalizer in the settings, with which to adjust the shape of the frequencies.
We conclude with the other positive aspect of Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, also to be attributed to the technical department. Autonomy is provided by a battery from 6000 mAh, slightly lower than the 6600 mAh of the 3 Mi Pad. But thanks to the Snap 660 and a more and more optimized software in terms of consumption, here is that these days I have always ended the day using it constantly with an average of about 5 hours of active screen.
This means that with a more normalized use (ie using it purely in the home), it is possible without problem exceed the 6 hours of display. As for my usage tests, with display brightness set almost to maximum, they include 1 now PUBG, 20 minutes of Asphalt 8, 45 YouTube minutes in Full HD, 2 mail in push and general use between browsing with Chrome and the various social networks. Too bad for recharging only a 5V 2A which uses 1 now to reach 40%, 2 hours for 70% and well 3 hours and minutes 15 for the 100%.
Conclusions and price
Lo Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 it is the natural evolution of its predecessor. The positive aspects were maintained and the necessary improvements were made, while remaining in the same price range, if not lower. As you will have understood, the "flaws" that I have illustrated to you are not real flaws, but rather aspects that could be improved more or less easily.
If you are looking for a compact tablet for home use (or not), this is it one of the best choices, both for general quality and for hardware, given that it is almost impossible to find alternatives with Qualcomm chipsets. You can find it for sale on Honorbuy at a price around € 245, with shipping from Italy, assistance and warranty for 24 months.
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