Over the last couple of years, the budget tablet market has become a really interesting space. Between the Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire and numerous other sub $300 offerings, there's never been a better time to invest in a tablet. Now Xiaomi is getting in on the game with a colorful tablet offering of its own. The company has created an Android tablet that closely resembles Apple's iPad mini in terms of form factor.
Dubbed Mi Pad, the tablet packs a 7.9-inch panel with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Under the hood, you're looking at Nvidia's Tegra K1, the follow on to Tegra 4, which packs a quad-core CPU clocked to 2.2 GHz and Kepler graphics. There's also 2 GB of RAM, a choice of either 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, support for microSD expansion up to 128 GB, an 8-megapixel camera in the rear, a 5-megapixel camera up front, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 6,700 mAh battery.
The unveiling was hosted in Beijing, so while Xiaomi was more than happy to talk about Chinese availability (early June), the company didn't offer any information on availability in other regions or markets. Pricewise, the 16 GB model is CN¥1,499, which translates to about $240. The 64 GB model is just a little more at CN¥1,699 or $270. Not bad for the first Tegra K1 tablet.