Xiaomi unveiled their first tablet the Mi Pad, in Beijing this Thursday. The company was founded in 2010, and quickly established itself in China’s saturated mobile marketplace, recently becoming the country’s third largest smartphone vendor.
The Mi Pad tablet is strikingly similar in design to the Apple iPad mini, with an identical 7.9-inch screen, 4:3 aspect ratio and 2,048 x 1,536 resolution. Even the proportions of the bezel look the same with the thin sides and a thicker top/bottom.
The Xiaomi tablet will differentiate itself from the iPad mini largely by it’s price; with the Apple’s high-res tablet starting at $399 compared to the Mi Pad’s smaller price tag of just $240 (16GB).
While Apple (and even Samsung) knockoffs are commonplace in China, the Mi Pad is notable since it comes from one of China’s fastest-rising smartphone makers, and one that appeared to be on the road to mainstream legitimacy.
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