Xiaomi Pad 5 Review: The Android Tablet Experience Done Right

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is a brand new entrant within the mid-range pill phase in India and is priced competitively beginning at Rs. 26,999. It packs a robust processor and a excessive refresh price show, two {hardware} options that aren’t generally discovered on a pill round this phase. This makes it a really aggressive product, particularly when you think about that additionally it is appropriate with a stylus and keyboard cowl equipment, which could be bought individually.

Is Xiaomi’s Pad 5 a ok mid-range Android pill and extra importantly, does it have something particular within the software program division that might assist it’s greater than only a media consumption gadget? Let’s discover out on this evaluate.

Xiaomi Pad 5 worth in India

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is offered in two variants and each of them have 6GB of RAM. The bottom variant comes with 128GB of storage and is offered for Rs. 26,999, whereas the opposite provides 256GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 28,999. The pill is offered in a single color referred to as Cosmic Grey and comes with a charger within the field, together with a USB Kind-A to Kind-C charging cable.

There are three equipment out there for this pill, that are bought individually. The Xiaomi Good Pen is priced at Rs. 5,999, whereas the straightforward foldable cowl is priced at Rs. 1,999. There’s additionally the Xiaomi Pad Keyboard cowl, however that is but to go on sale in India as as of this evaluate, so we do not have the pricing.

Xiaomi Pad 5 design

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has a metallic body with flat sides, sandwiched between a glass display on the entrance and a polycarbonate sheet on the again. The Gorilla Glass 3 cowl over the show doesn’t entice fingerprints simply, however the clean matte-finished rear panel is a smudge-magnet and is kind of onerous to maintain clear. For those who purchase the duvet case, this could cowl the again and supply some safety in opposition to mud and dirt.

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The Xiaomi Pad 5’s again panel is manufactured from polycarbonate and gathers fingerprints simply

When held horizontally, the pill has two audio system every on the left and proper sides, a magnetic connector for the Good Pen on the highest of the body, and three contact pins for the keyboard accent on the backside. The one part that does not sit flush with the remainder of the pill is the only digital camera module on the again, nevertheless it does not protrude an excessive amount of. The facility and quantity buttons are positioned near the highest left nook. They’re simple to seek out however require some stress to make use of.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 feels fairly premium and weighs about 511g, which I discovered to be a bit heavy. Certainly, it isn’t very best for one-handed use. Attaching the keyboard accent provides fairly a little bit of weight and makes the entire bundle almost as heavy as an ultra-thin laptop computer, so I most well-liked to take away it when doing issues equivalent to gaming. The usual foldable cowl (with out the keyboard) is claimed to be loads lighter and it additionally works as a foldable stand for the pill.

Out of the three equipment, I’d say that the Pad Keyboard is a must have in the event you plan to get some work executed with the Xiaomi Pad 5, offered Xiaomi truly makes it out there.

Xiaomi Pad 5 specs and software program

The Xiaomi Pad 5 pill is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, which was introduced in 2021. That is mainly an upgraded model of the Snapdragon 855+ SoC, which was introduced in 2019. It is constructed utilizing the 7nm course of, however was designed to be used in premium smartphones, so efficiency shouldn’t be a lot of a difficulty. What does appear a bit questionable is the 6GB of RAM, particularly holding in thoughts Xiaomi’s heavy MIUI pores and skin, however we’ll see how that works out within the following part.

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Proven above is the Xiaomi Pad 5 with the Good Pen and Pad Keyboard equipment

As for communication requirements, the Xiaomi Pad 5 lacks 4G/5G mobile functionality and is barely out there as a Wi-Fi mannequin. There’s Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and a USB Kind-C port, nevertheless it’s lacking a 3.5mm headphone jack which I really feel might have been simply accommodated given the pill’s measurement and thickness. The dearth of an LTE possibility could develop into a dealbreaker for individuals who must be linked to the Web when travelling. In contrast to the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Review), I used to be in a position to set up WhatsApp and make voice and video calls with none points, so mobile functionality would have turn out to be useful. The pill has a 8,720mAh battery and helps as much as 33W quick charging, though Xiaomi bundles solely a 22.5W charger within the field.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 runs ‘MIUI for Pad’, which is a customized model of MIUI 13.0.5 primarily based on Android 11. Whereas it appears much like what Xiaomi usually provides on its cellular gadgets with related trying iconography and UI components, the model appears to have reduce down on preinstalled first-party apps, which is an excellent factor in the event you ask me. In reality, there is only one preinstalled third-party app, which is Netflix. There’s additionally a Notes app, which appears similar to iOS and iPadOS however works properly with the Good Pen.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has loads of tablet-friendly customisations all around the consumer interface. The house display has a macOS impressed dock and menu bar which stays open on the backside when on the house display. It may be used to pin ceaselessly used apps and likewise reveals you the apps which can be presently opened. You possibly can entry it with a swipe-up gesture (on both facet of the horizontal bar on the backside of the display) when utilizing an app. Oddly, this gesture is just not out there in the event you swap the navigation fashion to the three buttons as an alternative of the default gesture-based interface.

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The dock and menu bar stays open at backside when on the house display

Issues are loads simpler with the gesture-based navigation because the dock features just like the Home windows 11 taskbar, displaying apps that you’ve got pinned within the dock and the presently open apps to the facet. It reduces the necessity to bounce into the recents menu and makes switching between apps loads simpler. As is the case on Xiaomi’s smartphones, you can even swipe upwards on the underside bar to change between different open apps.

Apps may also be opened in Floating home windows, as Xiaomi calls it. As soon as once more, not all apps work on this mode and this unusually additionally contains some native Xiaomi apps equivalent to Calendar. Regardless, the floating home windows characteristic works very properly for supported apps. You merely must long-press on an app icon and a pop-up menu will present a floating home windows button. Tapping on that opens the supported app in a vertical windowed mode, much like the way it seems on a smartphone.

Nonetheless, you may resize the floating window by dragging the dots on the backside corners of the window. If the app has been constructed to adapt to a tablet-like format, you will note the format of the app, equivalent to Outlook, change because the window stretches. The floating apps will reload once you swap between vertical and horizontal orientation, because it wants to regulate the format accordingly. The floating home windows may also be minimised to a small preview-like window, which is sweet if it’s worthwhile to concentrate on the principle app, whereas holding observe of different actions within the windowed apps.

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The Floating home windows characteristic on the Xiaomi Pad 5 is basically helpful and works properly with supported apps

There are limits to the floating window characteristic. I used to be solely in a position to open two apps in windowed mode, whereas a 3rd app ran in fullscreen mode within the background. It really works rather well once you wish to do some severe workplace work. I had the Chrome browser open in full display, Google Docs in a separate window, and Slack open in one other window, which made the pill fairly helpful for productiveness duties.

Whereas MIUI for Pad appears closely impressed by Apple’s iPadOS, it is among the higher Android pill working programs I’ve used. As anticipated, some apps equivalent to Instagram solely opened in fullscreen mode, whereas the Google Uncover part appeared because it does on a smartphone however with loads of empty house on both facet of the feed. Google’s new Materials You widgets regarded nice and labored as anticipated, however lacked some options equivalent to the flexibility to match the color of the wallpaper as a result of the Pad 5 does not run Android 12.

Xiaomi Pad 5 efficiency

Software program efficiency was very clean on the Xiaomi Pad 5, because of the succesful processor and the 120Hz show which made every part really feel fluid. Whereas I used to be in a position to multi-task with three apps opened on the similar time utilizing Floating home windows with none app crashes or restarts, beforehand launched apps pulled up from the recents menu typically restarted, hinting that the gadget might have benefitted from extra RAM.

The ten.95-inch WQHD+ (1,600 x 2,560 pixel) LCD show produces pure colors when used within the Commonplace color mode. It is vibrant sufficient to sort out direct daylight and provides first rate sharpness, with a pixel density of 275 PPI. The show is Dolby Imaginative and prescient licensed, and whereas Netflix and Amazon Prime Video did enable streaming of Dolby Imaginative and prescient content material and every part labored as anticipated, the show had bother when it got here to showcasing good particulars within the darker areas in some TV reveals. Black ranges in streaming video content material often ended up trying considerably gray.

The pill additionally provides a most 120Hz refresh price which was helpful when enjoying video games. Whereas every part appeared completely effective for a mid-range pill, I did discover some ghosting when scrolling via textual content, be it in an app or when shopping via internet pages. Audio high quality was additionally fairly good and sounded immersive when enjoying video games and watching motion pictures, a lot so, that I did not really feel the necessity to join a pair of earphones.

When it got here to benchmarks, the Pad 5 carried out as anticipated. It managed 5,72,369 factors in AnTuTu and 683 and a couple of,522 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams respectively. These scores have been much like a mid-range cellphone such because the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review) smartphone which has a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC.

Gaming efficiency was fairly good. Asphalt 9: Legends regarded sensible and felt nearly console-like, with detailed textures and ran properly with the 60fps mode enabled. Name of Responsibility: Cellular labored properly on the highest settings that recreation allowed on the pill, which was ‘Very Excessive’ graphics and ‘Max’ body price, with all results turned on. The pill barely bought heat even when gaming at these settings. Those that do not like holding up a pill (due to its weight) may pair a controller with it, offered the sport helps it.

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The Xiaomi Pad 5’s Pad Keyboard is a bit compact when in comparison with a 13-inch MacBook Professional

The Xiaomi Pad Keyboard case has magnets hidden inside its leather-like plastic exterior and so they maintain the pill firmly in place when hooked up. The standard of the case is basically good. The keys have good journey for a tender pill keyboard and the typing expertise is kind of comfy regardless of its smaller-than-usual measurement. What I missed was a trackpad, which might require much less interplay with the show. You possibly can join a mouse by way of a Kind-C hub or Bluetooth, however you will have a desk to correctly work with such a setup.

There are keyboard shortcuts as properly and Xiaomi has additionally included a customisable multi-tasking key which it calls the Perform key. This can be utilized together with the opposite character keys to launch each native and third-party apps. A double press of the Perform key means that you can swap between not too long ago used apps, which got here in useful when doing work on the pill. Whereas the keyboard met my expectations even on the software program stage, there have been a number of situations the place the pill wouldn’t detect the keyboard even when hooked up.

Xiaomi additionally despatched me the Good Pen to check out. This accent attaches to the highest of the pill and makes use of inductive charging to cost. The pen expenses totally in about 20 minutes and also you get a satisfying snap when it’s positioned completely within the centre, adopted by a notification on display displaying the present cost and charging standing of the pen. Oddly, the pen can nonetheless be hooked up to the left and proper of the right charging spot, nevertheless it will not cost. The pen weighs simply 12.2g and the tender tip provides 4,096 ranges of stress sensitivity much like Samsung’s S Pen.

The Good Pen labored as anticipated and never only for inventive workflows, but additionally is available in use for easy issues equivalent to signing paperwork. There’s little or no enter lag and it feels fairly pure when scribbling with it. Palm rejection when utilizing the pen on the Xiaomi Pad 5 is not excellent, which did lead to a couple stray scribbles within the app. The Good Pen additionally has two buttons, considered one of which could be held right down to take a screenshot of the on-screen content material (which could be annotated on later), whereas the opposite can be utilized to open a brand new word from Xiaomi’s Notes app.

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Xiaomi’s Good Pen accent is beneficial for sketching and signing paperwork

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has a 13-megapixel rear digital camera and an 8-megapixel entrance digital camera. Picture high quality was first rate at greatest, and loads higher than what I anticipated from a pill. Video recording high quality was common. The rear digital camera was useful for scanning paperwork and the LED flash made it helpful in low mild. The entrance digital camera additionally managed background publicity fairly properly and the topic appeared sharp and clear on video calls. Additionally it is used for face recognition, which is the one type of biometric safety because the pill lacks a fingerprint reader. Whereas the 2D face unlock system is just not very safe, it does make it simpler to shortly get previous the lockscreen and it labored properly each indoors and outdoor underneath daylight.

Xiaomi Pad 5 daylight digital camera pattern (Faucet to see full measurement)

The 8,720mAh battery lasted for a day-and-a-half when performing my work duties, with the show set to sleep after 5 minutes, which meant that it was nearly repeatedly on throughout that point. With informal use, which primarily included enjoying video games and watching movies (together with Slack and two e mail accounts on sync within the background), the pill simply ran for over two days of real-world use on a single cost.

These outcomes have been fairly good, and extra so as a result of I had the show’s refresh price set to 120Hz. In our HD video loop take a look at, the pill lasted 15 hours, 59 minutes, which was spectacular. Charging the large battery took 1 hour, 57 minutes utilizing the included charger which was good given that almost all tablets often take loads longer. You possibly can shorten the charging time by buying a 33W quick charger from Xiaomi individually.


Whereas the unique Xiaomi Mi Pad (Review) was a strong finances pill that supplied wonderful worth and efficiency again in 2015, Xiaomi’s new Pad 5 is a correct mid-ranger that was constructed with productiveness in thoughts, which isn’t generally discovered at this worth level.

Extra importantly, Xiaomi has additionally optimised the software program expertise rather well, which makes it much more helpful as soon as you employ it with a number of the equipment. The pill provides a high quality show for watching movies and the 120Hz refresh price is beneficial whereas enjoying video games. The Good Pen can also be fairly useful and on the entire, the Pad 5 undoubtedly works properly as a productiveness gadget.

Nonetheless, there are some things lacking equivalent to a 3.5mm headphone jack and mobile connectivity, however I’d not take into account these to be deal-breakers at this worth, even after utilizing the pill for a number of weeks.

Since there is not any direct competitor, the Pad 5 competes with dearer gadgets such because the Lenovo Tab P11 Pro (Review) priced at Rs. 44,990, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (Review) which is priced at Rs. 39,999 onwards for the bottom Wi-Fi solely mannequin. For these peeping over the fence on the iOS facet of issues will certainly discover higher app assist with the Apple iPad (2021), nevertheless it begins from Rs. 30,999 for the bottom 64GB Wi-Fi solely mannequin and might get very costly actually shortly with all of the equipment. Nonetheless, it lacks the excessive refresh price show and quad-speaker audio that the Xiaomi Pad 5 provides, giving the Xiaomi pill a little bit of an edge.

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