Xiaomi sells new phones and tablets very quickly. We’re talking tens of thousands of units in a matter of seconds. They are getting ready to launch the MiPad and they have priced it to move. The company is making the MiPad available for an early beta price of just 1 Yuan, which is just 16 cents USD. The deal is only for VIP members on Xiaomi’s forums, though. Xiaomi regularly makes new devices available to forum members first. The company makes it a point to engage their customers and fans on their forums, and this is one of the great ways they keep their customers loyal.
The MiPad is quite a good tablet, even at the regular price of 1499 Yuan ($240). The MiPad has a 7.9-inch display with an astounding 2048 x 1536 resolution. It’s running on an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, a Kepler GPU, 2GB of RAM, and options of 16GB and 64GB of internal storage. The tablet also supports up to an additional 128GB of expanded SD card storage. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. There’s an 8-megapixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The battery is 6,200 mAh and Xiaomi claims that it can get 1,200 hours of stand-by time, 24 hours of reading, and 16 hours of video playback. It’s got fast charging built-in, too. It’s running MIUI, Xiaomi’s custom Android overlay. Dual stereo speakers round out the device, and it will be available in multiple colors including green, yellow, pink, and blue.
The MiPad, like a lot of Chinese devices, is very reminiscent of Apple’s iPad Mini. It’s not priced like an Apple device, though. While it’s in this early beta period, the company is making available for 1 Yuan. Once it’s officially released, the 16GB version will be 1499 Yuan ($240) and the 64GB version will be 1699 ($270). Xiaomi prices their devices very low, only orders what they need, and has created a huge demand for their Android smartphones and tablets. Manufacturers around the world have some serious competition on their hands as Xiaomi grows.