Throughout its lifetime on the mobile market, Xiaomi produced two Android-powered tablets as part of the same lineup, namely the Xiaomi Mi Pad and the Mi Pad 2. However, following a recent leak it looks like the company might be planning on pulling a hat-trick and release a third tablet in the series soon. Currently, there is no official confirmation from Xiaomi on the matter, but a multitude of promotional images designed to showcase the product leaked from China earlier today, hinting at what could be an imminent official announcement ahead.
The photo gallery below contains the leaked promotional material for the mysterious Xiaomi tablet, and according to the photos, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will have a larger footprint compared to its predecessor. It will accommodate a larger 9.7-inch display as opposed to a 7.9-inch panel and will have a resolution of 2048x1536. In addition, the tablet will apparently be powered by a 7th generation Intel Core M processor (specifically the M3-7Y30 with 4M cache and frequencies of up to 2.6GHz), an on-board Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, and a whopping 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Furthermore, the slate appears to offer two eMMC storage options with 128GB and 256GB capacity, and the entire package is powered by a very generous 8,290mAh battery promising up to 1560 hours of stand-by time. Otherwise, the tablet is equipped with a 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with a dual-tone LED flash, and accommodates an 8-megapixel sensor on the front panel.
Interestingly enough, while the original Xiaomi Mi Pad was powered by Android OS and the second model was available with Android or Windows out of the box, there's no mention of it running Android in the leaked images, which means that the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 might be available exclusively with Windows 10. The promotional material specifies that the OS will be pre-installed with Microsoft Office Suite, and productivity-oriented users will also have the option of buying a keyboard dock that technically turns the tablet into a convertible. Other characteristics worth mentioning include overall dimensions of 239.5 x 164.5 x 6.08 millimeters, a USB Type-C connector, and the slate’s weight of 380 grams sans the keyboard module. Last but not least, according to the leaked material the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 should be released on December 30 for the starting price of 1,999 Yuan (around $289) for the model with 128GB of storage, and 2,299 Yuan ($333) for the variant with double the storage. In addition, the keyboard module will carry a price tag of 99 Yuan, or roughly $14.