The unannounced Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is sneaking into the spotlight once again as a new image showcasing the tablet's alleged back shells in different colors has just leaked from China. Reports say the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will be launched in two main sizes and variants, each running a different operating system, and sources cited by Gizmochina suggest that the device will be officially launched in April along with the Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone. For now, let's take a look at what the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 might have in store for future buyers.
Judging by the latest leaked image, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will be available in a handful of colors, including gold, silver, red/rose, and black, the latter of which appears to be paired with a rather oddly-shaped back shell featuring inlaid ridges. Sadly, the source wasn't clear as to whether the back shells seen in the leaked image belong to the smaller or the larger variant of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3. According to recent rumors, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will be launched as both a 7.9-inch and a 9.7-inch tablet. The smaller variant will reportedly run Android 7.0 Nougat, whereas the larger 9.7-inch model will run Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. Internal hardware will differ from one model to the other to a certain degree, with rumors suggesting that the 7.9-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will be powered by the MediaTek MT8176 System-on-Chip featuring two high-performance ARM Cortex-A72 cores operating at a frequency of up to 2.0GHz, along with four low-energy ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.6GHz. On the other hand, the 9.7-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 running Windows 10 will reportedly house the Intel Atom X7-Z8750 CPU featuring four cores clocked at a base frequency of 1.6GHz with a burst frequency of up to 2.56 GHz per core. Otherwise, both Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 versions will reportedly carry the same memory and storage configurations, including 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
According to latest rumors, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 will be unveiled in April, and prices will reportedly start at 1,299 Chinese yuan ($188) for the 64 GB model running Android 7.0 Nougat, whereas the 128 GB variant running the same operating system is said to be priced at 1,599 yuan ($232). Meanwhile, the 64GB Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 running Windows 10 will reportedly cost 1,699 yuan ($247), whereas the 128GB alternative will allegedly sport a 1,999 yuan ($290) price tag.