Chinese consumer electronics firm Xiaomi has unveiled three new products for the holiday season, but the most interesting device is the second generation Mi Pad 2—a 7.9-inch tablet powered by Intel Corp.’s Atom x5-Z8500 processor (codenamed Cherry Trail).
The Mi Pad 2 is the first device from Xiaomi to utilize an Intel processor and has a full-metal form factor that looks like an iPad mini with an ultra-thin and light design and comes with either a Windows 10 or Android operating system. The tablet contains a 2048x1536 FHD retina display, 2GB RAM, 16/64 GB storage and a USB Type-C port.
The 16GB Mi Pad 2 is set to be launched later this week for $156, while the 64GB version will sell for about $200. The Windows 10 version will only be available in the 64GB version. There were rumors that Xiaomi would enable the tablet to have a dual-boot system with both Windows 10 and Android, but that is not the case and users will have to choose between Google or Microsoft.
The original Mi Pad contained Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip, but the company swapped it out for the Intel Atom processor.
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