Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 review - cheap iPad alternative?

by 8. November 2018
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is already the third tablet of the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which, in contrast to the predecessor, however, has appeared as a pure Android tablet. If the 7.9 Zoll Xiaomi Tablet is a worthy successor, read more in this review!



Xiaomi Mi Pad 3


Processor and memory
CPU: MediaTek MT8176
GPU: PowerVR GX6250
Internal memory: 64GB (eMMC5.0)
Memory extension: no

Display Type: IPS
Display diagonal: 7.9 inches
Display resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers

Main Camera: 13 Megapixel
Front camera: 5 megapixel

WiFi: 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 4.0
GPS: No.

* Ambient light sensor
* Magnetometer
* G-Sensor

Battery: 6.400 mAh
Connection: USB-C

Operating system: Android 7.0 (MIUI)
Size: 20 x 13.3 x 0.7 cm
Weight: 328g

What's in the box

1x Xiaomi Mi Pad 3
1x charger
1x USB-C Charging Cable
1x user manual

First impression of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3

Design, workmanship and delivery

Xiaomi orients itself with the Mi Pad 3 at the design of the predecessor model. The Aluminum casing is one piece, in the so-called unibody manufactured and is so far only in the color "champagne gold" available. Visually striking are the rounded edges of the frame, which merge seamlessly into the back of the case. The housing dimensions are 20 cm in length, 13.3 cm in width and thin 0.7 cm in thickness or height. The Weight: is just 328g, which means the tablet can be kept in one hand in the long term. Thanks to its compact size, the Mi Pad 3 can also be used well on the go.

The Front of the tablet make the 7.9 inches big Display, the underlying, white-shining capacitive control buttons and the one above the display front camera, which Proximity sensor and a Note LED, The entire front is covered with glass throughout and neatly enclosed in the aluminum housing. When the tablet is off, the front is completely black.

Left on housing frame are the volume rocker and the power button. Although the keys have a good pressure point, they could sit more firmly in the frame. Movements can cause the keys to rustle, which is annoying in the long run. At the lower part of the case frame and in the middle between two clearly visible screws, is the USB-C socket, The upper, left frame section is with a 3.5 mm jack audio jack fitted. The back side is adorned with the 13 Megapixel embedded in the case main camera, the Mi logo in the lower third and the Mi logo underneath Stereo speakers, The entire tablet is exceptionally well processed except for the slightly loose control buttons.

The What's in the box usually falls off plain. Included are a Chinese Quick Start Guide, a USB-C cable, and a NEMA-1 plug-in charger (5V 2A). If you want to use the included charger, you have to buy a matching type-A to Type-C adapter. Alternatively, however, any conventional smartphone charger can be used for charging.

A tablet in a very appealing design, at the same time good workmanship. The only thing to criticize are the slightly loose operating buttons.


Unlike the current Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi Pad 3 uses no Qualcomm processor, but one MediaTek MT8176, This is a hexa-core processor, especially for tablets. The cores are divided into 2 fast ARM Cortex-A72 cores that clock up to 2.1 GHz and 4 low-power Cortex-A53 cores that work with 1.7 GHz at most. The processor graphic is one PowerVR GX6250which, among other things, supports the decoding of h.265 and VP9 video material at the hardware level. The memory equipment consists of a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and a 64GB eMMC5.0 Flash Memory zusammen.

So much for the hardware features. In practice, the Mi Pad 3 proves to be quite performant. Swiping and scrolling through the user interface is fluent. Apps open in a timely manner and are loaded without major delays. Even several apps that are open at the same time only influence the performance in a small, hardly noticeable measure. Whether you use the tablet for web surfing, streaming or other office work, the performance is sufficient for a satisfying user experience.

Let's get to it Gaming suitability, Already on the basis of individual graphics benchmarks, it appears that the PowerVR GX6250 GPU only leads the lower midfield. Graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 8 or NOVA 3 are playable, but there may be occasional picture breaks or spongy gaming experiences. In the test, the Mi Pad 3 reached a temperature of 34 ° C after about an hour of intense working and playing.

Although the processor is a downgrade compared to its predecessor, the performance convinces with a smooth user experience. Minor cuts, however, there are in the Gamingtauglichkeit the tablet!


The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 uses a 7.9 inches 2K IPS Retina display with an aspect ratio of 4: 3. The Resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels, which achieves a dot density of 326 DPI. The presentation is razor sharp and colors appear particularly rich, but still natural. Within the display settings, the color temperature can also be adjusted according to your own feelings. In addition to an automatic brightness adjustment There is also the possibility of an automatic contrast adjustment, The luminance of the display is 400 cd / m². Especially outdoors, the display is difficult to read through the highly reflective glass front. Using the tablet on a beach holiday could be a problem.

Another disadvantage of the highly reflective glass front is the Vulnerability to fingerprints, Immediately after unpacking, there were imprints on the display that create unsightly streaks and impair the readability of the display, especially in bright light. Worth mentioning is the good Viewing angles, No matter how you turn the Mi Pad 3, the view is not affected even from oblique angles. So-called Backlight Bleeding, ie uneven illumination of the display, does not occur with this panel. Multitouch is supported with up to 10 concurrent inputs. The touch screen detects inputs accurately and Ghost touches did not occur during the test phase.

Also on the software side interesting functions are offered around the display. in the read mode Blue light is filtered so that the eyes are spared even after prolonged use. The mode can be activated by pressing a button, as well as by a timer. How much blue light is to be filtered can be adjusted steplessly. Another mode is the so-called Monochrome mode, All colors are replaced by a black and white representation. This is intended to improve the readability of the Mi Pad 3 as well as to reduce battery consumption at the same time.

The display of the Mi Pad 3 impresses with its crisp presentation, a rich, as well as natural color reproduction and a precise touch screen. To criticize is the susceptibility to fingerprints, which affect the readability of the display, especially in case of strong light incidence.


The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is front with a 5 megapixel front camera and back with a 13 Megapixel main camera fitted. Further details on the image sensor used does not make the manufacturer. It is only known that the Main camera on a f / 2.2 aperture and the Front camera on a f / 2.0 aperture puts.

main camera

Tablets from China are not known to be equipped with good cameras. The main camera of the Mi Pad 3 is compared to other China tablets to the high-end area. Nevertheless, the recording quality can not keep up with current smartphone cameras. Although image captures by a good color rendering, but weaken in the details. With increasing deterioration of the lighting conditions, the image noise increases and details are lost more and more. The same applies to videos that can be recorded in Full HD at most.

The functional scope of MIUI Camera App is also heavily cropped compared to the smartphone counterpart. Although there are various filters to choose from, there are no extensive recording modes or camera settings.

front camera

The front camera is suitable for video telephony. Those who like to shoot selfies, will have to put up with the quality of the recording here. Images are missing the details and colors look rather pale.

With regard to the cameras, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is much better equipped than other China tablets. Compared to current smartphones, the recording quality, however, is only the lower middle class.

User Interface

Also with the Mi Pad 3 sets Xiaomi on the in-house MIUI in the version 8which already on Android 7 based. MIUI is a heavily modified system compared to Stock Android, but it's clearly laid out and easy to use. In contrast to its predecessor, the Mi Pad 2, the current Xiaomi Tablet is not available as a Windows version!

Benefits of MIUI are the regular updates Xiaomi extradited, as well as the numerous settings and useful Additional functions, There is no app drawer for MIUI. All installed apps are placed directly on the home screen. Furthermore, the MIUI of the Mi Pad 3 is slightly cut compared to the MIUI for smartphones. Among other things, the extensive theme launcher is missing, so that the user interface can not be customized. Even functions, such as the "split-screen" mode are not available.

The user interface convinces with a simple and fast operation. In contrast to the MIUI, which can be found on current Xiaomi smartphones, the tablet MIUI is functionally somewhat cut. Among other things, the extensive theme launcher is missing.

Connectivity and sound

SensorsThe Mi Pad 3 is among the WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac compatible and thus can be used in 2.4G and 5G network. In practice, the tablet convinced by a high-signal connection at the same time good range and high data throughput rate. Mobile can only use the tablet with hotspots. A SIM slot for a data connection to the mobile network is missing!

Bluetooth is supported with version 4.0. Again, the Xiaomi Tablet convinced by an average and stable connection range. The sensory equipment amounts to one Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, one Magnetometer and one G-sensor. The tablet does not have a GPS module!

There are two on the back Stereo speakerswhich deliver a clear sound even at high volumes. To criticize, however, is the position of the speakers. The placement in the lower half of the housing, the speakers are often hidden when holding the tablet. What the sound typically lacks is the bass!

The sound quality was also convincing over the 3.5 mm headphone jackwhy the tablet is perfect for listening to music or watching movies. Incidentally, are the current Xiaomi ANC headphones with USB-C connection compatible.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is quickly connected in the WLAN. The sensory equipment is not objectionable. The mobility of the tablet is unfortunately limited by the missing SIM slot and the missing GPS. The sound quality over the stereo speaker, as well as the 3.5 mm headphone jack, convinced.


The non-replaceable battery has one Capacity of 6400 mAh, In everyday life one reaches with the Mi Pad 3 one average screen-on-time between 7 and 8 hours, In the benchmark, even more than 8 hours were possible. No trace of Quick-Charge - The charging time of the battery with the supplied charger is about 4 hours and 15 minutes.

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Final Words


Beautiful design
Good workmanship
Sharp and color-true 2K display
everyday performance
User Interface
Acceptable camera quality
Sound of speakers
Fast WiFi
Good battery life


Slightly loose control buttons
Speaker position
No memory expansion
Gaming performance
Highly reflective glass front
Battery recharge time

First impression
User Interface

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is a well-equipped tablet for web browsing, movie watching and occasional gaming, given its price. However, you have to do without an additional memory extension, a SIM slot and a GPS module, which limits the mobility of the tablet. Above all, the high-resolution 2K display, the liquid-operable MIUI and the battery life could convince.

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Very nice review. Do you happen to know if a GPS dongle is detected? Would have to work on OTG or I overlook something there?