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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Review – Budget Tablet, Great Performance

Xiaomi makes great products, which are widely available and, most of the time, very affordable. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is another example of such a product. This tablet is small with just 8″ and that makes it very easy to carry around. For me, this is the perfect size tablet. You can play your games, watch Netflix or watch TV while in bed, without holding a very heavy tablet.

Introduction & Specifications

Having such a small tablet is great! You can easily carry it around and holding for a full hour or longer is no problem at all. I used to have the iPad Mini, which is the same size. I loved it so much that I ordered the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 right away when I wanted an Android tablet again. Looking at the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, this might be a great tablet to watch TV on and play some games on. With the Snapdragon 660, you can easily play games without performance issues. Don’t expect the best and smoothest performance, but the average game is perfectly playable. With the 6000 mAh battery inside, you can watch TV for hours without charging it in the meantime. What else does this Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 have to offer?

Specifications 
Brand:Xiaomi
Model:Mi Pad 4
Screen Size:8"
Resolution:1200x1920
CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz Octa-Core
RAM:3GB/4GB
Storage:32GB/64GB
Operating System:Android 8.1 (MIUI 9)
Camera Front:5MP
Camera Rear:13MP
Battery:6000mAh

Unboxing

The minimalistic design of the box, we have seen that before with Xiaomi products. On the front, we just see the number 4 and on the back, we find minimal specifications. Inside, we see the great Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 first, underneath the tablet, we find the charger, a sim ejector tool, and some information guide. Simple and minimalistic design, just how I like it.

Hardware & Design

On the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, we find small borders, which is totally fine for a tablet if you ask me. The materials used feel very solid and strong. The body of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is completely made out of metal. No plastic or cheap feeling with this tablet. The charge port, USB-c, is positioned in the middle at the bottom. This port feels good and holds the charger tightly. Next to the charging port, we find the speakers, which give reasonable sound. don’t expect the best quality music, but for movies, Netflix, or games it is totally fine. Last, but not least, we also find a 3.5mm jack on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4! If you have a wired pair of headphones, this is the tablet for you. Connect them without a converter.

Front Camera

To take selfies, Xiaomi used a 5MP front camera. Why we need cameras in a tablet is not clear to me. There are only a few use cases I can think of and a front camera might be handy for video calls. With this 5MP camera, you can easily have a Skype call or Duo video call. The quality of the camera is not the highest or best available, but we don’t need it on a tablet, right?

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Rear Camera

A 13MP camera is available to take photos using the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4. I would never use this as a primary camera, but it is available. The quality is not the best, but I’ve seen worse on tablets too. Personally, I miss the use case for a rear camera on a tablet, but Xiaomi made it available for those who use it.

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USB-C/3.5mm Jack

To charge the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, we use the USB-C charger port. This is the 2.0 version of USB-C so this is not the fastest USB-C port available, but to be honest we don’t need that. You can charge your tablet now with the same cable as most of the smartphones, which is handy. No need to carry extra cables to charge different devices.

On the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, we also find a 3.5mm jack! Yes, there are numerous wireless earbuds available, but many people still use wired headphones. If you have a good pair of headphones with a wire, you can use those on the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4. No need to use a converter or buy another pair of wireless headphones.

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Display

Xiaomi fitted a slightly taller display in the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4. This results in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This is an IPS panel, which results in life-like colors and very good viewing angles. It’s a very good-quality screen, although the resolution has dropped from 1536×2048- to 1920×1200 pixels, resulting in a pixel pitch of just 283ppi. For watching TV, Netflix or YouTube, this is totally fine. The display quality is great, especially seen the price of this budget tablet.

Battery Life

6000 mAh! That is a massive battery. When watching TV or Netflix, you can spend multiple hours without charging in the meantime. Having a fully charged Mi Pad 4, you can get around 8 to 9 hours of video playtime out of it. That is impressive if you ask me, but there are others that score even higher. Xiaomi promised a 12-hour video playtime, which we did not reach. I would be happy with a battery that lasts 8 hours, but if you reach this really depends on your usage.

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Benchmark Tests

How fast is this tablet? I can write how long I can watch Netflix, how fast the games are that I play on there, but let me show you the numbers by different benchmark tests. This way you can compare the benchmark test numbers to other tablets and find the right model for you.

AnTuTu

With the AnTuTu benchmark test, we see that the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 defeats 30% of the users of this benchmark test! We will test some other apps to give you a good overview of the performance.

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GeekBench 5

GeekBench is one of the benchmarks we ran. Here are the results:

PCMark

PCMark is one of the benchmarks we ran. Here are the results:

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3DMark – Sling Shot Extreme

3DMark is one of the benchmarks we ran. Here are the results:

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Features

Besides the numerous great apps, you can install on the tablet to make it a great device for you, there are two features that I want to highlight. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 offers FaceScan and Special Feature menu. Let’s have a look at some features of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4.

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FaceScan

You can unlock your tablet with a face scan. All you need to do is hold your face in front of the front camera, and you are good to go! You can unlock your Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 now within seconds without even touching the screen to enter your pattern or pin code. You can set up your face within 5 seconds and that makes this a very fast unlocking method. Keep in mind that it is less secure than a pattern or pin code.

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Special Features

On the MIUI software of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, we find the tab Other Features in the settings. Here, we find Parental Controls, Gaming Mode, and MIUI lab. What are those?

Parental Controls, from here you can add devices and manage them remotely. You can see the location and control the installation of apps. You can also restrict the usage of the device. If you want to use this, is a personal choice.

Gaming Mode is something we see on some smartphones as well. This will improve the performance of games while restricting sync and background network connection for other apps. This makes your game experience more smooth. A great feature if you ask me.

MIUI Labs is a feature that Xiaomi is experimenting with, I think. On the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4, you can activate the improved image search. If you search on the tablet, it will also look in your photos to find related photos. The other feature here is the AI preloading. This should increase the loading speed of apps. Fun features and this may be something for you.

Conclusion

Looking at the price and the abilities of this tablet, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 is a great pick. You get a lot of value for the money you spend. If you like MIUI is something else, but for me, it works perfectly fine. The size, 8″, is perfect and it makes it super easy to carry around. Watching TV, Netflix or playing games is no problem for the powerful Snapdragon 660 inside. The battery, which is 6000 mAh, can handle some hours of video/movie watching or playing games. I used to get between 8 to 9 hours of battery life out of it. A great budget tablet that is performing better than expected.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 4

$275
8.4

Price/Quality

9.5/10

Product Size/Design

9.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Materials

8.0/10

Battery Life

7.5/10

Pros

  • Price is good/low
  • Battery life is good
  • 8" size is perfect and easy to carry around
  • Performance are good to watch YouTube or play games
  • Special Features, like parental control

Cons

  • MIUI is not for everybody