The design of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and Mi Pad 5 Pro is identical. It has flat borders, similar to the latest iPads, a high screen-to-body ratio with the display occupying more than 80% of the front panel, and a plastic unibody builds, unlike most luxury tablets. They are skinny, measuring only 6.9 mm in thickness, and they are also relatively light. The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and 5 Pro come with a pen and a magnetic keyboard, and a camera module that looks similar to the Mi 11 series. Even though they are not the most costly tablets, they are undoubtedly among the most beautiful, with Xiaomi emphasizing design.
The displays of these two tablets are identical, just like the design. Many people will despise the fact that they have IPS screens, which do not deliver the vibrant colors that OLED panels do. However, these are incredible IPS panels, not ordinary ones.
They can display up to one billion colors, have a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, and support HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The display’s diagonal is 11 inches, which is sufficient for productivity but not unduly broad. You can turn these tablets into tiny laptops if you utilize the keyboard.
Specifications and Software
In terms of hardware, the most significant change between the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and the Mi Pad 5 Pro is connectivity, not performance. The Mi Pad 5 Pro comes with 5G connectivity and a SIM slot; however, the standard Mi Pad 5 lacks both 4G and 5G connectivity. However, there is a significant distinction in their constituents.
In the most expensive option, you get a Snapdragon 870, which is essentially an upgrade of the Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM (instead of just 6 GB provided by the vanilla version). The tablets run MIUI 12.5, which is a customized version of Android 11.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro’s 5G model is one of the best camera tablets on the market. It boasts a 50 MP primary camera with 4K video recording capability and can capture spectacular photos in terms of detail. A secondary 5 MP depth sensor is used in conjunction with the 50 MP sensor to improve the bokeh effect.
The Mi Pad 5 Pro’s non-5G varieties include a 13 MP primary sensor, significantly less than the 50 MP mentioned above the camera, always combined with a 5 MP depth sensor. Although the original Mi Pad 5 includes a 13-megapixel camera, it lacks a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The front cameras on both tablets are 8 MP and record 1080p movies.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 features a significantly larger battery, with an 8720 mAh, despite being the lower-end variant. However, because the change isn’t significant, you won’t notice a substantial increase in battery life. However, when it comes to fast charging, there is a considerable power difference: the Mi Pad 5 supports 33W fast charging, while the Pro variant supports 67W.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 and its Pro edition are exclusively available in China for the time being. The former has a starting price of €260/$305, but the latter’s base edition costs at least €330/$386. Naturally, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 is the lesser of the two. The Pro model includes a far better camera (if you get the 5G version), as well as optional 5G connectivity, faster charging, and a faster processor. The Pro version is recommended if you require these features; otherwise, the vanilla version will provide the same user experience.