Xiaomi Pad 5 review

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. Photo quality was decent at best and much better than what we expected from a tablet.

The Android tablet comes with a 120Hz LCD screen with Dolby Vision, quad speakers with Dolby Atmos, custom MIUI 13 for the pad and a Snapdragon 860 SoC that’s quite capable of handling heavy tasks. Moreover, Xiaomi not only offers the option to purchase its own accessories, but customers can even connect third-party keyboards and gamepads to enhance the overall experience. And if you want to use the tablet for video calling, we have capable cameras on the front and back.

Everyone is talking about the Xiaomi Pad 5. And rightly so. It is the most sincere attempt at an Android tablet in a long time. It doesn’t make a fool of users with ridiculous specs. It also doesn’t pretend to be a laptop alternative. It has a powerful processor and a high refresh rate display, two hardware features not often found in tablets in this segment. This makes it a very competitive product, especially considering that it is also compatible with a stylus and keyboard cover that can be purchased separately.

Design

If we were to compare the appearance of the Xiaomi Pad 5 with one of Apple’s devices, it would be the iPad Air 4 – it is a device that is thin, has a narrow frame and features a minimalist design. The device is only 6.9 mm thick and measures 254.7 x 166.3 mm. With a weight of 511 g, it is certainly not the lightest tablet we have ever seen, and in relation to its display size, it is even one of the heaviest tablets we have tested, but the difference is a matter of grams.

On the edges of the tablet are the power button on the top edge and the volume rocker on the right edge. The front-facing camera is above the screen when you hold the device in this orientation – however, this means that when you make a video call with the slate in landscape mode, you seem to be far away from the camera, which is not ideal. On some tablets, the front camera is on the long edge, which is better for video calls. There is a USB-C port on the tablet, but no 3.5mm headphone jack. So if you like wired audio, you’ll need to get an adapter.

Display

The Xiaomi Pad 5 features an 11-inch 2.5K display. It is an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1600×2560 pixels. Before we get into the quality of the display, it is important to highlight the thick edges around the panel. These borders are thick and glossy, and it might take some time to get used to them. Although they don’t affect the actual performance of the display, they were distracting to me because they stick out like a sore thumb.

The monitor also supports a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. It’s as smooth as you’d expect and is a breeze to work with. Xiaomi doesn’t offer an adaptive refresh rate on the Xiaomi Pad 5, which we think is a missed opportunity. It may be that we’re just being stingy here, but we feel it could do wonders for a tablet of this capacity. Yes, 120Hz is great, but an adaptive refresh rate means the screen could change the refresh rate depending on the content being viewed.

External Keyboard

Xiaomi also offers a stylus pen and a folio keyboard cover as optional accessories in an effort to add functionality and increase the Pad 5’s appeal. The Xiaomi Pad keyboard case features magnets hidden inside the leather-like plastic case that holds the tablet firmly in place when inserted. The quality of the case is really good. The keys have good travel for a soft tablet keyboard and typing is very comfortable despite the unusually small size.

What we missed was a trackpad, which would have required less interaction with the screen. You can connect a mouse via a Type-C hub or Bluetooth, but you need a desk for such a setup to work properly. There are also shortcut keys, and Xiaomi has also included a customizable multitasking key that it calls the function key.

This can be used in conjunction with the other character keys to launch both native and third-party apps. By double-pressing the power key, you can switch between your most recently used apps, which is very convenient when working on the tablet. While the keyboard met my expectations even on a software level, there were several instances where the tablet did not recognize the keyboard even when it was connected.

Smart Pen

Xiaomi also sent me the Smart Pen to try out. This accessory attaches to the top of the tablet and uses inductive charging to recharge. The pen fully charges in about 20 minutes and you get a satisfying click when it is perfectly placed in the center, followed by a notification on the screen showing the current charge level and the charging status of the pen. Oddly enough, the pen can also be placed to the left and right of the correct charging spot, but it will not charge. The pen weighs only 12.2 g and the soft tip offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, similar to Samsung’s S Pen.

The Smart Pen works as expected, and not only for creative workflows, but also for simple things like signing documents. Input lag is very low and scribbling with the pen feels very natural. The palm rejection when using the pen on the Xiaomi Pad 5 is not perfect, which led to some stray doodles in the app. The Smart Pen also has two buttons, one of which can be held down to take a screenshot of the screen content, while the other can be used to open a new note from Xiaomi’s Notes app.

Software

The Xiaomi tablet is powered by a Snapdragon 860 SoC, which is a year old at this point and a slightly optimized version of the Snapdragon 855. However, like most processors from the Snapdragon 800 series, it is capable enough to handle all tasks, even the heavy ones. The Pad 5 works well in every scenario, as we did not have to deal with lags even once during the test of this tablet. Be it browsing Chrome with 6-8 tabs open or playing Call of Duty Mobile with the highest graphics and fps. Yes, it heats up a bit, but that’s nothing to worry about.

The ace up Xiaomi’s sleeve for making the Pad 5 a useful work device is MIUI for Pad, the software it uses. It’s a fork of MIUI, the software used in Xiaomi’s phones, which in turn is a fork of Google’s Android. While stock Android isn’t quite perfect for the large form factor of a tablet, MIUI for Pad brings a lot of improvements and formula changes to make it much more useful on the 11-inch screen of the Pad 5.

Hardware and Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor seems to be the right chipset for this device. The SoC delivers blazing performance and works in sync with the built-in OS. The Xiaomi Pad 5 boots up without any delay and you can start using the device immediately. The 6 GB of RAM is more than enough for general tasks like web browsing or social media. It can also withstand heavy tasks. To test the gaming performance, we played BGMI on the Xiaomi Pad 5 and the performance was satisfactory. There were no frame drops and the game ran smoothly on UHD settings. Yes, the tablet did get a bit hot, but not unbearably so. We edited photos in Adobe Lightroom and again the performance was commendable.

Camera

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Pad 5 has a 13-megapixel camera sensor on the back and an LED flash. There is also an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front with 1080p recording. The 13-megapixel sensor on the back takes surprisingly good photos for a tablet and can be used as an alternative if you do not have your smartphone with you for some reason. Photos in outdoor conditions have decent dynamic range. You can’t expect a lot of detail in the photo.

During our test of the Xiaomi Pad 5, we noticed that the colors are very strong and far from natural, which may please some and not others. The photos in artificial lighting are also decent. Again, the photos are soft, but the bright colors make the photo look appealing. If you turn on the AI mode, the colors get even better. We would recommend turning it on indoors and off outdoors. Portrait shots, on the other hand, show good detail when you get close to the subject. Edge detection also works flawlessly. In low light, the photos have noise and are even softer.

Battery Life

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has an 8,720mAh battery under the hood that supports 33W fast charging. A 22.5W fast charger is included in the box. While we tested the charging speeds using a OnePlus 65W PD charger during testing, we saw that the Xiaomi Pad 5 charged from 6% to 100% in almost 3 hours, which is relatively high. Although the tab indicates “Fast Charging”, it doesn’t seem to be very “fast”. The included charger charged faster, in almost 2.5 hours.

The separately available 33W fast charger from Xiaomi would be the best solution and should charge even faster if you want to charge your tablet quickly. In terms of battery performance, the Pad 5 is one of the best tablets on the market with excellent battery life. During my usage, which included a lot of typing and browsing in Chrome, sending messages, streaming videos and browsing social media, the tablet lasted 9.5 to 10 hours.

Price and Availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 was released in the UK on September 25, the company doesn’t launch its products in the US, so don’t expect to get it there. The device is also not currently available in Australia, but Xiaomi products are often launched there, so a release could come later.

The tablet costs £369 (about $500, AU$690) and features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – a 256GB version is also offered in some other regions, but it’s not available in the UK. At this price, the tablet is a close competitor for the iPad 10.2 – pricing for it starts at $329 / £319 / AU$499, but it’s for 64 GB of storage, and there’s no 128 GB version, as storage jumps to 256 GB for more money.

Conclusion

We hope you understand and enjoy this Review. The Xiaomi Pad 5 is a fantastic all-rounder Android tablet with a beautiful screen, plenty of processing power and well-optimized software. In fact, it’s the best entry-level iPad competitor we’ve seen so far, especially at a similar price. The few issues we have with the tablet are problems that most boards face, such as the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack or the fact that you have to spend more money on arguably necessary peripherals, but it shows how well-rounded this board is.

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