Thu. Dec 1st, 2022
test Xiaomi Pad 5

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is revealed in our hands as the false twin of Apple tablets. Is the Chinese brand right in its bid to offer an almost equivalent tool for much less? Answer in this quiz.

After more than 5 years of absence in the tablet market, Xiaomi returns with force with the Pad 5. In its sales speech, the promises are numerous both in terms of its versatility and in terms of features. Regulars of the Apple brand will surely have noticed a striking resemblance between the Xiaomi Pad 5 and some of the iPad models.

Taking these prestigious tablets as a model, it’s clear that Xiaomi is trying to do that too, while playing up the fact that the Pad 5 costs a fraction of its competitor’s price. So does this sucker live up to our hype? The answer in this Xiaomi Pad 5 test.

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Technical characteristics of the Pad 5

Before getting to the heart of our Pad 5 test, here is the technical sheet of the tablet from the manufacturer Xiaomi. There are very attractive features that are reminiscent of some higher end models available in the market.

XiaomiPad 5
Screen – 11-inch screen
– 2560 x 1600 resolution
-Dolby Vision
– DCI-P3
– WQHD+ and 120Hz
Design – Plastic back
– Anti-fingerprint coating
SoCs and GPUs -Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
-Qualcomm Kryo 485
-Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU
Memory – 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
– 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM
Colors – Cosmic Gray
– White Pearl
Camera – 8 megapixel front sensor
– 13 Mpx rear sensor
Audio – 4 speakers
-Dolby Atmos
– Hi-Res Audio
Battery – 8720mAh
– 22.5W fast charge
– USB-C port
connectivity -Bluetooth 5.0
– Wi-Fi 5
– compatible with Xiaomi smartpen
software -Android 11
-MIUI 12
Height and weight – 254mm x 166mm x 6.85mm
– 500g
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Available date September 28, 2021


After a long absence in the tablet segment, we could only hope for a strong comeback from Xiaomi. That’s why we were happy to welcome the Pad 5 and its luxurious appearance… reminiscent of the flagship product of a certain Apple brand. The tablet has a plastic back and a gray or white metal frame, which gives the set a sober and premium look thanks to its excellent finish quality.

This, without a doubt, places the tablet as a direct competitor of the most high-end brands such as Apple and its iPad Pro (or iPad Air). It is a bias of the brand that reveals its desire to attract loyal users of iOS tablets, leaving aside originality, both in terms of colors and in terms of design.

As for the layout of buttons and ports on the edges, we found the layout of the Apple iPad almost feature by feature. If we take it in portrait mode, we find the unlock button, 2 speakers and a microphone at the top. At the bottom, there are two more speakers, a microphone, and the USB-C port. Finally on the right we have two other microphones that complete the collection. There’s no 3.5mm jack on the horizon, which means an adapter, USB-C compatible headset, or Bluetooth is required.

We also regret the somewhat thick edges that clash with the Pad 5 tablet’s rather premium look. Fits in a medium sized handbag or purse.

Finally, the Xiaomi Pad 5 remains in the light weight category with its 500 g on the scale, spread over an 11-inch diagonal. In fact, it is nice to use and has a comfortable grip thanks to the medium size of it. For unlocking, the touch panel does not have a fingerprint reader, but it does have facial recognition, which is always good to take.

Screen and Audio

At the screen level, the Xiaomi pad 5 incorporates a WQHD + panel, which offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz added to a definition of 2560 x 1600, which looks like the characteristics of a high-end tablet. This is also an impression that was reinforced by daily use of the tablet during our test.

What really stood out to us in testing the Pad 5 was how fluid it performs and how comfortable it makes it for demanding activities like a gaming session on a cloud gaming service. Note, however, that the colors are a little too saturated, which indirectly darkens the screen and sometimes makes it difficult to use in direct sunlight.

Xiaomi Pad 5 Screen Review
Credits: JDG

Everything is supported by an effective audio part that convinces both in video and when listening to music. Because of their placement on the tablet, the speakers deliver clear sound that almost never muffles, and they have good bass so they don’t over-rotate in treble when you turn up the volume a bit.

On the back of the tablet, a single 13 MP sensor is visible, reminiscent of the sensor design present on Xiaomi’s 11 series. This one is pretty unobtrusive and hardly effective at taking more or less decent photos of documents, as long as there’s enough ambient light. For more advanced use, you will have to resort to a real device or your smartphone.

Performance, Software and Autonomy

As efficient inside as it is out, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is packed with high-performance components, starting with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC. There’s also a Qualcomm Kryo 485 GPU and a Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU. This gives the tablet more than adequate performance that never caused us any problems during the entire testing period.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 also sets a more than honorable score in the benchmarks we put it through. Admittedly, this clearly falls short of the scores of M1 chip-equipped Apple devices, but it still sits at the top of the Android tablet basket, priced once again ridiculously low compared to its target competitor.

To this, Xiaomi adds a 8720 mAh battery, which is average but lasts at least a day depending on use. With no noticeable overheating on the horizon, the tablet also handles demanding games very well, compensating for the slight rise in temperature thanks to its materials.

In addition, Xiaomi Pad 5 also benefits from the latest version of Android 11 and thus its new buttonless controls, as well as an internal MIUI Global overlay in version 12.5.1. The latter is quite interesting, though not necessarily in a good way.

In fact, the overall look of the overlay is more “iOS” than Android in some ways, and in particular at the level of icons and shortcuts like on the taskbar. It is also more complicated to handle than other Android tablets since it only opens on the right side, leaving the left side reserved for notifications. If this isn’t embarrassing in and of itself, it’s quite confusing and regular Android device users may have some difficulty finding their way around this tablet which is clearly aimed at customers on iOS.

professional suite

Finally, the directly integrated WPS professional suite is a useful feature that allows the tablet to transform from an entertainment tool to a productive all-rounder thanks to its many free options. For example, you can scan your documents with the main camera, change the nature of your PDF documents, and even record your oral PowerPoint presentation with the tablet’s microphone.

All this trackpad lacks to make it a true workstation is the inclusion of a stylus pen and a detachable keyboard. However, Xiaomi has thought of everything since these two accessories are compatible with the tablet, although they do not come with it for obvious budget reasons.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is officially available from the end of 2021 at a price of €399 for the version with 128 GB of internal storage and €449 for the 256 GB version. However, it is quite difficult to find and sometimes you have to know how to push. Below, before concluding our test, the prices of the Pad 5 at the various points of sale.

Xiaomi Pad 5 at the best price
Base price: €349

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This article was translated from this source written by Elisa Rahouadj

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