Who’s ready for a new round of juicy rumors starring probably the hottest smartphone manufacturer in all China, Xiaomi? Well, ready or not, here it comes – there reportedly is a tablet in the works over in Beijing, supposedly called Mi Pad.
Not the greatest name, I know, as it resembles the iPad a little too much, but I’m sure that once you hear about pricing you’ll be willing to let it slide. According to GizChina’s usually reliable sources, the Mi Pad will cost a modest 999 Yuan in Xiaomi’s homeland, which is roughly $160.
Unfortunately, all we know about the slate is that it will run Android (in the form of MIUI), sport a 7-inch screen and most likely be unveiled on August 16, during the same event that should preview the Mi3 and Red Rice phones, plus the mysterious 47-inch Xiaomi smart TV. Does that sound like a long and exciting day or what?
We could even see a Xiaomi-made laptop get a formal intro two months from now, although you probably remember we had our reservations as to the reliability of that particular rumor.
Turning our attention back to the so-called Mi Pad, it almost goes without saying the thing will need not only to hit that pricing sweet spot, but also pack some heat under the hood in order to compete against champs like Google’s Nexus 7.
My own wish list for a $160 slate set to see daylight in the fall would include at least a 1,280 x 800 pix res panel (ideally Full HD, but that’s a long shot), a quad-core CPU (preferably Snapdragon S4 Pro or above), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, NFC and a beefy battery of, say, 4,500 mAh or so. How about you?