September 5 is shaping up to be a great day for Chinese mobile technology, as Xiaomi is rumored to be prepping not one, but two gadgets with mind-blowing specs. You have your Mi3 phone, which some say could pack an octa-core SoC, and your budget-conscious “Zimi” tablet.

Xiaomi Zimi Xiaomi Zimi tablet captured in the wild, complete with mouth watering spec sheet

The 7-inch slate, whose codename roughly translates into “Purple Rice”, will however not be (only) about low pricing. At least if we are to take for granted the pics and list of features “leaked” to the media over in China earlier today.

According to the intel (which I advise you to take with caution and the proverbial pinch of salt), the Zimi will sport, among others, a 7-inch “Retina” display. Wait, what? “Retina” as in the ultra high-res panels used by Apple for the third and fourth-gen iPads?

I think so, though we have to keep in mind that Apple themselves are yet to cram a Retina kind of resolution into a smaller than 9.7-inch display. Of course, if we don’t take the iPhones into account.

Anyhow, like I said, keep those salt shakers nearby and don’t raise your bar of expectations too high. After all, “Retina” is just a marketing term and we’ll have to wait and see actual resolution numbers before getting too pumped.

Xiaomi Zimi 2 Xiaomi Zimi tablet captured in the wild, complete with mouth watering spec sheet

Meanwhile, the rest of Zimi’s speculated specs are far less groundbreaking, including a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU (most likely an Nvidia Tegra 3 unit), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an unknown version of the Android-based MIUI software, 3G and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Oh, and a 13 MP (!!!) rear-facing camera too, which sounds completely bonkers. Not sure if in a good way. Finally, rumor has it Xiaomi will price this 7-inch slate at around 1,299 Yuan, which converts into 210 US bucks. Not the world’s cheapest tab, but if it does sport a Retina screen, it might be worth it and then some.

As far as the design goes, I’ll let you decide for yourselves if the 7-incher looks elegant and robust or on the contrary tacky and shallow. I for one think it’s too early for clear-cut verdicts, but if you disagree the comments section below is all yours.

Source: CN Beta