Xiaomi announced its first tablet ever this week, named the MiPad, but after getting a first look at the new Android slate our initial reaction was definitely déjà vu. The MiPad is a nice-looking tablet with respectable specs and a fair price, but it’s also a pretty explicit Apple knockoff, wedding the iPad Mini’s design with the colorful plastic used for the iPhone 5c.
The MiPad is no joke, offering a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536-pixel display at 326 ppi, a 6700mAh battery, NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with support for up to 128GB microSD cards. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Xiaomi’s MIUI software on top. The device offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, though for now there’s no mention of a cellular model.
Xiaomi’s new tablet may rip its design directly from Apple, but its price is significantly lower than the $400 Retina iPad Mini. The MiPad starts at $240 for a 16GB model, while just $270 ups the storage to 64GB. The device will be available in China next month ahead of a global launch, though we don’t expect to see it arrive in the U.S. any time soon. The Chinese company has been expanding aggressively in the past year, but hasn’t attempted to establish its presence in North America just yet.