The Apple iPad rules the tablet space to the degree that there really aren’t any true challengers despite attempts from the likes of Samsung and Lenovo. Xiaomi is also in that ring and is attempting to differentiate its Pad 6 by positioning it as a tool for “more effective work.”
Announced today, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is specifically designed for work, but it has the tech chops to work for entertainment, too. The company says that it focused on making the Pad 6 operate as an actual mobile workstation to handle multi-tasking and performance.
On top of Android, the Pad 6 runs on MIUI for Pad software, Xiaomi’s mobile user interface, that works with the company’s second-generation smart pen and a keyboard that can transform the tablet into a something akin to a laptop or a drawing tablet. Those aren’t unique product offerings, but the company says that there are some touches to both these peripherals that work with the tablet to make it more focused on getting things done.
The pen has a button that lets it take screenshots quickly or allows users to switch between writing, painting, and color functions whenever needed in the Notes application. When the keyboard is connected, the interface becomes customizable so that users can make their own shortcuts for a more computer-like experience.
The Pad 6 itself promises a high-pixel density display to make reading text easier — specifically, it’s an 11-inch WQHD+ (2,880 x 1,800) display that displays at 309 PPI. Considering Xiaomi wants users to treat the Pad 6 like a work device, its ability to support virtual meetings is pretty much a must. To that end, the tablet has a centered ultra-wide front camera with the company’s “FocusFrame” function that works akin to Apple’s Center Stage feature and actively works to keep a user in the middle of the frame.
That camera maxes out at 1080p, but the rear-facing camera supports up to 4K video recording and 13 megapixel photo capture. Both cameras use an f/2.2 lens.
The tablet also has four microphones that are designed to pick up a user’s voice accurately while also reducing background noise in busy or loud locations.
The Pad 6 uses USB 3.2 Gen 1, which allows it to connect with other devices for fast data transfer and lets it output a video signal at up to 4K 60p, therefore supporting multi-screen workflows. The Pad 6 promises “outstanding energy efficiency” thanks to its 8,840mAH battery and 33W fast charging, though the company did not specify how many hours of use it expects the Pad 6 to provide.
While it is a work-oriented device, Xiaomi isn’t saying that’s all it can do. From an entertainment perspective, the Pad 6 supports Dolby Vision and covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has a refresh rate of up to 144Hz. It doesn’t get too bright, however, and maxes out at 550 nits. It also has TÜV Rheinland certified Low Blue Light to allow for hours of viewing with reduced eye fatigue.
The Pad 6 weighs 490 grams, has a slim 6.51mm bezel, is made from aluminum, and is powered by the Snapdragon 870 mobile platform.
The Xiaomi Pad 6 is available in three color options (Gravity Gray, Gold, Mist Blue) and starts at 399 Euros. At the time of publication, it does not appear to be available in North America.