Xiaomi threw me in the summer of 2014 a tablet called me pad, then updated with a pad 2 mi that today becomes me pav 3. This linear evolution is also confirmed by the fact that the design has never changed, remaining in essence always the same product and updating where needed generation after generation.
Compared to MI Pad 2 does not change practically anything: it is the usual tablet very thin (7 mm) and metal, with positioning of keys, camera and speaker exactly where we were previously. For precision, the two speakers are placed flat on the back of the tablet: OK when the tablet is hand held, less when it is resting on a floor, but it may not be a problem if you are not interested in receiving notifications (since calls cannot be received). In hand the tablet is used with simplicity and overall is definitely one of the best products of this size for convenience and cleanliness of the design.
Change of direction for MI Pad 3: The Intel processor is abandoned in place of a newer MediaTek MT8176 ESA-Core 2.1 GHz with GPU PowerVR GX6250. The performance is good, but not exceptional and in some context we could stumble upon sporadic slowdowns. Very good that Xiao has doubled the amount of RAM, reaching 4 GB, and quadrupled the internal memory, now touching the 64 GB (always not expandable). The Wi-Fi is dual-band, the Bluetooth is 4.1 and we even have the FM radio (?!). The fingerprint reader and the NFC are missing.
The main camera is a 13 megapixel ƒ/2.2. The shooting software is reduced to the bone and unfortunately the results did not make us jump from the chair. The photos with good light are discreet and the new “augmented” resolution is definitely a welcome addition. With less light, or even only in the evening with artificial light, the shots appear kneaded and unclear. Definitely better to use this camera only as an emergency camera. There are no news for the front camera that remains a 5 megapixel ƒ/2.0.
Good the display of this I pad 3 which however does not seem to have made particular steps forward compared to the previous generation (which in turn was almost unchanged compared to the first model). Good resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and good also the quality of the Panel (IPS) that has good colors and a discrete brightness, which may not be high enough to enjoy the tablet even outside. Just discreet viewing angles.
Mi Pad 3 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat custom with MIUI 8. Our Pav 3 (as it would seem almost all those on the market) has already arrived with the bootloader unlocked which has greatly simplified the installation of the firmware Xiaomi.Eu on this device. We then found ourselves with a tablet with Play store, Italian language and no Chinese content. Definitely a great starting point. The software is very pleasant, fluid and highly customizable. Xiao has then chosen to customize its interface in a specific way for tablets, for example to create screens to be able to save inside all the widgets you want. You can then record the screen, increase the density of the icons on the home (up to 5 × 6), but you can not the themes at will (features for which the MIUI is instead famous).
Pity though that it lacks some features of MIUI 8 for smartphones, such as second space and dual apps. This would have made the absence of multiuser less heavy. In addition to this also missing the Multiwindow, still understandable on a phone, less on a tablet.
The 6600 mah battery is definitely surprising for such a compact tablet and the end result is just as surprising. With a fairly intense use it is not difficult to complete two full days with a single charge, more with a bland use. Excellent standby consumption: You can safely leave it on day and night and use it only when you need it, without the dread that it is always draining.
Xiaomi mi pad 3 is marketed in Italy (import) from Honorbuy to €299 with a 24-month warranty. The price is certainly not ragged and is still higher than the previous model. In an Android tablet park quite disappointing is still a price to consider for this product.