Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO
Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO, speaks at a launch ceremony for the Xiaomi Phone 4 in Beijing in 2014. Reuters/Jason Lee

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 has been officially unveiled. It was launched to replace the original Mi Pad tablet that came with a plastic design and was released in June 2014. The newer tablet features a metallic chassis. It’s thinner and lighter than the last year’s Mi Pad.

The Mi Pad 2 tablet sports a slim profile of 6.9 mm and weighs 322 grams. Like the last year’s model, the newer tablet comes with a 7.9-inch display. It supports a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, MIUI reported.

The MI Pad from 2014 is powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 SoC and 2 GB of RAM. The newer device, however, is packed with an Intel X5-Z8500 Cherry Trail Atom SoC. It consists of a 64-bit quad-core CPU that works at a processing speed of 2.25 GHz. It’s coupled with 2 GB of RAM.

The rear camera on the Mi Pad 2 tablet is an 8 MP whereas its front side is flanked by a 5 MP shooter. On the connectivity front, the Mi Pad 2 tablet brings features like USB Type-C and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. The device doesn’t support GSM networks. It’s equipped with a 6,190 mAh battery. The original Mi Pad came with a larger battery of 6,700 mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is available in 16 GB and 64 GB native storage versions. Both devices run on Android Lollipop OS customised by Xiaomi’s MIUI software. The 16 GB Mi Pad 2 is priced at RMB 999 (AU$215) and the 64 GB model is priced at RMB 1,299 (AU$280).

Xiaomi has also manufactured another 64 GB model that runs on Windows 10 OS. It carries a price tag of RMB 1,299 (AU$280). The Android and Windows 10 versions of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 will be available for purchase in December.

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