According to a new rumor out of China, Xiaomi will be launching two new tablets alongside the Mi 6 flagship smartphone this year. The first one will be the Mi Pad 3, which will be running on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box. Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Pro on the other hand is expected to ship with Windows 10 out of the box.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 is rumored to feature the same 7.9-inch display size as its predecessor, although it isn’t clear if the resolution too will remain the same. There is no word on the processor either, but the rumor does say that the tablet will include 4GB of RAM and come in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. Prices are tipped to start at 1299 yuan ($188) for the 64GB variant and 1599 yuan ($231) for the 128GB variant.
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 on the other hand is said to feature a 9.7-inch sized display. Again, the display resolution hasn’t been revealed, so we will need to wait for more leaks to shed some light on the display resolution and technology. Under the hood, Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 Pro will be running on the Intel Atom x7-Z8750 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Mi Pad 3 Pro will be identical to the smaller Mi Pad 3. That means you will get two variants – one with 64GB of onboard storage and the other with 128GB. As for the price, the Mi Pad 3 is rumored to start at 1699 yuan in China, which converts to $246 based on the ongoing exchange rate.
Both the Mi Pad 3 and the Mi Pad 3 Pro tablets are expected to be launched along with the company’s flagship Mi 6 smartphone sometime in May. While early rumors had been suggesting that Xiaomi could launch the Mi 6 in April, latest reports say the smartphone’s release date has been pushed to May for unspecified reasons. It is likely due to the shortage of Snapdragon 835 chips, as Samsung has secured the initial batch of Snapdragon 835 chips for its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship duo. It should be noted that Samsung is manufacturing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chips on its 10nm process node.