Xiaomi Pad 5 & Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro

Here’s everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 Pro

Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Pad 5, Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro, and the Xiaomi Smart Pen simultaneously with the intention to take on the heavyweights in the department. Xiaomi Pad 5 is a quality tablet and it matches the features of the rival tablets in the same segment. The Xiaomi Pad 5 is priced at $395, while the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is priced at $437. The Xiaomi Smart Pen(Stylus) which launched alongside the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro is compatible with them.

There isn’t much of a difference or any difference when it comes to displaying. There are very minor differences but both the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Pad 5 Pro have an 11-inch display and the same pixel resolution as well as a screen-to-body ratio. Although there is a difference in the processor, overall both the tabs are quite similar. 

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro also has 2 variants of its own –  5G model and Wi-Fi model.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 comes in three color variants – Cosmic grey, Pearl White, and Green, while the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro comes in two color variants – Black and White.

The focus when comparing the two tabs here should rather be on the minor differences rather than which one is better or worse. 

Let’s take a look at the specifications of both the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Pad 5
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Product
Product
Xiaomi Pad 5
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Dimensions
Dimensions
254.7 x 166.3 x 6.9 mm (10.03 x 6.55 x 0.27 in)
254.7 x 166.3 x 6.9 mm (10.03 x 6.55 x 0.27 in)
Weight
Weight
1.13 lbs(511g)
1.14 lb(515g)
Screen Size
Screen Size
11 inches
11 inches
Operating System
Operating System
Android 11, MIUI 12.5
Android 11, MIUI 12.5
Cameras
Cameras
Rear: 13MP, Selfie: 8MP
Wi-Fi Model: Rear: 13MP, 5MP(depth) Selfie: 8 MP, 5G Model: Rear: 50MP, 5MP(depth) Selfie: 8MP
Battery
Battery
Li-Po 8720 mAh
Li-Po 8600 mAh
RAM
RAM
6GB RAM
6GB RAM, 8GB RAM
Storage
Storage
128GB, 256GB
128GB, 256GB
Other Features
Other Features
33W fast charging, 4 stereo speakers
67W fast charging, 8 stereo speakers, 5G compatibility
In the Box
In the Box
Tab, QSG, Ejection pin, Data cable, Adapter brick
Tab, QSG, Ejection pin, Data cable, Adapter brick

Pros and Cons

Here are some Pros and Cons of both the tablets, which inturn will help you in selecting which model you should go for!

Xiaomi Pad 5 Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Pros
  • Great display
  • Long battery life
  • Latest processor
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • No cellular model
Pros
  • Great display
  • 50MP main camera(5G)
  • Fast charging
  • 8 stereo speakers
  • Better chipset

Cons

  • Pricey

Features of Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro

Let’s see the features in a detailed manner.

  • Design

Xiaomi has produced two of the better-looking tablets in the market. The Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro are similar looking and have a fantastic exterior. Both the devices have an aluminum back, a plastic back, and a glass front. The edges are curved very aesthetically and they look like a bigger version of Xiaomi phones. Overall both the devices have a very pretty look.

Both the tablets have a 6.9mm thickness and are lightweight. Both the devices are compatible with the new Xiaomi smartpen(stylus compatible). 

  • Display

The display of both the tablets is similar. There is not a single difference between the two which is a big positive. Xiaomi offers an IPS LCD display and the display is able to show up to 1 billion colors with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. It also offers HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. 

The Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro have a 11 inch screen size(82.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution and 16:10 ratio(274 ppi density). 

  • Processor 

Here is where the major difference lies between the two tablets. The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro trumps the Xiaomi Pad 5 in this feature and nudges ahead. Although both are equipped with strong processors, Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has a clear advantage with a state-of-the-art processor.

The Operating System is one feature in the processor where both the Xiaomi Pad 5 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro have similar input. Both are equipped with Android 11, MIUI 12.5. The chipset is where the major difference lies, Xiaomi Pad 5 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 (7nm), while the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm).

The CPU in both devices also has some dissimilarities. The Xiaomi Pad 5 is equipped with Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 Gold & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 Gold & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485 Silver), while the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is equipped with Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585). Xiaomi Pad 5 has an Adreno 640 GPU, while the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has an Adreno 650 GPU. 

One of the biggest differences between the tabs is that the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro offers 5G connectivity and a Nano-Sim slot, which the Xiaomi Pad 5 doesn’t.

  • Storage and Memory

The Xiaomi Pad 5 offers two storage variants – 128GB and 256GB. Both the variants come with 6GB RAM memory. The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro meanwhile offers three variants with two being similar but differentiated by memory – 128GB and 256GB, with the 128GB comes with 6GB memory and 256GB storage comes with 6GB and 8GB memory variants. 

Both the tablets offer good processors. The tablets are apt for gamers and movie lovers especially for streamers who often use Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. The processor is powerful and it will not lag during movie streamings or when gaming. 

The transition from apps to apps is smooth. One downside of both devices is that there is no SD slot, so there is no way you can extend the storage. 

  • Camera

Camera is another feature where the major difference lies. The difference between the two tablets is in fact huge when it comes to cameras. The Xiaomi Pad 5 pro has a better camera overall.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 offers a 13MP main camera with features such as dual LED flash, HDR, and panorama. The main camera also records video in 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps. The selfie camera has an 8MP camera and records video at 1080p@30fps. 

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 5G model offers 2 main cameras, a 50MP camera with PDFA and a 5MP camera. The Wi-Fi model offers 2 main cameras as well, a 13MP camera with Auto-Focus and a 5MP camera. Additional features in the main camera include Dual LED flash, HDR, and panorama. The main camera records video in 4K@30fps and 1080p@30fps. The selfie camera is equipped with 8MP with fixed focus and records video at 1080p@30fps.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 5G model offers a better camera option. Not to mention both tabs offer 4K video recording which is a huge plus in today’s age.

  • Battery

There is not a significant difference between the battery of the two devices. The Xiaomi Pad 5 is equipped with a Li-Po 8720 mAh, non-removable battery with 33W fast charging. The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is equipped with a Li-Po 8600 mAh, non-removable battery with 67W fast charging.

While there isn’t much of a difference when it comes to battery life, there is still a significant difference when it comes to charging where the Xiaomi Pad Pro 5 has a 67W fast charging which is a massive upgrade over Xiaomi Pad 5’s 37W charging.

  • Other features

As we have looked at some of the main features, there are still some additional features that need to be looked at. So here are those additional features that we will talk about.

  • Connectivity: Connectivity on both the devices is similar apart from the Bluetooth. Both the devices have the Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot. But while the Xiaomi Pad 5 has Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro has Bluetooth 5.2 A2DP, LE. Also, Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is equipped with a GPS system, while the Xiaomi Pad 5 isn’t. Both the devices have a USB Type-C port.
  • Sensors: Both the devices are equipped with the same sensors namely Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass.
  • Stylus: Xiaomi, alongside the two tabs, has launched the Xiaomi Smart Pen, which is compatible with both the tabs. The Smart Pen needs to be bought separately though. 

 

Which tablet will be the best for you?

Personal preference. That is all the matter in the end. You can take as much advice as you want, you collect all the data available and all the available information, but at the end of the day it comes down to personal choice and preference. So we will give as much info as possible to help you decide which way to tilt, let’s first start with the pricing of the devices according to their storage.

Storage  Xiaomi Pad 5  Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
128GB $395 $437
256GB $449 $605

The price of both the tabs are in accordance with their features. Both are quality tabs with premium pricing, but both the devices are worth their prices in the end.

You can buy the Xiaomi Pad 5, which in itself is a quality device. You can accomplish your day-to-day work with ease. All the basic features which are substantial are all available in the Xiaomi Pad 5. Plus, the pricing factor is important and Xiaomi Pad 5 is considerably cheaper than the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro. The battery life is greater than its successor too for the Xiaomi Pad 5.

The display of both the devices is similar so there is not much to look into. If you are a regular gamer or a serial movie streamer then Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro is your device due to its superior processor. The Pad 5 Pro has a dominating chipset and it shows when you use the device. 

The miscellaneous features help the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro too. It has 8 stereo speakers in comparison to Xiaomi Pad 5’s 4 speakers, the GPS system which is so important in today’s day and age is available in the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro and is absent in the Xiaomi Pad 5. Pad 5 Pro also has superior Bluetooth. Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro (5G) has a vastly superior camera which is a huge game-changer for people who are looking for a quality camera in a tablet. Of course, the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro comes with 5G connectivity too. If the camera wasn’t enough to turn the head of buyers then the 5G connectivity option will definitely do it for them.

At the end of the day if you are looking for a premium device with premium features then you can go with the Xiaomi Pad 5 pro(5G). When you are going for the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro then you might as well spend it on the 5G variant. But if you are looking for a cheaper option but with all the basic features that are included in the Pad 5 Pro then you can go for the Xiaomi Pad 5. 

Final Verdict

Finding the right tablet is difficult, but if you have a specific requirement from a device and you are able to spend the amount needed to buy a tablet with those specific features then you should definitely buy that. Do not look at ways to cut your cost, because premium devices will come at a premium rate and as always there is no substitute for quality. 

So if you can take a hit then go for the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro(5G) which is a premium standard device with premium features and if you want a cheaper option then go for the Xiaomi Pad 5 which has all the necessary features which you require from a tablet. 

 

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