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Apr 24, 2014

Xiaomi’s Tablet to Come with Retina Display (2048 x 1536 Pixels) and NVIDIA/Intel CPUs




In case you were missing some more conflicting rumors regarding the mythical Xiaomi tablet, we have a new batch for you.

As you might remember, we were hoping the slate will make an appearance yesterday at Xiaomi’s media press event, but as it turned out, the company ended up launching two wireless routers and TV box instead. Like the next-gen Nexus 10 tablet, the Xiaomi slate has been said to arrive since forever. Even more puzzling, the rumor mill couldn't agree on its specifications whatsoever. Now a new report coming to us via Focus Taiwan claims the slate is indeed on its way and will arrive with a pretty amazing set of specs. For starters, the device will boast an iPad mini-like 7.85-inch display with an ultra-sharp resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Furthermore, sources claim the device will be assembled by Taiwan-based Foxconn Technologies and Invantec and will retail for as little as $160 / €116 when it arrives on the market in the third or fourth quarter of the year. The information seems congruent, considering that Xiaomi and Invantec have partnered up before for the manufacturing of the high-end Mi3 smartphone and low-cost Hongmi models.

Moving along, the report also says Xiaomi is working alongside with chipmakers Intel and NVIDIA in order to bring the tablet to life and ensure the device is a success when it arrives on the Chinese market. This new turn of events certainly seems puzzling, especially since we were expecting a tablet with pretty mid-range specs. Prior to the current report, rumors claimed the Xiaomi slate would be arriving with a Snapdragon 400 processor fitted with Adreno GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The slate was said to also offer the 4G LTE option, but disappointingly enough, the MiPad might arrive with Android 4.3 out of the box, as opposed to Android 4.4. KitKat.

At some point it was speculated that the tablet would come bundling a pretty awesome IGZO display, as the technology was getting more and more spread. The slate was also said to have a 7-inch screen and run on a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. Other possible specifications included a 13MP camera (capable of recording video in 1080p). We also heard the tablet might arrive with a massive 9.2-inch display and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Judging by the render that leaked online at some point, the Xiaomi tablet might end up being offered in multiple colors, apart from the classic black we see in most tablets these days. So what will the Xiaomi tablet really bring to the table when it arrives on the market?

Xiaomi is working with Intel and NVIDIA on its first tablet
Image credits to Engadget

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