Redmi Pad Review: Is this tablet better than Realme Pad X, Oppo Pad Air or an iPad?

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Redmi Pad is the company’s entry-level tablet, which launched in India last week. This entry-level tablet is competitive when it comes to specs and pricing. According to the company, the tablet is aimed at entertainment, e-learning, browsing and gaming. On this week’s episode of the Orbital podcast, we find that not many manufacturers are positioning their tablet offerings in this price bracket as gaming tablets. While there are a few options from Oppo, Realme, Samsung, and other brands in this price bracket, the Redmi Pad is the latest entrant and comes with some notable features.

Is the Redmi Pad the best entry-level tablet to buy in India under the Rs? 20,000 marks? Orbital host Akhil Arora talks Redmi’s new tablet with reviewer Pranav Hegde and consultant sub editor Siddhant Chandra on this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast to understand the specs and features of the device.

Pranav warns right away that you might not want to buy the Redmi Pad in the 3GB RAM configuration if you want it to be future-proof. He says that this advice isn’t specific to the Redmi Pad, adding that you should select the 4GB RAM variant or the top-of-the-line 6GB model instead.

Equipped with an all-metal body, the Redmi Pad feels premium, according to Pranav. He checks the Mint Green color option. Akhil asks if it matters if you just put a case on the tablet, to which Pranav says Xiaomi hasn’t announced the availability of accessories including a folio case yet.

Are people still clicking pictures on their tablets? Instead, you might want to pick up your smartphone to click on images, says Pranav. The cameras are good for video calls, he adds. Redmi has placed the front camera on the right bezel, and he says Apple should move its cameras to that spot as well since most people use their tablets in landscape mode for video calls.

The Redmi Pad features a 10.61-inch IPS LCD display with a 2K resolution. This is a 10-bit display with a 15:9 aspect ratio, unlike the iPad and other tablets that have more “traditional” aspect ratios. Many apps are also optimized to use the real estate of the display, says Pranav. You get quad speakers on the tablet – they’re not the best, but he says they’re good enough for the price.

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Under the hood, the Redmi Pad is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G99 SoC, which is found on the Redmi 11 Prime and Moto G72 – we reviewed this phone in last week’s episode. It’s a budget processor based on a 6nm process and is comparable to the Snapdragon 695 in terms of performance, says Pranav. You can play Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends on the tablet without any issues, he adds.

The battery life of the newly launched Redmi Pad is good according to Pranav, who says that the tablet can be used for around two or three days on a single charge, with a few hours of daily use. It comes with support for 18W fast charging. This is also one of the lightest tablets in the same price range, weighing just 465g. The only lighter device in the same price range is the Oppo Pad Air, as Akhil points out.

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