Xiaomi Redmi Pad test: the right sacrifices

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The tablet. A product category that has always been dominated by the Apple iPad, but which is experiencing some competition from Windows in the professional market. What about Android? Well… The findings are mixed. If the market has not been completely abandoned, it must still be admitted that it is struggling a little.

Lately, however, it has been gaining momentum, supported in particular by excellent references such as the Xiaomi Pad 5. To continue to attract new users, it is the turn of the Redmi Pad (2022) to try to make its mark. a place on the entry level.

Price and availability of the Redmi Pad (2022)

The Redmi Pad is already available in three colors: silver, black and green. You can find it at 279.90 euros for a configuration starting at 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. This can be upgraded to 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for 299.90 euros.

Redmi Pad at the best price
Base price: €299

Craving for a tablet again?

This is the thought that drives us at least as soon as we take the Redmi Pad in hand. It really does not seem to be here to push people to renew their devices, but rather to crack or re-crack people for the category. And it works: as soon as we have it in hand, we are immediately seduced by its thinness of only 7.05 mm, or even its fairly light weight of 445 grams.

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Despite its very contained price, the Redmi Pad also sports an all-metal design with the most beautiful effect. You really have to be fussy to find the elements that highlight where Xiaomi was able to recover, such as certain slices that are a little too marked that grip the skin a little. But you get used to it, these are the necessary sacrifices not to spend a fortune on high-tech products after all.

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Where the Redmi Pad surprises when you haven’t touched a tablet for some time is that it is clearly optimized for use in landscape mode. For a long time, following the example of the iPad, tablets favored portrait mode. It’s the button placement that says the opposite, with a lock button placed on the left and volume buttons on the top that feel more natural to use when in landscape mode. Which isn’t to say portrait mode isn’t usable, though…

A disturbing ratio

The format. It is the format of the tablet that leaves us a little dumbfounded. So yes, we find on the Redmi Pad a very good 10.61 inch IPS LCD panel which offers a very good contrast of 1500:1 and a maximum brightness of 400 cd / m largely sufficient for indoor use (outdoors, it’s poor). But in use, it is its definition of 2000 x 1200 pixels that is surprising.

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This definition is equivalent to a ratio of 5:3, or “not quite 16:9 but really not far anyway”. Again, this ratio pushes the device to be used in landscape mode, portrait mode giving the impression of using a much too large sheet when browsing the internet for example. Here, the Redmi Pad seems to tell us: “I am above all made for entertainment, and not for productivity”. It is true that this last category today favors 3:2 ratios, even 4:3 on tablets, to find the right balance on the display of any content.

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The Redmi Pad appears incredibly natural when used to watch a YouTube video for example, where its speakers placed on the left and right of the device offer a very good volume. But as soon as it is used in portrait format, it immediately appears less comfortable.

Fluidity is not his forte

This observation is also made when we leave video use. If you want to play the latest games on your Redmi Pad, we hope for you that you are more of a fan of card games and not really of MMORPGs. The humble MediaTek Helio G99 installed within the tablet is clearly the biggest sacrifice what has this tablet chosen to do to stay at its price?

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It’s not a bad processor, far from it, but it doesn’t really have the shoulders to handle the latest 3D games properly. Genshin Impact is launching, yes, but with a definition and a framerate that are not necessarily very convincing. If you are a Hearthstone or Yu-Gi-Oh player on the other hand, no problem!

It is especially on the side of MIUI 13 that we can detect some problems. There is already the fact that it is under Android 12, the version of the system which is not yet fully optimized for tablets (we will have to wait for Android 13 for that). Xiaomi’s favorite OS, however, offers all the features we already love on an Android tablet, including a well-optimized multitasking mode with an app bar that we can call up anywhere.

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But it is also filled with small animations. These are very beautiful… when the SoC follows. But the Helio G99 tends to flounder, and can sometimes row a bit before returning to a steady state. It is not said that these drops in speed are not also to be attributed to its storage in UFS 2.2 (128 GB in our test version) or to its RAM of “only” 4 GB (from 3 to 6 GB in the trade) in LPDDR4X. But is that shocking? Given its product category and its intended use, the Redmi Pad makes a logical sacrifice to allow itself to be accessible to all budgets.

No lie about autonomy

The Redmi Pad incorporates a large 8000 mAh battery and is compatible with 18W fast charging. In the box, there is a 22.5W USB C charger. The tablet itself has an excellent sleep mode which allows it to barely lose any charge when not in use.

In use, it can be used quietly for a good twenty hours of video, and ten hours of play if you push it on 3D experiences. It’s just exactly what you’d expect from a modern tablet.

Redmi Pad at the best price
Base price: €299

Should you buy the Redmi Pad (2022)?

On any other Android tablet, we would tend to say today to wait for Android 13 to come out, so that the OS is fully optimized for the format. But in fact, the Redmi Pad is such an easy product to recommend thanks to its price placement that there is no doubt that anyone hesitating to take or take back a tablet today will not be disappointed by it. At least, if he is aware that to arrive at this price, Xiaomi had to sacrifice his power, and therefore a little of his fluidity.

RedmiPad (2022)

279,90€

RedmiPad (2022)

Autonomy and charging


8.0/10

Techno-price ratio


9.0/10

WE love

  • A good comfortable screen
  • Nice audio experience
  • Lightweight and comfortable tablet
  • Excellent autonomy

We love less

  • 5:3 ratio a little strange
  • Slowdowns everywhere


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