Xiaomi isn’t being bashful about replicating Apple's plastic iPhone 5c in the style department. The Chinese electronics company on Thursday unveiled its first tablet, the MiPad, which closely resembles the iPad mini but ditches the aluminum for the plastic of the iPhone 5C.
But Xiaomi isn’t taking any cues from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on price. While the cheapest iPad mini retails for $399, the 16GB MiPad will set you back around $240, or $275 if you want the 64GB version. The two tablets also differ in that the MiPad runs on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android operating system while Apple devices run on iOS.
The MiPad is also the first to feature NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ:NVDA) Tegra K1 processor, a quad-core 2.2 GHz CPU, and a graphics processor worthy of a PC, according to Android Central. “The presence of a PC-level GPU means that the MiPad can deliver performance in spades when it comes to gaming,” the website said.
Photos of the MiPad show that the tablet comes in a variety of colors just as the iPhone 5C does while the 7.9-inch screen and 2048 x 1536 retina-like resolution is identical to the iPad mini.
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