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Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro review

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The Redmi Pad and the Redmi Pad SE gained a lot of traction – their large screens, metal bodies and, of course, attractive pricing making them an excellent choice for consuming multimedia on your couch. Now Xiaomi expands the Redmi tablet series, with a Pad Pro, which adds more premium Dolby Vision display, better performance, and a larger battery.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe new Redmi Pad Pro brings a 12.1″ 120 Hz LCD of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution with Dolby Vision certification. There is a powerful Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chip, which should be a good upgrade over the Snapdragon 680 and Helio G99 in the older Pad models.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe Redmi Pad Pro has an 8MP camera on each side, four Dolby Atmos speakers with and a large 10,000mAh battery with 33W charging support, which means you won’t have to reach for that charger too often.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro specs at a glance:

  • Body: 280.0×181.9×7.5mm, 571g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame, aluminum back; Stylus support (magnetic).
  • Display: 12.10″ IPS LCD, 68B colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, 600 nits (HBM), 1600x2560px resolution, 14.4:9 aspect ratio, 249ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7435-AB Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 (4 nm): Octa-core (4×2.40 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55); Adreno 710.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 14, HyperOS.
  • Rear camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm.
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.3, (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 10000mAh; 33W wired, PD3.0, QC3+.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6; BT 5.2, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive; 3.5mm jack.
  • Misc: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity (accessories only), compass; stereo speakers (4 speakers).

To further enhance its capabilities Xiaomi sells official accessories including the Redmi Smart Pen, the Redmi Pad Pro Cover and the Redmi Pad Pro Keyboard cover. On the list of omissions we can put the lack of cellular connectivity, NFC, and a fingerprint scanner, but we wouldn’t say either of those is a big deal when it comes to tablets.

Unboxing the Redmi Pad Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro arrives in a thin paper box, which contains the tablet itself and a USB-A-to-C cable. There is no charger and if odds are you don’t have a 33W charger, so you’ll need to purchase one if maximizing charging speed matters to you.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro review

Design, build quality, handling

Even if the Redmi Pad Pro is among the more affordable tablets out there it features an aluminum unibody. So while its looks aren’t significantly different from the majority of its peers, it does have an edge when it comes to materials.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe screen has a flat piece of Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it. The frame and the rear side are also all flat. We have the blue colorway for review here, but you can also opt for dark gray and mint green options.

The tablet has no ingress protection, not that you can reasonably expect that in this price range.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe large 12.1-inch IPS LCD screen occupies most of the front, naturally. It has no interruptions and the bezel is reasonably thick. The panel offers 120 Hz refresh rate, 12-bit color depth and Dolby Vision support.

An 8MP camera is embedded in the top bezel (when you are holding the Redmi Pad Pro in landscape orientation), enabling video calls and, in case you really don’t have anything better at hand, serving for selfie purposes.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe metal back is quite nice with its matte finish. There are two protruding rings for the 8MP rear camera and the LED flash, which weren’t really neccessary as the sensor is tiny, but we guess Xiaomi decided the tablet looks better that way.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThere are four speakers on the Redmi Pad Pro – two on each of the short sides. They are Dolby Atmos certified and complement the Dolby Vision screen.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewAlso, on the short sides you will find the Power/Lock key on one end, and the USB-C port and the 3.5mm audio jack on the other.

The tablet has two mics and a microSD slot on one of its longer sides (the top one if you hold it the way it’s meant to).

The tablet measures 280 x 181.9 x 7.5 mm and weighs 571 grams, neither of which is an extraordinary number for the display size.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewIn short, the Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro is a tablet made by the book – a slim metal unibody that makes for excellent comfort and grip and usability, no notches on the display, a promising speakers’ set and a big battery. A solid start then, let’s see if the optional accessories are worth getting.

Accessories

€30 get you the Redmi Pad Pro Cover – a simple but rugged cover that lets the tablet stand on its own in landscape mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe Cover also contains a detachable Smart Pen holder. This is handy if you decided on buying the stylus as there are no magnetic spots on the tablet itself.

The Redmi Pad Pro Keyboard case is your next option priced at €100. It is your typical keyboard cover that doubles as a stand. There is no touchpad on it, though.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe Keyboard Cover has an integrated battery and charges via a USB-C port. It connects to the tablet over Bluetooth. Depending on market it has 64 or 65 keys with super nice tactile feedback.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewThe Keyboard Cover also contains two detachable smart pen holders, but has no backlighting.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewFinally, there’s the Redmi Smart Pen for €70. It has two buttons and charges via USB-C port placed near around its back end. The Pen works great for writing and drawing, supporting 4,096 pressure levels. The 240Hz touch sampling rate of the screen enhanced by Xiaomi’s prediction algorithm, means you can achieve excellent results if you have decent drawing skills.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewYou can even write with the screen switched off or use the Pen to take instant screenshots.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro review

Display

The Redmi Pad Pro packs a 12.1-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (249ppi), making for 16:10 aspect ratio. The display has 12-bit color depth (up to 68B colors), 120 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz touch sampling and Dolby Vision streaming.

The protection is handed by a large sheet of Gorilla Glass 3.

Xiaomi Redmi Pad Pro reviewXiaomi promises 600 nits of maximum brightness and it turns out the tablet actually delivers more than that. The Redmi Pad Pro’s display goes up to 538 nits in manual mode and 654 nits in auto mode when in bright light – great numbers for a tablet screen.

The minimum brightness at point white was 2.3 nits.

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