Xiaomi unveils its latest tablet offering decent specs at a bargain price
Tablets continue to struggle
Xiaomi launched its latest tablet in China last night -- a budget offering with an 8-inch display that pitches itself as being the first to be powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor.
The Mi Pad 4’s release comes at a tough time for tablets, whose shipments have declined for 14 straight quarters, according to figures from IDC.
Of those sold, Apple still dominates with 29% market share, almost double that of its closest Android rival Samsung.
Among China’s tablet vendors, Huawei is the biggest -- sitting at third overall with 10% market share, while Xiaomi doesn’t rate a mention in the top five.
Xiaomi will be hoping the budget price tag -- which starts at US$168 for the entry-level model -- will prove popular with Chinese consumers.
On the spec front, the Mi Pad 4 comes with either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + LTE -- along with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage.