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China’s Xiaomi Announces Cheap 49-inch 4K TV and 8-inch Tablet

China’s Xiaomi Announces Cheap 49-inch 4K TV and 8-inch Tablet


China’s Xiaomi Announces Cheap 49-inch 4K TV and 8-inch Tablet

China's Xiaomi Announces Cheap 49-inch 4K TV and 8-inch TabletXiaomi, one of China’s fastest-growing Android smartphone manufacturers, has announced a duo of new products today – a surprisingly cheap 4K television that runs on Android and a new 8-inch Android tablet called the Mi Pad.

The new TV, called the MI TV 2, is a larger version of the one the company released last year. The 49-inch television runs Android with Xiami’s MIUI TV skin and features a 4K 3D panel with a thin 6.2mm aluminum bezel. It is powered by a MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip which is a combination of a 1.45GHz quad-core CPU and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. It also features 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space with support for up to a 64GB microSD card.

The MI TV 2 can be controlled with the included Bluetooth LTE remote or by downloading a remote app on the user’s smartphone. The TV’s audio is outputted through a separate wired audio bar combined with a  Bluetooth subwoofer. The separate audio setup is what enabled Xiaomi to make the MI TV 2 measure only 15.5mm thin.

The other device Xiaomi announced today, the Mi Pad, is being touted as an iPad Mini competitor with its 7.9-inch display with a surprisingly high resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels which gives the device a high pixel density of 326 ppi.

The Mi Pad features a Tegra K1 chip, which is NVIDIA’s latest mobile SoC (system-on-a-chip), which combines a 2.2GHz “4+1” core processor and a 192-core PC-class Kepler GPU. The tablet also features 2GB of RAM, 16 or 64GB of internal storage, expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD, a 6,700mAh battery, and a pair of speakers.

The Mi Pad is also equipped with two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity-wise, the Mi Pad won’t feature 3G or 4G/LTE connectivity but will support 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The Mi Pad will run on Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

The MI TV 2 will be priced at a very affordable CN¥3,999 and will be available in China by May 27. On the other hand, the Mi Pad will be sold for CN¥1,499 (about $240) for the 16GB version, and CN¥1,699 (about $270) for the 64GB variant. The company did not mention an official release date for the Mi Pad in China as well as global release dates, if any, for either device.

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