A segment of consumer technology that saw a resurgence during the pandemic was that of budget tablets and the recent Xiaomi pad 5 offered a great value proposition under ₹30,000 now with the Redmi Pad 5 Xiaomi wants to bring the fight to the under ₹20,000 segment where we already have a lot of competitors.
But after having used it for a bit it seems like this could become my recommendation in this price category. Let’s talk more about this killer tablet!
Redmi Pad Design
The first thing about the design is that this specific shade of blue-green reminds you immediately of the POCO F4 and that camera module is very similar in design as well. You’ve got a flat back and flat sides with nicely curved edges and it’s kind of soft so it doesn’t sort of dig into your palms when you’re holding it.
It’s very similar to the iPad in design if you ask me. I’m not so sure if the backing material is made of metal or plastic but it seems like plastic to me however I will get back with feedback from Redmi and let you guys know in a pinned comment below.
Having said that for a budget tablet I’ve seen a lot of budget tablets sort of flex this one doesn’t it does feel a lot sturdier than other budget tablets.
But I did notice one thing there is a slot for an extra memory card initially I thought it was a SIM card but this is a Wi-Fi-only tablet and there’s no 4G version so when I tried to remove this tray it was very difficult to do so with the regular SIM card tool that we have.
In a bit to make it flush I think Xiaomi’s made it tighter and it’s become very difficult to remove it. Apart from that you do get a power button on the top and you get the volume rocker on the right edge this is the right placement for it if you ask me and you get quad speakers plus of course a type C port.
These Cod speakers are tuned with Dolby Atmos and they sound really good for a budget tablet what I noticed is that you do get a nice spacious representation of the mix itself and it sounds very dynamic and loud too.
The display on the front is where this Redmi Pad 5 sets itself apart. It’s a 10.61 inch very unique size IPS LCD panel and you get support for 10-bit colors and a 90 Hz refresh rate as well. These kinds of specs are unheard of in this price range but you only get 70% of the NTSC color gamut which means that the color science is not the best but it’s a budget tablet. You can’t ask for more!
However I did notice that there is a visible color shift when you are viewing the display at an angle especially when you’re on a white screen, but when you look at it dead on it’s absolutely fine and you get support for wider and L1 and that 10-bit color space, of course, gives you a wider range of colors too so Netflix shows do look good especially when you watch it in full HD and of course, YouTube videos also do look very good.
You do not get support for HDR which is not something that you should expect and couple that with the core speakers with Dolby Atmos setup it’s a great multimedia experience I watched my favorite episode of Stranger Things of dear Billy once again and it was a good experience.
You also get support for high-res audio which is something that Xiaomi keeps in mind for every single device but you do not get a headphone jack with it so you’ll have to use a USB type-c to 3.5 mm port for it to sort of work.
Another thing I liked about the display is that the bezels are fairly small sized it’s not big or anything but for a tablet, this is but one thing that’s almost true for every single budget Android tablet out there is that the oleophobic coating is generally really bad which is also true for the Redmi Pad.
What that means is that this display is bound to attract a lot of fingerprints!
Now you must be wondering what about a fingerprint scanner you do not get that on budget tablets again you will have to rely on a face unlock feature which I am not so sure if it’s that secure I would suggest that you use a pattern unlock or a pin code instead.
The cameras you get an 8 MP camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel Ultra wide angle with a 105-degree field of view on the front and the placement of the camera on the front is much better of course than the Xiaomi Pad 5.
The 8-megapixel camera on the rear is your box standard terrible camera that you get with budget Android tablets it’s not useful except for one thing and that is document scanning which is of course available in the camera app so students could use it but apart from that, I don’t see anybody using this camera for taking pictures.
The camera on the front, of course, is there for video calls but again the quality is not that great and there’s one feature that Xiaomi has added which sort of aims the center stage feature that Apple introduced it’s not that exactly but basically what happens is that the camera goes entirely wide when somebody comes into the frame but it didn’t happen for me when I tried it with Zoom which is what Xiaomi advised but I think that it’ll come in an update or something soon.
Inside it comes with a MediaTek Helio G99 chip. Redmi pad comes in 3 variants:
- 3 GB RAM – 64 GB ROM
- 4 GB RAM – 128 GB ROM
- 6 GB RAM – 128 GB ROM
The RAM type is LPDDR4X and the storage type is UFS 2.2.
Daily performance-wise swiping moving across apps, scrolling through Twitter scrolling through Instagram all of that works well I didn’t face any issues.
However, I think one concern that most people would have is how 90 Hz work on this, and on a tablet display it’s something that stands apart because 60hz is immediately apparent and 90 Hz makes it slightly less apparent and makes it smoother so that’s an advantage.
Games like Call of Duty run at medium and high settings and there’s absolutely no throttling or heating that is possible on this chip so it works well.
Another question that I’ve seen a lot of people ask is how’s the Wi-Fi performance and I saw that the Wi-Fi performance is great especially on Dual Band Wi-Fi when you’re closer to the router it does latch on to good speed so you can rely on this for great internet performance.
The battery inside this like I mentioned you’ve got an 8000 mAh battery inside and 22.5 fast charging speeds as well with the adapter in the box of course battery life is great and charging speeds are pretty good for a budget tablet is something that you don’t need to worry about.
The real reason why I think that the Redmi Pad is a product that a lot of people should consider is the software experience that you get with it now you get MIUI 13.1 based on Android 12 and Xiaomi promises that you will get an update to Android 13 and 14 and three years of security updates as well.
Apart from that Xiaomi also promises MIUI 14 and MIUI 15 updates on the Redmi Pad.
Now, why did I mention that the software is the standard feature on this tablet because it takes all the good additions that Xiaomi made with the Xiaomi pad 5 and brings it to the Redmi Pad?
Basically what you get is a dock that is very similar to the iPad but it is helpful this is sort of like a persistent dock you can pick out the docs even when you are on any other app which means that you can switch directly from that dock itself.
You also get a split screen plus a floating window on top of it which means that you can have two apps in a split screen and a floating window on top of it as well. Now you must be worried well does that work properly on G99 well it does stutter a bit so I would suggest that you keep two apps at a time but still if you want to go three apps you can do that as well.
A lot of system apps are built ground up for example weather and calculator look very good on the tablet one cool thing Xiaomi has done is that the Redmi pad comes with optimized Instagram which means that the aspect ratio on stories and reels is correct and it doesn’t cut out content which is great because now I’m going to be spending more time swiping through reels on this big tablet.
I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that this tablet has a unique aspect ratio as well for the display.
What about accessory support? you can get third-party pens to work with this and you also get I think a folio cover but nothing apart from that. My only concern with the software is that you do not get Google kids space which I think was a fantastic reason for a lot of people or for a lot of parents to pick up the tablet because kids space is very nicely done it’s got a separate interface all together but that’s not available on this it’s available on the Realme Pad it’s available on Nokia tablets and I think even modulus tablets.
But I take that missing feature for the tablet-specific experience that Xiaomi tunes for the Redmi Pad.
So the Redmi pad has fantastic pricing Xiaomi ensures that you get the best value for the money and in this price range I think a lot of people are going to gravitate towards this and they’re going to be recommended not just by reviewers but also by friends and family.
The way Xiaomi has managed to price it well for the Redmi pad out here is by actually going for a MediaTek G99 because then it will help save costs and give you a better display experience and a whole multimedia experience as well.
I’m very happy with this I think this is the best tablet under ₹20,000 right now for me I did like the real pad a lot when it launched last year and I did like the Nokia tablet as well and the Motorola tablet is not too bad even the Oppo tablet is not too bad but this one stands apart.
What do you guys think do you like it let me know in the comment section below!