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Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Is this the best midrange Android tablet around?

We’ve been using the Xiaomi Pad 6 for over a week, let's take a look at what the tablet has to offer.

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Last year’s Xiaomi Pad 5 was one of the most talked about Android tablets in quite some time. Since then, Android tablets have seen a bit of a resurgence in the market. Even OnePlus came out with its debut tablet release this year (read our review here), going up against the juggernaut in Apple’s iPad. However, if we’re talking about value-for-money products on a strict budget, no one does it better than Xiaomi. We got our hands on the latest Xiaomi Pad 6 and used it for over a week, here is our review.

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Xiaomi Pad 6 review: Design and Display

Right off the bat, the Xiaomi Pad 6 has a very premium feel to it. This is because Xiaomi has ditched the plastic back panel on the Pad 5 for a metal back on this device. The camera panel design on this tablet is the same as the one on Xiaomi 13 Pro (our review here). The flat frame is made out of aluminium. Since there are no rounded edges on this device, you may not be able to get the grip you’re looking for. But if you plan on using it with a folio case, you won’t mind it too much. Personally, we enjoyed the in-hand feel of the metal back and flat frame.

Xiaomi Pad 6 review: Design and Display

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The Pad 6 has an aspect ratio of 16:10. The front camera is positioned on the longer edge, making it easier to put the tablet down while getting on a video call. There are 4 speakers on this device, two on either vertical edge of the frame. These speakers do the job well but aren’t powerful enough to fill up the entire room. Unsurprisingly, there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on this thing.

Xiaomi Pad 6 review: Design and Display

The power key is housed on the left edge of the frame, near the camera unit. The volume rocker makes its way to the adjacent frame, also near the camera. This frame also has a magnetic strip to place the stylus. If you’re wondering where the magnetic accessories go, there’s another magnetic strip on the back panel. Lastly, there’s a USB Type-C port positioned between the speakers on the right side of the frame.

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Like most Android tablets, you won’t find a side-mounted or an under-display fingerprint scanner on the Xiaomi Pad 6. But, it finds some intelligent software solutions to get around this hardware limitation. Typing the PIN or drawing the pattern on a locked tablet can be a chore due to the large size of the display. On the Pad 6, all you need to do is swipe up the lock screen from the left or the right side and the unlock screen will pop on that side, making it easier to reach for the digits or the pattern with one hand. You can also set up your smartwatch to unlock the tablet.

Moving on to the display, Xiaomi Pad 6 gets one important upgrade over its predecessor. The refresh rate of the 11-inch IPS LCD display is now capped at 144Hz. While a high refresh rate is certainly welcome, it also depletes the battery faster. You can easily adjust it from settings. The display also supports HDR10 and has a resolution of 1800 x 2880p (a small bump from its predecessor). 

We streamed HD content on this tablet across different OTT platforms. If entertainment and media playback is your biggest demand from a tablet, we’d easily suggest the Pad 6 over any flagship device. We thoroughly enjoyed the rich palette of colours on offer. The viewing angles leave no room for complaints either. While the image quality is pleasant, you won’t find the deep blacks and popping colours on this LCD panel. This isn’t a dealbreaker for us, but if you’ve gotten used to the OLED displays on your phone and laptop, this LCD panel may seem like a downgrade.

Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Performance and Cameras

Xiaomi Pad 6 gets an upgrade under the hood as well. The tablet is now powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC, which produced a single-core score of 1259 points and a multi-core score of 3033  points on the Geekbench 6 test. There are two RAM and storage options on offer: 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB.

There are a couple of accessories you can buy to get the most out of the Pad 6. The official Keyboard Folio Case is priced at Rs 5,000 and the Smart Pen at Rs 6,000. If you buy these accessories along with the tablet, you can get them at a reduced effective price. If you don’t want a keyboard with the case, you can buy a regular flip case or a magnetic cover from Xiaomi’s official website.

Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Performance and Cameras

The Snapdragon 870 SoC manages everyday tasks pretty well. Shooting the odd mail, browsing the web, taking video calls, and multitasking between different apps is a breeze on this tablet. We didn’t get the opportunity to use the magnetic keyboard case with this tablet, but pairing it with a wireless keyboard allowed us to easily get through a day of work without missing the laptop too much.

Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Performance and Cameras

We did get to use the Smart Pen, and it is easily one of the best styluses we’ve used in this price range. The tablet does a good job of palm rejection. The low latency of the pen allows you to jot down quick notes seamlessly. We even tried doodling on the Sketchbook app. While only an artist could push the pen to its productive limit, we didn’t notice any flaws in the accessory.

The biggest issue that Android tablets face is app optimisation for the larger screen. Those issues still persist on the Pad 6, through no fault of Xiaomi. Instagram still feels like a stretched-out version of the mobile app in Portrait orientation. In Landscape mode, the app aligns in the middle of the screen with empty spaces on either side. Android needs to work with app developers to resolve this issue.

There are some things to like about MIUI 14 on this device. Firstly, there is minimal bloatware on this tablet. The overall experience is very clean and ad-free, something you don’t hear that often about Xiaomi devices. The taskbar at the bottom reveals itself after one quick swipe. You can place your frequently used apps on this taskbar for easier access. When you’re on a video call, you can slide out MIUI’s ‘Conference tools’ which consist of features like beautify, subtitle transcription, and more. Xiaomi smartphone users also get a few continuity features that can be used between the two devices.

The 8,840mAh battery unit can easily last for two days under normal usage. We primarily used the tablet for watching content and taking video calls. If you’re looking to take this tablet on a weekend trip, you don’t have to worry about it running out of charge. The 33W wired charger that comes in the box can juice up this tablet in almost 2 hours.

Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Performance and Cameras

Tablet cameras don’t usually gain much headlines, since smartphones are the go-to devices for clicking pictures. But the 13MP primary sensor on the Xiaomi Tab 6 pleasantly surprised us with the level of detail captured in its shots. The images were sharp and saturated to the perfected degree. The range of colours captured under natural light was impressive as well. The selfies taken from the front-facing 8MP camera are on the softer side, but it is decent for taking video calls.

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Verdict

At Rs 26,999, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is an easy shoo-in for the best Android tablet in its category. The device impresses on all fronts, be it the form factor or software optimisation. Even the rear camera pulls a great performance by tablet standards. If you’re looking for a midrange tablet primarily for the purpose of watching content on a bigger screen, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is a very easy device to recommend.

Xiaomi Pad 6: Pros

  • Great build
  • Clean OS
  • Great value for the price

Xiaomi Pad 6: Cons

  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Some Android apps need to be optimised for tablets

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