Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Makes Its Way On Xiaomi MiPad 2 In Leaked Benchmarks
As other manufacturers prepare and launch their annual gadget upgrades on a fixed schedule, Xiaomi seems to be eager to stand out of the pack. The company's successor to the Xiaomi Mi4, launched in June of last year has seen virtually no information surface about its expected launch period, even though we've seen several bits of information surface about its specifications and features here and there. Another Xiaomi device, the Xiaomi MiPad was also launched in 2014 and hasn't seen a successor since then. Well, today some information has surfaced about the next MiPad and it looks like Intel is once again trying to make its way into the mobile world.
Xiaomi MiPad 2 Benchmark Listing Shows Device With Intel Atom Processor
Just like the Xiaomi Mi5, there has been no word so far on the launch date of the MiPad 2. The original MiPad was launched by the company in March 2015, which is even before the Mi4, so perhaps we'll be seeing an upgrade to the device soon enough; perhaps as early as this December. The specifications listed on the device, courtesy of GeekBench do make up for some nice offerings, even though the benchmark scores are lesser than the MiPad, which came with Nvidia's Tegra K1 on board.
According to today's listing, the Xiaomi MiPad 2 should be expected to feature Intel's Atom x5-Z8500 processor, that comes with four cores on board and a frequency of 2.24GHz on the listing. Multi-core score for the Xiaomi MiPad 2 is 3268, which is very modest if compared not only to the original tablet with the Tegra K1 on board, but also other offerings on the market including Apple's iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2.
According to recent benchmarks, Apple's A9X on the iPad Pro manages to get multi-core scores of 5498, with the A8X on last year's iPad Air 2 aggregating at 4542. When these are compared to the MiPad 2's alleged scores, we see that there's a huge performance gap that the Chinese starlet needs to cover if it wants to get a share of the pie at top performing tablets.
There's no word yet on the MiPad 2's launch so Xiaomi should definitely be expected to change things quite significantly. Other specifications that have been listed for the device are 2GB of RAM with internal storage expected at 16GB, since the MiPad has always been an entry level tablet. But given the increasing market trend of high performing slates, perhaps Xiaomi should take a different approach. Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated and let us know what you think in the comments section below.