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Xiaomi Pad 5

A tablet

A tablet that is definitely worth buying

Until now, Xiaomi has treated us with a lot of smartphone premieres, but the manufacturer is well aware of the boom in the technological market. When tablets evidently returned to favor, the company quickly returned to this type of product with a device called Xiaomi Pad 5 , which went to global distribution. And it must be admitted that it hit the spot.

Tablets were very popular devices until 2014, but then their popularity began to decline drastically. The end of such devices has been announced many times, and perhaps we would bury tablets soon, had it not been for the pandemic. It turned out (based on the IDC Smartpulse research from the second quarter of 2020) that with the spread of Covid-19, lockdowns and changes in user behavior, tablets got a second chance. For the first time in many years, sales increased and today they are experiencing a real renaissance. What's more, because we do not treat tablets as de facto mobile devices, we focus on larger screen diagonals. While in 2015 tablets with 10-inch and larger screens accounted for approx. 21%, in 2020 they already had a 48% share in the tablet market. It is predicted that by 2024 as much as 60% of tablets will have displays exceeding 10 inches.

After a handful of statistics, it's time to move on to the merits - review of the latest 11-inch tablet from Xiaomi. It is a device with an attractive design, great specification, and in addition it is sold at a very reasonable price. Despite some shortcomings, Xiaomi Pad 5 I like it and if you are looking for a good tablet that will be primarily intended for home use, gaming or using multimedia, social networks and the internet, this will definitely be one of my favorites.

Table of contents

Packaging and accessories

The white box in addition to the Xiaomi Pad 5 also houses neatly packed accessories - basically there is a bare minimum, including a USB-A to USB- cable C and a 22.5 W charger. It is a pity that the manufacturer did not add a 33 W charger - this is the charging power that the tablet supports. The accessory, if you want to charge your tablet faster, will have to be purchased separately. So is the Xiaomi Smart Pen keyboard and stylus that Xiaomi Pad 5 can work with.

Device structure

The large screen, slim design, use of metal and eye-catching housing make the Xiaomi Pad 5 a really attractive device. The manufacturer resigned from the rounded shape in favor of a flat, metal frame, and the matte backs do not show any dirt or fingerprints. For this reason, it resembles the iPad Air, but it seems that a similar design and metal-glass structure will have many future tablets targeting the middle and upper shelf, leaving rounded plastic covers for cheaper devices.

The frames surrounding the screen are small, but wide enough that you rarely touch the edges of the screen accidentally when you hold the tablet in your hands. In turn, the finish of the back panel ensures that the tablet will not slip out of your hand. Anyway, the glass panel with a matte finish is successful in itself - not only does it give a unique color effect, but also gives a feeling of communing with a premium product. The whole thing is relatively light (for an 11-inch device) and weighs 511 grams. What's more, despite its size (254.7 x 166.2 x 6.9 mm) Xiaomi Pad 5 turned out to be a handy device - we used the whole family and it was liked by both adults and children. The whole thing is not dustproof or waterproof, but I didn't even expect it.

The screen is the most important part of Xiaomi Pad 5. This is an 11-inch IPS display with WQHD + resolution (2560x1600 pixels, 274 ppi), 16:10 aspect ratio, 1500: 1 contrast and 120 Hz refresh rate. It offers a good level of brightness, good viewing angles and great colors, deep and saturated. It is a pity that it is not an AMOLED panel, but in practice I had no reason to complain about its quality. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, it also offers Widevine L1 certification - so movies and series from streaming platforms will be displayed in high quality Xiaomi Pad 5 to watch the entire Squid Game season and with a clear conscience I would recommend this device to any serial marathon runner.

The screen of the device has a diagonal of 11 inches and occupies 82% of the front panel - it is large, but the symmetrical frames surrounding it with slightly rounded corners do not increase the size of the device unnecessarily. The front camera is placed within the upper frame, but unfortunately there is no notification LED. It is worth adding that people wearing polarized glasses will have to accept the fact that the screen darkens in the horizontal orientation.

The plastic backs of the device in Pearl White color catch the eye, especially when the light falls on them. On a matte surface, the effect is subtle but still noticeable. And it looks really chic and modern, plus it doesn't attract dirt and fingerprints.

On this empty slope there is a small logo and printed mandatory markings, but the most attention is a small photo module, copied alive from the Mi 11 smartphone. Its lower part has a color corresponding to the color of the housing and houses a double LED diode and the AI Camera inscription, while the upper one, more protruding above the casing, apparently contains two cameras, marked with circular fields. In fact, only the top field contains the camera, while the bottom one is just a plug labeled 13MP. In the Pro model, such a design makes more sense, because the module actually holds two cameras.

The frame of the device is made of aluminum. Not only the material adds prestige - aesthetics are also very important. Well, the frame is flat, in places interrupted by antenna stripes and minimally ground at the edges. It looks great, and when you take the tablet in your hand, you can feel that it is a smartphone worthy of a higher price range.

On the left (long) edge there is a 3-pin keyboard connector, and on the opposite side there are buttons for volume control, two microphones and a place for charging the stylus (both the stylus and the keyboard must be purchased separately). The power button is on the top edge, and the USB-C port for charging and data transfer is on the bottom edge. On both short sides there are 4 rows of holes indicating the location of the speakers. There is no 3.5mm mini-jack connector or tray for SIM cards or storage media - this is due to the fact that Xiaomi Pad 5 does not supports 4G.

System and Applications

Android 11 with the MiUI 12.5 overlay, optimized for tablets, is another strong point of the reviewed tablet. The interface is intuitive, aesthetic and even a few-year-old child can easily navigate through it. It works quickly and smoothly, is not overloaded with decorations, and at the beginning we get an application package including several applications from Xiaomi, Google's service package and, from applications from external producers, WPS Office and Netflix.

What functions does MIUI 12.5 provide? It allows you to choose a light or dark theme, change the screen refresh mode (60 or 120 Hz, without auto mode), pair the keyboard and stylus, there is a space for players to set up to squeeze the tablet's maximum performance while playing or block all notifications and other distractors. The top bar has been divided into two zones - on the left we open the notification panel, and by swiping on the right side - a menu with quick access to the most important functions. User can choose preferred color mode (vivid, saturated and standard), set color temperature, reading mode (classic or paper, with warmer colors and added paper texture to background). The tablet is also supposed to support desktop mode (something like Samsung DeX or Motorola Ready For), although I could not test this function.


The sound is delivered by four loudspeakers, placed on the short edges of the device. So even while playing, they hold the tablet in their hands, we certainly won't be able to drown out all the speakers at once. Anyway, they can play really loud, and the sound has good sound, although lower tones are less audible. But if the tablet is to be used mainly for playing or watching movies on YT or Netflix, you really do not need more luck.

Photos and videos

The presence of cameras in tablets has always puzzled me - firstly, they are usually of poor quality, and secondly, it is difficult to take pictures with such a large device as a tablet. Especially when we have a smartphone at hand. And third, it looks strange. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that the Xiaomi Pad 5 has a 13MP camera with an f/2.0 lens on the rear panel, which also enables 4K and 4K recording. slow motion at 120 fps.

We have to admit that for a tablet Xiaomi Pad 5 it does not necessarily impressive, but really eye-pleasing photos - especially in daylight. The worse the lighting, the lower the quality - the photos begin to lack detail and noise appears. However, I must admit that the camera surprised me positively, in the tablet I did not expect to get photos that would be suitable for anything, but Xiaomi Pad 5 showed that he is not a loser in this position. Here are the shooting results:

The front camera in Xiaomi Pad 5 is used for facial recognition, video calls and self-registration. It is an 8 MP camera, placed on one of the frames around the screen. It produces good quality photos, maybe they are not always sharp enough, but I like their natural colors. The only thing I can complain about is the location of the camera - usually during online meetings (with Zoom or MS Teams) I use horizontal orientation, then it is on the side edge.


The communication package in the reviewed tablet is rather poorly developed. We get Bluetooth 5.0 here, which worked seamlessly with TWS headphones (the speakers in Xiaomi Pad 5 are so good I didn't see the need to connect a wireless speaker). There is also a dual-band Wi-Fi 5 module that seamlessly did what it was supposed to do. But don't expect NFC, support for cellular networks, or a navigation system. In addition, there is only USB-C (USB 2.0) from the physical ports, but unfortunately there is no 3.5 mm mini-jack. These some communication shortcomings indicate that Xiaomi Pad 5 is a typical home "desktop" tablet - and it works great in this role.

Memory and performance

The tablet is equipped with 128 GB of internal memory, of which about 108 GB remains after the first start. It is worth adding that this is a fast UFS 3.1 memory. Unfortunately, Xiaomi Pad 5 does not support microSD cards, so if you run out of space for files, cloud solutions remain.

Strong specification makes Xiaomi Pad 5 a great choice for the most demanding user - gamers. It has an 8-core Snapdragon 860 processor made in the 7 nm technological process, which does not show a decrease in performance even during longer work with demanding applications and does not heat up, plus 6 GB of RAM and Adreno 640 graphics. In Antutu, the tablet reaches over 570 thousand points , in other benchmarks it performs equally well, while the CPU Throttling Test or selected tests from 3D Mark show that the performance will not suffer during longer operation, and the device does not tend to heat up.


The battery has been equipped with a 8720 mAh cell with support for 33 W quick charging (although the set includes a faster charger, i.e. 22.5 W). It provides about 8 hours of working time with the screen on, and how long it will last on a single charge depends on the specific user. I was focusing on the internet and watching series on Netflix - I had to load it about every 2 days. The child, on the other hand, excelled at games - it was necessary to connect to the charger on the same day.

  • lifetime with the screen on (YouTube, 50% screen brightness, minimum sound level, 120 Hz) - 17 hours and 46 minutes;
  • PC Mark battery test result - 13 hours and 46 minutes (120 Hz), 17 hours and 19 min (60 Hz);
  • an hour of video streaming (Netflix, 1 SIM card, active Wi-Fi module, 100% screen brightness, 120 Hz) - 16% battery less;
  • an hour of video playback from the phone's memory (airplane mode, Netflix offline, 100% screen brightness, 120 Hz) - 15% battery less;
  • half an hour of playing Asphalt 9 - 8-9% battery less.
  • 8 hours of standby time - 1% less battery.

Despite support for 33W charging, the tablet comes with a 22.5W charger. With it, charging Xiaomi Pad 5 takes over 2 hours. After an hour it is about 48%, and after two - 90% of the battery charge.


For years, tablets have been a very neglected industry by manufacturers, but finally something moved. And very well, the market was stagnating and there were not many new products. This year, Nokia, Xiaomi and realme showed their new tablets. And as the example of the smartphone market shows, Chinese brands are very dynamic in their expansion and effective in receiving customers from manufacturers whose products have been on the market for years. Do Samsung or Apple have anything to fear? The reviewed Xiaomi Pad 5 proves it does.

It is a tablet that focuses on attractive design, quality of workmanship, excellent screen and performance that will work in all applications. It is guaranteed by Snapdragon 860 and 6 GB of RAM, while energy is provided by a 8720 mAh battery - it provides many hours of uninterrupted entertainment. If you do not mind the lack of GPS, NFC, LTE or a headphone jack, it will be a very successful purchase.

Pros and Cons


  • quality of workmanship, attractive design and appearance that suggests a higher price range
  • brilliant 120Hz large screen for multimedia consumption
  • strong specification (Snapdragon 860, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory)
  • Great sound from four speakers with Dolby Atmos technology
  • pretty good rear panel camera
  • satisfactory working times
  • very good price


  • does not have a headphone jack
  • not to expand memory via microSD
  • no GPS and no version that supports 4G
  • takes a long time to load
  • no notification LED or AoD function
  • no fingerprint scanner - face recognition as the only biometric security
  • originality - look strongly inspired by Apple tablets

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Monika Krasicka-Kulińska

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