A fully loaded budget tab

A fully loaded budget tab

It was only a matter of time. We reviewed the Xiaomi Pad 5 about five months ago and now Redmi has launched a new tab that comes at an even more competitive price. There are no surprises here. We’ve been saying this for over a year and the numbers back it up: tabs are making a comeback, even at a time when our smartphone screens are getting bigger. The iPhone 14, for example, ditched the 5.5-inch mini version in favor of a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus, a clear indication that there are no buyers for a smartphone with a screen smaller than 6 inches.

lashes are back

IDC numbers revealed that lashes saw a 3.2% year-over-year increase over 2020, with global shipments of 168.8 million units. What is driving this increase at a time when we thought our big-screen smartphones had become convergence devices? Could it be Android tablet’s renewed focus with Android 12L and more tablet-focused features to come? Or are Android Tab makers like Samsung and Xiaomi finding their own Android tricks with a dedicated UI? The answer could be somewhere in the middle. In a country like India, token sales are also driven by the need for a personal screen, whether you’re binge-watching from the comfort of your couch or on your long commute from work. This is clearly the affordable segment
The Redmi Tab is making a play. Do you have what it takes?

90Hz refresh rate display on a budget

Redmi is playing around with the 90Hz refresh rate on its 10.61-inch display (2000 x 1200 pixels / 220 PPI) which maxes out at 400 nits. It’s a vibrant display given the sub Rs 15K asking price. The quad speakers (Redmi tells us they support Dolby Atmos) are also reasonably good. Visibility is quite impressive even in direct sunlight. Whether you’re binge-watching or flipping through a graphic novel, it’s plenty of screen.

It feels good in your hand.

We like the design language of this device. It looks refined and certainly more expensive than its price. Redmi sent us the Mint Green, which is probably the pick of the three cool metallic shades in the mix. At 465g, it’s light enough to hold for long periods of time whether you’re reading or gaming. However, we do not use this device with a case. The device is powered by a Mediatek Helio G99 processor. It’s not aimed at heavy gamers, but it can certainly do more for most average users who need their token for daily content consumption. The tab scored a respectable 1873 in our Geekbench (Multi-core) comparison test. We take a look at the top-end 6GB/128GB variant. Redmi offers three hardware variants, including a 3GB/64GB option for those who don’t need to push their tabs too hard. The Tab also offers expandable storage up to 1TB.

All the tab you need?

We don’t usually go too deep into cameras in tab reviews, but the 8MP selfie camera offers a 105-degree wide-angle field of view which is useful for video calls. The tab also benefits from MIUI that we first experienced on the Xiaomi Pad 5, which has some useful features like multi-windows and spilled screen. It’s one of the many useful additions that make the Redmi Tab one of the best budget tabs for content consumption you can buy right now. There’s barely any bloatware, the 8,000mAh battery is pretty reliable, while the 10.61-inch screen offers a great binge-watching experience at this price.

the red pad It is available in three variants: 3GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB and 6GB + 128GB at an introductory price of INR 12,999, INR 14,999 and INR 16,999 respectively. There are three colors to choose from: Mint Green, Moonlight Silver and Graphite Grey.

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