Every other phone company in India is launching tablets. Brands like Redmi, Realme, Oppo, among many others have unveiled Android tablets in India for consumers who are always on the go. Now, OnePlus has also confirmed to launch OnePlus Pad alongside the OnePlus 11 on February 7. India Today Tech has reviewed Oppo Pad and Realme Pad previously and in this review, we are going to explore the Redmi Pad, which is one of the most affordable Android tablets in the country right now.
I have been using the Redmi Pad for the last few weeks and must say that the company has done a great job with it. In particular, the price is just spot-on for the offerings. Well, this is not the first time that the company has launched a tablet in India. Previously, Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Pad 5 but this one comes for a slightly higher price tag of Rs 26,999 for the base 6GB RAM plus 128GB of internal storage. It is clear that, with the Xiaomi Pad 5, it wants to target corporate employees, while with the Redmi Pad, it is safe to say that the target is students and people who have a limited budget.
Coming to the Redmi Pad, the tablet gets pretty much everything right, most importantly the price. In India, the Redmi Pad starts at a price of Rs 14999 for the 3GB RAM plus 64GB storage model. There are two other options – 4GB RAM plus 128GB storage and 6GB RAM plus 128GB storage that come with a price tag of Rs 17,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively. The one I am using right now is the top-end model with 6GB RAM or the most expensive model of all.
So, is the Redmi Pad worth buying? Or should you spend a little more on Xiaomi Pad? Let’s find out in the full review of the Redmi Pad.
Redmi Pad design and display
The Redmi Pad comes in three colours – mint green, moonlight silver, and graphite grey. The one I am using is the green variant.
In terms of the design, the Redmi Pad looks like any other tablet. There’s not much uniqueness about the device, but I like that Redmi has selected a minimal look with a single camera on the back panel. The back panel looks elegant with just the camera module and the Redmi logo. The 8-megapixel rear camera is coupled with an LED flash. However, I do believe that the bezels on the front could have been slightly slimmer. All four sides of the screen are oddly thick, but I must mention that they do not interrupt a lot with the viewing experience. On the top, there’s the selfie shooter
The Redmi Pad offers a 10.61-inch display with a 90hz screen refresh rate and 2000 x 1200 pixels resolution. First, it is good to see that the tablet at such an affordable price tag is offering such a high refresh rate, which smoothens the touch and swipe experience. As for the overall screen performance, it’s great to watch movies, and also to browse social media on the Redmi Pad. However, I do wish the screen was slightly less reflective. Every time I watched a movie on the Redmi tablet in a well-lit room, I had to adjust the angle of the tablet. There were no such issues in a dark room.
Redmi Pad review verdict
Now, the main question is – should you buy the Redmi? For the aggressive price point, I would say, absolutely. It is totally worth the money. However, if you are a power user and play demanding games, you may want to spend extra and buy the Xiaomi Pad 5 instead. But, if I talk about Redmi Pad, it is a great all-rounder device.
The Redmi Pad offers a minimalistic design and weighs extremely lightweight, which makes it easy to carry the device from one place to another with ease. The tablet offers a decent performance as well as is a good device to carry out video calls. But definitely not so good if you want to click well-detailed photos. One of the best things about the Redmi Pad is its battery. The device lasts one full day of heavy usage. For instance, I watched three movies back to back and still had around 42 per cent remaining. There’s quick charge support but I would have liked it if the charging speed was a little faster. Overall, the Redmi Pad is definitely one of the best “affordable” Android tablets available out there.