Xiaomi Pad 6 Review: Good tablet with few shortcomings

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Xiaomi is again with one other tablet. The Xiaomi Pad 6 comes on the again of the success of its predecessor, the Xiaomi Pad 5 that was launched as a critically-acclaimed providing final yr, however confronted a significant scarcity of shares. This time round, the Xiaomi Pad 6 comes with a “Do It Higher” tagline with a give attention to Leisure, Productiveness, and gaming. However we additionally get a ₹2,000 worth hike, excluding the launch reductions. 

So is the Xiaomi Pad 6 well worth the Rs 28,999 price ticket? Is the tablet a substantial enchancment over the predecessor? We used the Xiaomi Pad 6 for a while and put the tablet to check on the Digit Take a look at Lab to see if that is truly a great possibility for these on the lookout for an Android tablet, and the way massive of an enchancment will we get for a ₹2,000 premium. Let’s have a look:


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Design of the Xiaomi Pad 6 may be very secure. It’s in-line with the corporate’s new design language that locations a square-ish digital camera module on the highest nook of the again panel. The digital camera module design is similar to the one we noticed earlier this yr on the Xiaomi 13 Professional, however right here we solely get a single digital camera. The again panel has a sure brushed aluminium end, which supplies the tablet a premium in-hand really feel. Xiaomi has launched it in two colors – Graphite Gray and Mist Blue. We bought the Graphite Gray for our assessment and as a lot as I hate to say it, the in-hand really feel is similar to the Apple iPad Air.

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Up entrance additionally, the Xiaomi Pad 6 resembles the Apple iPad. The even bezels, alongside with the orientation, we are able to’t assist however discover the similarities with the iPad. The truth is, even the default wallpaper on the Xiaomi Pad 6 appears to be like impressed by the Apple iPad Air. Now, this might work effectively for the model since India is a market with quite a lot of aspirational patrons, and this might make for a poor man’s iPad within the close to future, however on the identical time, it exhibits lack of innovation and reliability on a tried and examined mannequin.

Aside from this, an essential design change right here is that the Xiaomi Pad 6 has the entrance digital camera positioned within the aspect bezel as an alternative of the highest, making it simpler for the person to maintain themselves within the middle whereas taking video calls. Additional, the Pogo Pins to connect equipment can also be positioned on the again panel’s backside proper nook, which is a little bit of a bizarre placement when it comes to the general situation, however this doesn’t actually matter for the reason that equipment might be made with this orientation.

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General, it’s a secure design method from Xiaomi. The scale of the tablet is ideal with the 11-inch show and slim bezels (by tablet requirements). We get a flat-edge design, making the Xiaomi Pad 6 look extra seamless when the tablet is mendacity on a desk or any flat floor. It is usually very slim at simply 6.51mm thickness, and the load can also be fairly first rate at 490 grams. Sure, it does appear like the iPad Air from the entrance, however that isn’t totally a nasty factor for my part.


The show on the Xiaomi Pad 6 is an 11-inch 2.8K show, which implies a 308.75 PPI pixel density. Alongside that, we get 144Hz refresh charge which is among the highest on any tablet out there up to now. We additionally get assist for HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient, alongside with a 99 p.c DCI-P3 protection and a 16:10 facet ratio, which is kind of a proportionate structure. 

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The show high quality on the Xiaomi Pad 6 is kind of good. The colors are vibrant and correct, and the Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist makes watching content material on the gadget a lovely expertise. Since show is an integral a part of all of the three focus areas of the Xiaomi Pad 6 – Leisure, Gaming and Productiveness, the corporate has put in quite a lot of options so as to attempt to make this show stand out. For instance, MEMC, which stands for Movement Estimation, Movement Correction. This know-how works by forcing frames in the course of two frames, which supplies the show that additional stage of smoothness.

When it comes to color accuracy, the Xiaomi Pad 6 show is fairly first rate. We examined the show for color accuracy utilizing a Calman setup, and in sRGB color profile, the Xiaomi Pad 6 confirmed a  common DeltaE of two.4, which is fairly good. The smartphone struggled to get the whites and browns proper total, however aside from that, the Xiaomi Pad 6 confirmed fairly first rate color accuracy on our sRGB color checker evaluation. The reply to inaccurate whites, nevertheless, lies within the Greyscale take a look at, the place the Xiaomi Pad 6 did not actually get the whites proper. The show makes use of a bit an excessive amount of blue to make the whites brighter, leading to a spike within the blue worth. It additionally confirmed a distinction ratio of 1255 within the sRGB Greyscale take a look at which is about customary for an IPS LCD panel however falls drastically in need of AMOLED shows that we’re used to on smartphones as of late. 

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Within the DCI-P3 color checker evaluation, the Xiaomi Pad 6 once more confirmed a formidable common DeltaE of two.5 and right here additionally, the show solely struggled in getting shades of white and brown proper, alongside with comparable ends in the grayscale take a look at, the place the Xiaomi Pad 6 show makes use of an excessive amount of blue to make the whites seem brighter.


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Coming to brightness, within the Calman take a look at, the Xiaomi Pad 6 confirmed a peak luminance of 503 nits. We additionally used a Lux Meter to measure the Xiaomi Pad 6’s most brightness, and the tablet confirmed a peak luminance of 623 nits, and a minimal brightness of three nits on a plain white display screen. That is additionally a reasonably good vary for an IPS LCD show. I did use the tablet on a flight on a brilliant sunny day with the home windows open, and whereas it was fairly good many of the instances, there have been moments or spots the place the solar was shining too brilliant for me to see something.

Moreover, we additionally get a Video Toolbox characteristic that allows a number of video-specific options for any app you need to. For instance, the Video Toolbox permits you to file your display screen, solid it on different units, and take screenshots. On prime of that, you’ll be able to alter the color profiles on every app individually, and you may mess around with the sound and Dolby Atmos settings individually on each app that you simply activate the characteristic for. There’s additionally an HDR setting within the color profiles, forcing HDR on non-HDR content material throughout all apps that you’ve got activated it for. 

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Now, whereas this may very well be good within the sense that it makes the image seem extra vibrant and brilliant, however it’s a bit complicated because it takes a bit away from the creator’s intent, since non-HDR content material is supposed to be consumed in SDR, and HDR content material is supposed to be consumed in HDR. We did ask Xiaomi about how the model goals to protect the creator’s content material right here, however haven’t obtained a response but. We are going to replace this story as and after we get a response from the model. 

Over and above the nice color accuracy and brightness, and the quirky options like Video Toolbox, we additionally get a 144Hz refresh charge, which makes the Xiaomi Pad 6’s show tremendous slick. The excessive refresh charge additionally permits customers to play video games like Name of Responsibility Cellular on a “Max” body charge setting so that’s all the time good!


Coming to efficiency, the Xiaomi Pad 6 makes use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset, which was fairly a preferred chipset used for a lot of efficiency or gaming-centric smartphones from final yr. That is additionally an improve over final yr’s Xiaomi Pad 5, which used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset. The Snapdragon 870 is paired with 8GB of RAM, which ought to be sufficient for every kind of duties customers will throw its means.

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The efficiency numbers on the Xiaomi Pad 6 are additionally good. The tablet confirmed fairly first rate enchancment over final yr’s Xiaomi Pad 5 and even managed to beat the most recent OnePlus Pad in a few CPU-based benchmark checks. You will need to observe right here that the OnePlus Pad begins at ₹37,999, so the Xiaomi Pad 6 beats out a tablet that prices about ₹9,000 greater than the Xiaomi Pad 6. Good. In Geekbench 6 and PC Mark Work 3.0, the Xiaomi Pad 6 beats the OnePlus Pad, which additionally has a more moderen chip, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000.

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We additionally tried to run GPU-based benchmarks on the Xiaomi Pad 6, however weren’t in a position to run them since Xiaomi merchandise normally have these benchmarks blacklisted for some motive. Nonetheless, I did play video games on the Xiaomi Pad 6 and my expertise was fairly good. The smartphone easily runs video games and the loading instances had been additionally minimal. Sure, taking part in cellular video games on a much bigger display screen feels a bit odd since I’m used to the smaller display screen on video games like Name of Responsibility: Cellular and the likes, however the video games ran very easily and at instances, the larger display screen helped in making issues extra seen.

Holding the testing and benchmarks apart, I used the Xiaomi Pad 6 for work, leisure, and gaming. And in all three areas, the tablet carried out fairly effectively. I took the Xiaomi Pad 6 on a piece journey and used it as my solely work and leisure gadget for about 2 days with the keyboard and the Xiaomi Pencil. The expertise was nearly as good as every other tablet I’ve used prior to now. You may simply run three apps without delay on the tablet, which is nice for individuals like me who’ve to put in writing rather a lot for work – be it scripts or articles, I used to be in a position to write and analysis on the identical time. Additional, the Xiaomi Pencil additionally works fairly effectively. Whereas I’m not a lot of an artist, I beloved utilizing the pencil in makes an attempt of unleashing my inventive aspect. The latency is excellent, and the pencil can also be strain delicate, alongside with shortcut management. Fairly cool.

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There are different comfort and productiveness options on the Xiaomi Pad 6, like this new cellphone connectivity characteristic. Now, whereas it’s a very handy characteristic for many who need to switch recordsdata or sync knowledge from their smartphones to their tablets, and even solid their smartphone display screen, however the characteristic is just restricted to the Xiaomi 13 Professional smartphone for now, which implies it mainly doesn’t exist for almost all of people that will go forward and purchase this gadget. Aside from this, the Xiaomi Pad 6 additionally comes with 4K output, that means that for those who join it with a 4K show, the tablet’s output might be within the full 4K decision. Very cool.

Aside from this, Xiaomi has additionally accomplished effectively to maintain the keyboard shortcuts similar to what we use on a Home windows laptop computer. Being a Home windows person, I can respect this characteristic and the way a lot it impacts the productiveness or the benefit of engaged on this tablet, however you’ll actually miss a trackpad as a rule. Another excuse why I’d want the trackpad is that having one leaves borders under the keyboard setup so that you can relaxation your palms. Sure, it doesn’t actually matter on a flat floor like a desk or a tabletop, however since I used this on my lap rather a lot, I missed that additional area to relaxation my palms and maintain the tablet balanced on the identical time.

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Coming to battery, the Xiaomi Pad 6’s battery is an 8,840mAh unit, which is fairly massive on paper. In our battery checks, nevertheless, the outcomes had been a bit blended. For instance, the Xiaomi Pad 6 misplaced a whopping 12 p.c of the battery whereas utilizing GPS navigation for 1 hour. Whereas taking part in Name of Responsibility Cellular for quarter-hour, the tablet misplaced about 5 p.c of the battery, and whereas streaming HDR content material for half-hour, the Xiaomi Pad 6 misplaced 8 p.c of the battery. This, regardless of the big 8,840mAh unit, doesn’t actually present good battery optimisation.

Coming to charging, the Xiaomi Pad 6 comes with 33W quick charging, which costs the tablet from 0 to 100 in about 124 minutes or 2 hours and 4 minutes. Now, whereas this isn’t the quickest charging we now have seen on a tablet, it isn’t too unhealthy for a big 8,840mAh battery.


Coming to cameras, the digital camera on the Xiaomi Pad 6 is common. The rear digital camera is one thing that gained’t be used as a lot because the entrance digital camera, so having a mean high quality isn’t actually a deal breaker. Nonetheless, the photographs from the rear digital camera aren’t actually good per se. The images are normally extra hazy and lack a sure stage of element and sharpness. The colors additionally appear fairly washed out from this 13-megapixel shooter.

The entrance digital camera, however, is an 8-megapixel shooter, which is sweet for 1080p video recording at 30FPS. This additionally isn’t superb if we evaluate it with another, extra premium units, however on your video calls and on-line conferences, this does the job fairly effectively. Sure, the selfies gained’t be nearly as good as a smartphone, however for different duties, this can get the job accomplished fairly effectively.


In order that was my assessment of the Xiaomi Pad 6. The tablet is promising and affords a reasonably first rate improve over final yr’s Xiaomi Pad 5. We get a greater chip, a extra responsive and vibrant show, and a slightly larger battery.

The design can also be fairly useful and compact and it does appear like the iPad Air from the entrance. Even the default wallpaper appears to be like impressed by the iPad Air’s wallpaper, however I’m unsure if that’s precisely a nasty factor. The show and efficiency are fairly good, however the battery optimisation and digital camera are nearly common.

Xiaomi has additionally put quite a lot of effort into offering comfort and productiveness options, however there are a few issues right here and there that require a proof or higher compatibility. Moreover, there are issues you’ll be able to’t assist however miss like a trackpad on the extra keyboard accent and mobile connectivity, however these are belongings you’ll solely miss if you’re a sure sort of person. General, the Xiaomi Pad 6 is a pleasant product and I had fun consuming content material and dealing on this tablet. What stays to be seen is that if Xiaomi has sufficient shares, in case this enjoys the identical stage of recognition as its predecessor.

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