Compared with iPad 2017 and iPad 2018, the advantage of Xiaomi Tablet 4 is that it is smaller and cheaper. Regarding the SoC, the A10 Fusion is powerful than the Snapdragon 660. However, the performance of the Snapdragon 660 is still good, the Kryo 260 CPUs and Adreno 512 can ensure smooth multitasking, gaming at high frame rate without any fever. Read the story below...
Xiaomi officially released the MI Pad 4(MI Tablet 4) equipped the Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine) which brings powerful performance along with AI face recognition system which unlocks the tab at a glance. In this post, we are looking at the performance and value offered by Apple iPad (2018) and Xiaomi Mi Tablet 4 (2018).
Mi Tablets have had an interesting history, as the devices were powered by multi-vendor chips. The first generation of Xiaomi Tablets shipped with NVIDIA Tegra K1 released in 2014. The Xiaomi Tablet 2 was powered by the Intel Atom CPUs. MediaTek’s MT8176 SoC powered the Xiaomi Tablet 3 in April 2017. Now, the devices the turned to Qualcomm as they have rich expertise in AI-application processing frameworks.
MI Pad 4 Specifications
The Xiaomi Tablet 4 (Mi Pad 4) is equipped with the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC and boasts an 18:9 LCD display. It runs MIUI OS based on Android 8.1, sports OmniVision OV13855 image sensor as the rear 13 MP camera having an aperture value of f/2.0. It uses a 5 MP Samsung image sensor as the front shooter and the device is fueled by a 6000mAh battery.
MI Pad 4 – Snapdragon 660 AIE
The SoC of Xiaomi Tablet 4 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. Xiaomi added the name of AIE behind 660, indicating that Xiaomi Tablet 4 uses Qualcomm AI Engine platform (such as face unlocking and camera algorithm) in few functions.
Compared with the MediaTek SoC of the previous generation Xiaomi Tablet 3, the Xiaolong 660 of Xiaomi Tablet 4 is obviously stronger, and the improvement of fluency can be easily perceived.
In comparison to the Mi Pad 4, the Apple iPad (2018) is powered by Apple A10, its custom-designed SoC for iPad and iPhone line-ups.
Apple A10 Vs Snapdragon 660 AIE
In order to make an intuitive understanding of the difference between Xiaomi Tablet 4 and Apple’s new iPad 2018, let’s first compare the hardware configuration parameters as shown below.
Xiaomi Tablet 4 is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE eight-core processor built on a 14nm process. It is supplemented by 3/4GB LPDDR4 RAM. Launched in 2017, it carries all the features a sub-premium smartphone or tablet should carry. Due to the integration of custom-designed Kryo CPUs and a powerful GPU, the SD660 can play all kinds of mainstream game masterpieces with consuming high power.
The iPad 2018 is powered by an Apple A10 Fusion quad-core processor (16nm process) with 1GB of 2GB of running memory. This chip is also used on the iPhone 7/7 Plus phone, and the performance is excellent. Apple chips are always class apart due to the innovating CPU architecture. The A10 chip has an L3 cache for high-performance computing. Also, multi-tasking on Apple products is fluidic due to the onboard memory controller.
Do not look at the RAM as only 2GB in iPad, as Apple’s exclusive chip, combined with iOS system optimization, fluency is unmatchable.
As per the benchmarks, the Apple A10 in the iPad (2018) has a higher score. The performance difference is significant, however, from a price point, the iPad is expensive. The below infographics summarizes the value offering for each tablet.
MI Pad 4 Vs iPad 2018
If you want to buy a small tablet to complete the “basic” needs of watching drama, Xiaomi Tablet 4 is undoubtedly a good experience and a very cost-effective choice.
Compared with iPad 2017 and iPad 2018, the advantage of Xiaomi Tablet 4 is that it is smaller and cheaper. Regarding the SoC, the A10 Fusion is powerful than the Snapdragon 660. However, the performance of the Snapdragon 660 is still good, the Kryo 260 CPUs and Adreno 512 can ensure smooth multitasking, gaming at high frame rate without any fever.
DC works as a technology analyst in a research and advisory firm specializing in automotive, energy, electronics, and semiconductors domain. When he's not working, he loves gaming on his modest pc build, loves sci-fi films, and big pop culture geek!