Samsung is not the only company that blurs the line between a tablet and a computer with a huge-ass tablet coming in at 14”. Xiaomi is doing too this year with the Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14. Last year’s iPad Pro competition that gone very big with a tablet that not only feels like a PC but can also work like a PC – thanks to the MIUI free working platform that lets you work on the Pad 6 Max 14 like a PC, enabling multitasking with up to 4 windows open at the same time.
If the images haven’t given you an idea how big the Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14 is, well then, here are the dimensions and weight: it measures 318.58 x 205.1 x 6.53 mm, and tipping the scales at 750g (1.65 lbs). That’s right. This is a little big guy but thankfully, it is not too hefty.
Packed inside the metal unibody design with hidden antennas is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip, LPDDR5X high-speed memory and UFS 3.1 high-speed storage, and Xiaomi’s pride and joy: a performance hall-level 8 speakers ultra-wideband audio system featuring 10.6cc super large sound cavity and 8 pro-grade custom drivers (4 mid-bass and 4 treble) that offers a virtual surround sound that will have high, medium, and low frequencies covered. Obviously, it has support for Dolby Atmos.
Along with the massive 14-inch 2.8K LCD, this tablet is destined to be an entertainment powerhouse. Speaking of the display, it is a bit of a bummer that isn’t AMOLED or at least an OLED. However, it is a 120 Hz variable refresh rate panel with six levels of refresh rate. Plus, it has a max brightness of 600 nits, and features P3 wide color gamut, HDR10, DC dimming, Dolby Vision, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
In addition to being an obvious entertainment powerhouse, the new Xiaomi Pad 5 Max 14 is also a workhorse, allowing one to work on it like a PC, and connects to a PC for dual-screen setup, and video conferencing. A 4-microphone array with two-way AI noise reduction, screen real-time translation as well as conference subtitle transcription, and a 20 MP front-facing camera will have the latter covered.
When doing video conferencing, allows for both one-person and multiple-person conferences. The latter boasts 360° far-field audio to ensure everyone can be heard loud and clear.
The 20 MP 1/3.4” Sony IMX596 front-facing, which supports up to 1080p 30/60 fps video recording, is accompanied by a ToF sensor. The ToF sensor supports presence detection, waking up the display as you are in front of it and at the same unlocking the camera. When you move away, the screen automatically locks. Along with the camera and ToF is an indicator light to indicate the camera is active because, you know, privacy matters.
Around the back, it has got a 50 MP 1/2.76” 1.28 µm sensor main camera with f1.18 and PDAF and a depth of field camera. This camera supports up to 4K 30/60 fps.
The new 14” Pad 6 is outfitted with a battery with a whopping 10,000 mAh capacity featuring Xiaomi ‘Surge’ G1 chip and supports 67 W flash charge, and 35 W reverse wireless charging which interestingly supports PD3.0/PD2.0, allowing it to charge the new Xiaomi Mi Fold 3 to 50% in just 30 minutes. This kind of makes this an oversize power bank for your Xiaomi folding phone.
Other highlights include USB-C to USB-C (USB 3.2 Gen1) connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC that supports file transfer, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The Xiaomi Pad 6 Max 14 is offered in a choice of 8+256, 12+256, 12+512, and 16+1 TB configurations, and in a choice of black (more like gray, really) and silver (which is more like white). It has a starting price of starts at 3,599 yuan (works out to be around US$494) in China. No words if it will make it out of the country.
Also introduced with the tablet is, you guessed it, a new pressure-sensitive stylus (499 yuan or about US$68), as well as a folio keyboard (799 yuan or around US$110).
Images: Xiaomi [CH].