Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 in Gold (Android 7, 2K 7.9 inch, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 6600mA battery, 13MP camera, tablet) for £198.08 @ Geekbuying
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Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 in Gold (Android 7, 2K 7.9 inch, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 6600mA battery, 13MP camera, tablet) for £198.08 @ Geekbuying

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Found 3rd Jun
I personally think this is quite a good deal considering the Mi Pad 3 is a very new addition to the Xiaomi family, and the specs on this for 200 quid are pretty damn good.

Running Android 7 with MIUI 8 ontop
MediaTek MT8176 Hexa Core 2.1GHz CPU
PowerVR GX6250 GPU
7.9 inch laminated 2K (2048x1536, 326 PPI) retina display
64GB eMMC 5.0 storage
4GB RAM
6600mA battery with Type C port and Fast Charging
13MP rear and 5MP front cameras
Dual rear facing speakers
Bluetooth 4.0 &Dual Band 11ac Wifi
Only 7mm thin and 328g
Metal body (in this instance Gold)

I know MIUI isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like the features, like quick ball, multiple app delete, quick RAM cleaning, reading mode, and it's running Android 7, which is a massive rarity in tablets these days, who all seem to hug Android 4.4 or 5.

The reviews seem good, there were some issues with bugs that according to Xiaomi forums have now been fixed. Certainly a viable Android alternative to the iPad mini 4 for around half the price, considering it has the same screen size, resolution, and a solid chip inside on the latest OS.

Geekbuying for me has always been reliable, plus I use PayPal to add another layer of protection. I spoke with an agent onsite who confirmed it comes with official ROM and Google Play pre-installed. Always remember, buy free shipping to most likely avoid any customs/taxes and feel free to ask any questions.

EDIT: It is available from Gearbest for £190 with MIPAD3ES code, but I find GB to be a shocking retailer and in my experience they always ship the Chinese versions too.

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£209.73 from Spain warehouse with code GKBAUG10, so quicker shipping and guaranteed no VAT to pay.

singhisking68

top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain … top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain ..... so hot from me but personally I won't buy it


Unless you're a retailer, why would resale value matter ?
If you've done all your research and satisfied that you have bought the product that meets your requirements then surely resale value is totally irrelevant.

voted hot
just waiting for sam to say it has no Band 20

If you have scrolled down to the comments and see this....

BUY IT, BUY IT NOW!
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If you could buy this from a UK shop, I'd be all over it.

Come on o2, pull your socks up.

Im intrigued by this - I am a recent convert to Xiaomi mobile phones and would go for one of their tablets now too. My hudl2 is still going strong for the time being (was a great little buy) but this one looks brilliant.

Really nice specs for the price. I recently bought the HUAWEI MediaPad M2 for the same price, from Amazon. This out specs that everywhere.

they have Spanish stock it seems for £217, is this better to avoid customs charges?

If you have scrolled down to the comments and see this....

BUY IT, BUY IT NOW!

Amazing specs for the price and from a renowned company! Don't think any android tablet can come close to these specs!

I'm a recent xiaomi convert. in fact using my Redmi note as I type this. I might have to bite. never used geek buying before tho. any body had any issues? can you use PayPal with them?

crazy_kalz

Amazing specs for the price and from a renowned company! Don't think any … Amazing specs for the price and from a renowned company! Don't think any android tablet can come close to these specs!



They can, just not close in price (although larger screen), the Asus Zenpad 3S 10" screen you can get for £289.99 @ BT Shop

Good price. The Mi Pad 3 is actually cheaper than the older Mi Pad 2.

£209.73 from Spain warehouse with code GKBAUG10, so quicker shipping and guaranteed no VAT to pay.

It looks cracking for the price - I suppose the only gripe I would have is no microSD slot.

cicobuff

They can, just not close in price (although larger screen), the Asus … They can, just not close in price (although larger screen), the Asus Zenpad 3S 10" screen you can get for £289.99 @ BT Shop



​£290 is steep! Couldn't justify paying that much for a tablet myself but for some it might be okay.

crazy_kalz

£290 is steep! Couldn't justify paying that much for a tablet myself but … £290 is steep! Couldn't justify paying that much for a tablet myself but for some it might be okay.



As I said not close in price, although we are talking a 10" tablet not 8" which obviously are more expensive, plus the Asus does have a UK warranty.

You mentioned you don't think any Android tablet comes close in specs, I was pointing one out that uses exactly the same processor (for 2K screen capability) and RAM.

Ooh this is tempting, my Shield Tablet's feeling a bit old these days with its 2GB of RAM but on the other hand I don't really use android tablets as much as I thought. Windows tablets are more useful in my opinion.

I've been looking at replacing my elderly iPad Mini 1, and this appears to be a pretty good option: any experts who could offer an opinion? Thanks

I think the portability of this device is great having a bigger iPad gets tiresome carrying it around but this size tablet is great.

CampGareth

Ooh this is tempting, my Shield Tablet's feeling a bit old these days … Ooh this is tempting, my Shield Tablet's feeling a bit old these days with its 2GB of RAM but on the other hand I don't really use android tablets as much as I thought. Windows tablets are more useful in my opinion.



Opposite way around for me, my Windows tablet gathers dust due to finding poor integration between tablet/desktop mode with Windows 10, I find the compromise between the two exactly that 'a compromise', I find tablet mode far from intuitive and desktop mode way too fiddly without the addition of a keyboard and mouse.

Much more comfortable using a Windows tablet with a keyboard, which then really defeats the purpose and makes the whole experience then akin to using a netbook.

Did I miss something in the specs as there seems to be no GPS and no card slot?

Other than that, looks to be a nice piece of kit.

Shield k1 tablet is still a great tablet, pity Nvidia chose to discontinue it. Mine is still going strong, running Android 7.0 and had an update just the other day also updating security etc to April version.
That being said, if I was in the market for one right now this would be a great buy, especially with features like massive battery, hex core, 4GB ram, fast charging... I would mention the screen res, but I feel on a tablet more than 1920x1080 is a waste maybe and sucks more battery. I would still buy one though as this spec far supercedes the abysmal specs and prices of most Android tablets out there right now.

Edited by: "paddy.stone" 3rd Jun

top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain ..... so hot from me but personally I won't buy it

voted hot
just waiting for sam to say it has no Band 20

So, Mi Pad 3 in gold. A bit like iPad 3 in gold.

Where do these Chinese companies get their ideas from???

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singhisking68

top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain … top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain ..... so hot from me but personally I won't buy it



​Dude its tech, you can't buy for resale 99% of the time ^^

to everyone else, it is a cracking device, its fast, slim, good battery and charges quick cos of Type C fast charge, handles all the ganes rlly well, stunning screen (exactly the same as on the iPad mini 4) for less than 200 quid!

btw a specific shoutout, the speakers on this are amazing, for a tablet, they sound like a budget Bluetooth speaker, crazy

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cibarious

Did I miss something in the specs as there seems to be no GPS and no card … Did I miss something in the specs as there seems to be no GPS and no card slot?Other than that, looks to be a nice piece of kit.



​It has 64GB, that suffices for about 90% of people if not more, plus the storage is eMMC 5.0 so very fast for a tablet.

as for GPS, honestly not too sure, but if that's your criteria for a tablet, I feel like you're looking at the wrong specs xD

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JumpMan1980

Im intrigued by this - I am a recent convert to Xiaomi mobile phones and … Im intrigued by this - I am a recent convert to Xiaomi mobile phones and would go for one of their tablets now too. My hudl2 is still going strong for the time being (was a great little buy) but this one looks brilliant.



​now got a Xiaomi mi5, a 10000mA bank, a Mi Band 2, and this. Xiaomi are incredible value for money

I see it have Android 7 which is good but do they send out updates e.g. To Android 8 (if there is one in the future) and what about the monthly security updates, does this brand update??

singhisking68

top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain … top of the range specs but zero resell value..... £195 down the drain ..... so hot from me but personally I won't buy it


Unless you're a retailer, why would resale value matter ?
If you've done all your research and satisfied that you have bought the product that meets your requirements then surely resale value is totally irrelevant.

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joe90jnr

I see it have Android 7 which is good but do they send out updates e.g. … I see it have Android 7 which is good but do they send out updates e.g. To Android 8 (if there is one in the future) and what about the monthly security updates, does this brand update??



​From my experience of Xiaomi they update very regularly, I would say there is a good chance of an Android O upgrade as we're so close to it going live fully, but it is a tablet and generally they don't much from any brands except Apple and Google

in terms of security updates Xiaomi are lightning fast, practically a patch a week.

skinrush

So, Mi Pad 3 in gold. A bit like iPad 3 in gold. Where do these Chinese … So, Mi Pad 3 in gold. A bit like iPad 3 in gold. Where do these Chinese companies get their ideas from???



​Apple?

cibarious

Did I miss something in the specs as there seems to be no GPS and no card … Did I miss something in the specs as there seems to be no GPS and no card slot?Other than that, looks to be a nice piece of kit.



http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_pad_3-8477.php

full specs here confirm that it does have GPS - but no SD card support (but 64GB onboard and you will probably be able to use OTG)
Edited by: "Dave_dave69" 3rd Jun

Dave_dave69

It looks cracking for the price - I suppose the only gripe I would have … It looks cracking for the price - I suppose the only gripe I would have is no microSD slot.



I am also adding no HDMI and no NFC.

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Dave_dave69

I am also adding no HDMI and no NFC.



True, altho its relatively cheap and who needs an NFC or HDMI tablet ^^ cmon

as for the SD card slot, 64GB of speedy storage is plenty for pretty much anyone, plus some Mi cloud storage and google cloud, onedrive, etc

Available at gearbest for £190.95 with code MIPAD3ES

DatAlbino

True, altho its relatively cheap and who needs an NFC or HDMI tablet ^^ … True, altho its relatively cheap and who needs an NFC or HDMI tablet ^^ cmonas for the SD card slot, 64GB of speedy storage is plenty for pretty much anyone, plus some Mi cloud storage and google cloud, onedrive, etc



They are just gripes I have - for 2 hundred smackeroonies I want everything :- I am still probably going to get one :).

C0mm0n_Sense

Unless you're a retailer, why would resale value matter ?If you've done … Unless you're a retailer, why would resale value matter ?If you've done all your research and satisfied that you have bought the product that meets your requirements then surely resale value is totally irrelevant.


Not really. Tech changes quite quickly and resale value is an important factor. Unless you're planning on living with your mi pad 3 for several years?

A good budget alternative would be a used Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for around half the price - better screen, less RAM (3GB) & storage but has SD card slot gsmarena.com/sam…php and runs LineageOS very smoothly.

Edited by: "dwl99" 3rd Jun

dwl99

A good budget alternative would be a used Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for … A good budget alternative would be a used Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for around half the price - better screen, less RAM (3GB) & storage but has SD card slot http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_s_8_4-6439.php and runs LineageOS very smoothly.



It is 3 years old and only upgradable to android 6.

skinrush

Not really. Tech changes quite quickly and resale value is an important … Not really. Tech changes quite quickly and resale value is an important factor. Unless you're planning on living with your mi pad 3 for several years?



I have lived with my original 2012 Nexus 7 for 5 years - maybe time for me to update but not sure as my nexus still works well.

Original Poster

dwl99

A good budget alternative would be a used Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for … A good budget alternative would be a used Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 for around half the price - better screen, less RAM (3GB) & storage but has SD card slot http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_s_8_4-6439.php and runs LineageOS very smoothly.



I would definitely disagree

It's 2 years old so likely would have to buy used
Less RAM and onboard storage (defeats the purpose of SD card)
outdated CPU
Much smaller battery with a similiar resolution? Must be crap on screen time
I can only find it new for MORE than the mi pad 3, and no one wants a used tablet.
Only on Android 4.4 to 6, not 7

Its an old tablet dude, not even a worthy rival
Edited by: "DatAlbino" 3rd Jun

from my experience with there phones and tablets there 2 different things.

Phones, great build, stable os, regular updates, very very appealing price, and the shortfalls well within margin of error

Tablets, mi pad 1 poor built, unstable os, mi pad 2, so many issues, wifi , Bluetooth, battery charge issues, unstable os to the point it was unusable, was send back twice, and "repaired twice", same issues got shot of it.

Shame it felt like the best android alternative to ipad mini and the screen and speakers were pretty great. Shame it froze every 5 mins, and there forums are a mess, you will not find half of the issues there.

I have owned there phones, and tablets, and smart bands, battery packs. And whilst id happily go buy most of these. I wouldn't buy the tablet, wouldn't even temp it after last time. And there smart bands have weird software glitches, setting time to 12 hours breaks sleep recording, but its not noted anywhere, it took me so long searching online to find that out.

Just remember its not a local company, the prices are great, the wait times are long, and software support will always be hit and miss.

I dont have an alternative tablet to suggest, i haven't found one i fully like. But the mi pad 2 was very very close. Shame about the software
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