Although I was initially put off by the lack of microsd card slot to expand the 64GB memory, I am still very happy with the purchase of the Mipad 2 Windows 10 only (no Android). It is the smallest and lightest Windows tablet with good performance I have owned so far. Z8500 is definitely better than the Z8300 in performance and eg. Z3735 in graphics. It seems to run smoother than the Asus T100HA which has the same Z8500 processor, but far smaller and feather-light! The screen is gorgeous. I reduce the resolution to 1280 x 960 and still get good screen quality. This may also help battery life because the GPU does not have to work as hard. BTW, I updated Widows 10 Home and the Intel HD Graphics (to 220.127.116.1101) drivers immediately. So far none of the problems users reported in the MIUI forum. The tablet is definitely running cooler with the new graphics driver. Battery life also exceeds expectation: I use this mostly for internet video, email, FB, Word. I consistently get 6 hours web surfing (6.5 hours or more streaming video). Now the peeves: (1) only 2GB RAM - usually no problem with single task, but occasionally Chrome (heavy RAM user) slows down after long surfing. (2) No MICROSD card slot. (3) USB-C port only gives USB 2 speed NOT USB 3 speed. I had no problem using USB-C to USB 3 adapter cables - keyboard, mouse, flash drive, external HDD (SSD and mechanical drives), DVD ROM drive all work. NOTE using external mechanical drive and optical drive use A LOT OF battery, therefore buy a USB-C hub with type C charging passthrough (I am waiting for mine to come in the mail).
Loadeddiapers -- l like the name -- has commented that the MIUI (18.104.22.168.0) installed on my MiPad-2 (Android version) is a "modified version". This correct, all Global MIUI's are modified versions of the Xiaomi's official Chinese MIUI. Loadeddiapers has also stated that there have been problems associated with these modified Global MIUI. This also true. The earlier versions of the MiPad-2's modified Global MIUI's had problems with the YouTube app crashing and the tablet failing to power-up (i.e. black screen issue). The MIUI (22.214.171.124.0) installed upon my MiPad-2, which was purchased from an AliExpress seller in Nov. of 2016, works perfectly. I have not encountered any problems whatsoever. I installed the Google Now Launcher over the MiPad-2's default UI and it has integrated perfectly. I also own the highly regarded Nexus7 (2013) Android tablet, which has Android 6.0.1 (aka Marshmallow) installed. The Nexus7 (2013) with the Marshmallow OS, and a 7-inch screen, is a fantastic Android tablet which is an absolute pleasure to use. But the MiPad 2, with its modified Global MIUI (126.96.36.199.0), is a slightly superior device (i.e larger screener, superior audio, superior game play). The MiPad-2's slightly larger 8-inch screen is a tremendous plus when browsing the internet.
Bullwinkle, 03 Jan 2017I just did a Google search and discover that the MIUI 188.8.131.52 was released in the past 1-2 mon... moreYour current MIUI is not Official MIUI. Official MIUI always only have 4 digits version (X.X.X.X). All X.X.X.X.X just like yours is a tampered version of MIUI (usually based on China Official ROM with additional Playstore and Multilanguage). China Official Version always not including Playstore and only has 2 language available (chinese and english). Global version has Playstore and Multilanguage. For Mi devices only sold in China (Thus no Official Global version) it is common the seller/distributor installed this type of tampered ROM (you usually will have ads and other bugs/not optimal performance if compared with official ROM).
Also the this mi pad 2 doesnt have global version miui. Its only have developer version and china version. As the information due to xiaomi does not release this device to other countries yet.
This tablet isnt an gaming tablet... Its work perfect for only surfing youtube, chrome, or reading ebook. When it goes to gaming, the performance drop. It is because the miui itself.
For the google apps, the mi pad 2 is support the google apps. You can just install the google apps with the apk. Can just find google installer for xiaomi devices. Also have to make sure the google apps is based x86_64.. Other version is not working in this tablet since it is intel chipset. The playstore error is also cause by the version of the google installed.
Who ever bought this tablet, if you want gaming experience ill recommend you to flash the miru rom, which you can find it from the miui forum english version. This rom is amazing. I mi pad 2 able to play a lot of high graphical game now.
I had my mi pad 2 since last month and i've been playing online games everyday for 4 1/2hrs-5hrs straight (upto 15% battery) with HD graphics, music and background effects half volume.. :)
Lola, 08 Jan 2017How long batery life went play online game..Lola asked: "How long batery life went play online game."
I don't use my MiPad 2 to play games for extended periods, but I can tell you that the battery will last about 6 hours when watching HD 1080p video (i.e. movies and TV shows). I assume the battery life for online game play would be about the same -- depending upon how graphically demanding the game is. If that's long enough, buy yourself a 20,000mAh power bank (i.e. made by Xiaomi or Anker) and you'll have more than enough juice to last an entire day.
AnonD-625199, 01 Jan 2017I'm getting the information from my tablet. The only available store there is Mi Store that ha... moreI just did a Google search and discover that the MIUI 184.108.40.206 was released in the past 1-2 months. All "official" versions of Xiaomi's MIUI's are Chinese based, which excludes Google Play. I understand that there's a Global version of the MIUI 220.127.116.11 available for download that includes Google Play. Personally, I haven't bothered to update my Mi Pad 2 from its current OS (MIUI 18.104.22.168.0) since it's working perfectly.
tommmmmmmmmmmm, 28 Dec 2016The play store is available, not sure where you are getting your information.
It is an andr... moreI'm getting the information from my tablet. The only available store there is Mi Store that has all the applications in Chinese.
Are you using the latest only official ROM 22.214.171.124 ?
AnonD-625199, 27 Dec 2016Do not buy this device unless you are ok to live without Google apps. Even Google Play Store i... moreThe MiPad 2 (Android version) I purchased from AliExpress had the Global MIUI (Global 126.96.36.199.0 LACCNDA, Android Version 5.1 LMY47I) pre-installed. I've had no problems downloading and installing apps, including YouTube and the Google Now Launcher, from the Google Play Store. There were reports of the YouTube app crashing when installed on earlier versions of the Global MIUI, but I have not encountered this problem with the Global MIUI installed upon my MiPad 2. I've had for well a month now and it's continues to operate without any problems or glitches whatsoever.
AnonD-625199, 27 Dec 2016Do not buy this device unless you are ok to live without Google apps. Even Google Play Store i... moreThe play store is available, not sure where you are getting your information.
It is an android tablet, I've used Xiaomi phones for the past 3 years.
Do not buy this device unless you are ok to live without Google apps. Even Google Play Store is not installed in the Chinese version. The device is sold only in China so if you need any support with it the only way to get help is to speak Chinese.
Bullwinkle, 13 Dec 2016Although I encountered the infamous "black screen" (i.e. failure to power-up) problem with the... moreIf you install an app such CPU-Z, it will list all the specs of your MiPad-2 and confirm that it has 1910 MB -- virtually 2GB -- of RAM installed. You're probably confusing "available RAM" with total RAM. Any time you're using a tablet, a large portion of the installed is going to be used and is therefore unavailable.
Although I encountered the infamous "black screen" (i.e. failure to power-up) problem with the Xiaomi MiPad-2 (Windows 10 version) I purchased from AliExpress, I decided to take a chance and purchase the Android version of this tablet. I've been using the Xiaomi MiPad-2 (Android version 5.1 LMY47I, MIUI Global 188.8.131.52.0) daily for over three-weeks now and haven't encountered any problems (i.e. failure to power-up, YouTube app crashing). As an owner/user of the highly regarded Google Nexus 7 (2013), I find the slightly larger 8-inch screen of the MiPad-2 to be superior when it comes to browsing the Internet. Although Xiaomi's MIUI user interface works well, I opted to replace it with the Google Now Launcher. The Google Now Launcher has integrated perfectly with the MiPad-2 and allows for better Google voice-command functionality. I use this tablet daily to access my Google email account, social media apps, and view downloaded 1080p movies and TV shows. For the preceding uses, the MiPad-2 has performed superbly. However, from what I've read online, if you're interested in playing games -- particularly ones that are graphically demanding -- the 8-inch Apple iPad mini would be a better option.
I have the 64 gb rom (android) and realized that its 2 gb ram is actually 1 gb.
Does anyone have this problem? Does anyone have a solution?
mohd5rose, 11 Nov 2016Intel? Pffffttttttttt!!!!why ? did u know the performance quality from x5-z8500 ? that SoC is used in many 2-in-1 laptops, many netbook, and many tablet. but that not mean this is the best SoC at this range, so, i think that a bad SoC.