Film-friendly Redmi Pad heads to the UK


Temptingly priced Android tablets with capable specs are rare – something Redmi aims to change with the Redmi Pad. The 10.61-inch slate has media streaming, video calling and creativity in mind, but shouldn’t break the tie the way a similarly sized iPad might. It will land in the UK later this month alongside the Redmi Buds 4 Pro, true wireless headphones with dual drivers and Hi-Res audio support.

Redmi says it’s putting fun first with its latest tablet, starting with a trio of funky colors: Mint Green, Graphite Gray and Moonlight Silver. The entire pad is constructed from a metal unibody and slimmed down to 7.05mm at its thinnest point. The 8 MP rear camera is the only exception, which protrudes slightly with a style similar to the recently unveiled Xiaomi 12T Pro smartphone. There’s also an 8MP webcam on the front for video calls.

The 10.61-inch LCD screen has a 2000×1200 resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, which should deliver smoother scrolling than most cheap tabs can handle. It will be the first tablet certified by SGS test body for low visual fatigue, so it shouldn’t hurt your eyes after a movie marathon. It’s paired with Dolby Atmos-ready quad speakers.

The power comes from a MediaTek Helio G99 CPU, paired with up to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in storage. That should be enough for Android to run smoothly, with the MIUI interface on top. An 8,000mAh battery promises all-day battery life, with 18W wired charging for reasonably fast charging.

The Redmi Pad arrives in the UK on 20 October for £269, which could make it an Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus alternative for anyone pushing for access to the Google Play Store.

The Redmi Buds 4 Pro, meanwhile, bring dual drivers, Hi-Res audio certification, and active noise cancellation to a seriously affordable price. A 10mm woofer and 6mm tweeter should deliver a more accurate sound than comparably priced rivals with a single-driver setup.

They promise 43dB of ANC effectiveness, which should remove quite a bit of background noise while you’re on public transport, and an adaptive mode that can turn the amount of cancellation up or down depending on how much noise is going on around you. The all-important transparency mode is present to keep you aware of your surroundings too.

Expect up to 36 hours of battery life with the compact charging case. The earbuds themselves are IP54 sweat resistant, so should be fine for taking to the gym, as well as streaming songs from compatible devices using the Hi-Fi friendly LDAC codec. It will also do dual device pairing.

Thrifty audiophiles can now buy the Redmi Buds 4 Pro direct from the website. Prices start at £85, but early birds can buy a pair for £75 before October 6 at a discount.

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