Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Which is the Best Tablet Under Rs 30,000 in India

The Xiaomi Pad 5 was unveiled in India at an event earlier today, and will be available from May 3 from Rs 26,999 onward.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has been introduced in India at the launch event of the Xiaomi 12 Pro earlier today. The latest tablet is among a select crop of Android tablets beyond the budget segment, and comes as one of the few options that take on a space largely dominated by Samsung in the tablet space in India. It also offers a viable alternative to Apple’s iPad lineup, at a mid-range price segment in the country. Xiaomi has packed in a range of premium features to appeal to tablet buyers in the country, and in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite – a similarly priced Android tablet in India – here’s how Xiaomi’s new tablet lines up.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Price in India

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has been introduced in India with two storage variants – 128GB and 256GB. The devices are priced at Rs 26,999 and Rs 28,999, and will be available in the country from May 3. Buyers can also avail an offer discount of Rs 2,000 on the tablet through HDFC Bank credit cards.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is available in India, starting at Rs 27,999 for the Wi-Fi version and Rs 31,999 for the LTE model.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Design

The Xiaomi Pad 5, from the front, resembles a design similar to what Apple’s new generation iPads look like. The device gets slim and uniform bezels, and flat side edges – making them look very similar to iPads. The differentiating factor comes with the rear camera module, which offers a typical Xiaomi pattern through its divided, rounded rectangular pattern. The Pad 5 weighs 511g, and is 6.85mm thick.

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also looks similar from the front, its bezels appear to be slightly thicker than Xiaomi’s. It is also a little more angular in nature, with its edges a bit sharper than the Pad 5. It also has a single rear camera that does not have much embellishments around it. The Tab S6 Lite is lighter at 467g, but is marginally thicker at 7.07mm.

All things considered, while the Xiaomi Pad 5 is the heavier of the two tablets, it is the slightly better looking one.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Display

The Xiaomi Pad 5 has a 10.95-inch 2.5K LCD display, with 2560 x 1600-pixel screen resolution. The display offers 650 nits peak brightness, and also comes with 120Hz refresh rate. The tablet also covers the DCI-P3 colour gamut, and supports Dolby Vision.

The Tab S6 Lite offers a smaller, 10.4-inch TFT display with lower resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. It also lacks the high refresh rate, and is already almost two years old in the market.

The Pad 5, on this note, is clearly the better tablet to own.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Performance

The Pad 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 SoC, with 6GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB internal storage.

As opposed to this, the Tab S6 Lite is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 SoC, with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and 1TB expandable storage as well.

Apart from the expandable storage perk, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is a far superior tablet in performance. NanoReview benchmarks for the two chips also peg the Snapdragon 860 to be a far superior chipset, which makes the Pad 5 a clear winner here.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Cameras

The Xiaomi Pad 5 gets a 13MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera for video conferencing. There’s no word on the exact sensor make that the tablet uses.

The Tab S6 Lite, meanwhile, gets an 8MP rear and 5MP front camera combination. Here too, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is clearly the better choice, as it also likely uses newer image sensors underneath the cameras.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Battery

The Xiaomi Pad 5 features an 8,720mAh battery, which will offer 22.5W fast charging with the out of the box adapter. However, buyers can optionally upgrade the adapter to get faster, 33W charging speed.

In comparison, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is powered by a 7,040mAh battery, but makes no mention of any fast charging standard at hand. Like in all other parameters, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is clearly the better purchase here.

Xiaomi Pad 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Verdict

The Xiaomi Pad 5 is priced at Rs 26,999 for the 128GB variant, and Rs 28,999 for the 256GB variant. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is priced at Rs 27,999 for its sole, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant on Amazon India and the official Samsung store.

Given that the two tablets cost the same, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is clearly the better purchase here. It is also important to note that the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is already two years old, which means that users would get longer Android updates with the new Xiaomi Pad 5 tablet. These factors considered make the Xiaomi tablet a clear winner in this comparison.

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