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Tablet device launched by Xiaomi challenges iPad

Chinese smartphone manufacturer announces its first tablet called Mi Pad.

After many rumors about Xiaomi developing a tablet device, the popular manufacturer of smartphones has finally revealed the rumors are true and unveiled its first Android-powered tablet at a recent event held in Beijing.

The 7.9 inch Mi Pad looks similar in design to Apple’s iPad and is available in six colors.

Xiaomi’s Android tablet is Wifi-only. It is the first to be powered by the Nvidia 2.2 Ghz Tegra K1 processor and features a Sharp and Youda OGS retina screen with 2048 x 1536 resolution (comparable to Apple’s iPad mini). The device is also equipped with a 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM and a microSD storage slot that enables expansion of up to128GB.

In addition, the device has two cameras. The front camera is 5 megapixels and the one on the back is 8 megapixels. Stereo speakers, Bluetooth and a 6,700 mAh battery are also included. The device weighs approximately 0.80 pounds and its light plastic frame is a mere 8.5mm thick, not unlike the iPhone 5c frame.

Compared to the iPad the Mi Pad is considerably cheaper. The retail price for the 16 GB gadget will be 1,499 yuan (approximately $240) and the price of the 64 GB model will be 1699 yuan (about $273). Xiaomi has no yet confirmed when or where their tablet device will be released to the public, but plans for a beta version of the device is set for June.

“We hope to put pressure on Apple,” said Lei Jun, co-founder and CEO of Xiaomi, making the company’s intentions quiet clear.

Xiaomi’s tablet device could be a mobile gamer’s dream come true.

While it is quite obvious that certain features of Apple’s tablets have inspired Xiaomi in the development of its gadget, unlike the iPad, the Mi Pad features specific specs you will not find on an Apple mobile device, such as the powerful Nvidia processor, which Lei Jun claims will allow Mi Pad users to enjoy a PC-like gaming experience.

Furthermore, Xiaomi applied an entirely new design language to their MIUI firmware to display content on the tablet device. They also developed new animation effects and re-vamped the system in order to ensure that apps will show up perfectly, regardless of whether or not the tablet is vertical or horizontal.

Mobile commerce kick starts holiday shopping season


Mobile Commerce ThanksgivingMobile commerce performs well on Thanksgiving day

Mobile commerce has performed well, even ahead of Black Friday. The holiday season has been expected to be a major success for the mobile commerce industry, but this success may be quickly exceeding the expectations of retailers and those invested in the mobile commerce industry itself. According to data from IBM’s Benchmark service, a platform that provides ongoing measurements of the performance of more than 500 retail companies in the U.S., shows that consumers have been eager to kick start their holiday shopping.

Data shows mobile traffic spikes on Thanksgiving

According to the data from the Benchmark service, online sales spiked 14% on Thanksgiving day, with each sale accounting for an average of $132. The data highlights a strong showing from the mobile commerce sector, where a veritable tide of consumers have been using their mobile devices to purchase products online and at the few retail locations that were open on the holiday. The data shows that the number of consumers using a mobile device to visit a retail site reached 26% on Thanksgiving day, up from the 15% it had been in the previous year.

Apple suggests shopping on holidays becoming more socially acceptable

Technology giant Apple suggests that this is largely due to the concept that mobile commerce and shopping has become more socially acceptable on the day of the holiday. In the past, shopping on Thanksgiving day may have been considered somewhat anti-social, if not wholly impossible due to it being a federal holiday. The stigma surrounding holiday shopping may be diminishing, however, as IBM sees a significant uptick in the number of consumers that are actually purchasing products from their mobile devices. Approximately 9% of all mobile traffic is coming from iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple.

Data expected to show capabilities of mobile commerce

The data from the IBM Benchmark service shows that mobile commerce certainly kicked off the holiday shopping season, which began nearly 24 hours before Black Friday. Black Friday remains the most important day of the year for the retail industry, however, and the data for such a major shopping day is expected to further show how powerful mobile commerce is becoming with consumers.