Xiaomi offers a range of consumer electronics at different price points, but one market that they have been largely absent from is tablets. The tablet market is dominated by Apple, and no Android phone maker outside of Samsung even really tries to compete with Apple, especially at the premium level. Based on the evidence we have extracted and obtained from reliable tipsters, we believe Xiaomi is working on at least three new high-end Android tablets.
We found several references to a trio of devices codenamed “nabu,” “enuma”, and “elish” when we looked at decompiled code for several MIUI 12.5 system apps. We have seen that these three code names are referenced in methods like “isPad”, which suggests that some MIUI apps will show some functionality on tablets. In addition, a recent alpha version of the MIUI Home app has a new settings page for demonstrating system navigation on tablets as shown below.
Hidden system navigation page for tablets in MIUI Home alpha version 188.8.131.5289. Credits: XDA Member (and frequent Xiaomi tipster) kacskrz
It looks like “enuma” and “elish” will be variations of each other, with the former having a model name that ends in K81 and the latter having a model name that ends in K81A. Meanwhile, “nabu” will be a separate product with a model name that ends in K82. “Enuma” appears to support voice calls while “elish” and “nabu” do not, suggesting that only “enuma” will support mobile connectivity (4G LTE / 5G).
A reference to the three code names can be found in the MIUI Settings app in a method called “isSplitTablet”. The name of the method is interesting because we don’t know what “SplitTablet” means here. Considering the partial hardware specs we’ve seen, however, we don’t have much reason to believe that these three codenames refer to foldables in development. In fact, analysis of the source files by the Telegram group XiaomiUI and Xiaomi tipster kacskrz reveals that all three devices could have displays in the standard 16:10 format.
According to prognosticators, the display resolution of all three products appears to be 2560 × 1600. Each of these devices should have an IPS LCD panel that updates to 120Hz. “Nabu” in particular may have a 10.97 inches, with overall dimensions of 236mm x 148mm. It may also have an 8,720mAh battery under the hood, according to tipster Kacskrz.
Unlike Xiaomi’s three-year-old Mi Pad 4, which ran on a mid-range Snapdragon chipset, Xiaomi’s next three tablets will apparently be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-series chipsets, which are rarely found on Android tablets these days. Two of those tablets (“enuma” and “elish”) will apparently be powered by Qualcomm’s sm8250 platform, meaning they’ll sport one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865, 865+, or 870. The third tablet (“nabu”) will be built on Qualcomm’s sm8150 platform, which may mean it will have one of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, 855+ or 860. Qualcomm’s latest and best Snapdragon 888 likely won’t power any of Xiaomi’s upcoming tablets, but it’s rare to see a tablet that ships with a flagship-level Snapdragon chipset anyway. The only tablet released internationally with the Snapdragon 855 is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6, and similarly, the only tablets released internationally with the Snapdragon 865 are Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 series.
We have no more information to share regarding these three devices, but we are now confident that they will be tablets based on the evidence we have presented so far. The Android tablet market is in dire need of quality products, and few tech brands offer as much bang for their buck as Xiaomi. Depending on price and market availability, Xiaomi’s tablets could be decent alternatives to the base Galaxy Tab S7 and iPad Pro. The fact that these tablets sport flagship-level hardware is promising, but we’ll have to wait and see how well Xiaomi can optimize MIUI for tablets.
Thanks to PNF Software for providing us with a user license JEB Decompiler, a professional grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.
Featured Image: The Xiaomi Mi Pad 4