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The Mi Pad is a 7.9-inch tablet from Beijing-based Xiaomi. It packs powerful hardware in the form of an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot. It'll cost Chinese tablet fans just 1,499 Chinese yuan (roughly $240, £145, AU$260).

Read our full hands-on first take on the Mi Pad here.

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The 7.9-inch display, like the iPad Mini, has a resolution of 2,048x1,536 pixels for a retina-quality 326ppi.

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The tablet runs a heavily customised version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, called MIUI.

In keeping with the copycat chassis, the OS has a decidedly iOS 7 feel, including the wallpaper colors and the transparency effects.

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At 8.5mm, the Mi Pad is slightly thicker than the 7.5mm iPad Mini.

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The plastic rear comes in a variety of colors, from bright yellow to pink. It looks like a huge iPhone 5C.

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The resemblance is even more obvious with the white version.

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The tablet has two rear speakers.

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Unlike Apple's tablets, the Xiaomi slate comes with a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

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A closer look at MIUI, Xiaomi's operating system.

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Finally, here's the 8-megapixel rear camera.

Read our full hands-on first take on the Mi Pad here.

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