Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3: Tablet Battle

Posted by B. Johnson
January 27, 2015 | 1 comments
Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back!

In my past comparison reviews, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has been nothing but an amazing quality tablet.

It’s not only great for just doing some simple daily stuff like watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web or listening to music, but Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also an impressive powerful tablet for playing games.

In fact, in some comparison reviews between this tablet against iPad mini Retina, i would rather pick up Xiaomi’s tablet instead of Apple’s device simply because it offers a lot of stuff that cannot be found on iPad, even in cheaper price point.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3 benchmarks and gaming performance

So this the main reason why today i’m really excited to bring up again this tablet in my next comparison review with other competing device.

But this time, i’m going to compare Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 with LG’s aluminum-plated LG G Pad 8.3.

I think the comparison review between these 2 tablets could be interesting to see especially because both devices are powerful tablets priced at 2 different price points, $250 for Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 (16GB), while LG G Pad 8.3 costs more expensive with its $300 price tag (but probably has dropped to the same price range of Xiaomi tablet).

So i believe some of you here (or even all of you) are interested to find out which one between these 2 models that is worth to buy than the other one.

Well, if you’re also interested to know more and see how these 2 tablets fare against each other, especially in terms of gaming performance, then check this one out guys, my comparison review between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3.

Hope you like it!

Introduction

Both Xiaomi and LG actually are not really “expert” when it comes to making tablet. LG used to have its own homemade G-Slate tablet but sadly it didn’t have much to say around the tablet market, probably because it’s sold exclusively only for T-Mobile consumers.

It goes the same with Xiaomi. Around the tablet-making business, it’s quite obvious that this Chinese company has no experience and expertise whatsoever in making tablets.

In fact, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the first-gen and the only one tablet ever released by this company.

But impressively, both LG and Xioami – in my opinion – really nailed it this time with their tablets – LG G Pad and Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 respectively.

LG’s tablet is not only powerful in performance and specs, but it surprisingly looks and feels premium thanks to LG’s decision to use total aluminum material all over its coating, similar just like iPads.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also an impressive tablet. This device may not have the same premium aluminum material just like LG G Pad, however, when it comes to specs and performance, it’s definitely Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 that will be clear winner here against LG’s tablet

But the questions remain, with all of their powerful performance and impressive specs, which one between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one that is a so much even better tablet in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for their gaming performance?

Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

When it comes to design, then it’s really obvious that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has no originality on it as this device is hugely “inspired” by – or blatantly copy, if you would – the entire design of iPads, especially the iPad mini Retina.

And this is the main reason why Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 probably would never be allowed to enter to the countries where Apple lawyers are hanging out at the cafes eating donuts (wait, that's police officers, right?).

Xiaomi Mi Pad
Xiaomi Mi Pad
LG G Pad 8.3 2
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3

On the other hand, LG G Pad 8.3 is definitely the clear winner here against Xiaomi’s tablet especially because it has its own identity and characteristic compared to other regular Android tablets out there on the market.

Speaking about material used on both of these tablets, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is made out of plastic polycarbonate material, while LG G Pad is covered by totally aluminum material all over its coating, similar exactly just like iPads.

However, this LG’s slate (not to be mistaken with LG G Slate) doesn’t try to copy the design of iPad, which is something that should be appreciated from this manufacturer.

But impressively, even with its own design, LG G Pad still looks and feels really premium and sturdy in the grasp of hands.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is actually not shabby at all when it comes to design, especially build quality, despite using plastic material.

So even with that plastic material covering its entire coating, this tablet still feels solid, slick, slim and comfortable to hold, and also not prone to catch finger prints (so you can easily clean the rear-case even with your own hands).

This of course really contradicts with other cheap tablets that mostly use glossy plastic finish on their rear-covers, which obviously feels and looks really cheap.

Between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3, of course i will side on LG’s device especially because its design is pretty unique – which has fully rounded rectangular design approach, or chubby, if you would – plus its material and build quality are really solid and premium, just like the iPads.

But even so, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is still pretty good on this department as well. It may not be as good and premium as LG G Pad obviously, but its build quality is still good, in fact, impressive given its affordable price tag.

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Xiaomi Mi PadLG G Pad 8.3

No SIM
Released June 2014
360 g (Weight)
7.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels, (~324 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
2 GB RAM
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU
Android OS
16/64 GB of Internal storage
microSD card slo for up to 128 GB
8 MP rear-facing camera
5 MP front-facing camera
Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
Bluetooth
GPS
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 11 hours
Music play: for up to 86 hours 
    Released October 2013
    338 g (Weight)
    No SIM
    8.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~273 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
    Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop
    Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600 Chipset
    Adreno 320 GPU
    microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
    16 GB Internal storage
    2 GB RAM
    5 MP rear-facing camera
    1.3 MP front-facing camerea (720p video recording)
    Bluetooth. GPS, Infrared, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), Java MIDP emulator, Wi-Fi 802.11
    No Radio
    Non-removable Li-Po 4600 mAh battery

    LG G Pad was released around 2 years ago or so, while Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 just got launched around few months ago in 2014, so it’s pretty obvious that Xiaomi’s tablet is the one that gets the new-generation of hardware specs.

    And that means, this tablet will be more powerful in performance, especially for gaming. But we’ll get more on that later.

    However, the hardware package found inside the LG’s tablet is still considered as impressive even for today’s standards.

    It has an 8.3-inch display sporting the full HD 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor supplied by Qualcomm, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras back and front respectively, microSD card slot, Android 4.2.2 out of the box and many other standard features.

    Meanwhile, on the blue side, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks far more superior than LG’s tablet in hardware department.

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has a 7.9-inch display with “Retina” 1536x2048 pixel resolution (exactly just like iPad mini Retina), a quad-core Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 192-core Kepler GPU, 8MP and 5MP cameras back and front (which take great shots by the way), microSD card slot for up to 128GB, MIUI, 6700mAh battery promising 11 hours of talk time and 86 hours of music play and some other standard features.

    Screen

    It’s no brainer that the screen of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here compared to LG G Pad’s display.

    And it’s not on paper, but also in the real life implementation. LG’s tablet comes with an 8.3-inch display sporting the 1920x1200 pixels (full HD), as opposed to the higher 1536x2048 pixel resolution on the smaller 7.9-inch display of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9.

    So when it comes to sharpness, there’s no single doubt that Xiaomi’s tablet has the edge here compared to LG’s device.

    However, as i said above, it’s not just on paper this Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is more superior than LG G Pad in terms of display, but also in real world quality. So its screen surprisingly looks really gorgeous.

    It has good viewing angle (it’s true actually!), good color saturation (so it looks realistic, not overly-saturated just like AMOLED) and it just looks sharp and crisp.

    This is not so shocking because Sharp is one of the screen suppliers of Xiaomi devices, as well as Apple devices (which is probably why it adopts the same “Retina” 1536x2048 resolution of iPads.

    But even so, the full HD display of LG’s tablet also still looks gorgeous and really sharp given that LG produces its own screen and in fact, it is also one of the main display suppliers of Apple devices as well.

    Besides, the screen resolution above HD already looks sharp on a small 7 to 8-inch display. So i think it’s more than good enough for most of users out there.

    User Interface

    I think both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 really excel on the software department with their own way. Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has its own fully-customized Android UI called MIUI, while LG also designs its own Android UI for this tablet.

    So compared to the pure stock vanilla Android UI on, say, Nexus or HP tablets, then the UIs of both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad have more added features, pre-loaded and visual presentations.

    On LG’s tablet, the most prominent feature found on this device is its ‘3 finger gesture’ which allows you to open the existing 3 running apps just like multiwindow mode or split screen.

    It actually also comes with multiwindow-mode on some pre-loaded apps like video player, browser, photo gallery or note app that can float on the screen or re-size according to your preference, just like the window floating mode/split screen on laptops or PCs.

    There’s also a lot of manual customizations found on the setting & notification drop-down window.

    Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also as great as LG G Pad in terms of software and features. However, unlike LG’s tablet and other regular Android tablets out there, the MIUI of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 doesn’t come with app drawer.

    So every app that you install or the existing pre-loaded apps on this device will be directly shown on the homescreen – similar just like the iOS of iPads.

    However, MIUI also has the widget element, so you can basically put any Android widget to the homescreen just like on any other Android tablets.

    Between these 2 devices, i think both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 are really good in presenting their UI to the users. It’s not flat as stock Android UI, but it’s also not complicated to learn, which is a good thing for users.

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    So what do we have here? Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is powered by a Tegra K1 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and a staggering 192-core Kepler GPU, while LG G Pad 8.3 is injected with Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with the lower clock speed of 1.7GHz along with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU.

    So on paper, it’s very obvious that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 will blow instantly LG’s tablet out of the water. And it’s not just on paper, but also in the real life implementation.

    The performance difference of both tablets can be seen clearly when playing one graphics intense game from Rockstar Games – GTA San Andreas -. According to what i’ve seen on video reviews on YouTube, the Adreno 320 GPU is not that adequate to handle this game.

    So when set in full highest graphics, this game runs really slow and laggy, and it’s just not playable for human being. So you can totally expect the same thing happens on LG G Pad – unless if Rockstar Games already fixes the issues and brings the updated version for this tablet.

    That’s not gonna happen if that game is played on Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9.

    Thanks to its monster powerful Tegra K1 processor along with its 192-core GPU – which is capable to deliver the same graphical performance of today’s desktops/PCs -, GTA San Andreas can be easily executed on this device in buttery smooth performance even in full highest graphics (full visual effects, shadows, reflections, objects, resolution, etc).

    And the same thing happens when playing other heavy Android titles like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne and many more.

    In fact, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is so powerful for gaming it’s even more than adequate to handle some console-quality games – which are ported from consoles/PC – like Trine 2 (PS3), Half Life 2 (PC), Oddworld Stranger's Wrath and many other next-gen titles that are about to arrive in 2015 or even in the next 2 years ahead.

    The fact that NVIDIA – the maker of Tegra K1 – has good relationship with many famous giant game developers like Activision, EA or Ubisoft will also help a lot smooth things up in convincing these game makers to port their popular games to Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 in the future (and it’s gonna happen real time soon!).

    So with all of these facts presented to you, i think it’s just no brainer that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is a far more powerful gaming tablet than LG G Pad 8.3. I’m not saying that LG’s tablet really sucks for gaming because that would be wrong.

    But when compared to Xiaomi’s tablet and its monster hardware, it’s just not hard to guess that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here in gaming performance.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    Both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 are perfectly good for taking photos or recording videos. And it’s not because they have higher megapixels on their cameras, but it’s because their overall quality is indeed really good in the real implementation.

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 ships with an 8MP camera on the back and 5MP on the front, while LG G Pad 8.3 is embedded with 5MP and 1.3MP cameras back and front.

    So basically, you can instantly take great pictures with their cameras. In fact, according to many video reviews i’ve already seen on YouTube, the 720p videos taken with Xiaomi’s tablet look really good and sharp, plus have good sound quality.

    The same applies to LG’s tablet especially given its years of experience on the camera developments on its previous devices.

    Battery Life

    On battery department, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks more prepared than LG G Pad 8.3. And that’s because it’s powered by a much larger 6700mAh battery, as opposed to the smaller 4600mAh battery found inside LG’s tablet.

    It’s probably due to the screen resolution of both devices, not to mention some other factors like processor, GPU or software.

    And we both know that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the one that really requires a lot of power to run its engine as it comes with a higher-resolution 1536x2048 pixel display, a power-hungry quad-core Tegra K1 processor along with 192-core Kepler GPU and of course, MIUI that ‘sucks’ a lot of space in the memory/RAM, forcing this tablet to always stay awake even in idle mode (with the assumption that all pre-loaded are activated in default/without rooting).

    On the other hand, LG G Pad comes with a lower full HD screen-resolution (1920x1200 pixels VS 2048x1536 pixels), an efficient Snapdragon processor, plus its UI is not as heavy as MIUI on Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9.

    So i think with that 4600mAh battery, this tablet is still more than capable to survive in long long hours even in heavy use.

    It actually the same with Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. its larger 6700mAh battery will ensure longer gaming or watching movie session on this device, probably around 4 to 6 hours without resting the screen at all.

    My Personal Opinions

    So in my final conclusion of the comparison review, i think it’s pretty hard to determine which one is the best tablet in the whole aspect.

    Okay, i know, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 may have an insanely powerful Tegra K1 processor and 192-core GPU that ensure smooth console-quality gaming.

    However, LG G Pad 8.3 with its gorgeous design and premium build quality is just not untouchable by Xiaomi’s tablet with its plastic material (although it still feels sturdy and has great build quality on its, despite using plastic).

    But then again, on the display department, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks more ‘polished’ than LG’s tablet given its much sharper “retina” display as opposed to the ‘only’ full HD screen on LG’s slate.

    The good thing is, LG G Pad fights back with its software that provides more useful features without draining a lot of power from its battery – compared to MIUI that takes a lot of space in the RAM and requires a lot of energy even in idle mode (which is why its battery life bar always drops pretty significantly even in lockscreen mode).

    However, in the whole aspect of both devices, i think Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is more prepared especially in the fierce battle on future’s tablet market than LG G Pad.

    It may not have aluminum and premium build quality all over it just like LG’s tablet. But Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is actually a much better and greater tablet overall, even in quality.

    That’s not surprising because Xiaomi always uses hardware parts from respected manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and many more.

    So no wonder if many Xiaomi devices are great in terms of display quality, camera, sound quality, gaming performance and even build quality. It goes the same with its gaming performance.

    As already mentioned above, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is insanely powerful it’s even capable to deliver the same graphical performance of today’s desktops/PCs, thanks to Tegra K1 processor and 192-core GPU.

    This really contradicts with LG G Pad that ships with the processor and GPU that are already considered as ‘so last year’.

    And it’s not just on paper because in the real world implementation, this LG’s tablet is not as powerful as Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 especially in handling game like GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics.

    And the fact that Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is capable to execute console-quality games in the future also makes it harder for LG G Pad to stay in the same league as Xiaomi’s device.

    So bottom line, i think Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is a much better tablet in the whole aspect. It’s also a much greater more powerful gaming tablet than LG G Pad 8.3. It may not have the premium aluminum material just like LG’s tablet, but in terms of display, camera, software, features and most importantly, price point, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here.

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