Xiaomi Pad 6 live image reveals Xiaomi 12 Pro-like camera design, launch expected soon

  • The Xiaomi Pad 6 will seemingly get a Xiaomi 12 Pro-like camera module
  • It also appears to come with a unibody tablet design language
  • The ‘Pro’ version of the Pad 6 tablet could feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC

China-headquartered electronics conglomerate Xiaomi is expected to launch a new tablet in the coming months, following up on the Pad 5 lineup that was initially unveiled in China back in August 2021. While plenty of leaks and rumours about these tablets have surfaced online, most have alluded to the specifications that the new tablet lineup would offer. Now, a leaked live image of the tablet’s rear panel has surfaced from the supply chain in China on social media platform Weibo, showcasing how it looks similar to the rear camera module seen on the brand’s flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

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What this says about the Xiaomi Pad 6 lineup

According to the live image, which was first reported by China-based news publication CNMO, the Xiaomi Pad 6 lineup appears to feature the same camera module design as the Xiaomi 12 Pro. This typically helps brands create a marketing campaign by giving the tablet the same design elements as that of its flagship smartphones — and also enables it to save design and assembly cost as it enables utilisation of more similar assembly components, a factor that has a trickle-down effect on the cost of a device.

Xiaomi Pad 6

The Xiaomi Pad 6 camera appears to thus host the primary camera module at the top, and has lines that cleanly divide the rest of the components of the module. There is a second camera unit, details of which are not known yet. There is also a third unit that is likely just a design addition for symmetry, and a third segment within the module for accommodating the LED flash.

The leaked image is said to belong to the standard Xiaomi Pad 6 tablet, and not its Pro models, which would therefore make for an upgrade to the lineup — the Pad 5, launched in 2021, had a single 13MP rear camera, while the Pad 5 Pro and 5 Pro 5G had dual-rear camera modules of 13MP + 5MP and 50MP + 5MP, respectively.

More details, however, are yet to be seen. The Xiaomi Pad 6 is expected to be launched globally later this year, and feature the Snapdragon 870 SoC on the standard Pad 6, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC on the Pad 6 Pro. Other purported features include quad speakers, 120Hz display and 120W fast charging, among others.

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