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Test: Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 against Asus ZenPad S 8, ARM vs x86

Hard to find a clone of the Apple iPad Mini on Android tablets. A powerful tablet, with a screen 4: 3 format and a design worked to imitate the master in the matter that is the Californian giant. We wanted to avoid entry-level tablets and too high-end, and all tablets with a 16: 9 screen, much less convenient to handle.


Obviously, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 was a must, being the clone closest to the Apple tablet, with a good price. Opposite, we found only one comparable tablet, the ZenPad S 8 Z580CA of Asus, high-end two years ago, today sold at a similar price.

When we chose these tablets, the prices were very different, since they were each about 220 euros or less. But today, the two tablets are ironed around 300 euros. In the nearest competition, we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which could have been part of the article today, prices having increased.
Of course, the Apple iPad Mini 4 still dominates in terms of sales, and its processor remains more powerful with an optimized iOS system, but it is also much more expensive: 489 euros, with however a capacity of 128 GB of internal storage which makes the tablet honest enough for its price.

Features:          x86 against ARM
Another interesting thing is the comparison of the processors of these two tablets, whose architectures are radically different. Chips comparable enough, even if that of Intel came out well before that of Mediatek. Both tablets are almost two years apart, but their specifications are still valid, knowing that the ZendPad S 8 Z580CA was a tablet launched at the high end.

The Intel Atom Z3580 processor is considered more greedy than an ARM chip, and again, it will be verified, but it is engraved in 22 nm, against 28 nm at SoC Mediatek MT8176. The latter, however, has one advantage: take advantage of the latest architecture Cortex-A72 on two hearts, the most powerful in the sector at ARM. We have always been quite enthusiastic about ultra-mobile Intel CPUs, even for smartphones, despite their significantly higher energy consumption. A few years ago, the Zenphone 2 of Asus impressed by their speed and their practical responsiveness, on a SoC Atom.
Today Intel has abandoned its most mobile Atom, especially for smartphones, but keeps some models for tablets. These CPUs are in progress, and we maintain: they hold the road against ARM in terms of performance, despite a consumption that seems even less optimized. Let’s see what it is with these two tablets!

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