Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 Review – Xiaomi’s First USB 3.2 Gen 1 Tablet


Rating: 4

I purchased Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 (小米平板5 Pro 12.4).

Xiaomi’s first USB 3.2 Gen 1 compatible with good expandability

Until now, Xiaomi smartphones and tablets have stubbornly adopted only USB 2.0, which does not allow for high-speed data transfer or video output.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 is finally the first Xiaomi tablet to support USB 3.2 Gen 1, allowing you to connect it to a monitor for multi-window operation on a larger screen or connect a large storage device for quick backup.

This review is based on V13.1.4.0.SLZCNXM, 8GB+256GB version.

  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 compatible with video output
  • 12.4″ 2.5K screen
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Powered by Snapdragon 870
  • Quad speaker
  • 10000mAh + 67W fast charging
  • Pen and keyboard support
  • LCD instead of AMOLED
  • No microSD card support
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • No GPS support
  • Heavy
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 22081281AC
OS Android 12
Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB UFS 3.1
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
Display 12.4inch WQHD+ 120Hz LCD
 Size 284.96 x 185.23 x 6.66mm
 Weight 620g
 Rear Camera 50MP (Samsung S5KJN1)
+ 2MP (Depth OmniVision ov02b1b)
Front Camera 20MP (SONY IMX596)
Battery 10000mAh
USB Port USB Type-C (USB 3.2 Gen 1)

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4

Included is a 67W charger, USB Type-C cable, and instructions.


Large 12.4-inch screen

Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 has large 12.4 inch screen.

Unfortunately, it is IPS instead of AMOLED, but the colors are reasonably good.

The refresh rate can be adjusted in two steps of 60Hz and 120Hz.

There is no protective film applied.


The total touch latency measured by the WALT Latency Timer is 51.8ms, which is large and comparable to the OPPO Reno7 A, a low to mid-range smartphone.


You can also use MEMC frame interpolation if you add your video app to the sidebar.


Large screen is nice, but heavy

The back of the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 is metallic and does not show fingerprints very well.


It weighs 621.8g, and while it is natural that it would be heavier with a 10,000mAh battery, it is subtle that it weighs about 50g more than the Galaxy Tab S8+, which weighs 572g with a 10,090mAh battery.

The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2, which I tried at the same time, was lightweight despite its large screen, so I couldn’t resist picking it up.

I think it is good for use with a stand cover or something to hold it in place.


50MP camera on a tablet

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 also has a larger camera, the Samsung S5KJN1 50MP camera.

The camera does not just stick out, but has a hidden antenna around the 50MP mark, allowing network communication without being blocked by the hand.


Photos taken in auto are saved here.


In night scenes, the camera can suppress the white splash, but it cannot shoot brightly.


Only face unlock is available

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 does not have a fingerprint sensor and unfortunately can only be unlocked with face unlock.

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro was equipped with a fingerprint sensor, but the higher-end model is not equipped with one… It’s sad.


Long-awaited USB 3.2 Gen 1 port

Xiaomi, which has been installing USB 2.0 ports on its high-end smartphones, even those costing more than $1300, has finally delivered a USB Type-C port with USB 3.2 Gen 1.

USB Type-Cポート

Video output in DisplayPort Alt Mode is of course possible, and if an external SSD or other device is attached, photo and video data can be transferred at high speed.

It would have been better if there was a PC mode specialized for video output, but for some reason, the PC mode that was included in the Xiaomi Mi MIX Fold is not included.


Dolby Atmos-enabled quad speakers

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 has quad speakers with Dolby Atmos support.

Bass is strong and highs are a bit pushed out by other sounds, but they are clearly audible without being crushed for a speaker.


It appears to have three CS35L41 amplifiers.


The audio output latency was 33 ms when measured with the WALT Latency Timer.


Stylus pen support

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 has a power button on the side near the camera.


On the side where the power button is located, there is a part that at first glance looks like a SIM slot… but this is for attaching a stylus pen.


With the dedicated stylus pen, drawing and memo input can be easily performed.

It supports 4096 levels of pressure detection, and when using the pen, the touch sampling rate become 240Hz.

In a normal high-end smartphone, 240Hz is only the minimum line, so it is unlikely that latency will be greatly improved even in pen mode.

As a beta feature, there is also a Scribe function that allows handwritten English or Chinese text to be inserted into the text input field.


Maintains high performance with perfect heat dissipation

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 has better heat dissipation performance than a smartphone due to its larger area, and combined with the fact that it is equipped with Snapdragon 870, which has a good balance with heat generation, it is easy to maintain high performance for a long time.


In Geekbench 5, the Genshin disguised version has a single-core of 908 and a multi-core of 3261, while the normal version has a single-core of 986 and a multi-core of 3287.

The difference is small, but it seems to be throttling by package name.


In the 3DMark Wild Life Stress Test, the score was 4008, with a temperature rise from 30°C to 36°C (6°C increase) and 14 to 30 FPS.

Stability is high and temperature rise is controlled.


PCMark Work 3.0, which measures performance in everyday use such as document manipulation, scored 12101.


Storage is on par with a fast UFS 2.1 phone and slower for a UFS 3.1 device.


Playing Genshin at the highest quality and 60 FPS setting and measured with WeTest PerfDog, the power consumption was 124.92 mW per FPS at an average of 57.1 FPS.

Battery temperature was comfortable, rising only to 38°C at maximum.


In World of Tanks Blitz, when played at 120 FPS settings and all graphics settings at their highest values, the average was 115.2 FPS, with a power consumption of 69.21 mW per FPS.


Powered by MIUI Pad

The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 is powered by MIUI Pad, which allows you to use tablet-friendly features.

Swiping up on either side of the gesture bar brings up a dock bar where you can open recently used apps and more.


You can use the on/off gesture with a double tap.

The function to keep the light on while looking at the screen, which is included in MIUI 13.1, is apparently not included.



  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 compatible with video output
  • 12.4″ 2.5K screen
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Powered by Snapdragon 870
  • Quad speaker
  • 10000mAh + 67W fast charging
  • Pen and keyboard support
  • LCD instead of AMOLED
  • No microSD card support
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • No GPS support
  • Heavy


The Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 is a tablet with Snapdragon 870 and a 10,000mAh battery that can consistently deliver high performance thanks to its large heat dissipation area.

Thanks to the first USB 3.2 Gen 1 support in Xiaomi’s Android products, it can also output video and quickly transfer recorded videos to the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4 for viewing.

However, it is noticeably lacking in some areas compared to competitors’ tablets in the same price range, such as the fingerprint sensor and GPS (which was supported in the Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro) and the microSD card support.

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