While Xiaomi has yet to launch its very own tablet (the Eden Tab doesn't count), you can now get a first taste of its tablet-friendly MIUI Android ROM, which is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7. According to the company, this isn't merely a scaled up version of MIUI V5, as it has a "brand new architecture" with content -- including native apps, system menus and new screen animations -- optimized for both screen orientations. Interestingly, CEO Lei Jun added that tablet vendors can get in touch if they want to ship their devices with MIUI preloaded, which would be a first for non-Xiaomi hardware. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean Lei's not making his own tablets in the near future; but as of now, there are no reliable rumors of such plan.
If you have a new Nexus 7 lying around and don't mind giving MIUI a go, then head over to MIUI's website to grab the 278MB download.
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system Android (Jelly Bean [4.3])
- Screen size 7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Camera (integrated) 5 megapixels
- Dimensions 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 in
- Weight 10.23 oz
- Released 2013-07-26