Xiaomi has now collaborated with Hasbro’s Transformers to crowdfund a robot model called Soundwave in China. Soundwave basically looks like a Mi Pad 2, that turns into a Transformer-like robot that can be detached from the tablet’s assembly. It is priced at CNY 169 (approximately Rs 1,700), and will begin shipping in China starting May 13. As of now, no details have been shared regarding availability in other international markets.
The Transformers Special Edition Mi Pad 2 is a toy made by the company in partnership with Hasbro to mark its sixth birthday on April 6. It is a crowd sourced project and is meant for Xiaomi fans. However, it is not a working device.
Hugo Barra shared details on Facebook and said, “R&D worked really hard to ensure that the color, details and feel are exactly the same as Mi Pad 2. They were challenged at turning such a slim 7mm tablet into a 3D robot, but they managed to do so with a 30-step folding assembly.”
The Mi Pad 2 retains the same 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution that take the pixel density all the way up to 324ppi. Xiaomi has powered the device with quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8500 processor. The processor is coupled with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM to handle all those apps. It also includes Intel HD graphics for the GPU.
In terms of camera, Xiaomi has opted for an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, just like its predecessor. When it comes to connectivity, the Mi Pad 2 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and also the ac draft. There is no 4G LTE or GPS. It does support Bluetooth v4.1. It also deploys the latest Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
The device will be available in 16GB and 64GB variants, with expandable memory slots up to 128GB. The device is fuelled by a 6190mAh battery that promises a battery life with 649 hours of standby time, up to 12.5 hours of multimedia and up to 100 hours of music.