Windows 11 on Snapdragon 860
The Mi Pad 5 has been tested in Microsoft OS.
There is slow progress in implementing Microsoft Windows 11 operating system on cheap Android tablets. After the first reports of Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 running Windows from November last year, new developers are contributing to the project by implementing missing features and improving the overall experience.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 in Ludashi benchmark, Source: sunshuyu
Make no mistake though, Windows 11 ARM on Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 will not get official support, which is why some parts of the hardware may never receive proper drivers. The same thing problem was observed with Intel Cherry Trail/Bay Trail SoC based on X86 architecture, which was the backbone of cheap tablets often sold with both Android and Windows operating systems working alongside each other through dual-boot options. It was often impossible to reinstall the system due to a long list of device-specific drivers that were not included with official Windows updates.
The Mi Pad 5 2021 is a high-end Android 11 tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SM8150-AC processor (also known as Snapdragon 860). It features 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The tablet is equipped with a 2560×1600 IPS display. In terms of graphics, the SoC is equipped with Adreno 640 GPU.
In the Geekbench V5 benchmark performed by “sunshuyu” the Mi Pad 5 scores 456 points in the single-core test and 1992 points in the multi-core test. In comparison to X86 based CPUs this is obviously not a very good performance, but compared to Qualcomm’s Windows-dedicated Snapdragon 8cx platform, we are looking at just 20-30% lower performance.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 benchmark, Source: Geekbench
This number is quite impressive considering that Snapdragon 860 Windows 11 support is unofficial and there is a long list of missing drivers according to the original reporting.