Xiaomi reportedly plotting own 9-inch iPad rival

Xiaomi could be working on a brand new tablet in its quest for world mobile domination.

The Chinese firm recently described as thieves by Apple design lead Jony Ive for copying iPhone design may be gearing up to take on the iPad.

A benchmark result has emerged over on GFXBench, giving an early debut to a 9.2-inch tablet tagged up as Xiaomi fare.

The secret slate seems to be boasting a decidedly underwhelming 1280 x 720 display, with ‘at least 5 finger gesture support.’

The site lists the tablet’s innards as a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip, Adreno 306 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage, of which just 5.8GB will be free to use.

It’s also set to pack front- and rear-facing cameras, GPS, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a lightsensor, a proximity sensor, and a compass.

The spec sheet points out that a barometer and NFC won’t be included.

It’s all very middle-of-the-road, and probably won’t have Apple shaking in its boots if the mystery slate does land with the specs listed.

Xiaomi’s tablet line-up is pretty threadbare thus far, consisting of a lone 7.9-inch MiPad – pretty original name, eh?

The firm was recently named the world’s number 3 smartphone manufacturer, thanks to its huge popularity in the east.

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