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MSI Primo 81 Android 4.2 Tablet with LG iPad mini Panel & Almost Identical Dimensions

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Edit: From reviews the batteries life doesn't seem that great and the A7 CPU seems to perform lower. I did find out that the body is actually aluminum.
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I just found this pretty cool MSI tablet on Newegg for $169.99 (in White or Black) which is the the closest thing to an Android version of the iPad mini I've even seen. Not only does it look the same but more importantly it has some key internal hardware that are similar. Arguably the most important aspect of a tablet, the display, is identical to the 1st gen iPad mini down to the maker LG with a 7.85" 1024x768 IPS panel (although some iPad mini's used Samsung panels). Apple uses a custom A5 SoC but the CPU is from ARM (dual-core A9 1GHz) and the GPU is from Imagination Technologies (PowerVR SGX543MP2). The Primo 81 uses a newer chip even if the numbering may suggest otherwise which is a quad-core A7 1GHz, and the GPU is a PowerVR SGX544MP2 (specs look identical to the SGX543MP2). The dimensions are close with thickness within 0.62mm of each other, and weight is only separated by 22 grams. The Primo 81 has some nice extra ports like Micro SD and Mini HDMI. The only real feature it seems to be missing is Bluetooth (I don't see it mentioned anywhere). The rest I'm not really sure about like the build quality, battery life, and such. Below are the full specs of each tablet to do a head to head comparison:


MSI Primo 81
  • SoC: Allwinner A31s with quad-core A7 1GHz CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU, and 1GB RAM
  • Display: 7.85" 1024x768 IPS panel made by LG
  • Dimensions: 200.2 x 135 x 7.82mm
  • Weight: 330g/0.73lbs
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Cameras: 2MP rear and 0.3MP front
  • Ports: Headphone, micro USB (with OTG support), micro SD slot, and mini HDMI
  • Sensors: G-Sensor
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Battery: 3,500mAh


Apple iPad mini (2012)
  • SoC: Apple A5 with dual-core A9 1GHz CPU, PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, and 512MB RAM
  • Display: 7.85" 1024x768 IPS panel made by LG or Samsung (less used)
  • Dimensions: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm
  • Weight: 308g/0.68lbs (Wi-Fi model)
  • Storage: 16GB-64GB
  • Wireless: 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Cameras: 5MP rear and 1.2MP front
  • Ports: Headphone and Lightning Connector
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Compass, Three-Axis Gyroscope, & GPS (LTE only)
  • OS: iOS 6-7
  • Battery: 16.3Wh


I just thought some of you might find it interesting. I'm tempted to get one just to play with as I love my iPad mini and wouldn't mind a decent Android version of it for cheaper. Below is an image comparison from Engadget:

Primo 81 (left) and iPad mini (right)
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Edited by Ben the OCer - 11/27/13 at 12:15am
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I'm tempted to get one just to play with as I love my iPad mini and wouldn't mind a decent Android version of it for cheaper.

If you're still tempted, FYI it is available as a Newegg Shellshocker today (2014/03/06) for $99.99 with free shipping, after a measly $10 rebate. It is the white/gold version, however. rolleyes.gif
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It also has HDMI out and a Micro SD slot...

The original IPad Mini battery is rated at 4490 mAh which explains the superior battery life.

Too bad Mini cases won't fit it (cutouts in wrong spots) as they have some awesome cases.
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