Every tablet maker is always looking to outdo the competition. Usually that means progressively thinner and more powerful hardware, but Xiaomi decided to flip the script and turn one of its tablets, the Mi Pad 2, into a full-on Transformer.

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Before you go on thinking that Xiaomi has somehow technologically leap-frogged the competition by a good century, this tablet Transformer—called Soundwave (my personal favorite Decepticon)—doesn’t actually work. It looks the part, but the crowdfunding collaboration with Hasbro won’t actually turn into a massive organic robot. You’ll have to settle for a toy Decepticon for now.

The bot squeezes into a slim 7mm body, just like the Mi Pad 2, and it fully transforms into Soundwave through a 30-step process. I’m not convinced that a transforming tablet is as cool as a big rig or a fighter jet, but these are the technological times we’re living in.

[Xiaomi]


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