The new iPad mini which features a 7.9-inch (20 cm) multi-touch display, FaceTime HD, 5 megapixel iSight cameras and a 10 hour battery life.
This device has been rumored since a long time, and finally Apple has revealed it at its San Jose event on October 23. It is called the iPad mini, as the name suggests it is a smaller version of the iPad tablet which features a completely new design, a 7.9-inch display with 1024×768 pixels screen resolution and is encased in a 7.2mm aluminum shell which makes it 53 percent lighter and 23 percent thinner than the 4th generation iPad which was announced along with this device.
Phil Schiller also compared the device with Google’s Nexus 7 and pointed out that the Apple’s new tablet is lighter and thinner despite have a display area which is a third larger than Google’s Nexus tablet. The Nexus 7 has a bigger, plastic bezel around its screen while the iPad mini has an aluminum bezel. Well he did skip the price here as Google’s Nexus 7 is much affordable than Apple’s 7-inch device and it is powered by a quad-core processor.
Regardless, the iPad mini looks excellent and in terms of the internals it is powered by a dual-core Apple A5 processor and the company claims it has 10 hours of battery life. Further it has a 5 megapixel iSight camera, Wi-Fi 802.11n, optional LTE and the new Lightning connector.
The pricing starts from $329 for the Wi-Fi only 16GB model than goes up by $100 as the size increases – $429 for 32GB and $529 for 63GB. The cellular enabled version which supports LTE starts from $459 for the started 16GB model and then goes up $100 as the size increase.
The new iPad mini will come in ‘white and silver’ and ‘black and salte’, it will be up for pre-order starting this Friday, October 26 in 34 countries around the globe. Apple will start shipping the iPad mini in these 34 countries starting November 2, India is not on this list and the device might take some time before it arrives in the Indian market.
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