Apple Unveils iPad Mini; Comes With 7.9-Inch Display, 5MP Camera, FaceTime HD, Dual-Core A5 Chip, 4G LTE Support

After several years of rumors and speculations, Apple has finally unveiled the smaller and cheaper version of the full-sized iPad called iPad Mini to compete with cheaper Android based tablets like Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire.

iPad mini features a 7.9-inch screen with 1024×768 resolution, front and back facing camera, powered by Apple’s dual-core processor and support for 4G LTE networks. 

Here’s a look at iPad mini’s features:

Design/Form Factor:

iPad mini looks exactly like the smaller sibling of the third generation iPad with the aluminum casing, but it’s more beautiful with the diamond cut edges and sleek metallic finishes.

As rumored, the smaller iPad comes with thinner bezels along the sides in portrait mode like the iPod touch. It is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the full-sized iPad. It is only 7.2 mm thick, whereas as iPad 3 is 9.4mm thick.

It also weighs only 308 grams, making it significantly lighter than iPad 3, which weighs 652 g.

Display:

iPad mini comes with a 7.9-inch display with 1024×768 resolution, not that much smaller than the full-sized iPad’s 9.7-inch display. As expected, the smaller iPad doesn’t come with Retina Display. It comes with a pixel density of 163 ppi, the same pixel density as the original iPhone.

It has the same resolution as the iPad 2, so you will be able to use all the apps that are available for the original and 2nd generation iPad.

Processor:

iPad mini is powered by the dual-core A5 chip, which powers iPad 2 and the fifth generation iPod touch and not iPad 3′s A5X chip or iPad 4′s A6X chip.

Camera:

iPad mini comes with front and back facing camera. The back-facing iSight camera is a 5-megapixel camera and the front-facing FaceTime camera is an HD camera, which will allow users to take 1.2-megapixel photos and record 720p HD videos.

Battery Life:

iPad mini comes with the same battery life as the full-sized iPad, which is amazing. It offers up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.

Ultrafast Wireless:

iPad mini will also support 4G LTE networks around the world. It also supports HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA. It can also connect to Wi-Fi networks on 2.4ghz and 5ghz on 802.11n.

Lightning Connector:

As expected, iPad mini comes with Apple’s new Lightning connector like the iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano.

Siri:

iPad mini comes with Siri – Apple’s personal assistant feature.

Storage Capacities:

iPad mini will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage capacities.

Colors:

It will be available in two colors: Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Pricing:

iPad mini will be available for $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $529 for the 64GB model.

Apple is also offering 4G LTE versions of the iPad for a premium of $130.

Availability:

It will be available for pre-order on Friday, October 26th in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.

iPad Mini Wi-Fi Only model will be available first on November 2nd and the iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular model will be available two weeks later on November 16th.

That’s it. Let us know what you think about the smaller iPad. Do you plan to buy one?

  • Hovabyte

    All the fuss is over the basic IPad mini while Apple sneak in the super fast iPad 4

  • barondebxl

    the ipad 4 is gonna be lighning fast. I cant believe apple priced that ipad mini at 329, this is BS.

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    So there done with the iPad3 and going straight to 4 wtf! I better get a free upgrade

  • Jay

    Great! Work is paying for $249 of my iPad mini! $80 difference is not bad.

  • Kwopau

    I plan on buying the iPad mini wifi model, and yes iPad mini will be my first ipad to own. iPad was just to big to carry so I decided not to get one.

  • Dave lister

    Cheers apple, making my new iPad old technology after 6months! What’s your name Samsung!

  • Wtf?

    Sucks for those who bought the 3rd generation iPad. Within 6 months it is already succeeded. Wonder if they will launch a new iPad in the 2nd quarter next year. And they forget to mention that the iPad mini comes with the “Smart Sandpaper.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felix-Davila/1059225273 Felix Davila

    and as usually fanboys will buy both ipad mini and ipad 4 and most just bought ipad 3 what a waste of money.

  • Hovabyte

    It doesnt make to much sense discontinuing the 3 for the 4 and still keeping the 2 as well as bringing in the ipad basic at a rediculous price. And telling me The iphone 5 I bought last month hasn’t got the fastest processor anymore. WTF?

  • colin stiles

    they are too overpriced for something they are trying to have compete with the smaller tablets, if they really wanted to be competetive they should have started the pricing between $259-$299, at $329 for a mini there isn’t really a reason not to spend the extra $70 and get the ipad 2, or the ipad 3 instead of the $429 version. The tablet itself is nice, but the person who thought up the pricing system should be fired. If i’m wanting a smaller tablet I would rather save money and buy a 7in. galaxy tab, nexus 7, or kindle fire before buying an ipad mini. if i wanna pay more for a tablet i’d just pay the little extra for the full size ipad. Storage space is the other factor going for other tablets, you pay less for them and they can be upgraded with micro sd cards, apple should have taken that fact into account when pricing their mini’s. why pay $529 for a 64gig ipad mini when you can pay $300 for a different 16gig tablet and another $75-$100 for a 64gig micro sd and have more space and have spent less money.

    • katsuboi

      Agreed. Apple doesn’t seem to get it when it comes to smaller tablets. It’s not just size, but price that makes smaller tablets attractive.

    • Eric

      Save your breath man, you should know by now that apple products are always overpriced….i’m not surprised at all with the pricing coming from them. they really piss on their customers! spending $500+ every six months for the same products?!?

  • Robert Haney

    For 20.00 more I can get iPad 2 at microcenter which I did last month. Heck I pricematched it sat best but to avoid the 10 mile drive. This is not comparative pricing for the market they are going after.

  • Hovabyte

    Biggest joke of the whole presentation was the way the slightly larger screen size was promoted against an android tablet was directly opposite to the way the iphone 5 was promoted against slightly larger screens.

    • Hmmm?

      Yup, noticed that too. For a company that believes they have no competition they sure do spend a lot of time comparing their products to others. Apple makes come great products but I really do not like their way of business or their marketing (although they are very effective). If jalibreaking their products were much easier and faster then I would not consider other products much. Was disappointed with the 5 screen so now I am eagerly awaiting Google’s announcement.

  • Discreto

    Pricewise, the Mini kills the Ipod Touch. Who wouldn’t shell out $29 bucks more?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Felix-Davila/1059225273 Felix Davila

    they over price because they know there are people out thrre that will pay for it and having bought the ipad 3 will buy the mini and the ipad 4 no matter what’s the price.

  • zooey

    Kindle Fire, here I come

  • Retina

    No retina!! Will not buy.. Over priced!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000021253694 Anthony Richard Spina

    Just thought I would tell you guys, on the website when ordering a Mini it says you can charge the device “Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system.” Keywords there are “USB to computer system.” Which is something you can’t do on the full sized iPad. Just thought I would say that so you could maybe put it up in the list of features :)