iPad mini with Retina Display vs. Original iPad mini: Tech Specs

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Apple unveiled the eagerly awaited iPad mini with Retina Display at the media event earlier today.

Apple has also announced that it will be offering the original iPad mini starting at $299.

We’ve took a look at the hardware specifications that power the new iPad mini with Retina Display earlier. In this post, we compare the tech specs and pricing of the Retina iPad mini and the original iPad mini.

iPad mini with Retina Display Original iPad mini
Models Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Size
  • Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
  • Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
  • Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)
Weight
  • Wi-Fi model: 0.73 pound (331 g)
  • Wi-Fi+Cellular model: 0.75 pound (341 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi): 0.68 pound (308 g)
  • Weight (Wi‑Fi + Cellular): 0.69 pound (312 g)
Display
  • Retina display
  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
Chip A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor Dual-core A5
RAM 1GB? (to be confirmed) 512MB
iSight Camera
  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • HDR photos
FaceTime Camera
  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular3
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
Video Recording
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
Battery Capacity
  • 23.8-watt-hour
  • mAh to be confirmed
  • 16.3-watt-hour
  • 4440 mAh
Battery Life
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
Wireless
  • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n; 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Cellular
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE (13 bands)
  • GPS and GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • LTE (5 bands)
  • GPS and GLONASS
Sensors
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
  •     Three-axis gyro
  •     Accelerometer
  •     Ambient light sensor
Connector Lightning Lightning
Colors Silver, Space Gray Black & Slate, White & Silver
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB 16GB
Pricing
  • $399 for 16GB [Wi-Fi only], $529 [Wi-Fi+Cellular]
  • $499 for 32GB [Wi-Fi only], $629 [Wi-Fi+Cellular]
  • $599 for 64GB [Wi-Fi only], $729 [Wi-Fi+Cellular]
  • $699 for 128GB [Wi-Fi only], $829 [Wi-Fi+Cellular]
  • $299 for 16GB [Wi-Fi only], $429 [Wi-Fi+Cellular]

 

Please note that there are still some unknowns about iPad mini with Retina Display such as the amount of RAM and capacity of the battery. We’ll probably have to wait for benchmark results and the new iPad mini to be disassembled to get those details. We’ll update the post as soon as we get the information.

So to summarize, the 2nd generation iPad mini gets much requested Retina Display, but it is also marginally thicker (0.3mm) and heavier than the original iPad mini. The new iPad mini also supports more number of LTE bands (13 vs. just 5 LTE bands) and offers 3x zoom while recording videos. The new iPad mini comes with significantly higher capacity battery than the original iPad mini, but it offers the same battery life as the original iPad mini, which isn’t surprising as it comes with power hungry Retina Display.

While I don’t really care much about camera specs, I see a growing number of people using their iPads to take photos, so the lack of any improvements to the camera, should come as a disappointment to many users.

Let us know what you think. Do you plan to buy the new iPad mini?