The Retina iPad mini went on sale today, with select reviewers having already received the device from Apple. As you’d expect Geekbench scores for the device are out, and reveal that like the iPhone 5s, the iPad mini’s A7 chip too is running at 1.3GHz.
This compares to the iPad Air’s A7 chip which runs at a slightly faster clock speed of 1.4GHz. The slower clock speed could likely be to prevent overheating give the Retina iPad mini’s small casing or to consume less power and maintain a 10-hour battery life. The difference in clock speed, however, is unlikely to have any implications on real-world usage.
The Retina iPad mini’s Geekbench single core and multi core score of 1390 and 2512 respectively is 5 times more than the original iPad mini’s Geekbench score of 261 and 493. The performance improvement is in line with Apple’s claims of the A7 chip being four times faster than its predecessor.