John Poole of Primate Labs reports that the Geekbench 3 benchmarks suggest that the Retina iPad mini is powered by a 1.3GHz A7 chip like the iPhone 5s, which is 100Mhz slower than iPad Air’s 1.4GHz A7 chip, just as we had reported yesterday.
Retina iPad mini Benchmarks confirms 5x performance improvement over original iPad mini, 7% slower than iPad Air
Now that Apple has unexpectedly launched the Retina iPad mini, we’ve finally got a chance to compare the two iPads.
The most interesting thing about the new iPads this year, is that in terms of specifications they’re exactly the same, expect for the screen size of course and slower clock speed of Retina iPad mini’s A7 chip.
Even though the iPad Air is 20% thinner and has 24% less volume, and comes with a much smaller battery (32.4 watt-hour) compared to the iPad 4 (42.5 watt-hour), it offers the same battery life as its predecessor.
Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated next generation iPad mini at its media event on Tuesday, October 22nd. Apple is calling it the iPad mini with Retina Display.