Apple has announced that starting this week, its customers in China will be able to purchase the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The cellular models will support TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA and HSPA+ networks — all through a single model.
The pricing for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB iPad Air 2 cellular models are 4,488 RBM, 5,188 RMB, and 5,888RMB, respectively. On the other hand, the cellular models of the iPad mini 3 are priced at 3,788 RMB, 4,488 RMB and 5,188 RMB for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively.
The Wi-Fi only variant of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 went up for sale in China on October 17th itself, but Apple had to delay the launch of the cellular model of the tablets for some unknown reason.
The iPad Air 2 is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor, both externally and internally. While it looks similar to the iPad Air, the tablet is 18% lighter, and comes with a laminated display and a new anti-reflective coating that reduces reflection by up to 56%. Internally, the Air 2 is the first iOS device to ship with an A8X chip that comprises of a tri-core A8 chip, a partly customized PowerVR GPU, and 2GB of RAM. It also features Touch ID for better security and allows for Apple Pay to work for In-App purchases.
The iPad mini 3 is similar to its predecessor except for the inclusion of Touch ID.