Apple Announces the iPad Mini a 7.9 inch Tablet

In an event last night, Apple announced their latest tablet offering, the iPad mini. Well, this has been the worst kept secret from Apple, since specs and details of the device were floating around the web for quite a few months now. The new iPad is a 7.9 inch tablet powered by a dual core A5 processor. The screen 7.9 inch screen sports a resolution of 1024-by-768  at 163 pixels per inch.

By keeping the resolution at 1024 x 768, Apple has made a smart move, since that’s the same resolution as that of the first and second generation iPad. This ensures that all apps available on the iTunes App Store run seamlessly on the iPad Mini.

In terms of hardware, the iPad mini features the same anodized edges, finishes and colors like the iPhone5. The device is just 0.28 inch thick and weighs 0.68 pounds. The iPad mini comes in 16, 32 and 64 Gb storage variants  as well as a Wifi-Only and Wifi + Cellular  versions. The tablet is powered by a  16.3-watt-hour battery which according to Apple can power the device for up to 10 hours of usage.

The front-facing (Facetime) camera is a 1.2 Megapixel camera capable of recording video at 720p enabling the device to provide Facetime HD capabilities. The rear camera is a 5 Megapixel one capable of video recording at full HD 1080p. The Lightning connector being the default for all Apple’s new devices is also featured here. If you are looking for a GPS enabled tablet to find your way around town, you should give the Wifi version a miss, since GPS is available only in the  Wifi + Cellular version.

Coming to the pricing, the base model (16GB Wifi) should cost around Rs. 18,000 – 20,000 ($329 is the US price), taking into account taxes and charges, when it hits the India shelves. Apple US has already started taking pre-orders for the iPad Mini on their website and announced that November 2nd is when the Apple retails stores start selling it.

For more details and specs, check out Apple’s iPad Mini Page.

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Vinu Thomas

Vinu is a Technical Architect working on Web technologies and a mobile enthusiast, who likes trying out new gadgets and apps. You can follow him on Twitter @vinuthomas

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