During a special media event yesterday, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller took the wraps off its much-awaited iPad Mini. It features a 7.9-inch display, a slim and lightweight body, and its price starts at $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model.
iPad Mini Features
At 7.2 mm thin, Schiller said that the iPad Mini is as “thin as a pencil.” It also weighs 0.68 pounds, which makes it light enough to be carried easily in one hand. It appears that the company intends to make the tablet small enough so that users can operate it on one hand, given the automatic scrolling mode in iBooks.
Featuring a thinner bezel, the 7-inch tablet comes in either “black and slate” or “white and silver.” The black model sports an anodized black shell, the first time that iPad aluminum has been colored. In addition, the device’s display has the same resolution as iPad 2, enabling the iPad Mini to access over 275,000 applications.
The 7-inch tablet’s 7.2 mm shell also houses an A5 chip, FaceTime HD Camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, LTE Connectivity, faster Wi-Fi, and the new Lightning connector. The device runs on what is considered as the thinnest battery cell that the company ever used, which could provide up to 10 hours of battery life.
It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and channel bonding that can reach download speed of up to 150 Mbps. Users can also purchase an iPad Mini with cellular data LTE connectivity, together with GSM/UMTS protocols HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. It also comes with an option for the Mobile hotspot functionality, although pricing and availability for these features will depend on the network carriers.
Apple’s 7-inch tablet also has the Siri functionality, which could be accessed through Wi-Fi or cellular data. The device also has its own Smart Cover that doesn’t have a separate aluminum hinge.
Pricing and Availability
The iPad Mini’s Wi-Fi models will become available on November 2 for $329 for the 16 GB model. It will come in 32 GB and 64 GB units that will cost $429 and $529 respectively.
There’s also the Wi-Fi + Cellular Data connectivity model that will be shipped a couple of week after the Wi-Fi-only units hit the store. Its price will start at $459 for the 16 GB model, while tablets in 32 GB and 64 GB models will cost $559 and $659 respectively. Pre-order will start on Friday, October 26.
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