Enough’s been speculated about the iPad mini and its price to make them sound like more than the stuff of mere rumor and here they are indeed. At the Apple conference in San Jose, the company unveiled their answer to the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, apart from a bunch of other interesting introductions. But more on that later.
Talking about the modest-sized tablet (that may have never been under Steve Jobs’ reign, according to some), it has a 7.9-inch multi-touch IPS screen which plays out visuals in a 1024 x 768 resolution at 163ppi. At 7.2mm, the body is 1.6mm thinner than Cupertino’s second generation, 9.7-inch tablet’s. The new device also weighs only almost half as much and it embeds a dual core A5 chip.
The overall design is all about aluminum and glass, with an AF, 5MP iSight camera peeping out of the back panel. There’s also a 1.2MP FaceTime HD sensor on the front for making video calls over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. Running on iOS 6, the iPad mini lends support to dual band 802.11n Wi-Fi and/or cellular networks, depending on the selected variant. Lastly, it’s compatible with nano SIM cards and features the Lightning connector that made its debut on the iPhone 5.
Sprint, Verizon and AT&T are all set to vend the tablet and pre-orders will commence on October 26. So fans in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, the UK and the US will get to pre-book it starting this Friday. The list also includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi iPad mini will retail for $329, $429 and $529, respectively. Its $459, $559 and $659 for the Wi-Fi plus 3G versions in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, correspondingly. And staying true to a recent rumor, the slate’s release date is set for November 2, though only the Wi-Fi one.