If you were eager to see the iPad Mini tablet tonight, well you can do it now, as Apple has presented its new tablet along with iPad 4/The New New iPad/iPad 4th generation, or whatever they will call it this time.
The new iPad Mini tablet has a display with a diagonal of 7.9 inches and is 53% lighter than the current iPad tablets, is only 7.2 mm thick (just as thick as the iPod Touch 4G), it sticks to the 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution of the first two iPad models, therefore all the applications developed for iPad and iPad 2 will also be compatible with the iPad Mini.
Philip Schiller says that iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, two comparisons that will definitely be checked by the guys that get their hands on the product.
Continuing the iPad Mini presentation, the guys at Apple compared it to Google Nexus 7, saying that the bigger display offers 35% to 49% more room to view the web pages or any other type of content.
iPad Mini is of course thinner and lighter than the rival products running on Android, and Apple’s official didn’t forget to mention about the problems of the Android apps that are not specially designed to run on tablets.
For some reason, Mr. Phil Schiller forgot to mention that both the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD have better display resolutions and that they are more than $100 cheaper than the 7.9-inch Apple tablet.
iPad Mini features a dual-core A5 processor, borrowed from the iPad 2, it comes with an HD FaceTime camera, better than the one installed on iPad 2, has a 5 megapixels iSight camera, just like the iPad 3, and is compatible with the 4G LTE networks. iPad Mini comes with faster WiFi, it has that new Lightning dock, 10 hours of battery life, and… that’s all.
Oh, I almost forgot about the Smart Cover that was especially designed for the iPad Mini, an accessory that will probably be priced $29.
As about the pricing, the iPad Mini WiFi Only will have a price of $329, while the WiFi + Cellular model will be $100 more, with a price tag of $429.
The iPad Mini pre-orders will begin on October 26th, and the WiFi only version will be available starting next month. The WiFi + Cellular version will most likely hit the market around the winter holidays.