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A 7.85" Sharp IGZO display to land in a new iPad Mini, priced between $249 and $299

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With the onslaught of ever cheaper Android tablets, with Full HD screens and quad-core processors going for $450, and the Google Nexus 7 even going as low as $200, the rumors about an upcoming iPad Mini are receiving a fresh boost today.

Chinese suppliers report that Apple's little tablet will be appearing this fall, and the 7.85" screen size bandied about has been all but confirmed with Sharp slated to manufacture it, gracing the iPad Mini screen with its IGZO technology which means thinner devices with longer battery lives than the conventional display tech.

IGZO also supports high pixel densities, so the iPad Mini could very well be graced with a Retina Display, too. The price, however, is said to be $249-$299 now, so there will inevitably be compromises if such a thing exists, and is announced this fall. A 7.85" Sharp IGZO screen, however, won't be one of the corners cut to achieve the comparatively low price.

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posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:37 11

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


or get a nexus 7 for 50 to 100 less

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:47 8

3. Eraser112 (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 May 2012)


That´s the right way, dude :-)

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:04 8

7. rf1975 (Posts: 247; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I will go for it, if Apple put full HD screen with good GPU on it.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:25 3

12. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


A6 Chip

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:22 5

10. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I don't know, nearly an 1" more in display size and a more modern display technology? IPS is great but this Sharp display is probably awesome sauce.

Might be even worth the extra $50. We'll see.

By the way, the closest tablet to compete with the likes of that size is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 or the Motorola Xyboard 8.2 and even those tablets start around $400+.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:39 11

2. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


I'd be shock if it even had a micro sd card, oh I forgot, Apple doesn't improvise that, they want to charge 1 hundred bucks for every memory upgrade, they make it expensive because they know you iSheeps will buy them, they're making you their cash cows, how sad.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 12:41 1

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


your comment is from 2007.. congrats on the recycle

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 15:21 3

25. K.O.U.R.O.S (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


And here's one above me, who supports and buys there products. Brainwashed doomed cult.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:57 1

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Get rid of that bezel!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:58 2

5. fandroidifanboy (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


There is a 64 GB iPod that would be more than this, wouldnt this just get rid of all iPod sales, since this would be more affordable?

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 07:58 4

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


i hate apple. god.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:59 1

18. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Relax. There is no need to hate anyone.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:09 7

8. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


I wouldn't want to buy a tablet with " REVOLUTIONARY" single core, 800 Mhz processor when nexus 7 is quad core Tegra 3 powered. I can bet that if iFruit does indeed release a 7 incher for less price, it would be beefy enough like the nexus. as iFruit would want to extort as much money from users as possible.
I wont be surprised if it costs $300 for 8 GB with 512 MB RAM.....

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:17 1

9. fraydoe (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


wow its astonishing how many people really dedicate their lives to bashing on apple, sad really LoL.
i would definitely go for that mini, with all the crazy games coming out on the appstore?, game on!
however.... that would be the only reason as it seems all the good dev's out there dont pay attention to android

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:25 8

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


THE SMALL iPAD!!! R.I.P NEXUS 7!!!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:30 4

13. Cell-Phone (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


omg, Amaizing, waiting 4 ipad mini.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:34 3

14. jpmcnown (Posts: 34; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I guess I'm glad to see that now that Steve is dead, Apple has stoped thinking differently, and started listening to consumers. Here's hoping they'll dump that virus known as iTunes.

I'm sure Apple is already in the works to sue everyone else that has made a 7" Tablet for patent infringement, the day the iPad mini is released.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:55 1

17. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


haha i'm gonna remember your comment once that happens... i really do see apple applying for a mini tablet patent...

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:53 2

15. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


welp the tablet game is just about to be sowed up...

$250 is very affordable for a tablet...

on top of that the "apple" brand...

RIP Nexus 7

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 19:23

28. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


agree with you... people really wanted an apple... they go for an android for a cheaper and apple-like inside... my friends really want an apple device but she cant afford so she bought an android because it looks the same with apple

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 08:53

16. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


Wait...http://goo.gl/tJdi
I'm sure that this tablet will sell more than the 10". First, it will be more affordable, and second, what does apple do that the fanboys don't buy?

They needed to give some answer to the Nexus 7.
I really want to see how the new Nexus Phones will be and how the new IPhone will stand against then.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 09:20 2

19. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


This is sad... Apple iFanboys are already saying RIP to the already launched Nexus 7 over an iDevice that is just a big dumb rumor at the moment. LMFAO.... I'm sorry to say that an iPad mini has been in the rumor mill for a few years now and we still haven't seen the effing thing! What a huge disappointment it's going to be for these iFans...Hahaha

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 09:45 1

20. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Nexus 7 has already set a nice benchmark for low priced phones with high specs... and considering that the iPad line of devices has a history of being overly priced.. i wouldnt be surprised if indeed a $250 ipad mini has low graphics and even lower RAM.. all those crayz, graphically intense games on app store would be useless...
If apple can manage high specs and low price..it would be great.. else it would be a failure for many.

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 10:28 1

21. fraydoe (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


lol @ "graphically intense"

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 11:11

23. poikilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Hahaha...had to write that to not sound like a fanboy. Anyways, even if an ipad mini ever came, it would still be overpriced for the specs that it offered until the fruit company steps outta its comfort zone..

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 08:51

29. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Add to that a very slow CPU compared to the quad-core Tegra 3 that the Nexus 7 has...

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 10:34

22. rpankaj (Posts: 29; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


put just a5x, 512 mb ram and 32 gb at 249$ and this will be a steal.... retina display can be optional.. apps n games r key for me

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 21:39

26. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow!! applereally know what is business...they will really challenge low end market?

if they will it will be nice... but if they will challege that market, specs of the iPad mini, for the $249 8gb memory and $299 16gb i think no deal... but if they will make this the new iPod touch, huge screen new OS with 16gb internal on $249!!!

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 01:08

30. pammypbhl (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Well the funniest thing is that apple thinks it has a chance against google's android. Android already has more than 400 million devices and 1 million devices are getting activated everyday with more than 1.5 billion application downloads every month. Then apple tries to compete with google's main points of strengths (maps, voice and free open source OS). If you look at the voice search on android and compare it to siri, you will see that apple has no way to beat google's technologies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLyuWEWqYqQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL91D5844F967E07F1

Also the fact that apple tries to stop samsung from selling its phones and tablets in America, shows that even apple knows that it cant compete with these companies. Apple only makes cunsumer electronics while samsung makes consumer electronics, home appliances, and many more, also it makes its OWN CPU and parts for its phone while apple stops samsung from selling in america but still buys huge amounts of samsung's CPUs. How many phones out there get more than 10 million pre orders and become the most sold phone before it even comes out into the market?

Apple is slowly becoming history. Apple already lost to Microsoft, IBM and Intel because Apple worked on its own, and the other companies worked together to bring out products quicker, at a higher quality and lower price. If you can see it, Apple is repeating the whole wheel again.

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