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Report says entry level Apple iPad mini will price at $329 in the U.S.

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Report says entry level Apple iPad mini will price at $329 in the U.S.
Earlier on Saturday, we told you about an analyst who is expecting the entry level Apple iPad to be priced at $299. Now, we have another report stating that there will be 12 variations of the smaller Apple tablet and that the price of the Apple iPad mini will start at $329. Sources for 9to5Mac say that the entry level model will have 16GB of storage and offer Wi-Fi connectivity only. Two versions of the Wi-Fi only model will have more storage (32GB and 64GB) and be priced at $429 and $529 respectively.

9to5Mac created this pricing chart based on its sources

9to5Mac created this pricing chart based on its sources

The version of the Apple iPad mini that connects to a cellular network (GSM/LTE) is expected to have the same premium to the Wi-Fi only version, $130, as the third generation of the Apple iPad has. That would mean the Wi-Fi plus cellular price for the Apple iPad mini would be $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB) and $659 (64GB). Now, we are sure that some of you eagle-eyed math whiz types are saying that this adds up to only 6 variations and we opened this story by talking about 12 variations. The remaining variations are based on color. There will be a white model and a black model.

This report compares with the pricing expected by Europe's largest electronics retailer, Media Mrkt, which shows 16 different variations of the Apple iPad mini. The retailer's inventory system shows 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the device in both Wi-Fi only and cellular versions available in black or white. That report had the 16GB Wi-Fi model going for $350 which comes pretty close to the $323 estimate that the source for 9to5Mac is calling for.

We've mentioned before how the Apple iPad mini is expected to compete with the low priced 7 inch Android models like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the 8GB (soon to be 16GB) Google Nexus 7, both priced at $199. Can Apple really compete in this arena with a price starting $130 above the competition? Apple's media event on October 23rd will introduce the tablets and the battle will begin.

source: 9to5Mac via RedmondPie

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posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:31 9

1. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Nexus 7 might be cheaper but it isn't better than this. Asus has used cheap plastic to make this tablet. The screen may be high for the price but isn't vibrant and uses inexpensive screen technology. Apple is using the A6 which has already beaten tegra.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:48 10

2. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


it's using an a5x..... and i find the nexus 7 screen and tablet itself good for the price

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:51 3

4. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Ok but even that has better gpu performance than any arm processor. And ios needs nothing more than 1 GHZ dual core.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:56 9

11. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


so the ipad (3rd gen) got a score of 764 on geekbench. the htc one x and the samsung galaxy s3 got scores of 1500+. so based on geekbench. apple chips have nothing on android flagships

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:07 4

15. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


But their still have a fast and smooth UI. Haha got you again.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:35 5

20. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


because ios is a glorified app drawer. so of course its faster.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:36 6

21. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


JB is as smooth as iOs..
You are a typical Apple fanboy(they only have one thing to say in life-iOs is smooth smooth and smooth and nothing else)

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:48 5

23. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Well there are many in which ios is superior.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:08 4

27. frydaexiii (Posts: 1156; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Name 10...Oh wait, lets make this interesting, name all the ways in which iOS is better, and for every reason you give, I'll give you 2 reasons why Android is better.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:19 5

28. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


More secure. Better social network integration. Better gaming support. Better music store, better movie store. More refined and beautiful UI. Much better browser- the best JavaScript ios 6. No FORCE CLOSES.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:46 6

32. tedkord (Posts: 3907; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Better browser. Safari is so far behind Chrome it can't even see it in the distance.

The so store and music store aren't part of iOS.

Gaming support is equal.

I can't speak to social network integration, as I don't use any.

More refined and beautiful UI? If you had said stale, you'd have a point, but ICS and JB UI are both head, shoulders and torso above iOS.

No force closes that you are told about. But, that's exactly what you're getting every time you suddenly return to the home screen unexpectedly. And it happens in iOS just as often as in Android. (In fact, the last time it was objectively measured, it happened "significantly not often" in iOS)

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:49 2

33. PowTheBowl (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


More secure? Android pars with iOS. Better social network integration? Android and WP had it for years. Better gaming support? Par with Android. Better music store? There's Google Music. Better movie store? does iOS have a movie store? More refined and beautiful UI? more like lack of customization when compared to Android. Much better browser? A browser that doesn't support flash isn't better than Android. No force closes? iOS is even more prone to force closes!, I've never had an app that force closes on my android phone.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 10:44 2

47. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


-Better social network integration. That was a good one.
-Better music store. Nice try. I can buy iTunes music and use it on Android. The Google Play music store runs some epic sales. $4 albums (good ones, I might add) aren't at all uncommon.
-More refined UI. As long as you like monotony, sure.
-Better browser. How about choice in browsers?
-No force closes. I LOL'd. My iPad manages to crash a sudoku app. That's embarrassing. My Droid 2 rarely, if ever, force closes anything.

On gaming and movies, you got me. Security problems on Android are overblown.

And then on Android, you enjoy choice. Choice of apps, app stores, devices, ROMs, etc.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 10:31

46. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


better manufacturer support, better for updates, customer service, resell value, logo recognition, smooth operation I can give you more but wil have a hard time dealing with this ones

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 10:47 1

48. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


-Manufacturer support. Fine, but those Android users who want updates can generally get them from the community.
-Customer service. Fine, but the same company who is so willing to give you a repair is the one who tells you that purple pictures are "normal behavior."
-Resell value. I don't care. I use phones for 2 years. I don't expect them to have any value by the time they're out of date. Besides, Android devices generally retail for lower prices. Therefore, lower resale values are understandable.
-Logo recognition. You're a funny guy.
-Smooth operation. How many times do you need to be told this? Project Butter is a real thing.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:33 2

19. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


I don't think it'll be using A5x chip as it have a way powerful GPU which isn't required by this tablet.
Most probably it would have A5 or any other new custom Chip..

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:07 1

26. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Or maybe they might go with the one in the iphone 5.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:35

29. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Maybe..but what will be exclusive then?..
People will think that same chip is used ip5($600) as well as iPad mini($200-$350)..

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 02:39 3

30. tedkord (Posts: 3907; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Because it does so little. It's just an app launcher, of course it doesn't need a lot of horsepower. My wife's Honda fit only needs 4 cylinders and a 10 gallon tank.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 06:40 2

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 995; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


It will not even use the A5X. That chip was used to push the extremely high resolution of the iPad 3. If the resolution of the mini is only 1024x768 Apple will put in a A5 or the A6. But if they use the A6 they just made the mini faster than the iPad 3. So it only makes sense they use the iPad 2 specs and just shrink down the body and add a lighting port.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 09:02

59. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I doubt it will use the A5X. Why not the A6? The A6 has way better performance and battery life. The mini will only be an iPad 2 resolution also, so the A6 will NOT have a ga-zillion more pixels to push like the A5X has to. A6 makes more sense to me.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 07:53 2

40. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


it isnt about better components mate! tomorrow someone will come out with a diamond display tech and charge 5000 US dollars for it! so does that mean its better?
The trick for a company is to get the optimum parts at an optimum price so that the product is a success. 7 inch tab category isnt the category for luxury or premium device but its whats best at that price and at US $329 Apple would have lost the 7 inch wars. Nexus 7 may have used cheaper materials but that doesn't mean the materials are really cheap and not good enough. I think the specs of Nexus 7 are awesome at the price!

Nexus 7 materials may be inferior compared to mini ipad but no one's goona give 330 dollars for a 7 incher, they'd rather go with a 10 inch tab..after all tabs are basically display devices.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 10:09

45. sarb009 (Posts: 264; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


TheiZombieNight

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 14:44

53. dnyalexander (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Apple will sell the ipad mini for $400 just to verify that millions of irobots will buy anything from Apple at any price. irobots will stick their middle finger in their ass first and then they'll go to queue outside the Apple store just to show the world that their stupidity doen't have limits.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:51 3

5. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Haha I wrote the third comment. Lol

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:56 6

25. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


gtfo moron......its not that we hate apple...its people like you who makes us take a different stand.......we care for technology.....

if apple makes something better we for sure will root for it too......tell apple to price its products right we might come too....

or u and apple can just go to hell....

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 17:39 2

55. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Note 2 is 100000000000000000000 times better than this mini iCrap.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 00:58 9

13. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I believe that price, btw you're a disgrace to batman, "TheDarkKnight." Who the hell makes such pointless comments?

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:06 2

14. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Come on guys. We can't be serious all the time. There has to be room for fun.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:37 4

22. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Is this called Fun??
Holys**t!!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 13:36

52. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Sure you can be funny, but just posting which post your post is is just annoying.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:10 5

16. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I would say it doesn't stand a chance if it weren't for the mindless sheepple that will buy it anyway because it's from apple, just look at what one already did to this article lol.

I'd get the N7 over this any day because it focuses on being a good tablet both software and hardware wise rather than being an overpriced status symbol.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:15 7

17. toiletcleaner (Posts: 176; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Nexus 7, 32GB and just $250. google take my money please.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 01:33 1

18. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


add ipad mini call feature, and surely it wilk be ipod and iphone killer.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 03:00 2

34. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I wish some of you could understand that I was just kidding with all those other comments.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 07:25 6

38. GoBears (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Interesting thread. I got some good lols out of it. Apple's products are a joke lately and are merely just playing catch up to the rest of the tech world. This is just another shining example. This toy isn't going to take any sales from android. The only people who will even want it are those that were going to buy an itouch or ipad anyway or those nitwits that buy anything made my Apple.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 09:32

41. shuaibhere (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Iam sore that they will not put A6 inside...even A5x is more i think.....
32 gb nexus will be better option...

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 09:32

42. shuaibhere (Posts: 851; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Iam sore that they will not put A6 inside...even A5x is more i think.....
32 gb nexus will be better option...

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 09:38 1

43. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


@TheDarkKnight

haha. yeah, i talk junk. but sometimes we got a thing or two usefull from a junk. JunkCreek means i talk much and i dunno if my word might be usefull for someone or something, that's why i called my self JunkCreek. i dun care if someone or something dislike what i said, but at least i'm not fingering someone and i can say what inside my mind. and yes, 4give me for my VERY BAD english, i'm from Indonesia and rarely using english, but i can read english and i understand people talking english if they don't talk fast.

so, it is now clear, it is you finger me down. it is okay dude, do as yo like, i'm JunkCreek anyway. and in Indonesia JunkCreek means cricket and in Java JunkCreek followed by words GankGonk, so my complete name is JunkCreek GankGonk.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 09:42 1

44. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


@TheDarkKnight

haha. yeah, i talk junk. but sometimes we got a thing or two usefull from a junk. JunkCreek means i talk much and i dunno if my word might be usefull for someone or something, that's why i called my self JunkCreek. i dun care if someone or something dislike what i said, but at least i'm not fingering someone and i can say what inside my mind. and yes, 4give me for my VERY BAD english, i'm from Indonesia and rarely using english, but i can read english and i understand people talking english if they don't talk fast.

so, it is now clear, it is you finger me down. it is okay dude, do as yo like, i'm JunkCreek anyway. and in Indonesia JunkCreek means cricket and in Java JunkCreek followed by words GankGonk, so my complete name is JunkCreek GankGonk. Nice to meet you dude.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 11:29 1

49. shanolos (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


$199 to make $329 to buy....Oh, $100 for a 16gb upgrade. Seriously? How can someone not understand apple is just a rip off scheme? I have access to over 40gb in my Vivid, a mediocre phone. Oh, a mediocre phone that runs circles around a 4s. Now i have no clue if that $100 memory can be written at 105MB/s but, mine does. Funny story... I set up MIUI on a G1S for a friend that was reluctant to go android. Like training wheels on a bike. After playing with it for a week he sold his 4s and now runs cm9 on a G2S.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 12:11 1

50. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


It's just beyond me how people can see the following:
Nexus 7 16gb - circa 170$ production cost , 230$ asking price
IPad mini 16gb - around 200$ production cost, 330$ asking price

...and still f!cking deny the obvious!

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 12:45 1

51. eman99 (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


there will be no demand for this at that price you can get better for your money

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 15:06

54. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


The mini seems like it will be more expensive and it looks like Apple will be trading on the name to help sell it more. Whether or not you like Apple or iOS there will be competition. However, I think that this will not stop the bleeding of tablet sales to Android as the 7 inch market was a trojan horse of sorts. And while Apple focuses on the 7 inch market, if Google releases a high res 10 inch nexus, it would also help the cause. Competition in this right is great.

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 17:44 1

56. kevkyle (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


$249 - for a 32g nexus 7
$429 - for a 32g ipad mini

.....seriously? - duhfaq (", )

posted on 21 Oct 2012, 23:54

57. kindlefireowner (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


$299 for a Ipod Touch. $329 for a Ipad Mini. So much for $199 being the sweet spot for budget entry point. Apple did not get the memo.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 22:19

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


who would want a device that is price that much with small internal memory?

while you can already get almost similar Nexus 7 or playbook (coz it will be updated to BB10 so i think it will be worthy)

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