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iPad 3: preliminary specs comparison

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iPad 3: preliminary specs comparison
First, we would like to clarify that we don't really know any of the iPad 3 hardware specs with absolute certainty. However, the rumor mill has been doing a great job at filling in the blanks, and who knows, the "sources familiar with the matter" might be right about at least some of them.

Perhaps the most anticipated iPad 3 feature is a high-resolution screen, which will be worthy of being called a Retina display. Plenty of sources have been claiming that one is bound for the iPad 3 (or iPad HD, whatever), and in all honesty, we also expect to see an improvement in the display department. Next in line comes a new processor, which will be known either as the Apple A6 or A5X. We don't really know whether it will be of a dual- or a quad-core kind, but we are definitely sure that it will be much faster than the A5, and will have a better GPU to handle all the extra eye-candy. The extra pixel density would also require more memory, which is why a bump to 1GB of RAM is something we expect seeing in the iPad 3. Whether the tablet will have anything better than 3G connectivity is anyone's guess, though chances of seeing it sport an LTE radio is not quite high at the moment. After all, LTE radios are known to be quite power hungry. On the other hand, if Apple manages to squeeze in a larger battery, LTE connectivity will seem feasible, though an increase in the device's thickness would also be expected.

So, how would these iPad 3 hardware specs look next to those of other tablets, if they turn out to be correct? That is a great question indeed, which is why we put all rumored iPad 3 specs in one place and compared them to the specifications of three tablets that we are already somewhat familiar with. Do you see anything that would make you go with an iPad 3 instead of a similar tablet, or is there a hardware feature that would make the iPad 3 a no-no for you? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

iPad 3: preliminary specs comparison

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posted on 06 Mar 2012, 10:40 10

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Come on, a bit to early for this...

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 10:46 4

2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Agree.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 10:50 5

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Oh will you stop this please, flooding phonearena with rumors about such a crap!

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 10:57 7

4. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


It will come with a never before seen, revolutionary quad-core chip!

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:00 2

5. c.hack (Posts: 496; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


Still trolling, eh? Let us know if you ever have an intelligent comment.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:00 3

8. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


What intelligent comment is there to say about the ipad??
Giant ipod?

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:09 2

9. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


worse, giant iphone

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:19 2

12. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lol thats way worse

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:17 9

6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


eh- im getting a padfone.

padfone+padfone station+padfone dock+ bluetooth stylus~~ most likely only a hundred dollars more than an ipad. and i get a phone, tablet, netbook, and a pen i can talk to.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:31 3

7. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Thumbs up to you buddy.

Me: get the Optimus 4x, wait for Ubuntu for droids then I'll have a true mobile CPU wherever and whenever I can hook my phone on a monitor.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:10 1

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


me: i have no idea what phone im getting yet im stuck between the 4X or waiting for the gs3

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:48 1

15. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


S3 is really something to watch out for, but to be honest, I don't think there won't be much of a difference from these new quad-core droids. Sure the S3 might blow everything out of the water in power but most apps are yet to fully maximize dual-cores, how much more quad-cores. :P Just my 2 cents :)

I'm guessing the quad-cores will be good enough for around two good years.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 14:42

17. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I have the xyboard and love it lol

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:15

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


oh how I wish all manufacturers go the padfone way and offer a tablet accessory without memory and processor!!

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:27 2

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6260; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Please stop getting everyone all excited it's not even March 7th. and YOU OR NO ONE don't know THE REAL SPECS.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:33 3

14. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Last year i remember very well in october i think. PhoneArena was hyping those iPhone 5 rumors so aggressively with stunning specs and features that makes you dream. Finally when iPhone 4s I was announced was deeply disappointed with PhoneArena. Now they are doing the same thing for this iPad.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 13:00 2

16. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


TOO MANY APPLE FAN BOYS THAT APPARENTLY WORK AT PHONE ARENA... call me back with news and not just rubbing one out to possiblities

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 15:03

18. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


I will have all the info for everyone this time tmw :D

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 16:12

19. slaggyb (Posts: 189; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Why is PA flooding the whole place with ipad whatever announcement damn is this the only news it got today?one word to describe this situation BORING....

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 16:20

20. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Would be a shame if its still 4x3 aspect ratio instead of a proper 16x9 or 16x10 like, almost every other electronic device in the past 5 years.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 20:12

21. zli29 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


Plus the specs for the transformer is kind of wrong/misleading. As for the wifi only version the processor is tegra 3 T33, and it DOES have a micro-sd slot.

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