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Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad mini
7.9"
1024 x 768 pixels
5 MP
1.2 MP front
Apple A5
Dual-core, 1000 MHz
RAM: 0.5 GB
BATTERY: 4440 mAh
MEMORY: 64 GB
Announced: Oct 23, 2012
Market status: Released
Release date: Nov 2, 2012
Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Rugged NFC Dual SIM

US carrier availability

Available: U.S. Cellular
Discontinued: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint

Pros

  • Thin body, measuring less than 7.5mm/0.3inches (0.28 inches)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Proprietary USB connector

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Description

The iPad mini is a thinner, lighter, cheaper variant of the iPad as we know it, with a smaller screen and form factor that makes it even more portable than its larger sibling. Thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, the iPad mini is actually superior to 7-inch tablets with a wide ratio. That is due to the more surface area available on the device's screen, which results in a richer web browsing experience.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupiOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 11.01 oz (312 g)
      the average is 15.3 oz (437 g)
  • Materials:
    • Main body: aluminum
  • Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Other
  • Colors:
    • Black, White

DisplayPopup

  • Physical size:
    • 7.9 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 162 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 71.82 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Oleophobic coating

Camera

  • Camera:
      • Popup5 megapixels
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 33 mm
    • Hardware Features:
      • Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
    • Software Features:
      • Face detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
    • Settings:
      • Exposure compensation
    • Shooting Modes:
      • PopupHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Recording format:
      • H.264, MOV
    • Features:
      • Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.2 megapixels
    • Video capture:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Apple A5
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX543MP2
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 0.5 GB RAM / DDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 4440 mAh
  • Type:
    • Not user replaceable, Li - Polymer

MultimediaPopup

  • Mirroring:
    • TV-out
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Genre, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, eAAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless)
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.264, Motion JPG, MOV
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
      • Safari
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Flickr, Twitter

Cellular

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 17, 4
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS
  • 2G Data:
    • EDGE, GPRS
  • Nano SIM:
    • Yes
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode
  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Stopwatch, Countdown timer, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • PopupSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes
  • Other features:
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Handsfree (HFP), Human Interface Device (HID), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation, Voice navigation
  • Other:
    • Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync, AirDrop

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 23 Oct 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 659

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 23 Oct 2012
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        BCGA1454 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Body:
      • 1.19 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.55 W/kg
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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Apple iPad mini 32GB

differences:

  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 559

Apple iPad mini 16GB

differences:

  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 459

Apple iPad mini A1455

(Verizon / Sprint version)

differences:

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • LTE (FDD):
    • Bands 13, 5, 3, 2, 1

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB

differences:

  • Weight:
    • 10.86 oz (308 g)
      the average is 15.3 oz (437 g)
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • Wi-Fi positioning
  • Scheduled release:

    Scheduled release - Shows when is the particular phone scheduled to be made available to the public in North America

    • (Official)
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 329

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 32GB

differences:

  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 429

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 64GB

differences:

  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 529

Despite our efforts to provide full and correct Apple iPad mini specifications, there is always a possibility of making a mistake. If you see any wrong or incomplete data, please LET US KNOW.


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