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Apple iPad mini

Announced
Oct 23, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Nov 2, 2012

US carrier availability

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

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (162 ppi)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Proprietary USB connector - have to use its cable instead of a standard microUSB

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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 (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 14.6 oz (416 g)
  • Body material:
    • Aluminium
  • 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
  • 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
    • Features:
      • PopupBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Geo tagging
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Digital image stabilization
  • 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.

    • 512 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB

Battery

  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

MultimediaPopup

  • 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, AVI, MOV
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers

Internet browsing

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

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • nano-SIM:
    • Yes
  • 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.

    • A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer (Office, PDF, .tiff, .gif (images); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information)), Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • PopupThreaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • Proprietary
    • Features:
      • USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Body:
      • 1.19 W/kg

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 23 Oct 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Lightning to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 659
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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
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 13), 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1) MHz

Apple iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB


Differences:
  • Weight:
    • 10.86 oz (308 g)
      the average is 14.6 oz (416 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

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