Apple iPad mini 3 vs Apple iPad mini 2 vs Apple iPad mini: size and specs comparison


Apart from treating us to a refreshed iPad, Apple also announced the iPad mini 3 with Retina today. Powered by the same old A7 chipset that can be found inside the iPad mini 2, there are just a few differences between the new and the old generations of Apple's munchkin tablets. Apart from a slightly improved camera features and Touch ID on board, it's hard to say that the iPad mini 3 is a worthy upgrade over the iPad mini 2.

Are these a a good enough reason for an upgrade? This is an especially relevant question for those who don't care about the rest of the goodies that are on board, especially Apple Pay. We asked ourselves the same question, so we decided to roll our sleeves and make a brief specs comparison between the three generations of small iPad tablets. 

Check the comparison below and form your own opinion whether you should upgrade or not.

Display

Size

7.9 inches
7.9 inches
7.9 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.82 %
71.82 %
71.82 %

Features

Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A5
Apple A7
Apple A7

Processor

Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit

GPU

PowerVR SGX543MP2
PowerVR G6430
PowerVR G6430

RAM

0.5GB DDR2
1GB LPDDR3
1GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64GB
128GB
128GB

OS

iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6.x)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity

4440 mAh
6471 mAh
6350 mAh

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 32 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
H.264, MOV
H.264, MOV

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling

Front

1.2 MP
1.2 MP
1.2 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)
7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)
7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)

Weight

11.01 oz (312.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
12.03 oz (341.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
12.03 oz (341.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Buyers information

Price

$ 659
$ 829
$ 729


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  • Display 7.9 inches 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A5 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 4440 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x
iPad mini 2

PhoneArena Score:

8.5

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 7.9 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 6471 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPad mini 3

PhoneArena Score:

8.0

User Score:

9.0
  • Display 7.9 inches 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7 1GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 6350 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x

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