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

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

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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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