Apple iPad mini with Retina display rumored to launch after Google Nexus 7 Refresh
According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza, the Apple iPad mini 2 will have a display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which works out to a pixel density of 324ppi, nearly double the ppi on the current iPad mini. In the running to make the new display are a number of well-known display manufacturers like LG Display, AUO, Japan Display and possibly even Sharp. Those waiting for this tablet to come to market might have to be a little patient. According to the analyst, a Refresh version of the Google Nexus 7 will hit the market first before the Apple iPad mini 2.
The Google Nexus 7 is a 7 inch slate produced by ASUS and speculation is that the 1280 x 800 pixel display will get bumped up to FHD in the new version of the tablet. That would bring the pixel density up to 323ppi, very close to the pixel density Apple is aiming for with the new iPad mini 2. The current version of the tablet has a 216ppi and is priced as low as $199 for a 16GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity. The price rises to $299 for the 32GB model with HSPA+ connectivity from AT&T or T-Mobile. The Apple iPad mini starts as low as $329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi only connectivity.