New Apple iPad mini has higher pixel density, but poorer color accuracy than the Apple iPad Air

New Apple iPad mini has higher pixel density, but poorer color accuracy than the Apple iPad Air
Analysis of the screen on the new Apple iPad mini with Retina display shows that it has some shortcomings compared to the screen on the full-sized Apple iPad Air and other competing slates. First, we do have to point out that the new mini's higher resolution of 2048 x 1536 matches the resolution found on the panel employed by the iPad Air. But thanks to the smaller 7.9 inch panel on the mini compared to the 9.7 inch screen on Apple's new full-sized slate, the former has the highest pixel density of any Apple device at 324ppi. Text and graphics look much sharper on the new mini compared to the prior model which has a 162ppi pixel density, and the iPad Air which sports a 264ppi pixel density.

But that is where the good times end for the Apple iPad with Retina display. The tablet happens to offer the same color gamut as last year's model, which is lower than the color gamut on the iPad Air. The gamut measures the subset of colors available within a larger range of colors, which in this case is the sRGB standard, which represents 1 million colors. The testing showed that the Apple iPad mini with Retina display has a narrower gamut than the iPad Air which limits its ability to reproduce colors accurately. The testing also showed that the new iPad mini has a narrower color gamut than those found on competing lower priced slates with similar or smaller screen sizes, such as the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

You can see the difference in the way that color is reproduced on the Apple iPad mini with Retina display and the Apple iPad Air. Sure, the resolution on the new iPad mini with Retina display does offer a sharper image than on the the OG iPad mini and even the iPad Air. But when it comes to accurately reproducing colors, there is room for improvement.

source: AnandTech via AppleInsider

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  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh
iPad Air
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  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh



1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yeah noticeable... but only screen purists would mind.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but it is just for information's sake, if anyone makes this a deal breaker for themselves, they're essentially hurting themselves only.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ouch - less color accuracy? What happened to the whole 'Resolutionary' thang?

6. stealthd unregistered

What does color accuracy have to do with resolution? (Hint: nothing)

4. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Screen accuracy lol... Please, raise your hand if your a professional photographer or digital artist who uses consumer tablets for professional image editing. Anyone?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All I know is, I just downloaded "Man of Steel" on my retina mini, and it looks amazingly crisp.

7. Lucas_kim

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

the technology havent mature with high ppi of ipad mini!!

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Funny how colour accuracy and screen brightness became the most important thing in the world when Android phones and tablets started destroying the iPhone and iPad in pixel density. Now all of a sudden it is not a big deal. I must admit, Apple has a great PR staff that can spin almost anything into their favour.

9. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

Ah so it ain't perfect

10. MrMozart

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

I find this post bad taste because in the image, there is a non retina iPad next to a retina iPad and NOT a retina next to a retina as stated. The color accuracy is the same on the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air because it is the same exact technology. People must gather correct information before they post.

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