The new iPad is mere days away from arriving in stores and in the hands of millions, but Vietnamese tech blog Tinhte is ahead of everyone as it’s the first one to get a retail unit for a quick unboxing video. The third-generation iPad gets unboxed with a quick tour of the software and we get to see the high-res Retina display in action on a real retail device.
The first thing you’d notice is the way the packaging has evolved. The original iPad released in 2010 was pictured with the focus on the screen - a surprisingly large, 9.7-inch display that was the highlight as it was bigger than the 3.5-inch iPhone display. The iPad 2 packaging focused on the side of the tablet where Apple stripped its girth significantly. The iPad 3 follows that idea despite being a hair thicker.
UPDATE: Not only have the Vietnamese folks unboxed the tablet, but they've also managed to run some benchmarks confirming that indeed the third iPad has 1GB of RAM memory, more than the second-generation tablet.
The clock speed of the processor, though, hasn't changed - the new iPad's silicon brains run at 1GHz for each core.
The whole video below is in Vietnamese, but you can still stare at that gorgeous screen and wait, wait, wait for the new iPad to arrive in days.