Now that the iPhone 5 launch has come and gone, the rumor mill’s attention has turned to the iPad mini. Apple is widely expected to unveil a smaller version of its popular tablet sometime within the next month.

There’s been a lot of talk over what the slate will look like, with the most recent chatter stemming from a leaked black rear shell that reportedly belongs to the tablet. And as usual, this has inspired some mockups…

Gizmodo has just published some gorgeous iPad mini mockups from designer Martin Hajek. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because he was also behind these head-turning iPhone 5 renderings from a few months ago.

Hajek has once again based his mockups on previously-leaked parts. The image at the top of the post is of what he believes the iPad mini could look like with a black anodized aluminum shell (same as iPhone 5 back panel). 

Gizmodo speculates that the iPad mini could come in several different colors, including white (with a white anodized back), and possibly blue. It opines that the choice in colors would separate it from the rest of the budget slates.

Of course, this is all pure speculation at this point. But given how close Hajek’s iPhone 5 images were to the real thing, it wouldn’t surprise us at all if Apple’s new tablet ends up looking something like the above images.

The iPad mini is said to feature a 7.85-inch display and an extremely thin profile. And the latest rumors suggest Apple will send out media invites for its debut event sometime within the next week or so.

What do you think of the mockups? Do you think the iPad mini will look like this?