iPad mini tech specs

By , Oct 23, 2012

Now that we know all about the new iPad mini, its features, and its price tag, it’s time to take a look at the technical specifications of the tablet. How is it going to measure up to Apple’s other devices performance-wise?

Phil Schiller breezed over this a bit on stage, saying that the iPad mini was equal to or better than the iPad 2 in almost every way. And to prove it, Apple’s just posted a full list of iPad mini tech specs on its website…

Size

The iPad mini’s tag line is “every inch an iPad,” meaning that while its smaller dimensions are its biggest selling point, it’s still an iPad. That being said, this thing is extremely light, and as expected, almost iPod touch-thin.

  • Height:7.87 inches (200 mm)
  • Width:5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
  • Depth:0.28 inch (7.2 mm)
  • Weight:0.68 pound (308 g)

To be fair, Apple notes that the Wi-Fi + cellular model is .01 pounds heavier, weighing in at 0.69 (or 312 g).

Wireless

Like its full-sized sibling, the iPad mini will come in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + cellular options. The latter comes in two models, with LTE chips that will work on Long Term Evolutionary 4G networks around the world.

Model A1454

  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1455

  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
  • Data only
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Here in the US, the Wi-Fi + cellular model will be offered by AT&T, Verizon and (drumroll please) Sprint!

Display

Unfortunately, the rumors were true. The iPad mini does not sport one of Apple’s crisp new Retina displays. In fact, the panel’s resolution matches that of the nearly two year-old iPad 2 at 1024 x 768.

  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch
    display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

It’s worth pointing out that the pixels per inch count is higher on the iPad mini than it is on the iPad 2. So the display should still be fairly sharp.

Processor

Not much to see here actually. The iPad mini utilizes Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, which is not necessarily a bad thing given how long it’s been making them. It certainly has the formula down pat by now.

Presumably, this is the newer one from the retooled iPad 2 that is smaller and more power efficient.

Cameras

Yes, the iPad mini has both a front and rear-facing camera. And they’re actually both pretty stout. The FaceTime camera has the new HD sensor from the iPhone 5, and the iSight camera is of the 5MP variety.

FaceTime HD camera:

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular4
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging

iSight camera:

  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization

There doesn’t seem to be an LED flash on the mini. Which is ok, really, because… it’s a tablet.

Battery

The iPad mini features the same 10-hour battery life of its older siblings. Here’s the specs for the Wi-Fi only model:

  • Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

And for the + cellular option:

  • Built-in 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Admittedly, 10 hour battery life is impressive for an LTE tablet. Especially considering how thin the mini is.

That’s about it for the iPad mini tech specs. There’s a lot of standard stuff we didn’t mention like a 3.5mm audio jack, and built-in compass and accelerometer. And yes, for those wondering, it does have an ambient light sensor. If you’re really interested in the particulars, you can see the full list over on Apple’s website.

To be honest, I didn’t see anything in the spec list that warranted the higher price tag, though I’m fairly certain the size of the tablet had more to do with it. But it’ll be interesting to see if consumers find the tablet’s thinner and lighter casing to be worth the $130 premium over the competition. Or just $70 less than an iPad 2.

What do you think of the iPad mini thus far?

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  • http://twitter.com/oxia21 John

    Sorry for off topic!
    Guys what are the differences between the new ipad (or 3 call it as you want) and the ipad 4, out of the lightning connector and a6x chip, waiting for your answers. Also maybe idownloadblog cand make a review ipad 3 vs ipad 4.
    The price is the same ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      ipad4 is 2Xs as powerful as ipad3…. thats all

      • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.utrera Abraham Utrera

        not really

    • Kurt Andersen

      Improved front facing camera. That’s it.

  • iUser2012

    it looks like a shrunk iPad 2 with better camera and LTE support (if you like Siri add that one to the list, too)

    It doesn’t even have retina display. It is a rushed up iDevice like iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. An iDevice without retina display now. So disappointing…

    • Melvco

      Honestly, the technology just isn’t there for Retina displays to fit in such thin casing. Well it may be there, but certainly not ready for mass production.

      Why do you think the new super-slim iMac doesn’t have a Retina display? Same reason.

      Sure, the iPhone 5 is thin, as is the new iPod touch. But their other components — particularly the battery — are much, much smaller.

      Plus, at 163 pixels per inch, the display is still going to be better looking than most other tablets.

      I must agree, though, that the price tag is a bit high. Even $299 would have been much more attractive. But I assume it had more to do with fit and finish than it did internal components.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        apple is aiming this at women and kids and anyone who does not care about big power an big specs..

      • al k

        You forgot gays in your paternalistic view of the world

      • iUser2012

        Even if we assume technological complications as the reason for non-retina screen, rivals has already 216 ppi.The screen is likely to among be weak features.

        Yet it is a rushed device as late Jobs strongly opposed it last year. They wanted to compete with smaller sice and cheaper tablets but produced a pricey mini iPad 2. If Nexus 7 gets 3G next week as it is rumored than it would lead small size tablet market. I use iPhone and iPad, notan Android fan but I see no competitive advantage for this product in the market except die-hard Apple fans, who waited long lines for new devices haors before they are officially available at the stores.

        As I wrote above it is disapponting for me when I compare the price and specificationswith iPads and Android 7″ devices.

      • BearManPig

        there’s just absolutely NO way in justifyng the 329 entry point…
        and you think someone wouldnt have prefered some tiny extra thickness if it meant retina display? so your point is BS.

        besides the nexus 7 and the kindle fire both have 7-inch IPS, 1,280×800 pixels (216 ppi) resolution

  • http://twitter.com/Woscoe_ Keith

    its cool but i got my eye on that 27 inch imac that ish is sexy af

  • http://www.ipad-os.net/ iPadOS

    as expected..

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    I think that the New iPod Touch is what’s killing, what should have been, a $299 iPad Mini. That extra $29 on the price tag is HUGE in terms of public perception when put side by side with the likes of Nexus 7 and KHD at $199. If the Mini had Retina display, then the $329 is fully justified IMO.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      that apple logo alone is with the extra $29 in many consumers minds…lololol

      • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.utrera Abraham Utrera

        so true

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      In Sweden its your 329 USD + 125 USD = 454 USD! Dont complain, we pay extra outside US…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i was happy to read this:

    The Verge:The display on the mini looks incredibly sharp, and even though the resolution is lower than the 3rd and 4th generation full-size iPad, it doesn’t immediately seem like a 1024 x 768 display. The smaller, 7.9-inch surface area certainly helps squeeze the pixels.

    • http://www.facebook.com/abraham.utrera Abraham Utrera

      it’s still no retina

    • http://twitter.com/kev0224 Kevin Lam

      I got the nexus 7 with a higher resolution and smaller display. Everything reads clearly on the smallest text size, i love it.

  • seyss

    this is an upscaled iPod Touch

    • jacob

      more like downscaled with a bigger screen

  • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

    I still cant believe they did not put a retina display on this. All iDevices has been a standard since the iPhone 4 to have a retina display, why are you backstepping apple?? And still charging too much? $329 should have been at the most $299.

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    Gonna get the new iPod Touch over this, cheaper and still has Siri.

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    Does it uses nano sim or micro sim?

  • http://twitter.com/melovestoast Jared Floyd

    10 hour battery? I think theyre wrong with these counts. The iPhone 5 said 10 hour battery. im lucky to get 6 hours usage. but my iPad 3 gets 20+ hours yet it only says 10 also