Apple unleashed a new, high-resolution Retina iPad mini at its big iPad event in San Francisco on Tuesday.
The iPad mini with Retina display has a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 and maintains the same form-factor as the original. Powered by a 64-bit A7 chip, the iPad mini with Retina display delivers a blistering pixel density of 324ppi. Along with the same improvements to the LTE radio and FaceTime HD cameras that have come to the 2013 iPhones, other improvements include an Apple A7 processor with Apple M7motion coprocessor. New colors, including space gray are also options. Apple says the iPad mini with Retina display’s battery will last for 10 hours.
The device joins the newly designed iPad Air in Apple’s tablet lineup. The iPad mini with Retina display starts at $399 for 16GB Wi-Fi only and will run $529 with LTE. It will be available later in November.
The Retina iPad mini is now available for order via Apple’s online store. Delivery is currently 1-3 days for 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi, and 5-10 days for all other Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models.
Apple will continue to sell the original, non-retina iPad mini, now with a lower price point of $299.99.
iPad Mini Retina Performance & Reviews:
Apple’s new Retina iPad mini includes the same 64-bit A7 chip used in the iPad Air and the iPhone 5s, which offers significantly better performance than the A5 chip found in the original iPad mini.
According to new Geekbench 3 benchmarks, the Retina iPad mini is running at 1.3Ghz, much like the iPhone 5s. The iPad Air, however, clocks in at 1.4Ghz, giving it a slight performance edge over both the iPhone 5s and the new mini.
The Retina iPad mini scored a 1390 on the single-core test and a 2512 on the multi-core test, which was similar to the iPhone 5s score of 1399/2523, and lower than the iPad Air at 1466/2856. Compared to the 261/493 score of the original mini, the Retina iPad mini marks an incredible boost in performance speeds.
It is unclear why the mini is clocked at 1.3Ghz instead of 1.4Ghz like the iPad Air, but in terms of real world usage, users are unlikely to notice the small speed differences. All the reviews about the iPad mini so for are positive.