The iPad mini breaks out of the rumor mill as Apple announced this 7.9-inch slate in their October 23 event. Apple, now being a follower of a 7-inch trends, announced the device which is exactly what the rumors told us – smaller iPad 2, scruffy display (for 2012-2013 standards) and A5 chip.

Speaking of display, iPad mini holds an LED-backlit IPS display with 1024x768 pixels (same as the iPad1 and iPad2) only with a higher pixel density of 163ppi due to its smaller display.
Processor and RAM
The miniature iPad runs with a 1GHz dual core Apple A5 chip (same as iPhone 4S), the graphics booster is the PowerVR SGX543MP2 that will be accompanied with a 512MB of RAM.

One good thing about the iPad mini is it having the same camera of its bigger brethrens. Rear shooter goes with 5MP iSight Camera that can shoot videos with 1080p. Likewise, front camera supports FaceTime HD in 1.2MP.

Lightning Connector
Gone are the likes of the 30-Pin connector found in the older versions of iPad. The slate comes with Apple's latest Lightning connector which has also been introduced with iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5G and 7thGen iPod Nano.

Apple was being consistent in their release of lighter devices as they made stunning dimensions of the iPad mini. The 7.9-inch screen was complimented with scaled down thickness of 7.2mm, Apple says that it is “thinner than a pencil,” it weighing only 0.68 pounds will definitely serve the purpose of being a “mini” device.
Battery and Siri
Battery will juice up to 10 hours. Having the A5 chip definitely helped prolong the battery life of this slate. Apple is very keen on that part. iPad mini will join the ranks of iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, etc, for being a home of Apple’s intelligent voice assistant.
Price and Availability
iPad mini will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations with USD 329, 429, and 529 respective prices. WiFi + Cellular model starts at USD459 with 16GB. The slate will be available in US on November 2 which will be rolled out in different countries later on.

iPad mini surely is the scaled-down version of the iPad 2. But it being release this year makes it a little out-dated with us having powerhouses of 7-inch Android slate with faster processors, clearer displays and cheaper prices. But the ball is yours, are you excited about the iPad mini?

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