Apple Unveils iPad Mini

Created: 2012-10-24 07:37 EST

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Apple unveiled the much anticipated iPad Mini today at an event in San Jose, as its new 7.9-inch device will look to compete with the ever-popular 7-inch Android tablet market.

The new iPad Mini comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, and it runs on the same dual-core A5 chip as the iPad 2. Its screen measures at 7.9-inches, offering a lot more display real estate than its 7-inch competitors. It has a front-facing 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera and a 5MP camera on the back.

The smaller iPad weighs .68 lbs and is .28 inches thick, lighter and thinner than many of its Android counterparts. Something of a shrunken iPad 2, it does sport the new Lightning connector, Siri, and an anodized backing like the iPhone 5.

Apple is claiming 10 hours of battery life with Wi-Fi.

The 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi versions will cost $329, $429, and $529; for cellular connectivity (with LTE), add $130 to each one.

LTE is a feature that the iPad Mini boasts over the Android tablets; a more expensive $499 version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has a cellular connection, while the Google Nexus 7 is only Wi-Fi-capable. However, it is rumored that a 3G Nexus 7 will be unveiled at an Android event next week.

The price may become a sticking point for consumers; the 7-inch Android tablets are significantly cheaper. A 16GB Google Nexus 7 (Wi-fi only) currently costs $249, but with both a 32GB Nexus 7 expected to be announced next week at that same price point, the 16GB Nexus 7 will likely be even cheaper.

Pre-orders for the iPad Mini will be accepted on Friday, October 26. Wi-fi versions ordered then should be received by November 2, with the cellular versions two weeks later.

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