Last week, Apple teased the reveal of their iPad Mini, which was official unveiled today following months of rumors. So what can Apple fans and mobile gamers expect from this new, sleeker iPad? Well, it's smaller, for one thing, weighing at just 0.68 lbs, making it 53 percent lighter than its predecessor. It's also 23 percent thinner, at 7.2 mm in width.
The screen is still sizable, however, measuring in at 7.9" with at 1024 x 768 resolution. The smaller iPad will also be running a dual-core A5 chip. Yeah, we know what you're thinking: it's just a smaller iPad 2. There are some improvements, however.
One major claim is that the new iPad Mini will boast a hefty 10-hour battery life, which puts it slightly ahead of Google's Nexus 7 and under Amazon's Fire HD. Like its two competitors, the Mini comes with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Some models will include LTE connectivity, but these will be more expensive. Both the Nexus 7 and regular Fire HD have only Wi-Fi (the Fire HD 8.9" features LTE).
A FaceTime HD camera is also something the iPad Mini has that the iPad 2 lacks. It'll be comparable to the Nexus 7, which also has a 1.2 megapixel cam. The back will have an iSight camera.
The Wi-Fi model is expected to ship on November 2, 2012, with the cellular versions following soon after; first in the US, then elsewhere across the globe. Like all of Apple's tablets, this miniature version will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties. Just be ready to open your wallets, wide.
The basic models will be marked at a base price of $329, meaning Wi-Fi only and a minimum 16GB storage. The 32GB and 64GB versions will be $429 and $529, respectively. LTE models will be $130 extra.
Regarding the Mini's larger siblings, the iPad 2 will stay at $399, while the iPad 3 will be replaced by the upcoming 4th generation model at $499. Again, these are just the starting prices.
Pre-orders will begin on October 26, the same day Microsoft launches Windows 8 with the first wave of Surface tablets, which are currently available for pre-order.