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What’s primary requirement for a small-sized tablet to be a hit in the market. First, it should be lightweight. Second, it should have a retina display and lastly a faster processor. Apple on its October 22 launched 2 new tablets, the 9.7-inch iPad Air (5th generation) and the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2.
While the former needs no introduction, the latter is already making waves with tablet lovers and typical early adopters including ‘to wait and see’ crowd. Apple iPad Mini 2 has all the qualities that make it king of all the small-sized tablets. Compared to its rivals, competing in the same category, iPad Mini 2 stands out as the strongest with good retina display and aluminium design that appears high tech and many generations future forward.
iPad Mini 2 with Retina display is barely any heavier than Google’s Nexus 7. It packs 2048×1536 pixels into its 7.9i inches display. This amounts to 326PPI which happens to be well beyond the 264PPI that Apple markets as a ‘Retina Display’ on its full-sized iPad. Retina display, is a brand name used by Apple for displays that have a high enough pixel density that the human eye fails to notice at a typical viewing distance. Take a look at the diagram below and you will understand it all:
In short, Apple claims to have reached the point beyond which human eye can’t discern any further detail. The resolution primarily has been chosen to provide developers with a single screen resolution to design for when creating apps.
What about Wireless capability support? Apple has raised the benchmark for its rivals in this competing field. How? The tech-giant has managed to get support for MIMO wireless technology, a technology that uses multiple antennas to improve Wi-Fi range and throughput. On the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, there’s now improved 4G/LTE network support.
That apart, iPad Mini 2 Display is powered by an Apple A7 processor, the same as the iPhone 5S, which is the first 64-bit mobile chipset. The new generation small-sized tablet also has the M7 co-processor that helps extend battery life by few hours.
There are some upgrades missing in iPad Mini 2 though. For instance, the new iPad model deserves an upgradation up to 8 MP with a larger sensor, better aperture, and LED flash. Both, the iPad Mini 2and Air still do not get an LED flash nor something close to the iPhone’s True Tone flash feature.
Unlike the iPad Air, which has a launch date of 1st November, the new iPad Mini has no confirmed release date. The iPad Mini with Retina Display is likely to go on sale later in November in Space Grey and Silver color.