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iPad mini with Retina Display vs iPad Mini Tech Spec Shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 22, 2013October 22, 2013 1:20 pm PDT

iPad mini with Retina Display vs iPad mini

Apple has released the second generation of the iPad mini, but is it a worthy replacement for the original?

The iPad mini with Retina has finally been unveiled after numerous leaks over the past few months. How does it stack up against the original? We’ve put the specs in black and white for you to look over and see if you think it’s a worthy upgrade from the original, or a powerful enough device for you to jump in to the device now. Take a look at the table below and let us know what you think of the two iPad mini versions in the comments below.

iPad mini with Retina Gallery

iPad mini Gallery

iPad mini with Retina Display iPad mini
Display Specs 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display (324 ppi) 7.95-inch, 768 x 1024 pixel display (161 ppi)
Operating System iOS 7 iOS 6
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor Dual-Core A5
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 5MP iSight Camera 5MP iSight Camera
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera
Network
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)3
  • Data only4
  • Model A1459: GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Model A1459: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Model A1459: LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • Model A1460: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Model A1460: GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Model A1460: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • Model A1460: LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Yes
Battery Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery Up to 10 hours of active use
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • Lightning connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Lightning connector
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Sensors
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS (Cellular models)
  • Cellular (Cellular models)
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS (Cellular models)
  • Cellular (Cellular models)
Height 7.87 inches (19.99 cm) 7.87 inches (19.99 cm)
Width 5.3 inches (13.46 cm) 5.3 inches (13.46 cm)
Depth 0.29 inches (7.5 mm) 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Weight 0.73 pound (331 g) 0.68 pounds (308 g)
Colors Space Grey, Silver Black, White
Supported Audio Formats Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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