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iPad Mini with Retina A7 5x As Powerful as Original iPad Mini

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The iPad mini with Retina display has been out for less than a day, but one Apple fan has already put the new tablet through its paces, benchmarking the device on Geekbench. The new tablet’s A7 chip easily beat out the original iPad Mini‘s A5 chip, and held its own against the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Based on the first benchmarks, the new iPad mini’s processor is clocked at 1.29 GHz, compared to 1.30 GHz for the iPhone 5s and 1.39 GHz for the iPad Air, making it the slowest of the three though not to the point that users will notice a difference. In its single-core and multi-core tests the iPad mini with Retina scored a 1390/2512, making it about five times more powerful than the original iPad mini, which scored 261/493.

The iPad mini with Retina display launched unexpectedly this morning with little warning. The new tablet is currently available through Apple’s online store, with some physical stores already offering personal pickup. It’s unclear why the company decided to unceremoniously launch its new tablet overnight, though it may have something to do with allegedly limited supplies for the 7.9-inch Retina display.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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