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iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 4 Spec Shootout

by Todd Haselton | September 9, 2015September 9, 2015 3:20 pm PDT

Have you been holding out on picking up a new iPad mini? You’re in luck today, well sort of. Apple Announced the iPad Mini 4 and discontinued the iPad mini 3. The iPad mini 3 was arguably a disappointment for many users, Touch ID? That’s hardly anything to write home about.

So will the iPad mini 4 live up to expectations or disappoint? The iPad mini 4 brings over the same specs from the iPad Air 2. Hopefully those specs are enough to entice users that prefer the smaller form factor of the mini. Will it be able to do all the functions of iPad Air 2 when it comes to iOS 9? What do you think?

Check out the spec comparison of the iPad mini 4 vs iPad mini 3:

Apple - iPad mini 2015 Apple - iPad mini 3
Display Size 7.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (324 ppi) 7.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (324 ppi)
Resolution X 1536 1536
Resolution Y 2048 2048
Display Type Retina Retina
Operating System iOS 9 iOS 8.1 (at launch)
Processor A8X chip with 64‑bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
RAM 2GB N/A
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP 5MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 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
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi, watching video, or listening to music: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
NFC No No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Three-axis gyro
GPS
  • A-GPS (cellular model only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (cellular model only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
  • A-GPS (cellular only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (cellular only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
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 (7.4 mm) 0.29 inches (7.4 mm)
Weight 11.68 oz (331 g) 331 g (11.68 oz)
Colors Silver, Gold, Space Gray Gold, Gray, White
Supported Audio Formats 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 H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 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, 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
Other Features
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
In The Box N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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