By the numbers: New iPad and iPad mini specs compared

Posted:  October 24, 2012   By:    18 comments   

UPDATE: New iPad 4th Gen and iPad Mini comparison table updated. Added Galaxy Tab 7.7.

After the unveiling of the new iPad mini and 4th generation iPad, it is time for another round of comparison. We have compared the tablets with both the internal hardware as well as the exterior dimensions.

The new iPad mini comes with a slightly larger 7.9″ display that does 1024×768 resolution, which is the same resolution of its older iPad 2 of 9.7″. While that gives a higher pixel density of 163ppi (pixels per inch), it is behind the Nexus 7 of 216ppi due to its higher resolution of 1280×800. In terms of dimensions, the iPad mini is the thinnest and lightest of the lot at only 7.2mm thick and 308g heavy.

Moving on to the larger tablets, the new iPad in its 4th generation still holds the highest pixel density of 264ppi thanks to its higher than HD resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. As comparison, the closest rival in the form of ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity does a lower full HD resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. In terms of battery, the 9.7″ iPad is still the largest with a rated 10 hour battery life and as a result, it is also the heaviest in this comparison.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a more unique offering with a included S-Pen stylus, 2GB of RAM and higher camera resolution of 8MP for the rear and 2MP at the front. In terms of 3G SIM sizes, the Android tablets are using the regular Mini-SIM while Apple is the only contender that uses micro-SIM. For the new iPad mini, it uses the latest nano-SIM, similar to the iPhone 5.

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18 Comments for By the numbers: New iPad and iPad mini specs compared


Sir, u forgot to put also Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as good competitor


    yeah, correct. It's a similar product to iPad mini.


    Got it. We'll add the 7.7 into the comparison table soon


I am proud to have a note 10.1 which kicks all!


Always love your comparison table-for devices and also celco's rates&plans. Keep up the good work.


    Thank you. If there are any rooms for improvements, do let us know.

Bay Song

SC: Please estimate a price for the iPad Mini.


    We can't confirm this but it's very likely to be between RM1.1k and below RM1.3k

      Bay Song

      1.1k is my ceiling price. If its a sen more, they Tim Cook can suck an egg as I'll get a Nexus 7 instead. We now have CHOICE! Thanks SC!


        RM999 only then you go suck Tim Cook's ball!


It is 512MB RAM stated in gsmarena


    Table has been updated to reflect this. Thanks!


pretty sure its RM999


Microsoft Surface ought to be a strong contender. Best of all, it has Office!


A6X should be 1.5Ghz dual core. According to


I just notice that we can actually buy kindle and nook devices here in Malaysia. I am going to order 1 kindle fire HD from this store here at by end of this month 🙂


Maybe can add LTE conectivity list among the units above Apple ipad 4th gen & mini with all standard LTE build in, but the rest where Not available in Malaysia Yet ! Think about Digi may going to lunch 4G LTE jan 2013, but where if own a device that w/o LTE standard? Mean u hv to buy another device that can hook to 4G LTE coming soon 2013?