Apple’s much talked about iPad mini is already available for India online, according to this report by CNN-IBN.
The report noted that the device is available on online site Tradus in 3 versions – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, which are priced at Rs 26,990, Rs 34,990 and Rs 43,490, respectively; prices include all taxes. All three versions available on Tradus are WiFi only models.
India was not on the list of countries where the device was to be officially launched on 2 November, and there has been no word on when and if Apple plans to introduce it here. The company’s flagship iPhone 5 was also launched last week in India, months after it was released in other countries.
The key features of the iPad mini include a 7.9 inch screen (diagonally) with a screen resolution of 1024768 pixels making it around 163 pixels per inch. It does not have Retina Display quality, like the iPad 3 and the 4th generation iPad.
The iPad mini is also armed with a dual-core A5 processor chip, a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera with HD and a 5 megapixel camera. It is 4G LTE enabled as well. As far as battery is concerned, the mini can function around 10 hours if you’re just on Wi-Fi and around 9 hours if you’re using a data connection. It also comes with the new Lightning conductor that powers the iPhone 5.
The device is also lighter, thinner and provides more screen space than rival offerings.
Some analysts have however, said the iPad mini too expensive, especially in comparison to competitors’ offerings, such as Google’s Nexus tablets and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. It costs $329, while Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablets are both priced starting at $199.
However Apple has stood by its pricing policy, saying they believe consumers will be willing to pay more for quality.
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