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Retina-packing Apple iPad mini 2 hands-on

         

We anticipated the Apple iPad mini 2 to launch alongside the iPad Air – many people did – but that wasn’t quite the case. Anyway, the initial hurdle has been overcome (mostly overcome, shipping is sluggish in some markets) and it’s time to look at what could be the new most popular tablet, dethroning the 9.7″ iPad, which held that title for a long time.

The original iPad mini was just reheated iPad 2 in a smaller package, but the second iteration promises to get everything right.

It has the same screen resolution, which due to the smaller screen diagonal means it has one of the highest pixel densities around. It matches both the iPhone 5s and the Nexus 7, one of its chief competitors.

It also has the same chipset as the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air, which has already proven to be very competitive against even the Snapdragon 800 chipsets that most current Android flagships boast.

That additional decision and beefier chipset required a much bigger battery to deal with the additional load – the unique mini had a sixteen.3Wh battery, whereas the brand new one has 23.8Wh in its tank. That made it slightly thicker and heavier although. Battery lifestyles is unchanged, in line with legitimate numbers as a minimum, we’ll see what our personal battery exams divulge.

The loudspeaker has modified too, it went from mono to stereo. Apple additionally threw in a 128GB choice, however with a base worth of $four hundred for the 16GB Wi-Fi handiest model, the $300 on prime for the 128GB Wi-Fi handiest model appear like so much. In spite of everything a 64GB microSD card is 50 bucks.

We’re virtually achieved with the review of the Apple iPad mini 2, we’re simply ending issues up like trying out the battery, the camera and some different requirements.