It looks like the iPad mini may be a big hit in China. As Apple Insider reports, at least one Wall Street analyst says the iPad mini is proving hugely popular just a few weeks after its release in China:
Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets said his checks in China and Hong Kong have found there is “insatiable demand” for the iPad mini. While Apple’s smaller iPad launched in Hong Kong on Nov. 2, nearly all models of the 7.9-inch tablet were completely sold out this week.
And in mainland China, the iPad mini went on sale Dec. 7, where it was also met with strong interest. The iPad mini has also been out of stock at Apple’s retail stores in China this week, White said.
“Prior to the China launch, we indicated that the iPad mini would be the ‘next big thing in China’ and we believe this phenomenon is starting to develop,” he said. “In our view, the smaller form factor and lower price point will allow Apple to sell the iPad mini in more meaningful volumes versus the regular-size iPad.”
White also finds that the iPad mini is proving more popular than the new iPad 4. I have to say I’m not surprised. As I said in my review of the iPad mini, I think even without a retina display the lightness and form factor of the new smaller iPad make it a real winner. I also know after nearly 2 months of owing both the iPad mini and an iPad 3 that I am becoming much more attached to the smaller iPad.
What do you all think? Will the iPad mini end up outselling the larger iPad soon?