iPad Mini Tech Specs

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iPad Mini Colors

Apple introduced us to the iPad Mini a couple days ago and touted it as ‘every inch an iPad’ and ‘the whole package in a smaller package’. As always, Apple did a great job of showing off the key features of the new smaller iPad – from its 7.9 inch screen that offers 35% more overall display area than its 7 inch rivals to its incredible lightness at well under a pound and more.

After Tuesday’s event Apple posted their product pages for the iPad Mini, including the full tech specs for the newest member of the iPad line. Here are some of the notable details:

Colors: As shown in the screenshot above, the iPad Mini offers two color options: Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Models: WiFi or WiFi + Cellular (for always on connectivity if you choose to have a data plan active)

Storage: Just like the larger members of the iPad line, the iPad Mini comes with 16, 32, or 64GB of storage capacity.

Size & Weight: Here are the numbers for the iPad Mini WiFi model. These are the same for the WiFi + Cellular model, except that it is just fractionally heavier at 0.69 lbs (312 g)

Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)

Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)

Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)

Weight: 0.68 pound (308 g

Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology.

Cellular: Model information is carrier-specific and Apple has a support document to help identify your model. Cellular Plan providers in the US are AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Here’s the details for cellular capability by model:

Model A1454*

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1455*

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only3


    • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch
      display with IPS technology
    • 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Processor Chip: Dual-core A5

RAM: Apple never gives details on RAM for their mobile devices, but since they stressed that the iPad Mini matches or beats the iPad 2 specs it should have a minimum of 512MB (as the iPad 2 does) or perhaps even 1GB like the iPad 3.

Battery: 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that offers up to 10 hours of web surfing, watching videos, or listening to music on WiFi and 9 hours of web surfing when using cellular data.

Cameras, Photos and Video Recording:

FaceTime HD Camera
  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular4
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
iSight Camera
  • 5MP photos
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
Video Recording
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilization
  • Face detection
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Backside illumination

Sensors: Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor.

For the full set of tech specs visit this Apple page for the iPad Mini.

I think the lightness and the display size are clearly the iPad Mini’s star features in its first generation, and  the rest of the specs are solid enough.

What do you all think?

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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4 thoughts on “iPad Mini Tech Specs”

  1. I think I will be ordering one as soon as I can. As in all tech, the next generation will be better, but this one will be fantastic for * on the go* use. So many times I’ve wanted to show a picture of a new piece to someone and realize how much better it would look on a larger screen than the tiny one on my old IPhone, but it’s what I have with me. I’m bettin’ that the mini will get carried with me a lot!

  2. Well I have been reading the tech specs and the lowdown on the new iPad Mini, I do have the ipad1 and have been using it for a few years now, and I have just ordered the iPad Mini from Apple and I am really looking forward to its delivery, I myself have also got the Archos 7 inch unit and believe me it comes no where close to the iPad they are so slow I hardly use it anymore, so as you can know I am really looking forward to haveing my iPad Mini, and what I must say is well done to Apple once again for this fantastic piece of equipment and thank you from myself.

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