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Apple iPad Mini 6 review – Apple's attractive, small tablet with 5G

Small in the new design. Now in its 6th generation, the iPad Mini has received a more modern look and of course quite a performance update. Find out in our extensive test what else the iPad Mini 2021 Cellular is able to do.
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Apple iPad Mini 6

Those who are looking for a smaller tablet and who don't want to go without Apple technology were well taken care of by the iPad Mini before. However, while the iPad Air and iPad Pro have been available with a more modern design for a while, the iPad Mini started to look a bit aged in the meantime. Finally with the 6th generation, the all-screen design has now also arrived in the smaller iPad.

Due to the new Apple A15 chip, the iPad Mini 2021 should also be just as fast as a modern iPhone. This sounds like a comprehensive upgrade, since the pen support was also expanded, the cameras improved, and there is also 5G support now. We evaluate in detail in our test what these updates will bring.

Apple iPad Mini 6 WiFi + Cellular 5G 2021 (iPad Mini Series)
Processor
Apple A15 Bionic 6 x 2.93 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
8.30 inch 13,7:9, 2266 x 1488 pixel 327 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, native pen support, IPS, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB SSD, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, position sensor, barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n20/​n25/​n28/​n29/​n30/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n48/​n66/​n71/​n77/​n78/​n79), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B11/​B12/​B13/​B14/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B21/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B29/​B30/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B46/​B48/​B66/​B71), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 2G (B2/​B3/​B5/​B8), LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.3 x 195.4 x 134.8 ( = 0.25 x 7.69 x 5.31 in)
Battery
19.3 Wh, 5177 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 15
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​1.9, AF, flash, 4K video @60fps
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/​2.4
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB-C cable, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
297 g ( = 10.48 oz / 0.65 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
719 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.7 %
10/2021
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
297 g6.3 mm8.30"2266x1488
88.3 %
04/2019
Apple iPad Mini 5
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
300 g6.1 mm7.90"2048x1536
88.5 %
10/2021
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
487 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620
90.1 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
SD 865+ (Plus), Adreno 650
500 g6.3 mm11.00"2560x1600
88.4 %
09/2021
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
SD 865, Adreno 650
485 g7.25 mm10.95"2560x1600

Case – Finally a fresh design

The iPad Mini is Apple's smallest tablet with a screen diagonal of 8.3 inches.

While the newly introduced iPad still comes with the more classic look, the iPad Mini 6 already follows the design of the iPad Pro and iPad Air. Although the "All Screen Design" label Apple is using might be a bit confusing for a 78% screen-to-body ratio, you still need a bezel to grab onto, where you can hold the tablet in your hand.

The more modern design looks good in the tablet, and the thick bezels of the predecessor belong to the past. This also means that the Home button has disappeared and the fingerprint sensor is now hidden in the Standby key at the top case edge. The elegant metal case with its slightly more edgy look than that of the predecessor integrates the iPad Mini well into Apple's current iPad and iPhone line up.

In terms of colors, the manufacturer offers Space Grey, Rosé, Violet, and Polar Star, which is a creamy white.

As usual, the materials and workmanship have a very high quality. Stronger pressure on the display quickly gets to the liquid crystal, but otherwise the stability is good.

The WiFi version of the iPad Mini 6 weighs 294 grams (~10.4 oz) and the 5G version that we tested, 297 grams (~10.5 oz), so it is even a bit lighter than the predecessor.

Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple iPad Mini 6
Apple iPad Mini 6
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Size Comparison

253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 7.25 mm / 0.2854 inch 485 g1.069 lbs253.8 mm / 9.99 inch 165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 500 g1.102 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 487 g1.074 lbs203.2 mm / 8 inch 134.8 mm / 5.31 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 300 g0.661 lbs195.4 mm / 7.69 inch 134.8 mm / 5.31 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 297 g0.655 lbs

Equipment – iPad Mini optionally with 5G

The manufacturer offers the following versions of the tablet:

  • Apple iPad Mini 6 64 GB NVMe / 4GB RAM / WiFi – 549 Euro (~$637)
  • Apple iPad Mini 6 64 GB NVMe / 4GB RAM / 5G – 719 Euro (~$834)
  • Apple iPad Mini 6 256 GB NVMe / 4GB RAM / WiFi – 719 Euro (~$834)
  • Apple iPad Mini 6 256 GB NVMe / 4GB RAM / 5G – 889 Euro (~$1032)

With this, the prices have increased significantly compared to the predecessor, where the entry-level price was still 100 Euros (~$116) less and the top version cost 759 Euros (~$881). But at least Apple also offers a small upgrade of the working memory, and all versions of the iPad Mini 6 now bring 4 GB of RAM. The predecessor also did not offer 5G support.

While Apple still hesitates to get rid of the classic Lightning port in the iPhones, in the iPads the change to USB-C is now almost complete with the new iPad Mini 6. Only the regular iPad still includes Apple's proprietary connection. The iPad Mini offers a USB-3.0 connection that is even slightly faster for data transfer than the USB-2.0 connections in many other tablets.

The iPad Mini 6 includes Bluetooth 5.0 but not NFC, so you cannot use Apple Pay with the small tablet.

Left: no connections
Left: no connections
Right: SIM slot, magnetic holder for Apple Pen 2
Right: SIM slot, magnetic holder for Apple Pen 2
Top: Standby key with fingerprint sensor, speakers, microphone, volume rocker
Top: Standby key with fingerprint sensor, speakers, microphone, volume rocker
Bottom: speakers, USB-C port, microphone
Bottom: speakers, USB-C port, microphone

Software – iPadOS 15 with many changes

iPadOS split from iOS several generations ago and specialized for Apple's tablets. While the basic structure is still the same, so that iPhone users will be able to orient themselves quickly here as well, there are several improvements of the usability for iPad users that have been further expanded with iPadOS 15.

Apple particularly took a look at multitasking, offering a simpler way to choose which apps to show in a split screen. A new multitasking menu allows you select how you want to display several apps on the screen, and separate elements such as emails can now simply be overlayed across the split screen without having to leave it. You can even create several split views and quickly switch between them via the app switcher.

At the same time, you can also switch quicker between several open windows of an app. If you connect a keyboard via Bluetooth, there are now some special quick commands. If you swipe up from the bottom edge, a quick note window will open for you to take some notes.

The App Media Library, which has already been available in iPhones since last year, is now also available on the iPads. The apps are automatically sorted into categories. 

The changes in FaceTime that are supposed to bring improved video conferencing and also allow you to watch movies together are of course also included in iPadOS 15. There are also some changes in Apple Maps, Safari, and other apps. You can get an overview of all the changes here.

iPadOS 15
iPadOS 15
iPadOS 15

Communication and GNSS – Fast WiFi 6 in the compact tablet

While you still had to make do with WiFi 5 in the predecessor, the iPad Mini 6 now also includes WiFi 6, using two antennas. With this, it surpasses the older iPad Mini 5 significantly in terms of the data transfer rates that are possible. In everyday operation, the iPad Mini 6 is in parts four times as fast and also able to keep up easily with other high-end tablets. You even get more speed here than with the current iPad, which still comes with WiFi 5 to the users.

The support for 5G is new, if you decide for the WWAN version of the iPad Mini. While eSIM is supported, you can also use a NanoSIM. The small Apple tablet supports a large number of mobile communication frequency bands, allowing you to use it worldwide without any problems. Our random sample of testing the reception strength in the 4G net shows that the iPad is able to keep up with other high-end phones here. Most of the time, at least 3/4 of the full reception strength is also available indoors.

You cannot accept calls on the iPad Mini 6, and you can only use the mobile net for data transfer.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
902 (886min - 925max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
827 (783min - 852max) MBit/s ∼92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
679 (653min - 709max) MBit/s ∼75% -18%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
587 (290min - 624max) MBit/s ∼65% -29%
Apple iPad Mini 5
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
194 (119min - 263max) MBit/s ∼22% -77%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Adreno 650, SD 865+ (Plus), 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
836 (624min - 890max) MBit/s ∼100% +16%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
780 (635min - 867max) MBit/s ∼93% +9%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
718 (680min - 726max) MBit/s ∼86%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
485 (191min - 554max) MBit/s ∼58% -32%
Apple iPad Mini 5
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
236 MBit/s ∼28% -67%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø718 (680-726)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø827 (783-852)

The iPad Mini supports locating via satellite, if you decide for the 5G model. Otherwise, the location of the device can only be determined approximately via WLAN networks. However, all the iPad Mini 6 versions offer a digital compass.

As soon as you step outside, the small iPad is located without any delay with an accuracy of up to 3 meters. In our practical test where we take the Garmin Edge 520 as comparison device on a bike tour, the iPad Mini shows itself to be fairly accurate overall. However, there are some visible deviations in small alleyways, often placing us inside the houses instead of on the road.

Overall, the Apple tablet can be recommended for navigation, if you don't need absolute accuracy.

Garmin Edge 520 locating – overview
Garmin Edge 520 locating – overview
Garmin Edge 520 locating – turning point
Garmin Edge 520 locating – turning point
Garmin Edge 520 locating – bridge
Garmin Edge 520 locating – bridge
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – overview
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – overview
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – turning point
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – turning point
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – bridge
Apple iPad Mini 6 locating – bridge

Cameras – Twice 12 Megapixels

Picture taken with the front camera
Picture taken with the front camera

On both the front and back of the Apple iPad Mini, we find a 12-Megapixel camera. The back also includes a TrueTone flash, which is supposed to illuminate the scene as naturally as possible.

Apple has again come up with some tricks: For example, via a Follow mode in video conferences, you can automatically have the camera zoom in to always have the whole event in the picture frame. 

Photos taken with the main camera give good quality results for a tablet, but the iPad Mini 2021 is still far from offering the image quality of an iPhone 13, particularly when you get a bit closer to the objects. In the detail, some objects can also become blurry and areas have a coarser appearance. However, the camera is well-suited for snapshots. In low-light conditions and high contrasts, it also strikes a good figure.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 4K and 60 fps. A good quality is also possible here, and the brightness adjustment and autofocus work quickly and reliably.

While the front camera takes decent selfies, colors appear a bit dark here, and you can even see without any enlarging that areas have quite a grainy appearance.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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With very good lighting in the lab, the photo of the test chart looks sharp and offers good colors. However, areas still appear slightly unclean. In low-light conditions, you can hardly see anything in the pictures anymore.

ColorChecker
12.2 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
10 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Mini 6: 10.15 ∆E min: 5.29 - max: 17.44 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
61.5 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
42.6 ∆E
29 ∆E
63.3 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
74.4 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
85.5 ∆E
69.5 ∆E
51.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Mini 6: 45.95 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 85.52 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty – Only 12 months of safety

A charger is included with the iPad Mini 6. The box also includes a USB-C cable, and the mobile communication version with 5G also includes a SIM tool.

The second generation of the Apple Pencil is compatible with the tablet. It costs 135 Euros (~$157), and a Smart Folio, which you can also use as a tablet stand, costs 65 Euros (~$75).

Apple only offers 12 months of warranty for the iPad Mini. With Apple Care+, you can also insure the device for 79 Euros (~$92) against accidental damage during this period.

Input Devices and Operation – Support for Apple Pencil 2

Things get interesting with the operation, since a bunch of features have changed in the Apple iPad Mini 6. The touchscreen is great and reliable, but we are also used to this from other Apple products. Unfortunately it continues to be a 60-Hz screen. Subjectively, its response is not quite as immediate as that of the fast 90-Hz or 120-Hz screens in modern smartphones or in the iPad Pro.

A larger change is the fact that the Home button has disappeared and with that, the fingerprint sensor called TouchID is also not positioned below the display anymore. Instead it is integrated into the Standby key, which is located at the top edge of the case. It is easiest to operate with the index fingers and works reliably and quickly. However, you always have to press the key, and simply placing the finger on the key is not sufficient in Standby.

Those who are used to FaceID from the iPhones unfortunately have to reorganize, since this method of unlocking is not available in the iPad Mini.

Another change is that the iPad Mini now supports the 2nd generation of the Apple Pencil and even offers a magnetic holder for it that also recharges the pen. Not only can you easily operate the tablet using the pen, but users can also take notes or add comments into documents, and of course it is also possible to create drawings or paint using the pen. Since pressure levels and pen angles are recognized as well as the palm, in order to prevent it from interfering, you can use it to work comfortably.

While Apple's Magic Keyboard is incompatible with the iPad Mini, classic Bluetooth keyboards can of course be connected.

Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard - landscape
Keyboard - portrait
Keyboard - portrait

Display – Liquid Retina is not quite as bright

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Together with the new design, a new Liquid Retina display with a changed format is also used. The unusual 13.7:9 format with a resolution of 2266 x 1488 pixels is slightly wider but not quite as high as the 4:3 screen in the predecessor. However, this is not a ProMotion display, and that technology remains still reserved for the more expensive iPad Pros.

Apple specifies an average brightness of 500 cd/m², but in our tests with the spectral photometer, the iPad Mini only reaches this value in very small areas. If the whole display is illuminated, it is more like 440 cd/m², which is less than the predecessor. On the other hand, the evenness of the brightness distribution has increased significantly and the black value has also improved, which then also leads to a better contrast ratio. But it is still insufficient for an HDR certification.

On the Internet, there are many users who complain about a very strong jelly effect, which is some wobbling and redrawing of the text or other image content while scrolling. Since the display of the Apple iPad Mini 6 is only a 60-Hz screen, this effect is unavoidable to some extent. However, at the same time a teardown from iFixit also confirms that Apple's technology also might worsen this effect in this case. So if you think that this effect might be annoying, you should try out the screen before buying it.

431
cd/m²
449
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
453
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
438
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 453 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 440.3 cd/m² Minimum: 12.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 453 cd/m²
Contrast: 1133:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.52 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
Apple iPad Mini 6
IPS, 2266x1488, 8.30
Apple iPad Mini 5
IPS, 2048x1536, 7.90
Apple iPad 2021
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
LTPS, 2560x1600, 11.00
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
IPS, 2560x1600, 10.95
Screen
8%
-6%
-2%
-66%
Brightness middle
453
515
14%
507
12%
554
22%
550
21%
Brightness
440
495
13%
491
12%
535
22%
515
17%
Brightness Distribution
94
87
-7%
90
-4%
91
-3%
90
-4%
Black Level *
0.4
0.6
-50%
0.5
-25%
0.33
17%
0.96
-140%
Contrast
1133
858
-24%
1014
-11%
1679
48%
573
-49%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.52
0.88
42%
1.7
-12%
2.1
-38%
3.3
-117%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.28
2.15
34%
3.9
-19%
7.1
-116%
7.9
-141%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.3
1.4
39%
2.4
-4%
1.6
30%
4.9
-113%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.183 101%
2.25 98%
2.32 95%
2.24 98%
CCT
6900 94%
6944 94%
6923 94%
6623 98%
7288 89%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 178600 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 178600 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 178600 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21033 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The color reproduction is fairly accurate, and so is that of the grayscale. There is at most a minimal blue tint that can be noticed compared to the reference colors.

Even though we measure some flickering of the display at very low brightness levels, the frequencies are very high, so that hardly anyone should be able to notice. The response times continue to be too slow for professional gamers, but they are hardly negatively noticeable in everyday operation.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN Color Accuracy
CalMAN sRGB Color Space
CalMAN sRGB Color Space
CalMAN AdobeRGB Color Space
CalMAN AdobeRGB Color Space
CalMAN DCI P3 Color Space
CalMAN DCI P3 Color Space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

You can still use the tablet fairly easily in bright surroundings, but the strong reflections suggest going into the shade. On the other hand, the viewing angles hardly leave anything to be desired. Even if you look at the display from a very steep viewing angle, the contents still remain easily recognizable.

Using the tablet outdoors
Using the tablet outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – With the Apple A15 to the top

This year, the Apple A15 Bionic is used as SoC in many Apple devices of the newest generation. However, there is one particularity in the Apple iPad Mini 2021: The chip has a slightly lower clock speed, with the maximum being 1.9 GHz, while it is able to reach up to 2.3 GHz in the iPhone 13.

This is also noticeable in the benchmarks, where the small Apple tablet remains in parts up to 15% behind the maximum values the chip has achieved in our benchmarks before. On the other hand, the difference is much smaller in multi-core applications. Perhaps you will only notice the difference in some very demanding apps, and in everyday usage it will hardly be noticeable.

Generally, the iPad Mini 6 is a very fast tablet whose processor performance can even leave fast Android tablets behind, despite its throttling. The increased performance is also clearly noticeable compared to the current iPad with the Apple A13.

In everyday operation, you can also work with multiple browser tabs and multitasking, without suffering from any speed losses.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (1590 - 1755, n=6)
1717 Points ∼84% +8%
Apple iPad Mini 6
1590 Points ∼78%
Apple iPad 2021
1328 Points ∼65% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
963 Points ∼47% -39%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
905 Points ∼44% -43%
Average of class Tablet (133 - 1716, n=42, last 2 years)
622 Points ∼30% -61%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (4559 - 4914, n=6)
4763 Points ∼17% +3%
Apple iPad Mini 6
4640 Points ∼16%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
3288 Points ∼11% -29%
Apple iPad 2021
3235 Points ∼11% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
3201 Points ∼11% -31%
Average of class Tablet (455 - 7378, n=42, last 2 years)
2182 Points ∼8% -53%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
8089 Points ∼75% +31%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
7701 Points ∼72% +25%
Apple iPad Mini 6
6175 Points ∼58%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (5713 - 6175, n=5)
5870 Points ∼55% -5%
Apple iPad 2021
5362 Points ∼50% -13%
Apple iPad Mini 5
4861 Points ∼45% -21%
Average of class Tablet (305 - 9630, n=37, last 2 years)
3139 Points ∼29% -49%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average Apple A15 Bionic (9878 - 16221, n=5)
13743 Points ∼53% +5%
Apple iPad Mini 6
13133 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
9893 Points ∼38% -25%
Apple iPad 2021
9773 Points ∼38% -26%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
9428 Points ∼37% -28%
Apple iPad Mini 5
5703 Points ∼22% -57%
Average of class Tablet (258 - 25707, n=37, last 2 years)
4266 Points ∼17% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
5403 Points ∼68% +150%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
4298 Points ∼54% +99%
Apple iPad Mini 5
3204 Points ∼40% +48%
Average of class Tablet (443 - 5634, n=37, last 2 years)
2744 Points ∼34% +27%
Apple iPad Mini 6
2163 Points ∼27%
Apple iPad 2021
2078 Points ∼26% -4%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (1852 - 2307, n=5)
2027 Points ∼25% -6%
Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Mini 6
9498 Points ∼9%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (8788 - 9680, n=5)
9295 Points ∼8% -2%
Apple iPad 2021
7457 Points ∼7% -21%
Average of class Tablet (371 - 17263, n=20, last 2 years)
4524 Points ∼4% -52%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
3818 Points ∼3% -60%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Mini 6
10919 Points ∼10%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (9881 - 11700, n=5)
10833 Points ∼9% -1%
Apple iPad 2021
7858 Points ∼7% -28%
Average of class Tablet (366 - 18326, n=18, last 2 years)
5180 Points ∼5% -53%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
3823 Points ∼3% -65%
Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPad Mini 6
2870 Points ∼11%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (2243 - 3080, n=5)
2744 Points ∼10% -4%
Apple iPad 2021
1992 Points ∼8% -31%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 5035, n=16, last 2 years)
1581 Points ∼6% -45%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
1116 Points ∼4% -61%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Mini 6
2625 Points ∼10%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (2151 - 2864, n=5)
2554 Points ∼10% -3%
Apple iPad 2021
1872 Points ∼7% -29%
Average of class Tablet (132 - 4975, n=16, last 2 years)
1559 Points ∼6% -41%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
1103 Points ∼4% -58%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
119 fps ∼4% +98%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
60 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad 2021
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (60 - 60.1, n=5)
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 5
59.47 fps ∼2% -1%
Average of class Tablet (19 - 120, n=35, last 2 years)
56.6 fps ∼2% -6%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
439.6 fps ∼4%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (375 - 440, n=5)
412 fps ∼3% -6%
Apple iPad 2021
307 fps ∼2% -30%
Apple iPad Mini 5
274.08 fps ∼2% -38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
225 fps ∼2% -49%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
206 fps ∼2% -53%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 588, n=35, last 2 years)
142 fps ∼1% -68%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
82 fps ∼22% +37%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (60 - 60.2, n=5)
60.1 fps ∼16% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
60 fps ∼16%
Apple iPad 2021
60 fps ∼16% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 5
58.92 fps ∼16% -2%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
58 fps ∼16% -3%
Average of class Tablet (9.4 - 120, n=34, last 2 years)
43 fps ∼12% -28%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
237 fps ∼18%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (166 - 237, n=5)
215 fps ∼17% -9%
Apple iPad 2021
167 fps ∼13% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
134 fps ∼10% -43%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
127 fps ∼10% -46%
Apple iPad Mini 5
124.12 fps ∼10% -48%
Average of class Tablet (6.9 - 345, n=35, last 2 years)
80.7 fps ∼6% -66%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
60 fps ∼2%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (60 - 60.1, n=5)
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad 2021
57 fps ∼2% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
51 fps ∼1% -15%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
45 fps ∼1% -25%
Average of class Tablet (6.3 - 107, n=35, last 2 years)
31 fps ∼1% -48%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
154.2 fps ∼3%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (125 - 154, n=5)
143 fps ∼3% -7%
Apple iPad 2021
110 fps ∼2% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
93 fps ∼2% -40%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
89 fps ∼2% -42%
Average of class Tablet (4.7 - 227, n=35, last 2 years)
54.7 fps ∼1% -65%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
57.6 fps ∼2%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (53.2 - 60, n=5)
56.7 fps ∼2% -2%
Apple iPad 2021
43 fps ∼1% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
32 fps ∼1% -44%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
27 fps ∼1% -53%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 87, n=35, last 2 years)
21.1 fps ∼1% -63%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
99.2 fps ∼0%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (68.8 - 99.2, n=5)
90.5 fps ∼0% -9%
Apple iPad 2021
69 fps ∼0% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
57 fps ∼0% -43%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
52 fps ∼0% -48%
Average of class Tablet (2.1 - 150, n=35, last 2 years)
34.3 fps ∼0% -65%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average Apple A15 Bionic (51.8 - 60, n=5)
55.6 fps ∼35% +7%
Apple iPad Mini 6
51.8 fps ∼33%
Apple iPad 2021
35 fps ∼22% -32%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
21 fps ∼13% -59%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
18 fps ∼11% -65%
Average of class Tablet (2 - 75, n=39, last 2 years)
14.5 fps ∼9% -72%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
41.2 fps ∼13%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (34.6 - 41.2, n=5)
38 fps ∼12% -8%
Apple iPad 2021
31 fps ∼10% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
22 fps ∼7% -47%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
21 fps ∼7% -49%
Average of class Tablet (0.87 - 70, n=39, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼4% -68%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average Apple A15 Bionic (59.1 - 60.1, n=4)
59.7 fps ∼29% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
59.6 fps ∼29%
Apple iPad 2021
50 fps ∼24% -16%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
33 fps ∼16% -45%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
29 fps ∼14% -51%
Average of class Tablet (3.2 - 102, n=39, last 2 years)
21.4 fps ∼10% -64%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Mini 6
116.1 fps ∼15%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (95.9 - 119, n=5)
110 fps ∼15% -5%
Apple iPad 2021
82 fps ∼11% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
58 fps ∼8% -50%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
54 fps ∼7% -53%
Average of class Tablet (2.4 - 191, n=39, last 2 years)
35.5 fps ∼5% -69%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (722973 - 813876, n=5)
782472 Points ∼78% +1%
Apple iPad Mini 6
774680 Points ∼77%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
628715 Points ∼63% -19%
Apple iPad 2021
622382 Points ∼62% -20%
Average of class Tablet (117837 - 776812, n=15, last 2 years)
472872 Points ∼47% -39%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average Apple A15 Bionic
8124 Points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
5592 Points ∼66%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
5276 Points ∼62%
Apple iPad Mini 5
5097 Points ∼60%
Average of class Tablet (637 - 6164, n=24, last 2 years)
2943 Points ∼35%
Apple iPad 2021
Points ∼0%
System
Average Apple A15 Bionic
19657 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Mini 5
11973 Points ∼61%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
9624 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8994 Points ∼46%
Average of class Tablet (1492 - 10489, n=24, last 2 years)
5511 Points ∼28%
Memory
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
6501 Points ∼72%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
5388 Points ∼60%
Average Apple A15 Bionic
3612 Points ∼40%
Average of class Tablet (675 - 8167, n=24, last 2 years)
3470 Points ∼38%
Apple iPad Mini 5
2078 Points ∼23%
Graphics
Average Apple A15 Bionic
25642 Points ∼89%
Apple iPad Mini 5
15659 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
12048 Points ∼42%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
11366 Points ∼39%
Average of class Tablet (542 - 12350, n=24, last 2 years)
4508 Points ∼16%
Web
Average Apple A15 Bionic
2392 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Mini 5
1732 Points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
1409 Points ∼59%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
1314 Points ∼55%
Average of class Tablet (10 - 1544, n=24, last 2 years)
1095 Points ∼46%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Mini 6 Apple A15 Bionic, Apple A15 GPU 5-Core, 64 GB SSD
 
Apple iPad Mini 5 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad 2021 Apple A13 Bionic, Apple A13 Bionic GPU, 64 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus), Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash

While surfing the Internet, the iPad Mini 6 does not reveal any weaknesses. Most of the time, the images and content are already loaded when you scroll a website. Even demanding HTML 5 contents won't slow down the tablet. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (173 - 182, n=5)
179 Points ∼100% +3%
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
173.451 Points ∼97%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
142.216 Points ∼79% -18%
Apple iPad Mini 5 (Safari 12.1)
109.891 Points ∼61% -37%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 183, n=32, last 2 years)
75.2 Points ∼42% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
71.821 Points ∼40% -59%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
66.572 Points ∼37% -62%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (383 - 414, n=5)
398 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
382.59 Points ∼96%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
291.11 Points ∼73% -24%
Average of class Tablet (22.1 - 403, n=37, last 2 years)
130 Points ∼33% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
126.98 Points ∼32% -67%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
112.87 Points ∼28% -70%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
246 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (219 - 252, n=5)
243 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
202 Points ∼82% -18%
Apple iPad Mini 5 (Safari 12.1)
160 Points ∼65% -35%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
116 Points ∼47% -53%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
105 Points ∼43% -57%
Average of class Tablet (24 - 246, n=39, last 2 years)
95.9 Points ∼39% -61%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Apple A15 Bionic (228 - 244, n=5)
239 runs/min ∼100% +5%
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
228 runs/min ∼95%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
171 runs/min ∼72% -25%
Apple iPad Mini 5 (Safari 12.1)
124 runs/min ∼52% -46%
Average of class Tablet (12.2 - 228, n=30, last 2 years)
78.4 runs/min ∼33% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
70.9 runs/min ∼30% -69%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
65.5 runs/min ∼27% -71%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Apple A15 Bionic (57143 - 64222, n=5)
62098 Points ∼100% +9%
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
57143 Points ∼92%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
47288 Points ∼76% -17%
Apple iPad Mini 5 (Safari 12.1)
41367 Points ∼67% -28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
26495 Points ∼43% -54%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
24196 Points ∼39% -58%
Average of class Tablet (3111 - 62946, n=37, last 2 years)
23099 Points ∼37% -60%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (455 - 12972, n=38, last 2 years)
4283 ms * ∼100% -841%
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 (Huawei Browser 11.1)
1932.6 ms * ∼45% -325%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (Chrome86)
1900.3 ms * ∼44% -318%
Apple iPad Mini 5 (Safari 12.1)
642.5 ms * ∼15% -41%
Apple iPad 2021 (Safari 15)
544.6 ms * ∼13% -20%
Apple iPad Mini 6 (Safari 15)
455.1 ms * ∼11%
Average Apple A15 Bionic (414 - 455, n=5)
429 ms * ∼10% +6%

* ... smaller is better

Games – Gaming up to 60 Hz

Depending on the game, you can make use of the full 60 Hz refresh rate of the display and play at 60 fps on the iPad Mini 6. Although "PUBG Mobile" only allows for 40 fps in Full-HD or even 4K resolution, this value can be maintained fairly constantly.

While the operation via touchscreen and position sensor works without any problems, we notice one thing: The unusual display format of 13.7:9 results in some slim black bars on the left and right side of the game, as you can also see in our screenshots below. 

Particularly with the virtual stick placed on the left side of the screen for controlling the gaming character, these bars can lead to your finger accidentally sliding outside the actual game image from time to time, so the character will suddenly stop moving. However, with some training you should be able to avoid that.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet
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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø59.4 (56-60)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.6.0: Ø59.5 (57-60)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.6.0: Ø39.3 (39-40)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.6.0: Ø39.4 (33-46)

Emissions – Stereo speakers in the iPad Mini

Temperature

We already noticed in the iPhone 13 that the Apple A15 Bionic can get quite warm sometimes. But in the slightly throttled version of the iPad Mini 6, this does not have a strong effect. Another reason for this might also be the larger case that offers a larger area for the heat to dissipate. 

A maximum heat development of 40.3 °C (104.5 °F) is relatively limited, so it should not lead to any problems even in hotter surroundings. However, we still notice some slight throttling. Already after the first run in the stress tests of 3DMark, the performance drops by about 10-15% and then remains at that level. While this should hardly be noticeable in everyday operation, apparently the full performance is not available under longer load.

3DMark Wildlife Stress Test

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Apple iPad Mini 6 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø51 (49.9-56.9)
Apple iPad 2021 A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø39.5 (38.7-44.5)
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø22.7 (22.7-22.9)
Apple iPad Mini 6 A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø14.5 (14.1-17.2)
Apple iPad 2021 A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø10.7 (10.6-12.2)
Huawei MatePad 11 2021 Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.4.2: Ø6.66 (6.65-6.67)
Max. Load
 33.1 °C
92 F
37.1 °C
99 F
36.7 °C
98 F
 
 32.9 °C
91 F
34.8 °C
95 F
35.1 °C
95 F
 
 34.7 °C
94 F
35.4 °C
96 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
39.2 °C
103 F
40.3 °C
105 F
35.5 °C
96 F
36.9 °C
98 F
34.7 °C
94 F
34.9 °C
95 F
34.8 °C
95 F
35.5 °C
96 F
34.3 °C
94 F
Maximum: 40.3 °C = 105 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.5 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.1 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.2 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.5 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

Even if there are several opening vents in the iPad Mini 6 that could point towards the presence of four speakers, Apple has only equipped its small tablet with two speakers that can create a stereo effect in landscape operation.

The new speakers produce significantly less volume than those of the predecessor, but they still sound quite impressive overall. Even though the highs are slightly too overemphasized for our tastes at maximum volume, as soon as you lower the volume level, the sound becomes more rounded and can even produce some lower frequencies to some extent.

You can connect external audio devices via Bluetooth 5.0 or the USB-C port. If you want to connect Bluetooth devices, you have to make sure that they support the audio codecs from Apple, since there is no aptX from Qualcomm.

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Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad Mini 6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 21% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple iPad Mini 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Power Management – There continues to be a good battery life

Power Consumption

Compared to the iPad Mini 5, the successor shows itself to be slightly more efficient in almost all the scenarios, even though the new device offers more performance. A comparison with the Android devices hardly makes any sense here, since those bring a significantly larger display, so they also consume significantly more power, particularly in idle operation. Unfortunately, there currently are hardly any really powerful Android tablets in the smaller format.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.1 / 2.2 / 4.2 Watt
Load midlight 6.7 / 11.4 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
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Apple iPad Mini 6
5177 mAh
Apple iPad Mini 5
5124 mAh
Apple iPad 2021
8686 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
7250 mAh
Power Consumption
-20%
-77%
-29%
-37%
Idle Minimum *
1.1
1.3
-18%
1.3
-18%
1.16
-5%
1.33
-21%
Idle Average *
2.2
2.2
-0%
7.5
-241%
4.42
-101%
5.37
-144%
Idle Maximum *
4.2
5.3
-26%
7.58
-80%
4.43
-5%
5.41
-29%
Load Average *
6.7
9.8
-46%
10.03
-50%
8.86
-32%
6.87
-3%
Load Maximum *
11.4
12.5
-10%
10.91
4%
11.6
-2%
10.08
12%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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: Ø5.64 (1.224-12.5)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.57 (6.78-11.4)
; Idle 1min: Ø1.415 (1.36-1.586)

Battery Life

Compared to the previous generation, the battery capacity of the new iPad Mini has increased minimally. Apple speaks of 10 hours of surfing until the battery is depleted. According to our test, this is even possible for much longer, if you limit the display brightness to 150 cd/m². While at 13:36 hours, the iPad Mini does not stand out much in the comparison to other tablets, it still lasts a few minutes longer.

The tablet can be recharged at a maximum of 20 watts using the included charger. It will take about 1:30 hours to completely recharge the battery. Wireless charging continues to be unsupported.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
30h 02min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 36min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 59min
Apple iPad Mini 6
5177 mAh
Apple iPad Mini 5
5124 mAh
Apple iPad 2021
8686 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
8000 mAh
Huawei MatePad 11 2021
7250 mAh
Battery Runtime
-5%
17%
7%
10%
Reader / Idle
1802
1733
-4%
2292
27%
1963
9%
1972
9%
H.264
903
891
-1%
898
-1%
885
-2%
864
-4%
WiFi v1.3
816
791
-3%
805
-1%
811
-1%
835
2%
Load
179
158
-12%
253
41%
221
23%
236
32%

Pros

+ very high performance
+ compact
+ large number of available accessories
+ optionally: many LTE frequencies and 5G
+ long battery life
+ decent cameras
+ decent stereo speakers

Cons

- 60-Hz screen only
- slight throttling
- display could be brighter
- possibly annoying jelly effect in the screen

Verdict – Modern and powerful

Testing the Apple iPad Mini 6.
Testing the Apple iPad Mini 6.

The new iPad Mini is significantly more expensive than its predecessor, but it also comes to the user with a modern design, significantly more power, pen support, and optionally also with 5G.

Despite the SoC being slightly throttled, the iPad Mini is still one of the most powerful tablets that are currently available. It also does not have any trouble with multitasking. The battery life continues to be convincing, the speakers produce a decent sound, and the cameras take pictures that are acceptable for a tablet.

In terms of complaints, the display of the tablet could be even brighter. This is particularly the case for a small tablet, since you tend to take a small device outdoors more than you would a larger one. We should also mention a slight throttling under longer load, the unusual display format that could lead to some problems while gaming, and the problems of some users with the excessive jelly effect while scrolling. 

The new Apple iPad Mini is powerful, compact, and finally also receives a modern design. But there are also some small points of complaint.

Overall, the Apple iPad Mini 6 shows itself as a very high-quality tablet, whose performance doesn't really have any competitors in its size class. In terms of alternatives, those who are looking for a compact device that offers an extreme amount of power can only consider the predecessor, the Apple iPad Mini 5, and save some money that way. If the tablet can also be larger, there are of course also Apple's other tablets such as the more affordable iPad, the small iPad Pro, or the iPad Air.

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Price and Availability

You can get the iPad Mini directly from the manufacturer starting at $499. At the time of this test, it is also available at the same price from BestBuy and many other vendors.

Apple iPad Mini 6 - 10/15/2021 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
86 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
67 / 80 → 84%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
53 / 70 → 76%
Weight
86 / 40-88 → 97%
Battery
90%
Display
93%
Games Performance
62 / 78 → 79%
Application Performance
95 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 84%
Camera
56 / 85 → 66%
Average
81%
91%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 891 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Mark Riege
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Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Florian Schmitt, 2021-10-18 (Update: 2021-10-18)