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Apple shows off the iPad mini with Retina display

The 7.9-inch tablet now offers higher resolution than an HDTV and highly improved processor and graphics performance, as well as extended battery life.

Next to the iPad Air, Apple unveiled the refreshed iPad mini tablet which now packs the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S, a high definition Retina display with the same resolution as the iPad Air and comes preloaded with iOS 7.

The 7.9-inch screen of the new iPad mini has the same resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad, so "Images are crisp, text is crystal clear, movies play at full 1080p HD-resolution and the 475,000 apps designed specifically for iPad work automatically."

According to Apple, the new A7 chip allows the iPad mini to provide outstanding performance without reducing battery life - "up to four times faster CPU and up to eight times faster graphics performance than the previous generation".

The iPad mini features a front-facing 1.2 MP FaceTimeHD camera and a 5 MP autofocus iSight camera in the back. Its 23.8 Wh battery has an autonomy of up to 10 hours of watching video, listening to music or surfing the Web on WiFi and 9 hours when surfing the Web using the cellular data network.

Just like the iPad Air, the new iPad mini will be available starting on November 1 in Space Gray or Silver and two distinct models - WiFi only and WiFi+cellular. The amount of internal storage available starts at 16 GB ($399/$529) and can go up to 128 GB ($699/$829).


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-10-22 (Update: 2013-10-23)