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For people who forgot, here is Apple's reminder that there is indeed an iPad mini in existence. The last iPad mini came all the way back in 2015, it was the 4th iPad mini in the series. Perhaps, people stopped demanding, and Apple stopped caring, for more smaller tablets since the existing flagship phones seem to get larger by the day. Apple's own iPhone series is a good example of how flagship phones are consistently getting larger in screen size.

The difference between the two is not much now, with the iPad mini featuring a 7.9 inch screen. In terms of tablet size this is small. However, don't let its small size fool you how powerful it is. The iPad mini was launched alongside the iPad Air. And the only reason you should buy it is if you are looking for a manageable size.

Price and Release Date

The iPad mini 5 starts at $399 / £399 / AU$599 / AED 1,599 for the USA, UK, Australia and UAE respectively. It will be available in stores someday between March 25 and March 29. However, Apple is known to release its new products on Friday, so it may launch on 29th.

That price tag gets you with 64GB internal memory with WiFi and no cellular network support. The more expensive $679 / £669 / AU$1019 / AED 2,729 version gets you a cellular network connection and a whopping 256GB of memory.

Design

The iPad mini may be launching in 2019, but its design is still years old. The design is not following any of the trends of today. That means no notched display, no thin bezels and a touch enabled home button. The bezels are also fairly thick. Despite the front camera, there is no Face ID unlocking feature. In my opinion, with the availability of a fingerprint sensor, a Face ID system feels redundant. People usually stick to one method of unlocking.

At the bottom there are the dual speakers. and a USB-C connector. It will be available in three colors; Silver, Space Gray and Gold.

Credits: Apple

The display is very sharp with a 2048 x 1536 resolutions. For a screen size of 7.9, it provides great pixel density. The touch display also supports Apple Pencil 1. However, the latest wireless chargeable Apple Pencil 2 is surprisingly not supported by the device.

Apple iPad Mini 5 Specifications

  • Screen: 7.9-inch LED-backlit screen (500 nits brightness)
  • Display: 2,048 x 1,536 resolution (326 pixels per inch)
  • Storage: 64GB / 256GB
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic chip
  • Rear Camera: 8 megapixels (f/2.4 aperture)
  • Selfie Camera: 7 megapixels (f/2.2 aperture)
  • Battery Life: 10 hours of web-surfing, watching video or listening to music
  • Software: iOS 12
  • Ports: Headphone Jack / Lightning Connector
  • Unlocking: Touch ID fingerprint scanner
  • Weight: 300.5 grams
  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm
  • Colours: Silver / Space Grey / Gold