It was back in October when Cupertino based Apple Inc. announced the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display and loads of prospective buyers in India were eagerly awaiting the launch of the tablets in the Indian subcontinent. And now, both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display are available for buyers starting at Rs.35,900 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Air and the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini with Retina Display starting at Rs.28,900.
The prices of both the tablets are as below:
- 16GB, WiFi only – Rs. 35,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 44,900
- 32GB, WiFi only – Rs. 42,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 51,900
- 64GB, WiFi only – Rs. 49,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 58,900
- 128GB, WiFi only- Rs.56,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 65,900
iPad Mini with Retina Display
- 16GB, WiFi only – Rs. 28,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 37,900
- 32GB, WiFi only – Rs. 35,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 44,900
- 64GB, WiFi only – Rs. 42,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 51,900
- 128GB, WiFi only-Rs. 49,900, WiFi + 4G – Rs. 58,900
The Apple iPad Air has a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display which still has the Retina Display (2048 x 1536 pixels) intact and no improvment in that front has been done by Apple but the processor on the iPad Air is the latest Apple A7 with 64 bit processor which was debuted on the Apple iPhone 5S earlier this year. The camera on the iPad Air is the same 5 megapixel iSight with 1080p video recording capability while the tablet has dual Wi-Fi antenna – MiMO for connectivity.
The Apple iPad Air weighs just 454 grams and measures at just 7.5mm which is impressive. Design wise, the iPad Air takes cues from the iPad Mini and has more rounded corners and a smooth finish on the back. No other noteworthy changes have been made to the Apple iPad Air but for the Apple fans, the iPad Air might just hold a valid upgrade giving the powerful processor and the minor design tweaks that Apple has included on the tablet. Coming to the iPad Mini with Retina Display, the tablet packs in a 7.9 inch with Retina Display (2048 x 1536 pixels) while being powered by the A7 64-bit processor. There is a 5 megapixel iSight camera with the capability to record videos at 1080p. If you have been waiting for a smaller tablet, then the iPad Mini with the Retina Display is a good buy but we feel the pricing is a bit too high for the device but if you held yourself back from the iPad Mini because of the display, then the iPad Mini with Retina Display should be a great buy.
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