Apple iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display to Debut in India on 7 December; Specifications and Price Details

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By Rohit KVN | December 3, 2013 6:07 PM EST

American technology firm Apple is reportedly set to release its new generation iPads in India this week.

Ingram Micro, Apple's official reseller, has confirmed that the new iPad Air and iPad Mini with retina display will be made available in the subcontinent on 7 December, reported PTI

Both tablet variants made their global debut in US on 22 October. Despite having a big 9.7-inch screen with metal back cover, the fifth-generation device weighs just a pound (469 g) and has been aptly named iPad Air. It sports a retina display (2,048x1536p) made of IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) technology having a pixel density of 264 ppi (pixels per inch).

The new iPad Air runs on the iOS v7.0 out-of-the box (v7.0.4 update now available). Like its smartphone cousin iPhone 5S, iPad air is also backed by Apple's 64-bit architecture based A7 chipset. It is paired with M7 co-processor to manage motion related tasks, thereby taking a load off on the main CPU. The device features a 5.0-meagpixel iSight camera with 5-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, HDR photos, full HD video recording capability and 3 x video zoom. On the front side, it houses a 1.2-megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and face-detection abilities.

The smaller iPad Mini 2 sports a 7.9-inch retina display (2048x1536p) with 326 ppi pixel density and packs pretty much the same internal hardware as seen inside its elder sibling, sans the battery capacity (23.8-watt/hour).

As of now, there is no official word on the pricing of the devices, but rumour has it that the big iPad variants are expected to priced between ₹35,900 and ₹65,900. The mini variants are speculated to cost around ₹28,900 and ₹58,900.

Apple, in its bid to attract price-conscious Indian buyers, may run promotional buy-back schemes with discounts on the new iPads, reported The Economic Times.

Expected prices of Apple's new iPad Air and iPad Mini variants in India:

Models

iPad Air (Wi-Fi Only)

iPad Air (Wi-Fi+ SIM support)

iPad Mini 2 (Wi-Fi only )

iPad Mini 2(Wi-Fi + SIM support)

16GB

₹35,900

₹44,900

₹28,900

₹37,900

32GB

₹42,900

₹51,900

₹35,900

₹44,900

64GB

₹49,900

₹58,900

₹42,900

₹51,900

128GB

₹56,900

₹65,900

₹49,000

₹58,900

Key specifications of Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini 2:

Model

Apple iPad Air

Apple iPad Mini 2

Display

9.7-inch IGZO display with 2,048x1,536p resolutions and pixel density of 264 ppi (pixel per inch) and comes with finger-print resistant oleophobic coating

7.9-inch LED back-lit multi-touch retain display with 2048x1536p resolutions and pixel density of 326 ppi and comes with finger-print resistant oleophobic coating

OS

iOS v7.0 (out-of-the-box), update v7.0.4 is available now

iOS v7.0 (out-of-the-box), update v7.0.4 is available now

Processor

Apple A7(64-bit architecture) with M7 motion co-processor

Apple A7(64-bit architecture) with M7 motion co-processor

Storage capacity

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Camera

Main: iSight 5.0-megapixel camera with 5-element lens,     f/2.4 aperture, HDR photos, full HD video recording capability, 3 x video zoom,

Front: 1.2-megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, face-detection

Main: iSight 5.0-megapixel camera with 5-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, HDR photos, full HD video recording capability, 3 x video zoom,

Front: 1.2-megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, face-detection

Network

3G and 4G-LTE

3G and 4G-LTE

Battery

Built-in 32.4-watt/hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery;

Up to 10 hours surfing web on Wi-Fi and 9 hours via SIM

Built-in 23.8-watt/hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery;

 Up to 10 hours surfing web on Wi-Fi and 9 hours via SIM

Add-ons

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n; dual band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz ), MIMO, Bluetooth v4.0, Nano-SIM tray for cellular model, lightning port

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n; dual band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz ), MIMO, Bluetooth v4.0, Nano-SIM tray for cellular model,

Dimensions

240.0 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (negligible difference in the SIM based model)

200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm (negligible difference in the SIM based model)

Weight

469 g

331 g

Colours

Space Grey & Silver

Space Grey & Silver

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