Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 Hit Stores in India; Price and Specifications Details

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By Rohit KVN | December 7, 2013 8:24 PM EST

Apple's 2013 flagship tablets - iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 officially went on sale in the Indian market today, two months after making their global debut.

The new fifth-generation Apple tablet sports 9.7-inch Retina (2048x1536p) display boasting IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) screen technology. Despite boasting metal based back-cover, it weighs just a little over one pound (469 g) and is 20-percent slimmer than the previous versions; hence the name iPad Air.

The other striking feature is that it boasts the most advanced chipset Apple A7, a 64-bit architecture based efficient dual-core processor. To lessen the work load on the main CPU, Apple has planted another co-processor M7 to independently handle the motion related tasks of the phone's gyroscope and accelerometers.

iPad Air ships with the new iOS v7.0 out-of-the box (v7.0.4 update now available) and also houses a 5.0-meagpixel iSight camera with 5-element lens, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with HD (720p) video recording and face-detection abilities and a battery with capacity of 10 hours of internet browsing (via Wi-Fi).

On the other hand, iPad Mini 2 (aka iPad Mini with Retina Display) sports a 7.9-inch screen with 326 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution and packs pretty much the same internal hardware seen inside its elder sibling, sans the battery capacity (23.8-watt/hour).

As expected, premium Apple iPads come with expensive price-tags; the price ranges between ₹35,900 and ₹65,900 for iPad Air, while iPad Mini 2 costs around ₹28,900 to ₹58,900.

Official prices of Apple's new iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 variants in India:

Models

iPad Air (Wi-Fi Only)

iPad Air (Wi-Fi+ 3G 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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