iPad mini with Retina Display, is it a worthy upgrade?

The new iPad mini has been announced and it’s now called the iPad mini with Retina Display highlighting the higher resolution on the same 7.9-inch display.

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display

Just how much of an upgrade does the new iPad mini have over the previous one which is also the first generation iPad mini? Well, the display now makes it a really gorgeous device for playing games and watching HD videos. The new iPad mini now has a 2,048 x 1,536 resolution bringing its pixel density to 326 ppi from a paltry 163 ppi. Yep, you will definitely notice the improvement on the display.

The iPad mini with Retina Display also comes with the same 64-bit Apple A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor as that of the iPhone 5S. That’s a processor upgrade of two generations. If you’re into gaming on your iPad mini, you will appreciate this huge performance bump. I’ve been experiencing more than enough instances of choppy gameplay on Infinity Blade II and Injustice when left on for a long time. It may be because of the 1GHz A5 processor or the 512MB RAM but it’s bound to perform way better on the new iPad mini.

The weight and thickness of the new iPad mini has also increased but just a teeny bit for you to notice. On the upside, the battery got bigger as well.

Overall, the iPad mini with Retina Display may just force iPad mini owners to upgrade especially those who watch videos or play games a lot.

Here’s a rundown of the specs comparison between the two:

iPad mini iPad mini with Retina Display
7.9-inch IPS LCD display, 1024 x 768 7.9-inch Retina display, 2048 x 1536
1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 64-bit Apple A7 with M7 motion coprocessor
512MB RAM ??
16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB
5-megapixel iSight camera 5-megapixel iSight camera
1.2-megapixel front camera 1.2-megapixel front camera
Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm
308 grams (0.68 pounds) 331 grams (0.73 pounds)
16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer 23.8-watt-hour lithium polymer
SRP: starts at Php15,490 for 16GB WiFi SRP: TBD
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  • Griswold

    to those who waited one year before getting an ipad mini, this is worth it. at least the processor can handle a couple of years or more worth of games.

  • Gab the Geek

    Just a catch. The SRP for the ORIGINAL iPad Mini is not 22, 990 pesos. It’s suppose to be 15,990.

    • thanks Gab. you are correct. i think i was looking at the ipad that time. thanks again!

  • Cool! I like this tablet! thanks ! ;D