Apple iPad mini vs. Apple iPad: We compare Apple's new tablets

We compare the iPad mini with the new fourth generation iPad

Apple has finally lifted the lid on one of the most widely rumoured products of the year, the iPad mini. The 7.9in screened tablet is the company's first foray into the smaller tablet market.

Read our preview of the Apple iPad mini here

The iPad mini wasn't the only iPad Apple unveiled today. Less than eight months after it launched the third generation iPad (called the "new iPad"), the company confined that model to the history books by releasing a fourth generation version.

The new fourth generation Apple iPad is identical in design to the previous model but has the new Lightning connector, an upgraded A6X processor and will work on Australian 4G networks.

How much different is the new iPad mini to the new, fourth generation iPad? Is it a downgrade in more ways that one or does it just have a smaller display? Let's find out.

Apple iPad mini

Apple iPad mini (preview)

Apple iPad (4th Generation)

Apple iPad (4th Generation)
Screen size
7.9in
9.7in
Display resolution
1024x768
2048x1536 ("Retina")
Display technology
LED-backlit IPS
LED-backlit IPS
Pixel density
163ppi
264ppi
Front camera
1.2-megapixels
1.2-megapixels
Rear camera
5 megapixels, no flash
5 megapixels, no flash
Camera features
Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection
Autofocus, geotagging, touch focus, face detection
Video recording
1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)
1080p HD @ 30fps (720p HD front camera)
Internal memory
16GB/32GB/64GB
16GB/32GB/64GB
Thickness
7.2mm
9.4mm
Weight
308g
652g
RAM
512MB
1GB
Processor
Apple A5 dual-core (1GHz)
Apple A6X dual-core (1GHz)
Australian 3G networks
HSDPA 850/900/2100
HSDPA 850/900/2100
Australian 4G networks
LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)
LTE 1800MHz (Telstra, Optus)
Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n
802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
4.0 with A2DP
4.0 with A2DP
HDMI-out
No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)
No (Yes, with optional Lightning Digital AV Adapter: $59)
Dock connector
'Lightning' 8-pin
'Lightning' 8-pin
Quoted battery life
Up to 10h
Up to 10h
Battery
16.3W Lithium polymer
42.5W Lithium polymer

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