Apple has announced the new iPad mini some minutes ago, it has the same resolution of 1024×786 which you see in iPad on a lower screen size of 7.9 inch which should look better than iPad 2, however you will still be able to see the pixels on the screen as its not retina and no where close.
iPad Mini is Larger Than 7 Inch Tablets and Costly Too
In case you are wondering how iPad mini compares with other 7 inch tablets in market like Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 7 inch tablet, it slightly larger than 7 inch tablets in display at 7.9 inch and little bigger to hold in one hand and comparing it on the price it is more costly than both Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire as it starts at $329 for 16gb model.
When iPad Mini coming to India ?
iPad mini should be coming to india in next 2 weeks, most probably on within two days if we are right, it might get launched here in india on the same day iPhone 5 is launched that will be October 26th but as per the previous history iPad takes more than 2 weeks to come to india officially and to be available it takes another 1 week from the launch date.
We went to the Apple India website which clearly indicates that iPad 2 is taking the india route in next few weeks as the website says its coming soon, not on the home page but when you click the iPad mini image on the home button, the next redirected page says its coming soon…
iPad 2 VS iPad mini Price Difference ?
As per the pricing announced as if now at the launch event of iPad mini – its starting at $329 for 16gb model wifi only which will turn out to be nearly 20,000 to 21,000 INR Indian rupees which does not make sense as iPad 2 is already selling here at 24,000 for 16gb wifi version, as there is 3,000 price difference and big difference in screen size.
So, as per our assumption if apple wants to sell iPad mini here in india, they either need to launch it at lower price than 20,000 INR which is unlikely or the should come up with a 8gb model for iPad mini model which is not yet announced but if they do announce it it should be around 16000-18000 price segment which will be the best, so we will see if that happens in future.
iPad 2 will be discontinued and will stop selling in India ?
Yes, as soon as the iPad mini comes in india, apple will stop selling iPad 2 in some weeks so if you think iPad 2 is better deal for your at price difference which should be around 3000 INR for which you get a larger display, go ahead and buy iPad 2.
Please note: All the above assumptions are derived on the basis of some information we got through the apple reseller network here in india, so lets wait and watch what happens.