DNP iPad Mini vs thirdgen iPad what's different

We've all known that iPad prototypes of every shape and size reside inside Apple's design lab, but few of us believed we'd ever see one on store shelves. Of course, when the rumor machine leapt into top gear, it seemed that Apple had relaxed its legendary stance on "tweener tablets." Now Tim Cook and chums have whipped the covers from the iPad Mini, it's time to delve inside.

Given that this is an entirely new product from the company, we thought we'd stack it up against the third and fourth generation iPads -- the latter coming out just seven months after we threw down cash on the former. That way, we can identify what compromises and concessions have been made to squeeze the iPad experience into a smaller body. Join us after the break to to take part in the stats extravaganza, but excuse us if we're a little distracted -- we're still suffering from concussion where Apple kicked all of us third-generation iPad owners in the teeth.

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iPad Mini iPad (Early 2012) iPad (late 2012)
Display 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution 1,024 x 768 2048 x 1536 2,048 x 1,536
Pixel Density 163 ppi 264 ppi 264 ppi
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5X 1 GHz dual-core Apple A6X
Graphics PowerVR SGX MP4+ (tbc) PowerVR SGX MP4+ PowerVR SGX554 MP4
Memory 512MB (tbc) 1GB 1GB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front Camera 1.2-megapixel VGA (640 x 480) 1.2-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel f/2.4 AF 5-Megapixel AF 5-Megapixel f/2.4 AF
Cellular GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE 3G, HSPA+, DC-HPA, 4G LTE (AT&T, Verizon) GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE
WiFi Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 4.0
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope 3-axis
3-axis
3-axis
Dimensions (WiFi) 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
Dimensions (Cellular) 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
Weight (WiFi) 308 grams (0.68 pounds) 652 grams (1.44 pounds) 652 grams (1.44 pounds)
Weight (Cellular) 312 grams (0.69 pounds) 662 grams (1.46 pounds) 662 grams (1.46 pounds)
Battery 16.3-watt-hour lithium polymer 42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer 42.5-watt-hour lithium polymer
Ports Lightning, 3.5mm headphone 30-pin, 3.5mm headphone Lightning, 3.5mm headphone
Location (WiFi) WiFi, Digital Compass WiFi, Digital Compass WiFi, Digital Compass
Location (3G / LTE) aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi aGPS, 3G, 4G, Digital Compass, WiFi aGPS, GLONASS, Cellular, WiFi
Minimum Price $329 WiFi-only, $459 Cellular $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular $499 WiFi-only, $629 Cellular
Details accurate at launch

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iPad Mini vs. the new (and newer) iPad: what's different?