The fifth Apple iPad Mini 2019 is a 7.9-inch tablet that looks identical to its predecessor. However, there are some important differences. Inside, we get a very powerful Apple A12 Bionic processor now, as well as iOS 12, Touch ID, and a full metal body. Here is everything you need to know about the new iPad Mini.
Read: My iPad Mini 2019 Review
- Full metal body
- 7.9-inch Retina display
- Apple A12 Bionic processor
- 64GB or 2256GB storage
- Touch ID fingerprint scanner
- Optional Apple Pencil
- Optional LTE 4G Cellular
Apple iPad Mini 2019: The Basics
The iPad Mini 2019 looks identical to its predecessor. It features a full aluminum body which is just 6.1mm thin and weighs 300.5g. You can get it in silver, space grey, and gold. On the sides, we get a power button, volume controls and, with the LTE version, a SIM card slot. Additionally, there is the old Lightning connector on the bottom. Next to it are two stereo speakers. Oh, and we do still get a standard headphone jack.
Underneath the display sits a home button with built-in Touch ID. That’s Apple’s fingerprint scanner. The cameras have a resolution of 7 megapixels in the front and 8 megapixels on the back.
The iPad Mini 2019 features a 7.9-inch IPS screen with a “Retina” resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. It is a True Tone display which has an anti-reflective coating and is fully laminated and has a brightness of 500 nits. An exciting new feature is Apple Pencil support. Yes, you can use the original one, but not Apple Pencil 2.
Insides the small tablet runs an Apple A12 Bionic processor. We’ve seen that one in recent iPhones already. It is much faster than the A8 of its predecessor. However, it’s not as powerful as the A12X from the iPad Pro lineup.
When buying the iPad Mini, you can choose between 64GB or 256GB of internal storage. There is no info on the used memory yet.
|Tablet||Apple iPad Mini 2019|
|Operating system||iOS 12|
|Display||7.9-inch IPS with 2048 x 1536|
|Processor||Apple A12 Bionic|
|Main camera||8 Megapixel|
|Front camera||7 Megapixel|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, optional LTE|
|Ports||Lightning, headphone jack|
|Battery Life||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions||203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm|
|Weight||starting at 300,5g|
Prices & Availability
Apple announced the fourth generation iPad Mini 2019 in a press release on March 19th 2019. It started to get available in the following weeks in the United States and most of Europe. In the US, the tablet starts at 399 US Dollar. However, in Europe, you usually have to pay 449 Euros. More storage or cellular options cost more.
iPad Mini 2019 Alternatives
There are very few real alternatives to the Apple iPad Mini 2019 only. One that is quite similar is the Huawei MediaPad M5 8 running Android. It features a high-resolution 8.4-inch screen, a full metal body, a fingerprint scanner, and powerful hardware. It is one of the best Android tablets available. However, it is not as fast as the iPad Mini 2019.
- Powerful hardware
- Excellent screen
- Metal body
- Long battery life
- Good speakers
- Solid cameras
- Apple Pencil support
- Tons of optimized apps
- Old design
- Lightning port
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