Apple To Launch 7.85-inch iPad Mini, Priced $300

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The rumors about an iPad Mini were confirmed once more by sources from the IT industry. Reports say that the new iPad Mini sports a 7.85-inch display manufactured by Sharp.

2012 might become the first year when Apple launches two tablets. After the new iPad with an amazing Retina Display, already available since March, Apple has a 7.85-inch iPad on their working tablet, based on a IGZO touch panel manufactured by Sharp, writes Bloomberg.

Even though the new iPad Mini won’t have a Retina Display, the technology used for the IGZO panel allows the unit to display better pictures, keeping the thick lower. Rumor has it that the pixel density of the 7.85-inch display will be around 330 ppi, better the one of the new iPad (9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels).

When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire in November 2011, few have thought that the 7-inch tablet developed by the online retailer would be an instant sales hit. In just a quarter, the Kindle Fire, helped by its $200 price, became the most popular Android tablet ever created.

Google immediately figured out that having a cheap tablet with high-end specifications in your portfolio would instantly persuade the consumers to get their hands on one, therefore, at Google I/O 2012, the Mountain View-based company announced the Nexus 7: a 7-inch tablet with quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU and HD display that costs as much as $199.

It looks like Apple is afraid that the recently launched Nexus 7 will bite a big chunk of their share on the tablet market, therefore the Cupertino-based company is having a 7.85-inch tablet in works.

The analysts estimate that the price of the 7.85-inch iPad Mini would probably be between $250 and 300, cheaper than the iPad 2, but more expensive than a Kindle Fire or Google Nexus 7. The new iPad Mini might be announced during the fall, along with iPhone 5.

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