Apple, which revolutionised the tablet PC space with iPad, has now added a shrunken version, the iPad Mini. With a 7.9-inch screen, iPad Mini is smaller and less expensive than the traditional 10-inch model, but will support similar functions and apps.
Analysts note that the iPad mini does address a new segment of the tablet market, and boasts of a feature set that is richer than competition. Furthermore, the 275,000 existing iPad apps are fully compatible with the iPad Mini, allowing Apple to leverage its existing rich app ecosystem.
The iPad Mini has the same resolution as the iPad 2, also includes a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, Apple's ‘Lightning’ connector and a 5-megapixel back camera. Google, meanwhile, is expected to reverse Apple’s strategy in coming weeks, by launching a 10-inch version of the Nexus.
Globally, the arrival of the smaller iPad is set to charge the market for 7-inch tablets, helping the market to approximately double in 2013, according to a report by research firm iSuppli Display Materials & Systems Service.
Image: Even though the Mini's screen is 1.8 inches smaller than the standard iPad, the movies looked lush, even in a side-by-side comparison with the larger tablet.