iPad Mini vs. fourth-gen iPad vs. the new iPad

CNET checks out how the small but mighty iPad Mini stands against the newest full-size iPad, as well as its other predecessor.


Though it's typical that the youngest and littlest sibling gets all the attention, he or she isn't always the favorite member of the family. The same can be said for the iPad Mini . In addition to the competition it faces with non-Apple tablets , the fun-size iPad still has some big shoes to fill from its own lineage.

To find out what's new and what stayed the same, we fashioned this handy comparison chart to see how the iPad Mini stacks up against its own siblings -- the recently announced fourth-generation iPad and the new iPad, which was unfortunately introduced just sixth months ago.

iPad Mini Fourth-gen iPad New (third-gen) iPad
Screen size 7.9 inches 9.7 inches 9.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,024x768-pixels w/ 163ppi 2,048x1,536-pixels w/ 264ppi 2,048x1,536-pixels w/ 264ppi
Thickness 0.28 inch 0.37 inch 0.37 inch
Weight 0.68 pound 1.44 pounds 1.44 pounds
Processor A5 (dual-core) A6X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics) A5X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics)
Front camera 1.2-megapixels/720p 1.2-megapixels/720p VGA
Rear camera 5-megapixels/1080p 5-megapixels/1080p 5-megapixels/1080p
Video stabilization Yes Yes Yes
Face detection Yes Yes Yes
FaceTime Yes Yes Yes
Siri Yes Yes Yes
Cellular 4G (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint) 4G (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint) 4G (Verizon, AT&T)
Storage 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
Battery 16.3Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular 42.5Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular 42.5Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular
Connector Lightning connector Lightning connector 30-pin doc connector
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 4.0
Credit: Lynn La/CNET

Keep in mind that this is a developing story. We'll continue to update this chart throughout the day.

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.


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