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 MiniFourth-gen iPadNew (third-gen) iPad
Screen size7.9 inches9.7 inches9.7 inches
Screen resolution1,024x768-pixels w/ 163ppi2,048x1,536-pixels w/ 264ppi2,048x1,536-pixels w/ 264ppi
Thickness0.28 inch0.37 inch0.37 inch
Weight0.68 pound1.44 pounds1.44 pounds
ProcessorA5 (dual-core)A6X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics)A5X (dual-core, w/ quad-core graphics)
Front camera1.2-megapixels/720p1.2-megapixels/720pVGA
Rear camera5-megapixels/1080p5-megapixels/1080p5-megapixels/1080p
Video stabilizationYesYesYes
Face detectionYesYesYes
Cellular4G (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint)4G (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint)4G (Verizon, AT&T)
Storage16GB, 32GB, and 64GB16GB, 32GB, and 64GB16GB, 32GB, and 64GB
Battery16.3Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular42.5Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular42.5Wh: 10 hrs. on Wi-Fi, 9 hrs. on cellular
ConnectorLightning connectorLightning connector30-pin doc connector
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Keep in mind that this is a developing story. We'll continue to update this chart throughout the day.

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