The device is available starting today worldwide including US, the Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Mexico, Thailand and China.
The device keeps the same 7.9” form factor as its predecessor with a slightly thicker body. The choice of colors will be space gray with black face or silver white face. The starting price for the 16GB WiFi model price is $70 higher than its predecessor, at $399 and the price goes up to a whopping $829 for a 128GB LTE version.
The most notable improvement is the Retina display boasting 323 pixels per inch on 2048 x 1536 7.9” screen resolution. The new iPad mini is equipped with Apple new potent A7 64 bit processor matching that of the flagship iPad Air with several folds in computing and graphics performance increase. The additional bulk helps maintaining 10-hour battery life.
The availability is said to be constrained with high anticipation in demand. The original 16GB min WiFi sans Retina display is still on sale at reduced $299 price tag (from orig. price $329).
[Source Apple Online Store]