The iPad Mini 4 didn’t receive as much as attention as the new iPhones at the launch, but it surely caught our attention, because it’s Apple’s way of fixing things, after disappointing its fans with the iPad Mini 3. But we won’t be talking about this model, and instead, we’ll take a look at its predecessor’s specs and see what was changed in two years.
Designs and Displays
We’re wondering if Apple will ever ditch the aluminum material, which is found on almost all products (the iPhone 5C was an exception), but we can’t complain about the design, because in comparison to other devices, the iPad Mini tablets look more premium, they’re very sleek and slim and even easy to use with one hand. However, the Mini 2 was available in two variants of colors: Space Gray/Black and Silver/White, but the last one offers a third variant with a Gold shade.
There’s a difference of 3.2mm between the heights of the two tablets, and the iPad Mini 2 is shorter at 200mm, and it’s also 0.1mm narrower, measuring 134.7mm, but at that time, Apple was still struggling to make its tablets as slim as possible. So, the Mini 2 was measuring 7.5mm, being much thinner than other rivals, but Apple managed to create the last version with a thickness of only 6.1mm, considerably reducing its weight from 331grams to 299grams (WiFi model) and from 341grams to 304grams (3G/LTE model). In addition, the iPad Mini 4 has a fingerprint scanner, whose role is to help the users lock and unlock their tablets.
The screen hasn’t changed its size or resolution, being kept at 7.9-inch with 1536×2048 pixels which results in an equal pixel density of 324ppi. The panel is the usual LED backlit IPS, but the latest model has a fully laminated display, while the older tablet has a screen composed of three individual components: the IPS panel, the touch sensor and the cover glass. As for the image quality, obviously, Apple has improved it on the last version, so now, the display can cover 94.8 percent of the sRGB color gamut and the contrast is at 914:1, also, the black levels have been decreased to 0.48cd/m2, while the brightness is at 438.70cd/m2.
The Mini 2 has the brightness at 411.48cd/m2, the black levels are at 0.57cd/m2, the contrast is quite mediocre at 714:1, and its screen covers only 68.6 percent of the sRGB color gamut.
The iPad Mini 2 is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz A7 processor, which is backed by 1GB of RAM, in the single core test of Geekbench 3, it scored 1,385, while in the multicore test of the same test it scored 2,485.
The Mini 4 has also 1GB of RAM, but its processor is much faster, as it’s a dual-core 1.5GHz A8 which scored 1,694 in the single core test and 3,058 in the multicore test of Geekbench 3.
In the onscreen Manhattan test of GFX Bench GL, the Mini 2 scored 548 frames, having poor result in comparison to Mini 4’s score of 925 frames.
The Mini 2 was available in four variants of internal storage: 16/32/64/128 GB, but the last iPad ditched the 32GB variant.
Cameras and Batteries
The rear camera of the newer version was upgraded from 5MP to 8MP and received new features such Burst Mode and slow motion, but the front camera kept the resolution of 1.2MP. It seems that the iPad Mini 2 takes average quality images outdoors and indoors (a bit noisy though), while the iPad Mini 4 captures more details.
The iPad Mini 2 has a battery of 6470 mAh which lasts a bit over nine hours when playing videos with the screen brightness set to 170cd/m2, while the iPad Mini 4 with its 5124 mAh battery can last up to 10 hours and 43 minutes.
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