Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?

Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?We're finally sure the iPad mini is real, and the latest indication is that October 23 is the day Apple has chosen for the big unveiling – just eight days hence.

What is still very much up for debate is just how many versions of the cut-size iPad will go on sale, and more importantly what they will cost. Well, how about this idea: a total of 16 different variants, with prices starting at just £200?

That's the latest whisper doing the rounds, following an inventory system leak surfaced by German mobile blog Flo's weblog. If the inventory listing is accurate, Apple is indeed looking at Wi-Fi and 3G versions of every variant of iPad mini (contradicting another rumour that surfaced last week), and there will be black and white options of both types, available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage option.

The cheapest 8GB Wi-Fi-only model has been listed at €249, which equates to around £200. If that's true it'll certainly provide some serious competition to the latest crop of low-price 7in Android tablets, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7.

The top-end 64GB Wi-Fi plus 3G variant, meanwhile, is priced at €649 (around £520), indicating just how wide a market the iPad mini is aiming at. On the surface of things Apple appears to be targeting everyone from entry-level tablet bargain hunters to high-end shoppers who effectively want a full-blown iPad with a smaller screen.

But with the only actual difference between the two being the presence of 3G and the amount of storage space on offer, can the iPad mini really hit both markers effectively? Time will tell – and that's assuming this info is in any way accurate, which itself is by no means certain.

Via PhoneArena

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:56

Hm...
I don't get 7in tabs. I'd like Pearl to churn out some 7in eInk panels though.

barrybarryk  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:30

An iPod touch is £250, There's practically no chance of a £200 iPad Mini

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:37

An iPod touch is £250, There's practically no chance of a £200 iPad Mini
I was about to say 'how true'... but iPads are cheaper than iPhones, Galaxy Tabs are cheaper than Galaxy phones... The Galaxy Note 10.1 currently costs £290 at Tesco Ireland.

barrybarryk  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:42

An iPod touch isn't an iPhone, it's an iPod touch. It'll be more or less the same internals with a bigger screen, I don't see Apple whacking off 20% for a new product launch. Even an iPod classic is £200

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 13:50

An iPod touch isn't an iPhone, it's an iPod touch. It'll be more or less the same internals with a bigger screen, I don't see Apple whacking off 20% for a new product launch. Even an iPod classic is £200
Again... sounds logical. But I'm not sure. I see the Mini as a counter attack on Amazon (not the Nexus 7 and the other Android one-week-wonders) and, in the USofA, the Nooks, Kobo Arc etc. Books especially are big big money at a fraction of file-size etc etc Schoolbook publishers all over the world are getting ready to phase out print editions. BIG money to be had without overpricing hardware. (although there ARE indications that Amazon may have overrated the appeal of its content catalogue when pricing its hardware, but we'll see)

whatyadoinsucka  Oct. 15, 2012 at 14:11

Are those the supplier prices

satchef1  Oct. 15, 2012 at 14:47

An iPod touch isn't an iPhone, it's an iPod touch. It'll be more or less the same internals with a bigger screen, I don't see Apple whacking off 20% for a new product launch. Even an iPod classic is £200

Same internals, bigger screen, but lower resolution? Less storage? Will the iPad Mini have a rear camera or front-facing camera? There's plenty they can do to cripple the Mini while still making it an appealing device.

Regardless, I'm not sure how much of a focus the iPod Touch is any more. The iPhone 4 is relatively cheap now - certainly within most people's grasp. I'd think Amazon's Kindle Fire and (to a lesser extent) Google's Nexus 7 are more of a concern for Apple now. I think they actually would consider sacrificing some iPod Touch sales to the iPad Mini if it means they can put the brakes on Amazon.

whatyadoinsucka  Oct. 15, 2012 at 14:52

The iPad mini will have more room than the smaller devices for cheaper components, but £200 no chance

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 15:55

An iPod touch isn't an iPhone, it's an iPod touch. It'll be more or less the same internals with a bigger screen, I don't see Apple whacking off 20% for a new product launch. Even an iPod classic is £200

Same internals, bigger screen, but lower resolution? Less storage? Will the iPad Mini have a rear camera or front-facing camera? There's plenty they can do to cripple the Mini while still making it an appealing device.

Regardless, I'm not sure how much of a focus the iPod Touch is any more. The iPhone 4 is relatively cheap now - certainly within most people's grasp. I'd think Amazon's Kindle Fire and (to a lesser extent) Google's Nexus 7 are more of a concern for Apple now. I think they actually would consider sacrificing some iPod Touch sales to the iPad Mini if it means they can put the brakes on Amazon.

Yes, tbh I had the iPod Touch expected to be buried.

doobreedob  Oct. 15, 2012 at 18:59

449 for a 32gb.? Twice the price of a nexus 7. If this has a low res screen it'll be a fail.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 15, 2012 at 21:10

449 for a 32gb.? Twice the price of a nexus 7. If this has a low res screen it'll be a fail. Yes, it's probably 640x320

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