2019 Apple iPad Air vs 2019 iPad Mini vs 2018 iPad: Which one should you buy?

The current lineup stands as the 7.9-inch iPad mini, 9.7-inch iPad, and the 10.5-inch iPad Air 2.

Apple silently announced the new iPad Air and the new iPad Mini globally and for India as well. The starting price of the iPad Air 2 is  Rs 44,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 55,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model while the same variants for the iPad Mini start at Rs 34,900 and Rs 45,900 respectively. With the iPad also in the fray, which device should you buy?

2019 Apple iPad Air vs 2019 iPad Mini vs 2018 iPad: Which one should you buy?

The new 7.9-inch iPad mini. Image: Twitter/Tim Cook

Excluding the iPad Pro (Review), the current lineup of iPad stands as the 7.9-inch iPad mini, 9.7-inch iPad, and the 10.5-inch iPad Air. Amongst the three, only the iPad has not been refreshed and still comes with the A10 Fusion chipset that was seen on the 3-year-old iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Differentiating factors of the new iPad Mini and iPad Air from the iPad Pro, apart from the display size, include the fact that the non-Pro variants both still have thick, clunky bezels, use the A12 SoC instead of the A12X, have TouchID and also the headphone jack. Both the new iPads also get support from the first-gen Apple Pencils instead of the second-gen on the 11-inch iPad Pro.

Here's a small comparison table for the new iPad Mini vs the iPad Air 2 vs iPad. Since no one has gotten their hands on the device as of now, this table will only be a spec showdown. Stay tuned for a full review of the devices soon.

iPad Mini iPad iPad Air
Display Size 7.9-inch 9.7-inch 10.5-inch
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536 2224 x 1668
PPI 326 264 264
Dimensions 203 x 132 x 6.1 mm 169.5 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm 250 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm
Processor A12 A10 A12
Storage 64, 256 GB 32, 128 GB 64, 256 GB
RAM 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Authentication TouchID TouchID TouchID
Apple Pencil 1st gen 1st gen 1st gen
Battery Life up to 10 hours music and video playback up to 10 hours music and video playback up to 10 hours music and video playback
Weight 300.5 gm 469 gm 456 gm
Price Starts at Rs Rs 34,900 (Wi-Fi); Rs 45,900 (Cellular) Starts at Rs Rs 25,999 (Wi-Fi); Rs 43,999 (Cellular) Starts at Rs Rs 44,900 (Wi-Fi); Rs 55,900 (Cellular)

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