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Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB) vs Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad mini 2 vs Apple iPad mini 3 tablets, differences, pros, cons and full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPad mini 3 XApple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)04Points
Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6400
mAh

(Non removable)

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02PointsApple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)Compare Apple iPad mini 2 X
Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6350
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)

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36 Common items in both devices
1.3GHz 64bit Dual-Core
1GB LPDDR3
16GB (12GB available) / 16GB (11GB available)
7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
+29 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Other model namesiPad mini 2 A1491 (4G LTE), iPad mini 2 A1455/A1490 (CDMA)iPad Mini 3 A1599 (Wi-Fi)
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release date11/12/201310/16/2014
Depth7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Size (width x height)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)134.7 x 200 millimeters (5.3 x 7.87 in)
Weight341 grams (11.94 ounces)331 grams (11.59 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
System versioniOS 7.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 12iOS 12
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Chipset64bit - Apple A7 APL0698 (28nm)64bit - Apple A7 APL5698 (28nm)
CPUDual-Core, 1 processor:
1.3GHz Dual-Core Cyclone ARM v8
Dual-Core, 1 processor:
1.3GHz Dual-Core Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR G6430 MP4PowerVR G6430 MP4
Performance (benchmark)feature not registeredfeature not registered

💽 Memory and storage

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
RAM memory1GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR3
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)16GB (11GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size7.9" inches7.9" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.7% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution1536x2048 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive Multitouch 10-pointsCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)324 PPI324 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassNot supportedNot supported
Refresh ratefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Not supported
Maximum download/upload100/50 Mbpsfeature not registered
Network technology2G, 3G, 4Gfeature not registered
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Not supported
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900, A1490/A1455: CDMA 800/1900/2100Not supported
Primary 3G networkA1491 version:
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
A1490/A1455 version:
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
Not supported
Primary 4G networkLTE Cat3
A1490 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
A1490/A1455 version:
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Not supported
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTENot supported
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported

📷 Camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Back camera (main camera)5 megapixels5 megapixels
Main camera resolution2592x1944 pixels2592x1944 pixels
Video recording (primary)Full HD (1920x1080) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturef/2.4 (aperture)f/2.4 (aperture)
Focal length33mm lens32mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
AutofocusAutofocusAutofocus
Touch focusSupportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionFace detection, Smile detectionFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorSupportedSupported
HDRHDR photo only main cameraHDR photo only main camera
Camera extrasfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📸 Front camera

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Front camera (secondary)1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution1280x960 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)HD (1280x720)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Focal lengthfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered

🔉 Sound and multimedia

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
LoudspeakerSupportedfeature not registered
Active noise cancellation2 microphones or more2 microphones or more
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, H.263, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, eAAC+, M4AMP3, WAV, eAAC, M4A

🔌 Connectivity

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorUSB 2.0 proprietary connector
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Bluetooth4.0 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASSNot supported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
SensorsAccelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient Light sensor
Compass
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Gyroscope
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported

🔋 Battery

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Battery typeLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6400 mAh6350 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy10 hours10 hours
Standbyfeature not registeredfeature not registered

➕ Other features

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
Call controlVoice recorderNot supported
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailE-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingSupportedfeature not registered
Video callingSupportedSupported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedfeature not registered
Web browserHTML, XHTML, HTML5HTML, XHTML, HTML5
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
Miscellaneous- Colors: Black on slate, White on silver
- Oleophobic coating on Retina display
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- OpenGL ES 3.0
- Colors: Black on gray, White on silver, Gold
- Oleophobic coating on Retina display
- Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
- Aluminium body
- FaceTime
- Siri natural language
- iCloud cloud service
- Twitter and Facebook
- Lightning connector port
- OpenGL ES 3.0

☢️ Radiation rate

Apple iPad mini 2 (4G 16GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (WiFi 16GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
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