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Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB) vs Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)03Points
Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)
7.9"
IPS

1536x2048

5
MP

1.2mp

1GB
RAM

64bit Dual

6400
mAh

(Non removable)

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04PointsApple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)Compare Apple iPad mini 2 X
Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 3 (4G 16GB)

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35 Common items in both devices
1.3GHz 64bit Dual-Core
1GB LPDDR3
7.5 millimeters (0.3 inches)
Aluminum body, glass front
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
1536x2048 pixels
+28 specs and more in the table below

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📱 Model features

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
ModeliPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Other model namesiPad mini 2 A1489 (WiFi)iPad Mini 3 A1601 (4G LTE)
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)
Weight331 grams (11.59 ounces)341 grams (11.94 ounces)
Build, materialsAluminum body, glass frontAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported

🤖 Operating System

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
System versioniOS 7.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 12iOS 12
User Interfacefeature not registeredfeature not registered

⚙️ Processor

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
RAM memory1GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR3
Internal storage32GB (26GB available)16GB (11GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported

📲 Display

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered

📶 Mobile networks

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM cardNot supported1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/uploadfeature not registered100/50 Mbps
Network technologyfeature not registered2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM MHz bandNot supportedQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkNot supportedGSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkNot supportedUMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat3 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkNot supportedGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Loudspeakerfeature not registeredSupported
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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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
GPSNot supportedA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
NFCNot supportedNot supported
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported

🧭 Sensors

Apple iPad mini 2 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 16GB)
Call controlNot supportedVoice recorder
MessagingE-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
Hands-free callingfeature not registeredSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Ringtonesfeature not registeredPolyphonic and customized
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
- Apple SIM only USA and UK
- 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 (WiFi 32GB)Apple iPad mini 3 (4G 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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