Posted on Feb 21, 2013, 5:41 A.M., THURSDAY. Article by: Raphael Labuguen.
Apple’s iPad Mini 2 might feature a Retina display — but more pixels means a costlier device according to a commentary post by Asian-based news source DigiTimes.
According to the article written last Monday, Apple’s rumored iPad Mini 2 might feature Retina display, or a 7.9-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 2,048 by 1536, but it would increase the production cost of the iPad Mini 2 and will result in a more expensive retail price compared to the original iPad Mini model with a display sporting fewer pixels per inch.
“The dots per inch (DPI) will be higher and the brightness of the backlight modules will have to improve. This also means the number of LEDs used will increase, and therefore market observers believe the total cost for iPad mini will increase by more than 30% if it is equipped with the 7.9-inch Retina panel,” the site wrote.
The first-gen iPad Mini sports the price tag of $329, and if Apple’s iPad Mini 2 will offer a Retina display, and Digitimes’ computation is accurate — the iPad Mini 2 might take the $400 price tag mark.
Apple’s iPad Mini currently competes with cheaper tablet computers, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire (plus a dozen more inexpensive tablet computers).
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