Apple iPad mini 6th generation: Compact yet powerful

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Apple iPad mini 6th generation: Compact yet powerful


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Apple iPad mini 6th generation: Compact yet powerful

Price: Rs 46,900 onwards for WiFi + 64GB  

Specs: 8.3-inch display, 1488x2266p resolution, A15 Bionic chip, iPad OS 15, 12MP front camera + 12 MP rear camera, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, Apple Pencil 2nd gen support, fingerprint sensor, 293 grams

Colour: space gray, pink, purple, starlight

In the box: iPad mini 6th gen, USB-C Charge Cable, 20W USB-C power adapter  

 

I often hear tech enthusiasts questioning the existence of the ‘mini’ in the iPad lineup that includes ‘Pro’ and ‘Air’ models which offer more screen estate. On the other hand, I know many who swear by the compact size that makes it ideal for reading books, video calls, gaming, streaming, even setting and designing, and more. No wonder, Apple refreshed the design and added more power to its mini tablet.

 

I am all in favour of the new design of the iPad family. Flat edges yet a sleek body, thin bezels minus home button — all these makes it look ultra-premium. And finally, after a long time, even mini gets the same industrial design language as the elder siblings.   

There is more screen estate as it now houses an 8.3-inch display. The sleek bezels on the sides complement this experience. The edges attract finger impresses but can be wiped easily. The iconic home button is gone for good and the TouchID is embedded into the power button, sitting on towards the top right when held in landscape mode.

While the sound output from the stereo speaker is loud, the iPad mini lacks a 3.5mm audio port. With the new 12MP camera, there is a slight bump at the rear, so it does not lay flat on a surface. Most importantly, the lightning port is replaced with the USB-C. In all, I loved the hand-feel of the new iPad mini.

   

Weighing 293 grams, the flat-edged device makes it super convenient to hold. It can easily fit in the back pocket of jeans (although not in my slim-fit jeans), and I was able to hold and use it without feeling pressure on my hands for longer durations.  

 

The 8.3-inch screen Liquid Retina with wide-colour support looks good and comes with TrueTone display that adapts the colour temperature of the device…

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