Xiaomi Mi Pad Challenges iPad Mini Market With Drool-Worthy Specs

Xiaomi seems to have a soft corner for the Indian market. It has launched the first Mi Pad, its first tablet for the Indian market. Forget the costly iPad or the Galaxy Tab, Mi Pad is a tablet that the masses can afford and enjoy.

Called the Apple of the Eastern markets, Xiaomi is taking its title seriously. Xiaomi Unveils Mi PadUntil now, we had sniffed a lot of Apple inspirations in myriad Xiaomi items but this Mi Pad indeed impresses with its 7.9-inch tab and overall design. Shell of the tablet is plastic but one tends to start enjoying after some time. The bezel evokes memories of the iPad Mini. The touch responsiveness is quick for the IPS display.

Other interesting specs of the Mi Pad are its resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels along with 326 ppi pixel density and 4:3 aspect ratio. Viewing videos and playing games is a pleasure on the Mi Pad given that there are no frame drops or lags on the device.

More Xiaomi Mi Pad features:

  • 2.2 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage expandable up to 128 GB
  • 6,700 mAh battery
  • MIUI software
  • 8 MP rear camera takes
  • 5 MP front camera

There is a damper to the device though. It only offers Wi-Fi connectivity support. However, the price of the gadget more than makes up for it.


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iPad Mini now $199.99 from Target as part of Father’s Day promotional sale

iPad Mini lovers have another reason to cheer now. $100 has been slashed from the normal price of the 16GB iPad Mini and the same will be now available for $199.99. This initiative has been taken as part of the Father’s Day celebrations.tab_hero_ipadmini

This promotional sale offer is available only for the first generation iPad Mini. You can make your bookings online and thereafter pick the iPad Mini from the nearest store. Though this promotional iPad Mini comes without the Apple’s trademark Retina display technology, yet it has become immensely popular among those who have a liking for this iPad Mini.

You can expect 7.9 inch LED backlit display along with a resolution of 1024X 768. Additionally, you will get 16GB of internal storage capacity and up to 10 hours of battery life. Those with a liking for photography can rejoice as the iPad Mini features a 5 megapixel iSight camera.

This iPad Mini is available for $199.99 and you can get the same in gray and white colours. However, the promotional price is available only for June 14 and the iPad Mini will cost $299.99 from 15th June onwards.

Head to the nearest Target store for knowing more and keep following this space for the latest updates which we will post on regular basis.


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Watch Sochi Olympics 2014 Live Streaming: On iPad Air And iPad Mini

Here’s how to watch live streaming on Sochi Olympics on Ipad and iPhone The much-anticipated Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have officially kicked off and viewers certainly had a great time watching the opening ceremonies. Indeed, several fans of the Sochi Winter Olympics are pondering how can they view live streams of the games and keep themselves updated with day to day events on their Mac, iPad or iPhone. NBC delayed the TV broadcast of the event’s opening ceremonies in the United States. However, viewers need not worry since they can watch all events live on their iPhone or iPad using different apps.

For US viewers, the only official alternative to live stream coverage of their favorite games at the Sochi Winter Olympics is the NBC. The website of the network will stream competition broadcast from all the 15 sporting categories and viewers can also access live streams on their iPad or iPhone with the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

For avid watchers in Canada, live streaming of the games can be accessed through CBC and a good news is that, users do not have to subscribe to a cable provider so as to access live coverage. The network will be having 12 live video feeds of different events which the viewer can access on their iPad, iPhone as well as Mac. The live streaming can also be grabbed from the CBC website or even the CBC Olympics iOs app. Needless to say, those who can view official NBC streams in the United States can always make use of a VPN service, for instance, Hola, to view free live streaming from Canada or any other country.

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iPad Mini 2 Vs Google Nexus 7: Why Apple Is Not Able To Beat The Rulers In The Mini Market?

We know that Apple’s iPad Mini that was launched last year went on to become quite a popular tablet in the market, and there has been a lot of hype around its successor, the iPad Mini 2 for a while now. Notwithstanding the success, given that Apple has still not announced any launch date for the next-gen iPad Mini, we doubt if you should really bother waiting for it. Here’s why:

The iPad Mini drew a lot of flak for its low-resolution screen. For a premium priced tablet, its screen was anything but attractive, especially in comparison with that of its competitors’ like the Google Nexus 7. But according to the rumors, Apple’s planning to change that and put in the Retina Display feature in the iPad Mini 2. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Only if you’re willing to shell out even more bucks on it, though. Given that the iPad Mini itself starts at $329 for the WiFi-only model, we can only imagine just how much the 4G version could set you back by.

If you are looking at spending money on an iPad Mini only to use it as an e-book reader, well, you’ve got far better alternative options which could cost you a lot less. Sure, they’re 7-inch tablets while the iPad Mini’s got a 7.9-inch screen, but the price difference doesn’t really justify that extra 0.9-inches in the iPad Mini screen.

Apple’s planning to bump up the processor in the iPad Mini 2 from the current A5 to an A6X processor – the same that powers the iPad 4. There are also rumors of a brand new A7 processor being designed by Apple. But if you’re not into running very heavy apps, you don’t really need all that power. The iPad Mini should suit you just fine.

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Apple iPad Mini Vs Acer Iconia A1 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Who Is Poised To Be Apple’s Competitor?

While everyone’s going ga ga over the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, discussing how it is poised to be the perfect competitor to the Apple iPad Mini, Acer introduced its own counter to this popular 8-inch tablet – the Iconia A1-810. Now even though the company wanted to keep a low profile, we couldn’t help but notice this tablet.

Like the iPad Mini, the Iconia A1-810 also has a 7.9-inch display, with a resolution of 1024X768 pixels and comes with a price tag of £199, making it quite an interesting alternative to the higher priced iPad Mini. The device is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 16 GB of internal storage.

It is fitted with a 5 MP rear camera but we find its 0.3 MP front-facing camera a tad inadequate. The Iconia A1-810 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is slightly heavier than the iPad Mini at 460g. According to an e-commerce site, Acer will start shipping the device from June, while we’re still waiting on an official confirmation from its makers.

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Would The Radiant Display Of Apple iPad Mini 2 Take Away The Cake From Google Nexus 7 And Microsoft Surface

Apple’s miniature iPad offering did quite well in the market since its release last year, and now, it’s almost time for a new version to come out. Here’s a compilation of all the rumors we’ve heard about the 2nd generation iPad Mini so far:

One of the first rumors we’d heard about the iPad Mini 2 was that it could come with Apple’s famous Retina Display technology, but it would most likely be costlier than the iPad Mini as a result. While consumers lapped up the iPad Mini, the tablet’s resolution was a lot lower than many of its Android competitors, which were priced lower too.

The current iPad Mini has a resolution of 1024X768 pixels, while the Retina Display iPad Mini 2 can get a resolution of 2048X1536 pixels. That’s nearly twice the resolution of the first generation iPad Mini.

Like every updated device, the iPad Mini 2 is also expected to get more powerful than the iPad Mini. According to rumors, Apple is planning to upgrade the processor from the current A6 processor to either an A6X processor or an A7 processor. So yes, you can multitask more and run a lot more apps easily.

While the iPad Mini 2 was expected to release by March this year, there is speculation that the delay is being caused by Apple’s idea to release the new tablet with a brand new iOS 7. But if it takes more time to come up with iOS 7, Apple might either launch the iPad Mini 2 with the existing OS or delay it further until the new OS is ready.… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab: Unrelenting Obsession Of Being No 1

And you thought their rivalry was restricted to just the smartphone space. In what can probably make the battle fiercer, according to a recent market research done by Canalys, both Apple and Samsung have made it to the list of the top 5 PC makers. Confused? That’s because the company included tablets in the category, and made Apple the leader – having shipped 27 million units during the last quarter of 2012.

Following Apple were HP and Lenovo as 2 and 3 respectively, after shipping around 15 million units. Samsung came in fourth, accounting for around 9 percent of the share and shipping 11.7 million PC units. 7.6 million units among this number were tablets from Samsung. The consumption of tablets is continuously growing, as confirmed by this research. Canalys has also featured Amazon in this list, having shipped 18 percent more tablets during 2012 than in 2011.

Apple was anyway leading in the tablet world, thanks to its most popular iPad. However, even though the iPad 4 wasn’t too well received, it did have the advantage of the iPad Mini that it introduced last year, which helped it stay on top. According to estimates, nearly half of Apple’s shipments were iPad Mini tablets.

Microsoft, the newest entrant in the tablet space, managed to rake up 3 percent share in the tablet market, after shipping over 700,000 Surface tablets. But while the new players emerge as leaders, it only spells bad news for traditional PC leaders like Dell, which registered a 19 percent drop down to 9.7 million units since 2011.

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Apple iPad Mini Vs Amazon Kindle: Amazon Has Risen Up On The Hill Leaving Apple At Bottom

While loyalists still swearing by Apple iPad Mini, we have better reason to bank on Android– across its Google and non-Google avatars. With the latest figures from the fourth quarter of the fiscal that just ended, we know that Amazon has risen to the higher rungs! Perhaps, the Amazon Kindle has kindled this furious rise up the rank board.


Hear it straight from IDC, “Overall tablet market saw big growth for the holiday quarter, up 75.3% year-on-year and 74.3% from Q3.” Stats reveal that Amazon saw a hike in share by about 11.5 per cent that could be achieved with 6 million Kindle(s) shipped in the fourth quarter.


However, before you see this rise as the fall of Apple—let us make it clear—Apple has seen shoulder matching from Amazon but is still at top. Just that, it now needs to take care of remaining up there. Microsoft fans were a tad disappointed that the Surface did not equip it with power to gain a slot among the top 5.


With Andy marching fast, Apple could be in for a tight match.

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Good Friday: iPad Mini, Fourth Generation iPad To Hit Shelves In India On Friday

With the release of next generation iPad and iPad mini It’s going to be a good Friday in India.  The 16 GB Wi Fi mini iPad would hit the stores for the price of Rs. 21,900. The higher versions i.e. 16 GB and 32 GB would be available for Rs 27,900 and 33,900 respectively.

The other version of iPad mini with cellular connectivity, which uses a nano SIM has been priced at Rs 29,900 (16GB), Rs. 35,900 (32GB) and Rs. 41,900 (64GB).

The fourth generation iPad would be available for Rs. 31,900(16GB), Rs. 37,900 (32GB) and Rs. 43,900 (64GB). The full pricing for fourth generation iPad with cellular connectivity, which uses a micro SIM, is as follows: 39,900 (16GB), Rs. 45,900 (32GB) and Rs. 51,900 (64GB).

iPad Mini and fourth generation iPad were unveiled at a special event in San Jose, California. iPad mini sports a 7.9- inch display, 1024×768  display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life.

The new fourth generation iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance with a 10 hours of battery life.… Read the rest

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China Soon to get iPhone 5 and iPad Mini

Apple has received approval from the Chinese government to start selling the iPhone 5, WiFi version of the iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad from December 7, 2012. Those who wish to get their hands on these devices need to make reservations at the Apple stores and pick them up personally. Customers can place their orders during regular business hours in the Apple stores and pick up the devices the following day, or buy them online as well.

The iPhone 5 starts at $199, while the iPad Mini will start at $329. The new iPad starts at $399. China is one of the most important international markets for Apple, with considerable demand for Apple products. According to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, 15 percent of the sales were from China during the previous fiscal year. The third quarter saw an increase in sales of iPhone and iPad in the Chinese markets.

A report in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday mentioned that the Chinese regulator responsible for wireless devices had approved the licensing of a device similar to the iPhone 5. According to a previous report in the same paper, China Unicom would offer the phone to customers before the end of 2012.

The iPhone 5, iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad has gone on sale in 47 countries around the world, including U.S., U.K, Australia, Canada, France, and Germany… Read the rest

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