The iPad Mini 4 from 2015 finally got updated. The all-new iPad Mini 2019 ( iPad Mini 5) succeeds the 2015 iPad Mini. The 2019 iPad Mini features a very substantial upgrade in hardware specs but leaves the Chassis design untouched. In this article, we explore the iPad Mini 2019 specs and price.
iPad Mini (2019) Key Specs & Features
- 7.9-inch IPS Display, 1536 x 2048 pixels (324 ppi)
- iOS 12.1.3, upgradable to iPadOS 13.1.2
- 3GB RAM
- Apple A12 Bionic
- 64GB / 256GB Internal Storage
- 8 MP Rear Camera and 7MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Scanner (Front)
- Wi-Fi + 4G LTE or Wi-Fi Only
- 5124 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
The Design and Display
As mentioned in the Introductory paragraph, The iPad Mini 2019 continues the design of the 2015 iPad Mini. There isn’t any difference here. Place both tablets side by side, and there is no telling which is which.
Having a chassis design from 2015, it’s easy to say the iPad Mini 2019 is a bit ugly and looks super old. It doesn’t matter if you own any of the latest-gen iPads, the iPad Mini 2019 isn’t affiliated with any of the 2019 design trends.
Similar to most iPads, the tablet features metal on the rear and glass upfront. The front panel is the major part of chassis that sells it off as an old looking device.
The front of the iPad Mini 2019 is colonized by a setup that speaks old. We have a 7.9-inch display surrounded by humongous bezels. The type that is unforgivable in 2019, unless it’s coming from an entry-level device.
The iPad Mini 2019 features Touch ID
The top bezel is home to its earpiece and front-facing camera, while the bottom is home to one of Apple’s signature features that you won’t find on the latest device any longer. This signature feature is the Apple Touch ID sensor, which is a fingerprint recognition sensor.
The 7.9-inch display on the iPad Mini 2019, is a retina IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 1536 x 2048 and a screen density of 324 PPI. Similar to the iPad Mini 4 from 2015, there is thin protective glass over the display of this tablet.
Good News: the tablet is the first from its series to have support for Apple pencil. It’s a clear indicator that Apple wants to cater to the needs of creators who desire a tablet with a smaller form factor to work.
It has support for the second Gen Apple Pencil. This means users won’t get the comfort the super Ergonic latest gen Apple pencil’s presents.
Another letdown is the fact that this Apple pencil bears a lighting connector and can be charged from the lighting port of the tablet, which may be stressful and not practical at times.
The Apple iPad mini 2019 presents a trio of options to choose from when it comes to color variants. The iPad Mini 2019 comes in Space Gray, silver and Gold.
Setting side the design and build of the iPad Mini 2019, the cameras are also a reminisce of what we had on the iPad Mini from 2015. It’s a single camera game here for both the front and rear. The sensors have been retained.
The rear camera on the iPad Mini 2019 is an 8MP camera with an aperture of f/2.4. This camera lets users shoot panorama photos up to 43 megapixels, supports 1080p video record with frame rates capped at 30 frames per second, features video image stabilization, 3x video zoom and slow supports 240fps slow-motion video recording.
Upfront, the iPad Mini 2019 makes use of a 7MP front-facing camera for selfies. This camera has an aperture of f/2.2. It has support for HDR photos and can also record 1080p videos with frame rates maxed at 30fps.
Hardware and Software
The hardware specs department is where the iPad Mini 2019 shines in being an upgrade of the iPad Mini from 2014. It features last year’s specs, the same type of hardware the iPhone Xs and the iPhone XR featured. Its hardware specs configuration is also similar to what we have on the iPad Air 2019.
It features Apple A12 Bionic chip, Hexa-core processor, with processor speeds of 2.5 and 1.6. Driving the graphics on this tablet is a 4-core graphics processing unit.
The iPad Mini 2019 features a 3GB RAM, 64GB or 256GB of internal storage. There is also a non-removable 5124 mAh battery. Charging this device is done through its lightning port.
With this hardware specs combo, you are assured of getting flagship device speed, owing to the fact that the specs on the tablet bear similarities with apple’s flagships from last year.
On the software side, the iPad Mini 2019 runs Apple’s iOS 12.1.3, which is upgradable to iPadOS 13.1.2. The iPad OS is a new release from Apple, geared at making iPads some sort of laptop replacement.
The iPad Mini 2019 features a 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual-band Wi-fi, Apple’s signature Lightning port, and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
Internet connectivity on the iPad Mini 2019 is capped at 4G LTE as there is no support for 5G internet. Please note that the iPad Mini 2019 has support for 4G sims from all major telecommunication networks in Nigeria, which includes MTN, GLO, Airtel, and 9Mobile.
iPad Mini 2019 Price and Availability
The iPad Air 2019 price starts around $399, which is about 144,637 Naira. The maxed-out 256GB variant price is around $549, which is about 199,000 Naira.
Apple iPad Mini 2019 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Apple iPad Mini 2019:
- Platform: iOS 12.1.3, upgradable to iPadOS 13.1.2
- Processor: 2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest ( A12 Bionic chip), 7nm
- GPU: Yes
- Memory: 3GB RAM
- Colors: Gold, Silver, Space Grey
- Dimension: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
- Weight: 300.5 g
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM, e-SIM
- SIM Count: –
- Display: 7.9-inch Touch Display, 1536 x 2048 pixels (324 ppi)
- Screen Protection: Scratch Resistant Glass
- Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, 1080p @ 30fps, Geo-Tagging, 240fps Slow-mo video, Video image stabilization
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Geo-tagging, HDR, Face Detection, Panorama
- Front Camera: 7MP Camera, 1080p @ 30fps, HDR
- Built-in Storage: 64GB or 256GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes, iCloud
Network Support (3G/LTE models only)
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800 / 1900 MHz (CDMA version)
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz (LTE models)
- 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes (CDMA version)
- 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 11(1500), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 21(1500), 25(1900), 26(850), 29(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46(5200), 66(1700/2100), 71(600), 28(700) – A2126
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes, up to 21Mbps
- HSPA+: Yes, up to 42Mbps
- CDMA EVDO: Yes (CDMA version)
- 4G LTE: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS (3G/LTE models)
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (TouchID)
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes (Siri)
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
- Fingerprint Resistant Coating: Yes (oleophobic coating)
- Mobile Payment: –
- M8 Motion coprocessor: Measures your steps, distance, elevation as well share tasks with the main processor
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 5124 mAh Non-Removable Li-ion Battery (19.1 Wh)
- Use Time: up to 10 Hours
- Music Playback: –