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iPad mini price leaked - to land under £250

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The European price for the iPad mini has been leaked, revealing that the smaller iPad will sell for under £250.

German website MobileGeeks has posted a screenshot of a retailer's inventory system that shows the iPad mini will start at 249 Euro, for the 8GB edition. However, this soars all the way up to 649 Euro for the 64GB edition with 3G.

With exchange rates as they are, we can't expect to pay a figure in pounds much lower than these Euro numbers, but the iPad mini is nevertheless comparable with tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Such a spread of options - eight SKUs from the Wi-Fi only 8GB iPad mini all the way up to the Wi-Fi plus 3G 64GB edition - is contrary to recent reports that suggest Apple would keep the iPad mini low-cost for launch.

The iPad mini is expected to feature a 7.85in display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels - the same as the first two generations of the iPad. This should make the iPad mini compatible with just about any iPad app on the App Store. Other reported specs include a dual-core processor and an aluminium body.

Apple's iPad mini will launch next week according to the latest rumours. The smaller iPad was reportedly going to launch this week on 17 October, but this was revised when invites for the event failed to materialise.

The latest indications show that the iPad mini will be unveiled next Tuesday on 23 October, but again we're yet to see official word from Apple that the event will actually take place. If it does get its official outing on 23 October, the tablet is likely to go on sale within the first week or so of November.

The delay in the launch of the iPad mini may be down to a last-minute change in the form of the device. Apple apparently changed its mind at the last minute, with some tweaks made to the outer casing of the tablet.

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Peter Morris

October 15, 2012, 3:38 pm

As the original article says (in German) these prices may just be placeholders, so no promises.

As for exchange rate, the GBP-Euro rate has been around 1.25 lately so an aggressive UK price could be £200, an expected price could be £229 and a rip-off price would be £250.

Were it priced at £250 then I can see a very healthy import market from the continent bringing UK prices down to near £220 pretty quickly. Such typical discounts already found for iPad 3 on eBay.


October 15, 2012, 5:45 pm

8GB seems ridiculously small for an iPad when the OS takes up so much space. I can manage 16GB just, but that is only by keeping a close watch on it and deleting iplayer downloads and magazines regularly and apps I don't use. £250 for 16GB would be ok.


October 15, 2012, 9:15 pm

The 16GB Nexus 7 was the one that flew off the shelves; it may well be the same for the miniPad.

I wonder if Apple would even offer an 8GB option if the Nexus hadn't.

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