The iPad Mini 4 display has outscored the iPad Pro equivalent in a recent independent test.
All attention has been on the iPad Pro, Apple’s new top-end tablet, since its unveiling on September 9. It’s perhaps easy to forget that another Apple tablet was announced that day in the iPad Mini 4.
It might have been overlooked by many (including Apple), but the iPad Mini 4 has scored a notable victory over its significantly bigger and more expensive brother. At least, it has if a new report from DisplayMate is to be believed.
The screen-obsessed website recently put both tablets through their paces in its usual range of lab tests.
Both the iPad Pro and the iPad Mini 4 screens outscored last year’s iPad Air 2. However, the most notable result is that the iPad Mini 4 topped the iPad Pro for overall screen quality.
“The iPad mini 4 is close to being a textbook perfect LCD display in all of the Lab measurements and viewing tests,” reads the conclusion. It takes the top spot in each category except for contrast ratio, and is “unquestionably the best and most accurate LCD tablet display” that the site has ever tested.
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Then there’s the iPad Pro, which has triple the screen area of the iPad Mini 4 and costs twice the price. It performed very well in the same tests, but could only finish in joint second place behind the iPad Mini 4.
In particular, the iPad Pro’s intensity scale and colour accuracy scores were found to be slightly lacking – albeit still rated at ‘Very Good.’ One area in which the iPad Pro display came out on top of all other tablets, however, was contrast ratio.
So there you have it. Both 2015 iPads have excellent displays, but it’s the runt of the litter that comes out on top.
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