iPad mini price leaked – pricier than previously presumed

The iPad mini will reportedly start at around $329, making it a little more expensive than the $250-odd previously rumoured.

According to the Apple obsessives over at 9to5Mac, the iPad mini will start at $329, minimum. The site does not same its sources, but as a site of solid reputation and a good track record, it’s enough to make us believe that the iPad mini will cost significantly more than the £200-odd we were hoping for.

9to5Mac also writes that two higher-storage versions of the iPad mini will be available, leapfrogging $100 and $200 over the base model. If three storage flavours of the iPad mini go on sale, you can bet these will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

The 3G editions of the iPad mini are rumoured to go on sale for $130 over the Wi-Fi only models.

None of these price gradation predictions come as a surprise, as they mirror Apple’s pricing structure for the full-size iPad. However, the base price of $329 is interesting, suggesting that the iPad mini will be significantly more expensive than the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

We’ll know the iPad mini price  for on Tuesday evening, 23 October. Apple has all-but confirmed this is the date of the iPad mini launch, teasing that a dinky new gadget will be unveiled in the event invite.

iPad mini specs we expect to see on Tuesday evening include a 7.85in screen with 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution, dual-core processor and two cameras. The iPad mini is almost certainly set to become one of the best-selling Christmas presents of 2012. Have once pencilled-in on your wishlist? Drop us a comment below. 

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