Fast facts: Apple's iPad mini

Posted at 10/24/2012 12:19 PM | Updated as of 10/24/2012 12:25 PM

SAN JOSE - These are the principal features, pricing and availability of the new iPad mini tablet computer unveiled by Apple on Tuesday:

-- the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch (20.06-centimeter) touchscreen when measured diagonally, smaller than the 9.7-inch (24.6-cm) display on the original iPad

-- the iPad mini weighs 0.68 pounds, 53 percent lighter than Apple's third generation iPad

-- it is 7.2 millimeters (0.28 inches) thick, 23 percent thinner than the original iPad and thinner than a pencil

-- the iPad mini has 10 hours of battery life, the same as the latest iPad

-- the iPad mini runs on Apple's latest operating system, iOS 6, and features a dual-core A5 chip

-- it has a front-facing HD camera and a 5-megapixel camera on the back for taking still pictures and recording 1080p HD video

-- the iPad mini with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16 gigabytes of memory costs $329, the 32GB model sells for $429 and the 64GB version for $529

-- the 16GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity costs $459. The 32GB model costs $559 while the 64GB version is $659

-- Apple will take pre-orders for the iPad mini from October 26 and the Wi-Fi model will go on sale on November 2 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States

-- Apple said the iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity will start shipping a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi model

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