Rumors claiming that the second-generation iPad mini, dubbed the “iPad mini 2,” will have a Retina display began cropping up almost as soon as the iPad mini was launched. The latest of these rumors reiterates the initial rumors that the iPad mini 2′s pixel density will exceed that of the full-size iPad’s Retina display.
According to the supply chain sources of Chinese IT news website My Drivers, the iPad mini 2′s resolution is set at 2048 x 1536 pixels.
That’s the same as the resolution of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display (and of the third-generation iPad, for that matter). With that resolution, the 9.7-inch Retina iPad possesses a pixel density of 264 ppi.
But the iPad mini 2, which shall retain the original iPad mini’s size and shape, is evidently no 9.7-incher. Rather, it’s a 7.9-inch tablet. And at a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the iPad mini 2 results in a pixel density of 324 ppi.
Obviously, given the same resolution, the iPad mini 2′s smaller screen allows for a greater pixel density than the full-size iPad’s.
The 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536, 324 ppi display panel that will be mounted on the iPad mini 2 is said to be already set for pilot production by AU Optronics.
In addition, the iPad mini is rumored to be equipped with an A5X dual-core processor, whose quad-core graphics unit is sufficient to power the device’s Retina screen.
When it was launched in October last year, the iPad mini was criticized primarily for its lack of Retina display. Despite that, though, the device has attained strong sales.
The Retina iPad mini 2′s sales are likely to be stronger. I for one am all set to give up my non-Retina iPad mini in favor of a Retina-enabled one the first chance I get.