Apple iPad Mini 3 Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Complete Specs, Key Features

There's really not much to say about the newly introduced Apple iPad Mini 3 other than the fact that it's exactly like last year's release - design, innards, features, and all - but it now comes with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor...

Apple iPad Mini 3

...and it's available in (Champagne) Gold with 128 GB storage option.

Apple iPad Mini 3

"Here’s proof that good things really do come in small packages," shares Apple. "No matter which iPad mini you choose, you’ll be treated to a display that’s sharp and vibrant, performance that’s fast and powerful, and much more. And with hundreds of thousands of apps available, you can do more than you ever thought possible."

Apple iPad Mini 3

Just like its predecessor, Apple iPad Mini 3 flaunts a 7.9-inch Retina Display with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution and 326 pixels per inch density delivering ultra-crisp details for a more enjoyable gaming, web-browsing, and photo and video viewing experience.

Under the hood, iPad Mini 3 runs iOS 8 operating system with the same Apple A7 processor, which brought the 64-bit desktop-class architecture to company's tablet category last year. This chipset supposedly makes the overall touch and mobile experience on the new iPad Mini faster and better than ever, from launching apps and editing photos to playing graphic-intensive games all while delivering great battery life.

Apple iPad Mini 3

Aside from the A7 processor, iPad Mini with Retina Display also includes the new M7 motion co-processor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. This greatly helps the tablet's built-in 23.8-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery to provide a rather long uptime of up to 10 hours with mixed usage. The M7 motion coprocessor continuously measures your motion data, even when the device is asleep, and saves battery life for the pedometer or other applications that regularly use the accelerometer.

Apple iPad Mini 3

Apple iPad Mini 3's imaging capabilities are exactly like that of the 2013 iPad Mini with Retina Display. Users get a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back with BSI sensor and a 1.2 MP front cam also with BSI sensor, which makes it possible for it to deliver clear and crisp selfies even in low light conditions.

Apple iPad Mini 3

Also found on the larger Apple iPad Air 2, Touch ID - according to Apple - "gives iPad mini 3 users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger, plus the ability to authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Touch ID can be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store or iBooks Store, and with Apple Pay, when paying for physical goods and services within apps."

Apple iPad Mini 3 will be available for purchase at the Cupertino company's priority markets around the world - including US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK - come the 4th week of October 2014.

There's no word yet on the device's availability in the Philippines but I'm expecting it to be offered by our Pinoy online sellers - like Kimstore - starting later this month or the first week of November 2014 and to be formally introduced by Apple's official network partners this December ~ just in time for your Yuletide gadget shopping. Kindly check the table below for our price guesstimates for all Apple iPad Mini 3 variants.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Apple iPad Mini 3
Type Tablet
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions and Weight WiFi Only Version
Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 0.73 pound (331 g)

WiFi + Cellular (Nano SIM)
Height: 7.87 inches (200 mm)
Width: 5.3 inches (134.7 mm)
Depth: 0.29 inch (7.5 mm)
Weight: 0.75 pound (341 g)
Available Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver
Operating System iOS 7
Display Retina display
7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Processor Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor
Memory 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB options
Camera Front-Facing FaceTime HD Camera:
1.2MP photos
720p HD video
FaceTime video calling over Wi‑Fi or cellular
Face detection
Backside illumination
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging

Main iSight Camera at the Back:
5MP photos
Face detection
Backside illumination
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
ƒ/2.4 aperture
Tap to focus video or still images
Tap to control exposure for video or still images
Photo and video geotagging
HDR photos
Video Capture 1080p HD
video recording
Video stabilization
Face detection
Tap to focus
while recording
Backside illumination
3x video zoom
Audio and Video Playback Audio: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video: AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 720p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter; video playback up to 1080p (sold separately)
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, 9-pin Lightning dock connector port
Connectivity For WiFi Only:
802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology,

For WiFi+Cellular model:
additional UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
Data only
Sensors Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Touch ID Fingerprint Identity Sensor
Battery Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Uptime Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on watching video, Wi-Fi, or listening to music
Announcement October 17, 2014
Availability Philippines: TP Guesstimate ~ November 2014 via Online Sellers, Yuletide 2014 via Official Network Carriers
Price Official SRPs in the United States:
Wi‑Fi Only
16GB - $399
64GB - $499
128GB - $599

Wi‑Fi + Cellular:
16GB - $529
64GB - $629
128GB - $729

TP Guesstimate for the Philippines:
Wi‑Fi Only
16GB - Php 17,800
64GB - Php 22,400
128GB - Php 26,900

Wi‑Fi + Cellular:
16GB - Php 23,750
64GB - Php 28,300
128GB - Php 32,750