The Apple iPad Mini is now available online in India via the shopping portal Saholic. The 16GB Wi-Fi version has been priced at Rs. 21,900, while the 16GB Wi-Fi 3G is retailing for Rs. 29,900. As per the details that Saholic has shared with us, the iPad Mini will be shipped with an “Indian invoice”. The listing for both tablets also specifies “12 months manufacturer's warranty with proper bill”.
Interesting to note that the prices for Apple iPad versions that are currently up for sale on Saholic also includes the iPad (4th generation). The pricing shared with us for the iPad Mini and the iPad 4th generation is as follows:
Apple iPad 4th gen (16GB - Wi-Fi): Rs. 31,900
Apple iPad 4th gen (16GB – Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 39,900
Apple iPad 4th gen (32GB – Wi-Fi): Rs. 37,900
Apple iPad 4th gen (32GB Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 45,900
Apple iPad 4th gen (64GB Wi-Fi): Rs. 43,900
Apple iPad 4th gen (64GB Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 51,900
Apple iPad Mini (16GB Wi-Fi): Rs. 21,900
Apple iPad Mini (16GB Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 29,900
Apple iPad Mini (32GB Wi-Fi): Rs. 27,900
Apple iPad Mini (32GB Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 35,900
Apple iPad Mini (64GB Wi-Fi): Rs. 33,900
Apple iPad Mini (64GB Wi-Fi 3G): Rs. 41,900.
The note sent to us clearly states that the official receipt of orders will begin on 7th or 8th of December 2012. This is confirmed when you see the listing on the website. Saholic confirms that once the order is confirmed, buyers will receive the tablet within 3 business days.
Apple had unveiled the iPad Mini towards the end of October. However, Apple has still not officially launched the tablet in India. Incidentally, this tablet has been available on Ebay.in for quite some time now, with the lowest price among all listings for the 16GB Wi-Fi version pegged at Rs. 23,914.
iPad Mini Wi-Fi 16 GB and other variants available on Saholic
If you see the Ebay listing in detail, it clearly specifies that the seller has requested for 10 days before the product will be shipped post realization of payment. The suspicion that these units are the ones being brought in from other markets in Asia is confirmed by certain other listings, one of which specifies that the unit has been sourced from Singapore. Safe to say that warranty might be an issue with these units. The Apple iPad Mini is not available on Flipkart at the moment.
The Apple iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch display, with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. A dual core 1GHz Apple A5 processor provides the power, and is helped along by 512MB of RAM. As you would have understood from the listings above, the storage options include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The iPad Mini comes with the latest iOS6 version on board. Also check out iPad Mini vs. Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7: Small tablet showdown and Apple iPad Mini vs. iPad (4th Generation): Specs compared
This does bring us to an interesting comparison. The Apple iPad 2 (16GB – Wi-Fi) is retailing on the same website for Rs. 23,549, and has almost similar power specifications. However, for a more wholesome tablet experience, the 9.7-inch display (1024 x 768 pixels) will offer a better deal. If you are looking to buy a tablet, and are not adamant about keeping it as compact as possible, then we would recommend you consider the iPad 2 as well.