There are tons of rumors out there right now about the iPad Mini, the Kindle Fire 2 and the Nexus 7. Although most of the following information is simply speculative at this point, here is everything we’ve heard so far regarding these three devices so that you can have an idea which one you should dream about while you sleep at night.
Display: The iPad Mini will have an LG display, and while it may not be retina quality it is likely that Apple will take steps to make the display of the iPad mini much superior to the other mini tablets. Some rumors indicate that Apple may use a retina display but those rumors are unconfirmed.
Hardware: Nothing has been confirmed in terms of hardware for the iPad Mini, but some bloggers surmise that the iPad Mini will likely have a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor.
Operating System: The iPad mini is likely to run on the latest version of Apple’s iOS.
Price: The iPad mini will probably cost less than $250, although an official price has not been publicized.
SD Card Slot: The iPad mini probably won’t include a microSD slot.
Kindle Fire 2
Display: Although Amazon hasn’t officially released any info (or even confirmed that they are releasing a Kindle Fire 2) rumor has it that there will be two versions, one with a display with a pixel resolution of 1024 x 600 and another version with 1280 x 800 pixels.
Hardware: Rumors also indicate that Amazon plans to use a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC within the Kindle Fire 2. It is likely that the Kindle Fire 2 will have 1GB of ram, as it seems to be the standard in the market.
Operating System: The Kindle Fire 2 will likely run on a customized version of Android just like the first version did, which means that you can’t use all Android apps on it.
Price: The Kindle 2 if released will probably be around the same price as the first version – $199.
SD Card Slot: Amazon may place a microSC slot in the Kindle Fire 2, but it remains to be seen.
Google Nexus 7
Display: The Nexus 7 has an IPS LCD display with a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, which means it has a density of 216 Pixels Per Inch.
Hardware: The Nexus 7 has some tremendous hardware on board. It has 1 GB of RAM and a Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC.
Operating System: The Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean already installed.
Price: There is a 8GB version for $199 and a 16GB version for $249.
SD Card Slot: There is no microSD slot within the Google Nexus 7 so you can’t add a memory card.
In conclusion, in terms of display and also in terms of hardware the Google Nexus 7 definitely is the winner out of the three new tablets we discussed in this entry. Of course, much of these stats and specifics are all rumors, so it is a bit early to speculate as to which is the best choice when we don’t know if these awesome tablets will ever see the light of day. Here’s hoping they do!
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