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15 October 2012 1,301 views One Comment

A fresh leak indicates that iPad mini battery life will likely be a top reason to buy the device

Although rumors have provided quite a lot of fairly consistent information about the 7.85-inch Apple tablet, to date, the two most compelling features have been its smaller size and reduced price. A fresh leak, however, indicates that iPad mini battery life will likely be a top reason to buy the device.

Yep, the iPad mini is expected on October 23 and it seems probable that prices will start at $249.

Now, MacRumors is reporting another reason to get excited about the 7.85-inch Apple tablet — the 16.7 Whr battery.

[C]apacity for the iPad mini battery unsurprisingly places the device between the iPhone 5 at 5.45 watt-hours and the third-generation full-size iPad at 42.5 watt-hours. Given that the iPad mini has been said to be based more on the iPad 2 and lack a Retina display, the iPad mini’s battery may be more appropriately compared to the 25 watt-hour battery of the iPad 2.

All well and good, but how does this compare to the competition? Wall Street Pit notes that these figures compare well with Google and Amazon’s latest small tablet offerings:

The unit’s 16.7 watt-hour capacity could also mean the battery life of the iPad Mini will be comparable to Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. Both products have a 16 Whr and 16.43 Whr unit capacity, respectively.

Unsurprisingly, the slightly larger iPad mini battery corresponds to its slightly larger 7.85-inch display — the N7 and Kindle Fire HD both have 7-inch displays. That said, Apple being Apple, it’s almost a certainty that the iPad mini will be marketed as having at least 10 hours of battery life as have all previous iPads.

Will you be buying an iPad mini?

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