Small tablet really big: iPad mini 6 and iPad 9 in the test

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Apple has completely overhauled the design of the iPad mini: like the iPad Pro and the Air 4, it now has an angular, colored aluminum housing. In addition to space gray and violet, the colors “Polarstern” (more off-white than white) and rosé are also available. With the same width, it is 8 millimeters shorter than the iPad mini 5, and the case has increased by 0.2 millimeters in thickness. The camera now protrudes slightly from the rear of the case. The volume buttons have moved from the longitudinal to the shorter top. Instead of a Lightning port, there is a USB-C socket on the bottom.

More about iPad and Apple Pencil

There is no longer a headphone jack or a home button. You still unlock the iPad mini 6 with your fingerprint (Touch ID), but the sensor for this is now, as with the iPad Air 4, in the narrow power button on the top. Face ID is reserved for iPad Pros.

in a nutshell

  • iPad mini 6 and iPad 9 have faster processors than their predecessors.
  • Both tablets have significantly better front cameras and are capable of the follow-up mode at Facetime.
  • While the exterior of the iPad 9 remained unchanged, the mini has a new housing, a larger display and supports the Apple Pencil 2.
  • Only the iPad mini is capable of high-speed cellular communications over 5G, and both continue to offer LTE.

Although the case has not grown in area, the iPad mini has a larger display than its predecessor. For this purpose, Apple has reduced the frame width and, in return, increased the screen diagonal from 7.9 inches to 8.3 inches. The number of pixels in the “Liquid Retina” display with LED backlighting grew from 2048 × 1536 (= 3.145 million pixels) to 2266 × 1488 pixels (= 3.371 million pixels). It remains at a pixel density of 326 dpi. The contrast we measured is an excellent 1365: 1.

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