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Nexus 9 vs. iPad Mini 3 Comparison: The Battle of the Mini Tablets Begins

iPad Mini 3 and Google Nexus 9
The iPad Mini 3 and Google Nexus 9 as shown |

The tech world has been bustling with life this week as two of the most awaited events take place.

First, there's the release of HTC-manufactured Google Nexus 9 powered by the recently-launched Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Of course, there's also Apple Inc.'s official unveiling of the iPad Mini 3 with its larger sister, the iPad Air 2.

Both the HTC Nexus 9 and the iPad Mini 3 will surely see big demands soon as they hit the store shelves.
As of now, let's see how the two fare with each other.

Display
The iPad Mini 3 is reported to featurea 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution running 324 ppi. On the other hand, the HTC-made Nexus 9 had an 8.9-inch display of 2048 x 1536 resolution running 281 ppi.

Size
When it comes to sizes, the two proved to be way different from each other. The Cupertino-based tablet arrives with a 7.5 mm thick aluminum body, while the Google's device have a bigger 7.95 body covered with a soft, matte-finished back cover and brushed metal edges.

Specs
Talking about under the hood, the iPad Mini 3 features a dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, and an M7 motion co-processor. The Nexus 9 was seen sporting with a powerful 64-bit Tegra K1 2.3 GHz dual-core CPU paired with Kepler DX1 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

For the cameras, the Apple product settled with a 5MP back-facing snapper and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. The one from Google had an 8MP primary camera, while its front is attached with a 1.6MP secondary snapper.

Pricing
The Wi-Fi only iPad Mini variant will start with $399 for the 16GB model, $479 for the 32GB model, and $599 for the 128GB model. For its 4G LTE variant, it will be sold at prices $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), and $729 (128GB).

For Nexus 9 tablet, it will come off with a price tag of $399 for the 16GB model and $479 for its 32GB Wi-Fi Only variant. Its 4G LTE option costs around $599.

Release Dates
Both tablets are said to have already been made available for pre-order last Oct. 17. Apple is expected to display their new tablet sometime next week while Google opted for a Nov. 3 store release date.

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