Although not included in the 34 countries participating in the iPad Mini launch, it appears that the Apple online store in Thailand is taking pre-orders for the device.
Apple’s iPad Mini, Coming to Thailand
Apple-related news website AppleInsider reported that pre-orders for the iPad Mini have gone live in Thailand. They also did a quick check of the Thai Apple online store to confirm that the 7-inch tablet is indeed up for sale for 11,200 Bhat.
Moreover, it was posted that the iPad Mini will be shipped in two weeks. Only the Wi-Fi models are up for sale, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular version are labeled as unavailable.
Because of this, there were speculations that Apple preparing to launch their latest device in more countries within the next two weeks. However, it should be noted that the iPad Mini is “pending for agency approval.” This could have something to do with the Thai National Telecommunications Commission, the country’s telecom regulations body.
Meet the iPad Mini
Apple took the wraps off of their iPad Mini last month during a special media event in San Francisco, California. It was introduced by the company’s Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, showing off the device’s 7.9-inch display and its slim and lightweight body.
It measures 7.2 mm thin and weighs 0.68 pounds. The iPad Mini also boasts a thin bezel that comes in either “black and slate” or “white and silver”. It also has the same resolution as the iPad 2, enabling the device to access more than 275,000 applications.
The tablet’s “thin as a pencil” shell houses A5 chip, FaceTime HD Camera, 5-megapixel iSight camera, LTE connectivity, and the new Lightning connector. It also runs on what is considered as the thinnest battery cell that the company has ever used, which could provide up to 10 hours of battery life.
It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and channel bonding that can reach download speed of up to 150 Mbps. The iPad Mini sports the Siri functionality, which could be accessed through Wi-Fi or cellular data. In addition, the tablet has its own Smart Cover that doesn’t have a separate aluminum hinge.
Other than that, it was recently proven that Apple’s iPad Mini features stereo speakers. Because of that, online retailer Amazon pulled their advertisement that slams the iOS tablet on their website.