Last month, Apple took the wraps off its latest 9.7-inch iPad, which essentially replaces the iPad Air 2. The USP of the new tablet is its price tag, which at Rs 28,900, makes it among the cheapest full-size iPads in India. Those planning on buying the 2017 iPad will be able to pre-order it on Flipkart starting today. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
The Apple 9.7-inch iPad will be available in two variants Wi-Fi only variant is priced at Rs 28,900, while the Wi-Fi+Cellular variant is priced at Rs 39,990. To put these into perspective, the iPad Air 2, which is being replaced, was launched in India for Rs 35,900 (Wi-Fi), and Rs 45,900 (Wi-Fi+Cellular). Buyers will be able to choose from a range of Polyurethane Smart Covers for the new iPad, which are priced at Rs 3,700. Color options include charcoal gray, white, midnight blue, and pink sand. RELATED: 9.7-inch iPad: Replacing the iPad Air 2 is a win-win move for Indian consumers and Apple India Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
With this new launch, Apple is essentially rebranding the iPad Air and will simply call it the iPad now. In terms of the design, the 9.7-inch iPad looks exactly the same as the tablet it is replacing. The new tablet though is slightly thicker at 7.5mm, as opposed to the 6.1mm thickness of the iPad Air 2. Weighing in at 469 grams, the new tablet is also a tad heavier than the 437 grams iPad Air 2.
As far as specifications are concerned, everything is the same except one key difference processor. In place of the A8X chipset, the new 9.7-inch iPad is powered by a newer 64-bit A9 chipset. The processor is paired with M9 motion co-processor, and 2GB of RAM. There are two storage options on offer 32GB base storage, and the top-end model featuring 128GB storage.
|Features||9.7-inch iPad||9.7-inch iPad Pro||iPad Air 2|
|Display||9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)||9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)||9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)|
|Processor||Apple 64-bit A9 chipset||Apple 64-bit A9X chipset||Apple 64-bit A8 chipset|
|Rear Camera||8-megapixel||12-megapixel with LED flash||8-megapixel|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular||Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular||Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular|
|Starting Price||Rs 28,900 (Wi-Fi)Rs 39,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)||Rs 41,900 (Wi-Fi)Rs 61,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)||Rs 31,900 (Wi-Fi)Rs 41,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|