The retina iPad mini’s A7 chip runs at 1.3 GHz

With the latest iPad models, Apple has standardized on the A7 chip originally shown in the iPhone 5S. This chip offers the best performance in the market, besting even Intel’s x86 Atom chip in some benchmarks.

While the difference between the A7 and other market-leaders such as the Snapdragon 800 and Intel Atom is only truly noticeable in benchmarks, the difference between the A7 and the A5 — the chip that powered the original iPad mini — is massive. In fact, the latest upgrade offers 5X the performance of the original model, according to Geekbench 3, all while having twice the number of pixels to power and maintaing the same ten-hour battery life.


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