The new iPad Mini: It's cheaper in Dubai than US, UK

Grey market price: Dh1,999 for 32GB WiFi + Cellular model

For those planning to travel to New York or London to lay their hands on the iPad Mini, the latest hot seller from Apple Inc., here’s some news.

The iPad Mini is now available unofficially for sale in Dubai at Dh1,999 for the 32GB WiFi + Cellular model – almost 25 per cent cheaper than what customers in the UK pay for the same model officially, and about Dh55 cheaper than even what it is being sold for in Apple’s home market, the US.

Apple’s UK store is retailing the 32GB WiFi + Cellular model for £449 (Dh2,643.52), Dh644, or 24.38 per cent steeper than the Dh1,999 price that the same model is being offered for in Dubai. In comparison, Apple is retailing the 32GB WiFi + Cellular iPad Mini model for $559 (Dh2,053; £349).

One of the UAE’s leading group buying discount sites, groupon.com, is advertising the new unit at this price, along with iPad Mini models with higher specs at Dh2,599 (64GB; Wi-Fi + Cellular) whereas the same model is available in Apple’s UK store for £529 (Dh3,114) – again at a discount in Dubai. The US price for the same model – at $659 (Dh2,421) works out to be Dh178 cheaper than the Dubai price.

This small premium, however, may not be enough to deter potential buyers, and some nine units had been retailed on Groupon within the first few hours of the deal going live this morning.

Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini about a couple of weeks ago, on October 23, 2012, and the devioce is now officially available in 34 countries worldwide, including US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The Cupertino-based firm had said during the launch that the device will be officially available for sale in about 100 countries by the end of this year, but did not mention when it will be available in the UAE, which is a key regional market for Apple.

The iPad Mini boasts of a 7.9-inch screen (diagonally) with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels. It is powered by a dual-core A5 processor chip, and comes loaded with a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera with HD and a 5 megapixel camera. It is 4G LTE enabled.

“iPad Mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad Mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, durig the global unveoiling of the device last month.

“iPad Mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless – all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life,” he added. The iPad Mini is 7.2mm thin and weighs only 0.68 pounds (308 grams).

Priced as it is at the higher end of the mini spectrum, the iPad Mini has been branded ‘too expensive’ by a section of tech analysts, especially in comparison with competing offerings such as Google’s Nexus tablet ($329) and Amazon’s Kindle Fire ($199).

 

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