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iPad Mini 5th Generation Review – When Portability is all what matters!

iPad Mini 5

Price in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh

IPad mini 5 comes in Rs. 72,999 price tag in Pakistan while in India it is for Rs. 38,990 and the price tag in Bangladesh is BDT 51,500.

The exterior structure of the iPad Mini 5 is exactly a replica of iPad mini 4, but it emerges out with some serious upgrades this time. Undeniably, the iPad mini 5 is a mighty tablet that fits in my pocket, but its small size may become a blessing or a curse depending on the needs. Read my hands-on iPad mini 5 Review to know more about it.

Colors and Variants

Apple is presenting the 5th generation iPad Mini in three distinctive colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.

All three colors are pretty classy and neutral yet bold to stand out. Let me give you a helping hand in choosing the best color for you. Appleā€™s introduction of Space Gray color has completely changed the game for people who love to keep classy colors with them, and it is my number one recommendation for chic and fashionable people.

The iconic silver color never runs out of technology and your style. This is the most elegant color I have ever got my eyes on. If you are a grown-up workaholic, grab the silver iPad Mini to help you keep sane with aesthetics. Last but not the least, Gold always tops the list of favorites for most people regardless of age. If you want to keep a bold yet elegant iPad, Gold is yours.

This iPad is available in two storage variants: 64GB and 256GB.

Design and Feel

The 5th generation iPad is apple’s smallest iPad, with a compact structure from the outside but the inside retains iPad Air specifications.

The design of the iPad mini comes out with a tempered body, round corners, thin side bezels, and thicker bezels at the top and bottom of the iPad. It has a frontal glass, aluminum block, and frame.

Those thicker bottom and top bezels embrace the front-side camera and the Touch ID house key. There is only one lens back camera with no flash at the back of the iPad

Mini; there is a lighting port for charging with two speakers at the bottom.

The iPad mini retains a headphone jack at the top of it as well as a sleep button, and a volume up/down button on the side.

The 5th generation iPad is 203.2mm tall and 0.66 pounds in weight for the Wi-Fi model and 0.68 pounds for the cellular model.


Apple has introduced a charge-able pencil for more accurate precision exhibiting the same sensation of a pencil on paper.

There is a multiple-touch completely laminated 7.9-inch screen display along with 2048 x 1536 resolutions at 326 pixels per inch. This is one of the highest pixel densities Apple has ever offered in its iPad.

I fell in love with the battery life of the iPad mini when it lasted 10 hours straight with its 19.32Wh battery.


The fifth-generation iPad mini features iOS 12 which makes multitasking easy and smooth, but due to the finite screen space, I could not last long in Split View. Rather, I felt as if the power kills here will be consumed for individual heavy apps such as Adobe Project Gemini.

Chipset and Performance

The 5th generation iPad mini is fully supplied with the same A12 Bionic chip that Apple ran in the 2018 iPhone series. iPad mini 5 with A1 chip is clocked at 2.4GHz, for this reason, I found this device to be the fastest performing one compared to iPad mini 4. It has night times faster graphics compared to iPad mini 4.

The A12 Bionic chip presents an 8-core Neural Engine with 3GB of RAM. Its advantage is that I make use of machine learning to operate iOS features for better photos and gaming experience.

Also, The A12 Bionic has a quicker detection of AR surfaces for the back camera and a fascinating 3D gaming experience. iPhone 11 Quick review


The new iPad mini 5 has an 8MP main camera along with an f/2.4 aperture. The camera features live photos, Burst and Timer Mode, auto HDR, and 43MP panoramas. Unfortunately, you will not find a flashlight in it.

For videos, the main camera can capture 1080HD video at 30f/s.

I found the Selfie camera almost as good as the back camera with a 7MP lens and f/2.2 aperture. It captured wide colors from the camera with Retina flash support. I did not find TrueDepth, Face ID, and portrait Mode.

Direct Competitors

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+

Kindle Fire HD

Google Nexus 7

Rs. 29000 Rs. 58, 159 Rs. 21,999 Rs. 21,499

Final Verdict

The iPad mini 5th generation is one of the best and the smallest tablet I carried in one hand, even though it retains most of the design of iPad mini 4. The 7.9-inch screen display is extremely suitable for reading and watching videos.

Its outdated external design complements its internal design: the all-powerful A12 Bionic chipset winning the competitors among all small tabs and fit Apple Pencil.

The 5th generation iPad mini is my most attractive iPad. Its unique size promotes it, even though the iPad 12.9 and iPad 9.7 are the best in terms of price.

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About Ayesha Amir

Hi. I am Ayesha. Although an introvert by nature, but when it comes to reviewing smartphones, the extrovert in me takes over and I say my preferences loud and shout. Travelling to new places makes me excited.

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